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St. Patrick's Primary School Mullanaskea, Garvary, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh

Using ICT

Using ICT describes the ability to handle and communicate information, solve problems and pose questions through the use of information and communication technologies in a variety of contexts across the curriculum. It includes collaboration within and beyond the classroom; allowing pupils the opportunities to share and exchange work; and exhibit and showcase their learning.

Pupils have access to a broad curriculum where the 5 ‘E’s and the desirable features are accounted for.

The Curriculum Requirements for Using ICT are set out under headings often described as the 5 'E's.


Explore includes two statements. The first point is about looking for, finding, choosing and using information. Pupils move from having resources provided for them to being more independent and discriminate users of ICT. The second point is about pupils using digital tools to investigate and solve problems.


Express is about pupils being creative, developing and presenting their ideas using text, sound, music and still or moving images. It ranges from simple text, sound or pictures to developing a multimedia product.


Exchange relates to communicating with others online to share and develop ideas. It can include sending and receiving emails, videoconferencing, contributing to online courses or using collaborative online tools.


Evaluate is about pupils reflecting on their process and outcome, thinking about how they carried out an activity and how they might improve on what they did. Activities with a strong problem-solving focus can help you to cover this 'E' more fully. 


Exhibit is about managing and showcasing work digitally. It ranges from pupils printing and saving their work to organising and maintaining digital files and folders.