Consultation on the legislation to replace the title ICT with the title Computing
Very quickly after the close of public consultation on the curriculum for English Schools the UK Parliament has decided to replace the title ICT with the title Computing for their description of a subject.
There is now just one step left in the political process to complete this rejuvenation project and that is to consult on the required legislation. You can read about this decision and choose to respond to the consultation, which closes the first week in June, here http://t.co/kOhQ7C5H7V
I'm just beginning a project where pupils will have a personal blog and use this to keep a Learning Log/ePortfolio of their ICT work.. and possibly more subjects possibly later on.
It's early days yet, but I began with my KS2 pupils last week and I was very impressed with their responses and enthusiasm. You can read about it it in more detail on my blog.
We're using J2Bloggy as I think this is the only product that allows a whole school to have unlimited individual pupil blogs- so each pupil can have as many as they choose- and also provides teacher administration of them.
Please contact me if you'd like to know more.
Ofsted and ICT
- "Inspectors will expect that a broad & balanced curriculum will include… ICT"
- "Accredited eSafety training" means any form of accreditation - not just CEOP"
- "The Head and the Governors will be held accountable for e-safety within a school not the head of ICT"
- "It's easy for Governors to agree spending on things they can see."
- "If e-safety is an issue in a school it will have implications on the Leadership and Management judgement."
- "You've bought 50 iPads - so what?" Impact Impact Impact!
Bring Your Own Device
What does “bring your own device” mean?
Bring your own device (often shortened to BYOD) is the term used to describe the connection of a personally-owned device (such as a laptop, smartphone or tablet) to a wi-fi network provided by a company or other organisation such as a public library, university or school.
A new Guidance Note on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) opportunities and considerations for schools is now available for download here.
The Technology Expectation Curve
Pick a piece of technology that was introduced to schools anytime over the past 15 years and see if it fits the pattern of the graph below.
IWBs, Learning Platforms....
Naace Self-review Framework and ICT Mark course 19 June 2013
Venue: De Vere West One, Oxford Circus, London
This course is designed to support schools who are working through the Self-review Framework (SRF) and towards the ICT Mark.
Click here for further details.
Google Play Store for Education
Whilst there's choice a plenty of Android tablets available, purchasing and managing apps for schools hasn't been all that smooth. Looks like things are set to change.
My blog post on the conundrum of 'which device?' is here.
The popular educational software, I Can Present, which was created by Kudlian is now available as an app for iOS 5, 6 and Android devices. The app allows students to write and edit their own teleprompt script and record their broadcast. Once the recording is complete, they can export it as a movie file, on the go, which is perfect for ‘on location’ reporting whilst at an event or on a school fieldtrip.
iReadWrite makes reading easier and ensures accurate writing as you use your iPad for school, work and leisure.
See it in action on YouTube, so probably not in school then!
A Picture Card Learning System, similar to your physical flash cards. Designed by professionals specifically for those with autism and other special needs.