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Software for the KS2 and KS3 IT / ICT curriculum Specific IT skills, coding and programming Adventure Games Studio | Free programming app to create games.
(Next Generation Skills Update - September 2012) Over the last couple of months things have been moving on the ICT curriculum front with Government, Industry and Campaigners all being active. Next Generation Skills* for instance have been meeting on a regular basis to make progress in several areas: ICT Resources and the National Curriculum At the BETT exhibition in 2012, Michael Gove set industry a challenge:
A QR Code or Quick Response Code is a method of easily sharing various information with people through the use of a QR Code Reader. Using a Tablet or Phone camera, users scan a QR code and it will send users to a URL address that it is linked too. There are several options for creating codes and reading codes. I currently use the Kaywa Reader which has a QR Code Generator and a Reader App for both Apple devices and Android devices . Below is an infographic that provides the history and statistics for QR Codes (Click to Enlarge) Now that you have a Generator, Reader, and some background knowledge at your disposal, how can you use this service in your classroom?
We get asked this question all the time: "Why do you use Blogger instead of Wordpress?" Sure, Wordpress gives you pretty much unlimited freedom to do anything you'd like with your site, there are thousands of plugins, you can self-host, and with server-side code (PHP) and a database (MySQL), the sky is the limit. But we see that as the problem. Unlimited potential often means unlimited potential to get lost, screw something up, or fail to secure something.
ICT can be used to teach across the curriuculm. Here's Mike Britlands top five tools. Photograph: www.alamy.com
This page gathers all of the Bloomin' Apps projects in one place ! Each of the images has clickable hotspots and includes suggestions for iPad, Google, Android, and Web 2.0 applications to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. The use of the triangle shape for Bloomin' apps projects was not used to help clear up the misunderstanding that the levels are hierarchical and the top levels only make up a tiny portion of the cognitive processes. I have created a page to allow you to share your favorite Web 2.0, iOS, or Android app with others. New image for Bloom's?
Since my last post I had yet another discovery around this idea of social networking with Kindergarten kids, wow! I have only recently set up a class twitter account that is used solely for the purpose of making connections with other Kindergarten classes. The children in my class seem to have naturally connected with this idea of making friends and sharing ideas with others in other places outside of our classroom. As a teacher I really think carefully about “how to” develop this idea of making friends and connections with others.
Over the last couple of months, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been working diligently on a variety of educational technology guides for teachers and educators. The majority of them have been posted here and , thankfully, have received a huge and unprecedented interaction from our readers. We are glad our hard work did not go in vain. These guides come in very handy for every teacher looking to better integrate technology into his/her teaching. They are very simple,developed in a step by step process, illustrated by pictures, diagrams, video tutorials, and examples, and concluded with a webliography containing links to a variety of other websites relevant to the topic under discussion. Needless to mention the pedagogical implications we include in the review of the web tools we feature in our guides.
ICT Bingo for teachers! In an attempt to embed ICT into all classrooms, we have just started a game of ICT bingo for our staff. Has anyone tried this? I would love to hear how it went! If anyone has creative and engaging ways to do this, please comment. pdf- WE ARE ALL LEARNING ICT BINGO
i 1 Votes Here is my suggestion for an updated ICT Programme of Study for Key Stage 2 Knowledge, Skills and Understanding
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I Risk ed IT today! What is RiskIT? There is only one simple rule to follow when you are Risk ing IT: “Use something “ICT” you have not used before”
#BYOD - Criteria for Implementation Success Creative Commons Copyright ShareAlike-Attribution-NonCommercial This past week in a conversation, I found myself saying, “Wouldn’t it be neat if there was a rubric or list of criteria for implementing a BYOD program? That way, you could just share that with campus/district leaders so they could be aware of what was needed from 3 different perspectives: Teaching & Learning, Policy and Procedures, and Infrastructure & Administration.” Everyone looked at me with expectation in their faces. Internally, I gave a long sigh.
Tagged with: digital citizenship As technology becomes more of an integral part of our society, it’s important to help students understand appropriate use of social media tools and other digital citizenship skills. Edmodo offers various resources to help you get started, including security best practices , sample guidelines and a sample code of conduct for your students. To help you relay the importance of digital citizenship, we’ve also created a Best Practices for Digital Citizenship poster which you can print and display in your classroom, or share with your students.
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