Reflections

Hey again.

This post will be reflections on what I have learnt from the ICT sessions that I have had at the university.

I am not going to lie, but before I began the ICT sessions I thought that I was going to hate the sessions. I thought this as I believed that the sessions would be boring and that it would be me watching the lecturer use different programs and software for the fulll two hours. I am glad to say that I was indeed wrong!!!

In these sessions I got to play around with different software that is available that can be used in some way with children. From the exploration that I was able to, I was able to see how I could use each different program in a classroom setting. These sessions really opened my eyes, in the fact that it showed me that ICT does not have to be a chore or boring. It showed me that ICT can me used in conjuction with other subjects.

The sessions that I participated in made me remember what ICT was like for at primary school. At primary i remember that I hated ICT and I never looked forward to it. One of the reasons was the fact that it was very boring, it was a lot of sitting around and listening and not a lot of doing. These sessions really drove home the type of teacher that I want to be.

It made me realise that I want children to have fun and enjoy learning about ICT and to make them look forward to the subject. I don’t want to make it a chore like it was for me. From the programs we have lookede at, I will try to use them in my teaching in the future. I am locking some of these ideas away for future use.

Therefore overall the ICT sessions were a real eye opener and have made me feel more confident in the subject and made me believe that I can teach the subject. Also it made me realise that I can use the programs in other subjects and one of the main things is to make the activities fun and enjoyable for children.

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Using ICT in the Curriculum

Today I will be discussing the benefits of using ICT when possible while teaching.

From the ICT sessions that I have had I have seen how ICT can be linked and used in other lessons in the classroom. I have to say that using ICT when possible is a good idea as it gets the children interested and excited about learning. Using ICT can also make lessons more fun and engaging for a classroom full of children, this I have learnt first hand by using and experimenting with different software.

I have throughly enjoyed experimenting with new programs and seeing what they can do and thinking how I could use it in a class room setting. I would recommend to teachers to look at all of the programs I have mentioned throughout my blog. As a teacher have a look and browse and see if you can link it into one of your lessons. All of the programs I have mentioned are very easy and fun to use and can easily be used in the classroom.

As I am going on placement in May this year, I am going to see if I can use any of the programs I have looked at in lessons with the children I will be teaching. I will also try to teach an ICT lesson, so that I can gain more confidence and prove to myself that I can teach the lesson and more importantly that I have the tools to do this.

Therefore it is my strong recommendation that ICT be used as much as possible in the classroom in sessions, so thatthe lessons are more interactive and fun for the children. I would encourage all schools to download all of the free programs I have used as they can be useful when teaching certain topics.

All schools in my opinion should look at the ICT that they teach and consider if it is benefical for the children. As I remember that when I was at school all we used to do was look at MIcrosoft office and the programs assossciated with it. Therefore I would suggest that all schools look at how they use ICT aand consider if the children like it and if they also enjoy learning about it.

That concludes my post about using ICT in the classroom and also in the curriculum.

 

Kodu program

Hey Guys, me again!

Today I will be speaking about the program Kudo. Kudo is a free software to download. Kudo is a program that allows you to build your own world and from this world you can create a game to play.

Kudo is quite simple to use after you have followed the instructions that are placed on the screen. At the start of Kudo the world you are given is blank. From this blank world you can change and manipulate the area given to suit you. This means that you can change the levels on the world as well as the colour. As well as changing the world itself objects and characters can also be added.

After you have changed the world to suit you, you can add in characters and also objects. The characters added in can then be given instructions to do certain activities when it sees or bumps into another object or character. For instance on the world I created, I programmed one of the characters to shot the other character if it could see this certain character. Therefore Kudo could be used with children to create games where there are objectives that have to be met. Kudo could also be used with children to show them the importance and the skill of programming.

Another way the kudo program could be used with children, is that the older children in the school could create and make the world the way they want. Then the younger children in the school could play and admire the worlds that the older children have created.

 

Here is a clip showing the world I have created using the Kudo program and also showing how I programmed the two characters that I placed on my world. Enjoy.

If you like what you have just witnessed I would suggest that you have a look at the software and play about to see how the program works and how easy it is to use.

Until next time.

Computing

 

Today I will be discussing the new national curriculum that will start in 2014, with reference to changes that could take place with teaching ICT.

As we are all aware the national curriculum is due to change. One of the changes that will be made is the fact that ICT will now be referred to as computing. At the moment the changes that have been suggested are not set in stone as only a draft of the national curriculum has been made public. The draft to the national curriculum has been made public. The draft to the national curriculum has been made public so that there can be a public consultation for the new national curriculum that will be implemented from the 1st September 2014. The public consultation of the document will last until 16th April 2013 and the new national curriculum will be released in autumn this year.

The purpose of study of computing is that computing education ensures that pupils become digitally literate, where they are able to use and express themselves by using a variety of different technology.

Here are some of the targets that are now to be met when teaching computing to children in both key stages 1 and 2.

Key stage 1: Pupils should be taught to:

– Understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following a sequence of instruction

– Write and test simple programs

– Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

– Organise, store, manipulate and retrieve data in a range of digital formats

– Communicate safely and respectfully online, keeping personal information private, and recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.

Key Stage 2

Pupils should be taught to:

– Design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts

– Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs

– Use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs

– Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world-wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration

– Describe how internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely

– Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.

Here are the things that the children should be learning from computing in the draft for the new curriculum. In my opinion if something is not broken, then you shouldn’t try to fix it. Therefore I mean as the current curriculum works, they should have just left it alone.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like some of the changes that are planned in the draft. However some of the changes I think are too advanced especially for the age range they are suggesting, especially for key stage 1.

Everyone will have their own opinion of the draft for the national curriculum. I do understand that the national curriculum needs to change to fit in with todays world and technology and knowledge. It is my belief that the national curriculum only needs to be tweaked a little bit for September 2014. However it is not up to me, so I will just have to wait and see what the Government put in the final national Curriculum that will start in all schools in September 2014.

If you want to find out more I suggest that you read the draft of the national curriculum that can be found online. Is the new national curriculum better, you decide!

 

 

Making a Game

Hi Guys,

Today I will talking about the advantages of using a program called scratch to create a game. Scratch is a program that is free to download and I strongly suggest that every school should download it.

Scratch allows you to make and create games. On Scratch you can choose the backgrounds thta the software has, or you can choose one from your own photo collection. Then you choose the characters that you wish to use in your game. These characters have to be programmed to follow certain actions when situations change. For example you can program the character to turn around after it reaches the end of the screen or to disappear after it has been eaten. These are only a few examples of the commands that can be given to the characters that you choose.

I have to say that I had a lot of fun creating and playing my game, I was indeed a little kid and got really excited about the whole process. I would suggest that if you have not been on scratch that you do and have a play around and then you will know what I am talking about.

Scratch could be used in the classroom. If a school did use scratch it would be a few weeks work, maybe a term, depending on the length of the term. It would be weeks of work as for children they would have to follow instructions and build on the knowledge that they have gained after doing one aspect of creating a game. Scratch can be used in cross curricular links as the games created could be linked to maths such as angles and fractions. The older children in the school could even create games for the younger children to do with a subject so that the children can gain confidence and help them with a subject if they are struggling.

When using this program with children, you must remember to give the children a bit of a challenge so that they do concentate and work on the project that they are undertaking for a term. If you do make it challenging the children will want to be involved and will try to make the game as fun and accurate as possible. Allow the children to explore what scratch can do and let the children have free rain for the first session to get them accustomed to the software. Then after that lesson give them an objective and end goal that you want the children to have.

I believe that scratch is a brilliant idea and should be used in school as I know that children would love to do it. I have to say that it is soooo fun and that if I can enjoy it at nearly 20 years old then so can the children.

Here is the game that I was able to make after following some instructions that I was given. Have a play around. Then if you have enjoyed mine go on scrtach and create your own!!!    You know you want to!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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Blogging

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I have just realised that even though I have been blogging for several weeks now, I have never talked about the benefits of blogging for anyone, but especially for schools.

Blogging is incredibly easy to do. If anyone had asked me six weeks ago how do you use a blog and what’s purpose I wouldn’t have been able to answer as I had never read or done a blog before in my life. As I have been blogging for a while know I can definitely say that it is brilliant and very straightforward to use.

On a blog you can discuss a topic just like I am doing, so you could write a blog about sport or stories or films. It is a way for you to share your opinion with others and see what other people have to say. Blogs are also a way of showing off things that you have done and created such as videos and pictures.

Schools can also have and use blogs. In my opinion it would be beneficial for every school for every school to have a blog. A blog would be useful in  a school as it would allow parents and friends to keep up to date with what the school were doing and also with what the children were learning about. A blog is also a good idea for a school because it could mean that schools could create links with other school across the country and also across the world. If schools could create links with other schools they could share work that all of the students are doing and gain information on the other school.

Therefore I believe that a blog is an extremely excellent tool to have especially for schools. If you are having trouble or don’t know how to start your blog, then I suggest that you look at other peoples blog and then decide what you wish to say and how you wish to say it.

I hope that this post has encouraged you to consider blogging or at least look at the possibility and the advantages that blogging could bring.

See you soon.

 

Confidence and Reflections on Teaching ICT

Hi Guys,

In this post I will just be talking about the progress that I feel I have made so far after having five ICT sessions on different applications and tools that I could use in my placements and also use when I become a fully qualified primary school teacher.

To start with I will just share that before the ICT course started I was feeling very nervous and not very confident with ICT. I was not very confident and also nervous as at school in ICT we basically only learnt to use the Microsoft software. Therefore I was feeling very uneasy especially about teaching the subject to children as I didn’t have the knowledge and I have to confess the patience, especially when it comes to ICT and technology.

However after the five ICT sessions that I have had I feel a lot more confident and less uneasy about the whole subject. In the five sessions that I have had, I have learnt to do a number of things that I have never used before. One thing that I have really learnt is how ICT can be used in other subjects. These ICT sessions have also got me to thinking how I could use all of the things we have looked at in the classroom and how I incorporate ICT into different lessons.

I feel more confident because I have had the chance to create and use the software that I have been talking about. Also these sessions have made me appreciate that ICT is important especially in this day and age where new technology is always being created and used.

My advice to anyone that like me was or is feeling uneasy and not very confident with ICT, then my advice would be to use the tools and software that you are trying to teach or use, so that you can see how easy it is to use and also how you could use it so it is fun and engaging for children.

This is all from me, until next time.

Data Handling

Hiya, me again.

Today in the session we were looking at data handling.

With data handling we were looking at a number of different websites we could use to show and display the data that we collected from the rest of the class. In the class we spilt into groups to work together and create different graphs.

The first thing that our group had to do was decide on a question to ask the rest of the class so that we could gather information. The question that we decided on as a group was: “What is your favourite colour.” To make sure that we did get some results our group limited the answers that they could give, with only a selection of seven colours. Then we asked everyone in the room the question and tallied up how many like each colour.

From the results we were given Jaz one person in my group produced a bar graph from one if the websites we were given. On the bar graph there was a choice of different images that we could use to create the bar graph and each picture had the seven different colours that we were asking about.

From collecting the data from the people in the classroom, we were able to produce an A4 poster that clearly showed how we made the poster and also what the most and least popular colours in the class where.

From using these programs and experincing them for myself, it gave me ideas on how we could use it in the classroom. One of the ideas is that it could be used for any subject. For example children could use these programs to create graphs for several subjects especially for science if the children want a way that they can clearly display there results.

Also these programs can be used to display findings and create posters that have images and also words on them. Therefore data handling can be used not just in ICT but can be linked to other subjects.

Here is what our group were able to produce in the time frame given.

 

 

 

 

Storybird Website

Hello again.

In this post I will be discussing the use of using different websites to create and make stories. The three websites I will be discussing is www.storybird.com and also www.storyjump.com. Both of these websites are places where you can create stories and I will be giving the advantages and disadvantages of each website.

In the ICT lesson we were shown each of the websites and then told to create/ produce a story and then think of ways that the story could be used in the classroom in a lesson. Most people in our group worked in pairs. I again worked withPei, who I worked with to create the short animation. As a pair we decided that we would produce our story on the storybird website. Also as a pair we decided that we would do our story on friendship and that our book could be used in a PSHE lesson. Our finished story is called Ellie finds a friend, I would upload it onto my blog, unfortunately it is still being moderated by the website.

Instead I have decided to pos a story that I liked from the website. I love this book as the artwork is great, but I love the rhyming in the story even more. I suggest that you check it out.

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I promised I would give the advantages and disadvantages of each of the websites. Well lets start with storybird as that is the website that I used.

One of the advantages is the fact that you don’t have to do the artwork as on the website there is artwork from several different artists. To create a story all you have to do is pick some art work, then drag it onto the book and start writing. This is very straight forward and at the end of it, you get a story that can be used in the classroom.

The one down side to this website is that you have to use the artwork already there to create your story, so it could limit you to what you could write about. Therefore some people may not like using this website as you have to use the artwork already there to create stories.

I would suggest that you check out the website and see for yourself if you could get on with the website and if you like the outcome that you get. In my personal opinion I like the website as it is very easy to use and all you have to do is pick out the artwork that you like and create a story from it.

The other website that we were told that we could use to create our story was story jumper.

In the lesson I did not use storyjumper, but one of my friends did and created s story from it. On story jumper they have story templates and from these templates you can adjust and change to suit you.

On the website there are several ways in which you can create your book. One way is to create the story from scratch and this website you can add in your own pictures, you can even add in your own face to be one of the characters. Another way that you can create a book, is to click on someone else’s book and change the pictures and the words to suit you and the story you wish to create. What’s even more amazing is that you can create and change treasure maps.

The story jumper website is great for creating stories and adjusting existing stories on the website.

Both of the websites can be used by children to create their own stories. One idea that me and my partner had was that a teacher could create a story that is not finished. As the story is not finished the teacher could ask the children to get into groups and create the ending of the story.

Both of the websites are free to use and very simple to use. The stories that are created can be used in a number of different lessons. In my opinion these websites are worth having a look at and using with a group of children as they would thoroughly enjoy it.

Thanks for reading.