Within this session we were able to look at ICT and how it is used across the curriculum to enhance all subjects. As ICT can be embedded into all subjects across the curriculum it is important to look at how it impacts upon the children’s learning. This can be seen through allowing children to work collaboratively or independently on a task, with ICT showing that the learning it personalized and tailored to the children’s learning. As what the children produce using the different apps, websites and resources allows teachers to see things from the child’s point of view.

When thinking about linking ICT into the curriculum is is important to think about using ICT to capture and review the learning that is taking place. It can also be used to reinforce physical activities e.g. counting in maths and phonics work. ICT can also be a good way to explore the outdoors through trails and treasure hunts, which allows children to explore their outdoor environment. However there is always a question about whether ICT improves the quality of teaching and learning; which can cause a debate within a school. Add your own views to the answer garden below;

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Helen Caldwell was able to show us some useful websites and apps that could be used across the curriculum to enhance the learning of the children. The first subject we discussed was Geography; within this we were able to look at Google earth tours, which can be used in street view and children can explore the place they are in as if they were actually there. I really liked the idea of this as this can be incorporated in many different lessons and allows for the opportunity of exploration for places which would be impossible to take a class of primary children to, for example the grand canyon.

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I also liked the use of a green screen in History. Using it to create a hook to get children excited and involved in a new topic. The example we were shown was a teacher who was introducing WW1 to her class. The clip was shown to a year 6 class and would not be used with young children, however I thought it was a good example of how green screening can be used effectively.

Although ICT can add great value to a lesson it is important to think about how much value it adds, and how much it hinders the opportunity of other types of learning. When thinking about whether to use ICT within a lesson it is important to ask yourself key questions about whether it is really worth using it; can i do this any other way? Am I able to differentiate the learning through using ICT? Is the use of ICT adding more context to my lesson? Asking these key questions before starting to incorporate ICT into a lesson will ensure that the ICT that is being used, is used for a purpose and not as a sign of ‘laziness’. It is also important to ensure that when ICT is used that a pleanary is planned that will allow time for the children to be able to share the ICT they have been using, but to also look at the subject matter rather than just focusing on the ICT (unless this was the main objective for the lesson).

Within this session we were asked to look at the different themes that are used in the EYFS and create some QR codes that linked to different resources for that particular topic. Using QR codes is simple and can allow for children to access the activities and work easier as they do not have to type anything.

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Emily and I Looked at the communication4all website and the Purple mash website and decided on a common theme of the seaside, which is normally taught within the Early Years and in to Key Stage 1. We decided to link some of our QR codes to different activities that were available on the purple mash website. We found these easy and simple to use, and we thought that they would be user friendly for children too. After making a few templates for the different activities, we then linked these using QR codes. 

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We used the Scan.me website to create our QR codes, which was simple and easy to use. Although if using it with children it would need to be scaffolded for them as they could get confused. 

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If we were able to have more time we would have ensured the codes were labelled to ensure that the audience knew what each code linked to, so it would be easier to use with children. The codes we have created can be used across the curriculum; story telling for Literacy, we’ve linked it with The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch but there are many more books that could be used. The deep sea diver could be linked with history- finding old artefacts under the sea and talking about them using the record button. The brochure can be linked to Geography- considering where the seaside is, how is it different e.g. old and new. A green screen could also be used for this (which we didn’t have time to do) of the children being at the seaside looking at different areas of the town and talking about it. The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch can also link to Science–> creating a pulley and lever system, you could use time lapse or hyper lapse to see this process being carried out.



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