What is ICT Sandbox

"ICT Sandbox” is a secure suite of digital tools which enables its subscribers to surf in an educational and safe environment.


"ICT Sandbox" specialises in taking educational concepts and applying a ‘realworld’ context through video and age-appropriate content accessible through sound, text and symbols.


Designed with both teachers and pupils in mind, "ICT Sandbox" is a resource that can be teacher-led or facilitated allowing pupils to work independently in a safe and digital environment.


The digital tools provided by ”ICT Sandbox” can be incorporated into the daily learning process - age 4 to 8 years - of primary school (Foundation Stage and Key Stage One).


Listed below are the 5 digital tools that ICT Sandbox offers and some of the benefits that can be derived from each:

Let Me Discover

A child-friendly secure search engine customised to extract age-appropriate information such as animals and their way of life, plants and how they grow, different peoples of the world etc. The information is presented via video and sound, accompanied by text suitable for early readers. “Let Me Discover” empowers young children with the ability to search for information while enhancing critical thinking skills required to retrieve this information.


Primary goals:

Developing and fostering intellectual tendencies such as curiosity, consistency and the focus for successful problem solving. Cultivating a wide range of thinking skills (divergent thinking, classification strategies, etc.)

Expanding language literacy; not only written, but also symbol comprehension.


Secondary goals:

Promoting intellectual skills (concentration, perseverance etc).

Acquiring knowledge in various topics.

Familiarising young students with operating in an internet environment.

Developing the skills necessary to use interactive tools.

Email Me

”E-Mail Me” is a secure electronic mail which enables children to graphically communicate within their network of classmates, teachers, and parents.

This unique programme promotes non-verbal communication while developing written language literacy.


Goals:

Encouraging familiarity with written text and other communication tools.
Imparting the elementary structure needed for communication, and rules for sending messages - addressor and addressee.
Imparting communication in a respectful and ethical way - ensuring society will be free of cyber bullying, shaming and damaging talkbacks.
Promoting written language literacy and also symbol comprehension.
‏Acquiring customs and social skills such as sending holiday and birthday greetings, sending get-well wishes and updating classmates about missed lessons and school curriculum.

How Much - How Many

“How Much - How Many” enables the child to relate to day-to-day events by collecting and processing data like – How many children came to school today? How much rain fell this week? This easy-to-use spreadsheet promotes intelligent and keen observation by the child of his surroundings.


This program promotes scientific and technological education, mathematics and statistics in the child's natural environment and most of all allows a democratic approach.


Write For Me

"Write For Me” allows the child to experiment with writing and printing messages, invitations, greeting cards, posters, labels and short stories.


Goals:

Understanding the value and power of written messages used for personal and interpersonal needs as well as public applications.

Promoting writing proficiency: familiarisation with basic writing rules of spacing and punctuation.

Creating awareness of how to use the computer for writing.

Discussion

“Discussion” enables the teacher and pupils to conduct an on-line discussion about all kinds of issues, in a respectful and appropriate manner.


Primary objectives:

‏Imparting ways of conducting a teacher-pupil dialogue.

Familiarising pupils with rules for a respectful debate.

Fostering appropriate online communication behaviour, to provide relevant norms of honesty, politeness and respect.

Teaching tolerance for diversity of opinions, thereby promoting democratic education.