Vision Statement

ICT is a subject in the National Curriculum but somtimes its place is seen with uncertainty, some do not consider it important enough to be considered core but I believe it is.  Technology is forever advancing, for example you buy a new mobile, from that day on it is in a way ‘old’ as something new is on its way out.  It is important that ICT is incorpaorated and used in schools as our younger generations need to be aware of the technological world they are being born into.  Most children at very young age  are used to seeing and seeing different types of technologies such as Mobile phones, tablets, computers and laptops and then they come into school and come into contact with IWB and visualisers and microphones etc.  If children are subjected to seeing these everyday then why shouldn’t they learn about them? or know hwo to work them properly?

Some school show a keen interest in ICT and teach it as a subject on its own, it is allocated a time and place in the childrens timetable, however, this is not always the case, I have seen many schools where children barely have an opportunity to use and kind of technology or ICT is taught briefly through other core subjects.

Fortunately, the new curriculum encourages ICT and it promotes its usage in the classroom.  It is believed that using ICT improves childrens educational and social skills.

The NAAC (2011) shows  that ICT is different to all the other subjects, and because it has such huge technological expansion and development and the way that it is used in the world, resulting in the rapid and constantly changing nature of the subject.

We are now in a world where nearly everyone depends on Technology to carry out daily tasks and live everyday life.  Can you imagine life without your smartphone? or jsut a mobile? What would you do without Facebook?

It is vital that children from a young age develop confidence in using different aspects of ICT, not only mobile technologies but all other areas such as Microsoft word or Computer programming so that they are prepared with skills and knowledge that they may need later on in life!

As well as having ICT as a subject on its own, it should be used widely across the curriculum in other subjects.  I say this because as I discovered during our ICT lessons at University, that there are so many things one could do with ICT and technology.  For one as mentioned in earlier posts, ipads are an excellent tool to use as there are a range of educational applications that could be used to enhance childrens learning.  Beebots are great to use in mathematics and microphones are also good to use in literacy in order to record childrens comments, stories, poems or general views.

I have been lucky to see positive comments and ways of teaching ICT on placements and I think this is one of the factors that encourage me when teaching ICT on placements and helps me to view ICT in a different light.  I feel a lot more confident in ICT now and feel that I would enjoy teaching it as well,  another thing I feel is that with ICT I am always learning, its always new information and new knowledge.  This year in ICT I learnt computer programming and enjoyed working with Scratch!

I believe that seeing ICT in a positive light and being taught well,, encourages one to want to learn and try new things.

Because technology is changing so fast we can’t afford to be stuck with a curriculum that is out of date…we should be concentrating on having something that is creative and rigorous so that our children, instead of just using the apps, are creating the apps of the future. Low level [computing] skills [are to be replaced with a curriculum which allows children to be] genuinely creative.” (Gove 2012)

Starting in primary school, children from all backgrounds and every part of the UK should have the opportunity to: learn some of the key ideas of computer science; understand computational thinking; learn to program; and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of excellence in these activities (Naughton, 2012).

This is  quote I believe is very true!

Overall, ICT is important for children for them to progress educationally as well as socially. It requires logical thinking and precision. It encourages children to think, be creative, work in groups and show initiative.  Fro this reason ICT is a diverse and creative subject and  provides children with the knowledge and skills to succeed.

BBC (2012) Michael Gove: Students ‘Turned Off’ by ICT lessons. [online]. London: BBC. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-16515443 [Accessed 15th November 2012].

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/mar/31/why-kids-should-be-taught-code

NAAC (2011) A NAAC Response to the National Curriculum Review. Nottingham: NAAC.

 

 

Add comment November 23, 2012

The last session…it went so quick…

The last session came and went, so quick…

In this session the class looked at mobile technologies again, the ipads were used again for imovie but this time to create a resource  that could be used in the classroom with children.

I was absent this session so looked at some advantages and disadvantages of Ipads usage in schools:

Advantages:

  1. Ipads are small and can be used easily in different parts of a school, they can be carried with ease by children and placed on desks.  They can also be stored easily.
  2. Children can work lone with them or in groups.
  3. Children can record what they are doing.
  4. Children remain up to date and good with using new technology.

Disadvantages:

  1. The apps have to be approved by Apple and purchased from an Itunes Store.
  2. One app should be purchased for each IPad in use,  this can cost a lot if their are lots of IPads.
  3. They are quite delicate and chidlren need to be supervised while using them.
  4.  They are expensive to buy.

Personally, I loved using the ipads and am considering buying one for myself, I think they are great to use with children in the classroom and believe that schools should have them as they are an asset.

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QR Codes

QR codes? Ever looked at one of these and wondered what they are? QR codes are quick response codes made from a trpe of two dimensional barcode which are read using smartphones.  Qr codes have jsut sort of become popular in this country and can be seen on various different items like billboards, magazines, food packs or advertisements. What do you do with them? So you are probably thinking, whats the use? Well if you have a smartphone you can use it to scan the code and it will take you to a website or show you information regarding the product you scanned it from. It is used socially as an advertising and marketing tool, the code holds information to a particular product or business. There are websites that allow you to create your own QR code that you can use to link to a website or document or picture of yours.Try scan.me to create your own QR Code! I have used my iphone to scan QR codes and it was really quick and easy, I saw a speciall offer in a newspaper and it had a QR code, so all I did was scan the code and on my mobile it took me straight to the website for that special offer! 🙂

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Mobile technologies….IPADS!!!!!

Mobile technologies- well for a starters we are in the age of technology! It has advanced so much more over the last decade or so.

I think I speak for all when I say that we could not live without phones and all the other technology that is avaialable to us in this day and age! It is something that we have become so reliant on and we expect it to be of a high standard.

Many years ago a mobile allowed us to make calls, send and recieve txts and maybe play a game or two! Now, you can probably pretty much do anything using a mobile, they come with internet, videocalling, cameras and much much more.

There are so many different types of mobile companies, growing up as a child the mobiles I was aware of were Nokia’s, sony ericson’s and thats about all I remember whereas now there is Apple, Blackeberry’s, HTC, Galaxy etc, so many to choose from.

This session we looked at Apple’s ipad

The ipad allows you to download various different types of applications which can do lots of things.  You can probably get an app for anything!

This I have to say was my favourite session! I absolutely loved working with the ipads!

Having just got an iphone myself I am really appreciating Apple products and working with the ipads was  a good experience.

We looked at different types of free and paid apps.

In my group I had Emma and Laura and we decided to look at a paid for app called imovie.

imovie allows you to create a trailer or project by recording a series of clips of video footage that you can later edit and improve.  In our group we chose to take a tour of the university and used imovie to record and produced this video. Tour of Northampton University

Hope you enjoy it!

We had so much fun creating this and I can see how much children would also enjoy using it.

I believe that it would be a real gift to have ipads in school or within the classroom environment, I know they are expensive but they are also fun, small and extremely useful.  Ipads can be used in a range of different lessons especially in literacy and obviously ICT.  They are very interactive and there are also many relevant educational apps that could be downloaded for children to use!

They are also quite useful to use with children who are SEN as they are interactive and a little different to just writing!

They have their positives, I found that there are a lot of positives and a few negatives as well, having ipads in the classroom or among children is the danger of them being ruined but also they cna be quite distracting, children if not supervised may deiced to look at other apps or play games and not be doing what they have been asked to do, but that can be sorted!

Ipads, I think are great!! You must try imovie! Brilliant!

 

 

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continued…

Now, I missed the third ICT session, so this post will probably be quite limited…

When I got back to Uni, I asked a few of my peers and tutor what they had done in the session I missed! Also, I had a little peek at some of their blogs to see some of the work they had done…

Well as last session we looked at scratch and computing, this lreat ideAesson I was told was a follow on from it.  They spent some more time looking at scratch and how to use it, however this lesson they went a step further and attempted to create a resource using scratch that could be used in an actual classroom with children.

Many people thought that it would be a good idea to choose a keystage and then make a game appropriate to what children would be learning in school, so to base a game around a topic.

I think that this a great idea.  I believe taken one step that it could be taken one step further and that children could be given ownership and be asked in ICT to create a game to go with what they could be learning in other subjects!

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Computing and erm scratch?

Computing- Well I am familiar with how to use a laptop/computer and usually find it easy to navigate around the internet.  Throughout the course we have looked at different softwares and programmes that we as trainee teachers could use with children when we are actully teaching, in ICT and other subject areas.  However, we looked at something new, Scratch…no not a scratch on my arm…scratch, a visual computer programming tool.

This is the first time I had even seen or heard of scratch.  Scratch is a programming language, which allows the user to create animations, music, stories, games etc! Amazing right?

As I have seen on different placements and being told by lecturers that computer programming is now used quite widely in primary schools and children really enjoy using these.  So I decided that this is something I need to concentrate on and take an interest in as it will be beneficial to me later on.  (I have never really had much experience of using computer programmes such as scratch before).

Scratch is free to download and therefore is accessible to many, when teaching it, you do need to have used it before because it can be a bit daunting when you first open the page and see a “sprite”- in the form of a cat and lots of words and controls! You dont have to write anythingm, the controls are there ready for you to click and drag.

So, you use the sprite (you can choose different ones) as your character as such, then use the written blocks, which you can click and drag to make a sequence of instructions.

These instructions you create will determine what the sprite does! You can instruct it to move, as well as add sound!

You can use scratch with children in years one to eight, to create simple actions or even a game!

It is not something you can use with children in one lesson, as they would need time to explore it and then build up their game bit by bit, so small steps at a time.  Normally, scratch will be used over a few weeks. 

Eventhough I had the chance to explore with scratch during the lesson, it was very basic,  I still do not feel extremely confident with it so I will be downloading it (it is free!!) and just experiment with it in my spare time so that I can become confident with it, so I can teach it effectively.

I found that looking at scratch was really good, not only wsa it interesting but it introduced a new concept to me and as computing is becoming popular in teaching in primary schools I feel that this is something I could teach, given that I use scratch to imporve my own skills at it.

If you take a look at this link to the Scratch website, on the top right hand side there is a clip that explains what Scratch is in more detail.

 

Take a look, You’ll be sure to love it!http://scratch.mit.edu/#

 

 

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cyber bullying

So our first lesson on ICT was looking how to create a blog and internet safety! Internet safety is extremely important and has many different aspects to it..  We chose to specifically at cyber bullying and how you as a teacher could raise awareness about cyber bullying with your class children.

Cyber bullying is one of those things that could be happening to children without them realising what is going on.  Sometimes, children innocently believe that whatever they are doing or whoever they are speaking to online must be safe and secure.  They need to be made aware that this is not always the case.

So what could you do?

Role play- you could set children different scenarios, some which show nice, kind conversations and some that show cyber bullying taking place.  You could then ask children to sort these into which they think is bullying and which is not.  You could then discuss with them their ideas.  You could then give children sentences to sort, which are nice things to say and which are not nice things to say!

Circle time- This is something normally done with young children but is an excellent way to get them to start talking.  Sit children in the circle and ask questions to initiate conversation, such as “have you ever felt unsafe while using the internet?”, “has anyone ever said anything horrible to you while you have been online?” or even “have you ever been in a situation where you have felt uncomfortable?”.

There are many internet sites where you can as a teacher or parent find information on cyber bullying which you can then use to teach and raise awareness with children.

It is always good to do something interactive, like mentioned above, to keep the children engaged but sometimes it is nice to just have a chat with them, you can talk to them about what cyber bullying is, where it is found and who can get involved in it.  As well as giving them tips and pointers on how to avoid it and what they can do if they feel that they are being cyber bullied.

Most of the groups in our class decided to look at cyber bullying so we all discussed our ideas at the end of the lesson, I think that it was quite informative and all the information we founds just shows how important it is that children are made aware of cyber bullying and what they can do if they feel they are a victim!

Some websites where information on cyber bullying can be found:

http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/kids/msparrysguidetonetiquette.html

http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/cyberbullying.html

http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Kids/Tips%20to%20stay%20safe%20and%20cybersmart/Cyberbullying.aspx

 

3 comments October 8, 2012

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to Jot’s Blog!

This is my first ever blog, I am used to using different social networking sites and twitter but blogging is new to me!  Hopefully I’ll be good at it! 

I will be posting about topics we cover in our ICT lessons at university which will be mainly about ICT in primary schools.

 

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