In an increasingly technological dependent society, ICT proficiency is a must have credential for young people. Our task is to equip all learners with the crucial hands-on skills and knowledge necessary in everyday life. The department is also charged with providing reliable access to the IT infrastructure for both students and staff through a stable and effective IT network, appropriate to their learning and teaching needs so that they can reach their full potential.
Mr. M. Muteshi
The introduction of Interactive Boards has made the learning process much more vivid and exciting for all subjects. We strive to make Nairobi Academy a model institution as far as embracing and adopting new technology goes.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
Nairobi Academy follows the Cambridge ICT Starters syllabus with examination and certification at the end of Year 9.
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is now part of the educational experience of children in most parts of the world. Taught both as a discrete subject in its own right, as well as embedded within the curriculum, ICT is increasingly being regarded as a new ‘literacy’, alongside reading, writing and numeracy. Cambridge ICT Starters is designed to introduce students to the key ICT applications they need to use to acquire that literacy and to understand the impact of technology on our daily lives.The syllabus provides a framework in which ICT competence and practical skills can be developed within an environment that is appropriate for the age of the students together with a structured scheme of assessment. At each stage of assessment, students will use ICT to
- handle information
-measure and control
Key Stage 4 IGCSE
The Nairobi Academy offers the CAMBRIDGE CIE IGCSE Information and Communication Technology (0417) Papers 1, 2 and 3.
The Information and Communication Technology syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, e-mail, web browsers and website design.
Students will develop a greater awareness of how applications are used in the workplace, and consider the impact of new technologies on methods of working and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues. The skills learnt will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum, and will prepare them for future employment.
Assessment of the practical tests is hardware and software independent. Any hardware platform, operating system, and applications packages can be used, providing that students have the opportunity to demonstrate the full range of skills in the syllabus. The course leans heavily on developing the student‘s practical skills and is interesting, enjoyable, challenging and very applicable in this millennium.
Key Stage 5— A-Levels
Again, the school offers the Cambridge CIE A & AS Level: Applied Information and Communication Technology (9713)
both Theory and Practical
Students following this syllabus will develop, and learn to apply, a broad range of ICT skills, while also gaining an understanding of the way ICT is used in the world of work. The syllabus introduces students to the structure and use of ICT systems within a wide range of organisations, including the use of a variety of computer networks. As a result, students learn about ICT system life cycles, and how these affect the workplace. They also gain an understanding of the wider impact of ICT on society in general.
AS Level candidates sit two papers. Paper 1, the theory paper, is a written paper consisting of compulsory questions from topics like ICT systems including portable communication devices, how organisations use ICT and the impact of ICT on society. Paper 2, the practical paper, assesses selected skills in word processing, database processing and spreadsheet processing. A2 Level candidates will be entered for Papers 3 and 4. Paper 3 is the theory Paper, and is a written paper consisting of compulsory questions from topics similar to those in Paper 1, but also including computer networks. Paper 4 is the practical Paper, and assesses advanced skills in word processing like mail merging and macros, advanced functions in spreadsheets and database processing.
Major advantages of pursuing the ICT courses include systems design skills, project and time management skills as well as innumeracy competence. Students learn first-hand how to research from a range of multimedia sources and present reports in a variety of intelligible ways and formats. Students work on manipulating large databases and use explicit information to control information systems.
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