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Free scheme of work for OCR Nationals unit 1

Updated: click here for details Good lord it’s been a long time since I made a post. The reality is that I’ve been working on this for about four months, in and around everything else that’s been going on. It’s now just about ready for release,...
Accessibility in e-learning

Accessibility in e-learning

A recent US Department of Education report concluded that “on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction”. In the New York Times analysis of the report, Steve Lohr said: Until fairly recently, online...
Link roundup: September

Link roundup: September

From Now On I really have to start the first roundup of useful links with the first site that got me really thinking about the role of technology in education. Jamie McKenzie takes a cautionary role, looking for the good in applying technology rather than...
Engagement & ICT

Engagement & ICT

“So what do you teach?” “ICT.” “Oh, well at least the kids must find that interesting.” – Opening to half a dozen conversations I’ve had with non-teachers. We’re not in the ‘90s anymore, and sitting a kid in front of a computer generates little more...
Moral issues in ICT: handout resource

Moral issues in ICT: handout resource

This is an event – the first resource to be posted borne of collaboration! Debbie Jones – @teach_ict – of Teach-ICT fame very kindly put together two of the handouts in this set covering the moral issues in ICT. The social & moral implications of...
Dotcom millionaires visualisation

Dotcom millionaires visualisation

Here’s another very simple visualisation showing a breakdown of the top 10 dotcom millionaires under the age of 30. The original list was here – I thought I’d put a poster together to answer the moans and groans from the “ICT isn’t...

OCR Nationals markbooks: updated

A while back I posted a Google Spreadsheet markbook for OCR Nationals level 2 ICT’s oh-so-exciting unit 1. Since posting this as a resource, I’ve updated it to plug a couple of holes (the original markbook was missing multiple recipients as a pass criteria...
Key questioning: don’t skip steps

Key questioning: don’t skip steps

From firm foundations… When I was training to teach, one of my tutors had a section on his lesson plan proforma entitled “vocab”. At the time, I wondered what possible reason there would be to have a vocab section for an ICT lesson plan – the...

ICT quotes posters

It’s freebie time again! Inspired by Will Lion‘s excellent “mind bites” series of desktop wallpapers, I started putting together a series of A3 size posters for my classroom wall. These posters include quotes, facts & figures relating to...
Expectations & user interface design

Expectations & user interface design

The Human Oriented Technology Lab at Carleton University’s website reads “As technology becomes increasingly sophisticated and pervasive in people’s lives it is important to foster research and innovation that remains closely linked with the needs, wants and...