During session 4 of ICT, we discussed the ways ICT can be used to enhance other areas of the curriculum, rather than an isolated subject.
We discussed the uses of animation, a couple of examples are:
- Using 2Create a story, children could create a story for any subject. They could re-tell a story already written or could make up their own story.
- Using I can animate apps to tell a story in Science for example. This uses stop frame animation and Time Lapse.
We then discussed how ICT can be used for exploring places, (which are all great for the Understanding the World section of the EYFS), for example:
- Photocard apps, for talking postcards. This app allows children to choose a picture (or add their own) and write their own messages on their own postcards, as well as recording their own voices talking. This is an excellent feature for children in the Early Years who may struggle using the iPad keyboard, or struggle with spelling. Other curriculum links this particular app would cover is Expressive arts and design, and communication and language. (Click HERE for a video on how to use the photcard app)
- The RECCE app, which is an app on the iPad which allows you to see maps in 3D, and explore different places. This will allow children to visit different places, and will be useful for comparing different areas, for example the sea side, to the centre of London.
- Google Street View – Special Collections. This can be used on the computer, and has specific locations saved so the children can just click on a place that would like to visit, and see this from the street view:
After this, we were told about an excellent website which allows you to search for any topic you are teaching, and it brings up different sources, from different websites, which have online activities for that topic. This website is called Infant Encyclopedia. All you have to do is type in your topic into the search bar or click on the matching picture, and your activities will appear. See below.
Once we had looked at the different websites and apps and how they can be used across the curriculum, we were given the task to make an a4 sheet full of QR codes, that can be used as an activity sheet for children. The use of QR codes means that children who may struggle typing website addresses in, can quickly assess a website by scanning a code. This also eliminates the dangers of typing a general search into a search engine and getting results that are inappropriate.
We were given the task to carry this out in pairs, so Holly and I decided to focus on the topic of Minibeasts. We used a mixture of websites including Purple Mash, YouTube and the Infant Encyclopedia to find online activities. Every time we found a website we liked, we then needed to make that into a QR code which we could use on our sheet. To do this we used the website Scan.Me. This allows you to easily change the website address into a QR code that can then be scanned by any QR code scanning app.
Our final QR code activity sheet looked like this:
MINIBEASTS QR CODES – Click there for the word document.
Unfortunately we ran out of time, so we have had to put the codes on without labels. But if we had more time, we would have added a caption to each othe codes to ensure the teachers knew exactly what the children were accessing. Also, as we have put this on the resources site, it would have been handy for anyone who may want to use this sheet to know what the activities are without having to look at each one individually first.
Overall I think this was a really good session, giving us a chance to see how all the new apps and websites we have been introduced to can be linked across the curriculum, especially using the QR codes as a way to link them all together on one activity sheet.
40 Interesting Ways to use QR Codes in the Classroom, by Tom Barett.
This online article gives a huge range of examples of how QR codes can be used both within the classroom, as well as within the wider school.
One idea given is to place the QR codes in a text book, so the teacher could add in some extra information, and when the child see’s the code they can easily access more information about that topic. I think that is a great idea, constantly giving children extra information, while making it fun and interesting to scan the link and see what comes up.
Another idea is an easter egg hunt, which would be a great activity to carry out in a class. I made one of these for Placement 2a, however unfortunately all the websites I used to link pictures to my blog were blocked by the school so I did not get to carry out my activity. Nevertheless, it was a good learning curve for me and gave me the chance to trial QR codes within the classroom.
Overall, this article is a handy information sheet to have available for some inspiration on getting QR codes into the classroom.
iDoceo – The Teacher’s assistant for iPad – Preparing for the New Year.
I was looking for articles about using ICT across the curriculum, and came across this interesting article. While looking at ICT in the classroom for the children, I had not really thought about how ICT can be used to support the teachers as well. This article discusses a new app which could be the new teaching assistant, which is a massive statement to make! This app can:
- Set up timetables
- Set up classes
- Set up seating plans
- Includes a diary
- Includes a planner
- Resource manager
- Lesson Planner
From looking at the information, this App looks as though it could be a little bit too complicated, with more on it than there needs to be, for example pictures of all the individual children. However, if this app is available, it would be interesting to see what other Apps are out there for the organisation of teachers!