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Searching the web & information literacy

Searching the web & information literacy

One of the big rubs in this brave new world of technology-assisted education is getting students to realise that not everything posted online is true. With young children, even getting them to realise that search engines don’t actually provide you with...
Demystifying abstract terms

Demystifying abstract terms

One of the problems with a subject like ICT is relating seemingly abstract terms. In a recent discussion about storage & computer memory, I found some of my Key Stage 3 students had little concept of the units of file size. After a little while we established that...
Pupil speak level descriptors

Pupil speak level descriptors

The requests for ICT level descriptors in pupil speak continue to pile up on the TES forums, so I thought I’d make mine available for download. Personally, I think they make a lot of sense, and cover the array of ICT skills we ought to be covering in high...

On the Rose reforms, and kicking up a stink

I was interviewed by a freelance journalist for a TES article recently, and was told that our LA ICT advisor was unhappy with the comment I gave on the Rose reforms. “Good ICT is very difficult to teach, and rarely gets beyond skills building, or ‘trivial pursuits’ in...
Working to levels 4 & 5

Working to levels 4 & 5

Two A1-size posters. Working to levels 4 & 5 has details from the level descriptors, as well as four A4-sized spaces for exemplar work. View full size. Plan, do, review shows a simplified version of the systems life cycle. View full...
Level descriptors wall display

Level descriptors wall display

Level descriptors This is up on my classroom wall printed as 4′ x 16′, printed at 130 DPI. The actual file weighs in at 16.9MB in high quality jpeg format; 29,000 x 3,000 pixels. Click here for the 300 x 3108 preview, click here for the full-size version....
Famous faces in tech posters

Famous faces in tech posters

I’ve been meaning to share an awful lot of the resources I put together earlier in the year, but this is the first opportunity I’ve had to get it done… I’ll be posting classroom posters & level descriptors tonight, starting with my famous...