Looking forward

November 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment

So today marks the FINAL ever session of Computing at university.  In today’s session we were exploring the different apps and tools that can be used to carry out assessment. We were also able to look at and explore two different websites which have many different activities and resources that enhance inclusive education for SEN children. We were also able to think about what we might like to include within our vision statement.


I was able to explore the website Education city. The site has easy access for children, is colourful and engaging. The activities and resources that are offered are for the core subject areas within the National curriculum, and the key areas of learning within the EYFS curriculum, which reflect the core subjects. When looking at each activity if gives you the option whether you want to play or use it in whiteboard mode, which is useful within the classroom as some activities become distorted when they are used on the Interactive whiteboard. The activities also offer teacher notes, lesson ideas and an activity sheet. This can be useful especially when thinking about the teaching of phonics. I was able to explore the different activities that are designed to help children with their phonics. I looked at the sound ‘air’ which is taught in Foundation 2. The activity read aloud what the child has to do, which is good, especially for those children in the Early Years who are just beginning to read. I was also able to explore the computing area for KS1, which has many activities for children to use for algorithms. I played the ‘crane game’ which wass easy and simple to use. I think i would be fun and engaging for children, and uses simple instructions which the children can follow to pick up the different toys. The children can listen to the instructions so do not need to be able to read, which reflects the inclusiveness of the activities provided by the website. The game also reinforces the children’s knowledge of left and right as they have to know this to play the game, it helps them do this with the use of arrows which light up when that instruction is given.


Helpkiszlearn is a website that offers games for the EYFS especially those children with Special Educationa Needs. The games offered can be played with the keyboard provided, or with switches that can be attached to the computer or iPad. Switches are used as an alternative for a mouse and can help those children with poor fine motor skills to access the computer. The teacher can set the accesss for the activities so switches can be used to allow access for all children, during free flow play and independent learning. I looked at the coconut shy game, which was fun and can be set to allow for children of all abilities to play as this can be played with a swithch as we well as the keyboard. The game was fun and interactive and would help children to develop their concentration skills and reaction time. The website also offers teachers the chance to make their own activities, which can be tailored to the topic that children are learning. As well as being adapted to the learning needs of the children within that particular class.

Assessment tools

There are many different assessment apps and tools that can be used to enhance the assessment of children within the classroom. These can be used to make the task of assessment easier for teachers. The different apps and websites that were mentioned within this session were; 2build a profile, Tapestry, Three Ring Ipad app and Evernote. These are all tools that teachers can use to create an online learning journey for each individual child.

2build a profile– This app is linked to the 2simple software which most schools use within the EYFS. The app allows teachers to take a picture of the child while they are in learning moment, you can then add a virtual post it note to explain what the child is doing, you can then tag the appropriate Early Learning Goals to the observation. I have seen this app being used in my 2a placement, where the teacher was able to carry around her iPad and carry out snapshot observations of the children while they were engaging in free-flow play. She was then able to quickly write about what the children were doing and saying, in the exact moment to get a good picture of where the child is developmentally at.

Evernote– Although this is not usually known as an assessment tool, it can be see to work quite well for this purpose. The video below explains how it can be used to carry this out. I have not seen this being used but the video shows it to be a simple and easy tool to use to create a profile for children.

We were then able to have the chance to think about what we might like to include in our vision statement. We were tasked to look at the Naace, ’The value added to teaching and learning by ICT’. We went through the 11 statements and had to put them in order of importance. This is the order that myself, Emily, Sarah and Katie decided on:

  • Increase motivation to learn
  • Increase communication and collaboration
  • Enable access for minorities
  • Re-balance teaching and learning
  • Increase access to resources & tool
  • Use more information channels
  • Extend learning time
  • Enable games-based learning
  • Enable publishing and audience
  • Automate management and recording
  • Increase scalability and replicability

We were unhappy with the statement that stated about different minorities, so we changed it to inclusive access, which we felt was more appropriate. We were able to explore and explain our top three points which were;

Increase motivation to learn- we considered this to be the most important aspect because if children are not motivated to learn, the quality of their learning and their understanding be affected. If children are motivated and want to learn they are more likely to have a greater understand and better knowledge base.

Increase communication and collaboration- we thought this was incredibly important because communication is crucial in children’s early education, with teachers, peers and parents/carers alike. The use of technology can help teachers to easily communicate with parents/carers, other teachers and the wider community.

Inclusive access- we thought this was an important point because education should be inclusive to everyone. Every child has a right to education so this needs to reflect this and be made accessible to every child.

We were able to use the app skitch to annotate the list to explain our top three points, and then upload this to the website show me, so we were able to share this with the rest of the class. Below is our annotated list;

Through being able to look at these points and sharing thoughts with other members of the class, I have been able to gain lots of ideas which I can include in my vision statement.

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