The ways in which we use information technology are rapidly changing as increasingly powerful digital devices are developed and there is an expectation of wider use of mobile devices within education and in the workplace.
Digital technologies offer exciting opportunities, but also bring other issues, such as social networking and the impact of readily available information.
The programme of study at Tonbridge places great emphasis upon the teaching and learning of digital literacy skills across the curriculum. Opportunities are provided within subject lessons for the boys to develop their skills in word-processing, data analysis and graphing, and preparing and delivering presentations (Word, PowerPoint and Excel) in the most appropriate subjects.
In addition, timetabled Digital Creativity lessons introduce the boys to aspects of programming, including game and app design, web development, computer science, digital image manipulation, video production and E-Safety, using the state-of-the-art facilities within the Digital Creativity hub. This enables the boys to develop digital creativity skills which can be further developed by participating in extra and co-curricular activities.
The Digital Creativity department is housed at the heart of the Vere Hodge Centre. There are three computer teaching laboratories, a Media Centre, and a 'Digital Lab' that is equipped with the very latest, state-of-the-art technology. All rooms are air conditioned and equipped with modern PCs which are replaced every three years. The professional standard software, hardware and technical support available provide an environment in which the boys learn how to make best use of digital technologies to support their academic work and pursue their own creative interests.
Interactive whiteboards, projection TVs and surround-sound systems enhance the teaching experience further. These facilities are available for use by all teaching departments and are open to the boys throughout the week including in the evenings and Saturday mornings.