Practicing What We Teach
The NEW curriculum states
‘explore the ways that ICT can be used to communicate, collaborate and share ideas on a global scale, allowing people to work together in new ways and changing the way in which knowledge is created.’
I am lucky to be able to work with an experienced ICT colleague and we have started to collaborate on the NEW curriculum. We have decided to try and collaborate as middle managers, as teachers and to encourage our students to collaborate also, using the publishing power of authorSTREAM and in the process taking some calculated risks.
Gideon Williams (Perins School) and I first discussed and attempted to frame what the NEW curriculum could look like for our students in ICT. Gideon brought with him a wealth of experience and together we applied and emphasised the NEW curriculum ‘Key Concepts and Processes.’ We attempted to revise a range of ‘tried and tested’ lessons using a range teaching approaches, innovative webare tools as well as exploiting cross curriular opportunities.
For Year 7 students, we highlighted personal ICT organisation, digital citzenship and online saftey, finishing with a ‘Personal Presentation Task’ (ppt) based on the infamous Slideshare Competition entry, ‘Meet Henry.’ We are hoping that webware company authorSTREAM will support our ‘collaborative-competition’ as students from Hamble and Perins go head to head, yet also offering one another online feedback.
The process on mapping out the rest of curriculum is far from finished, we need to bring in a final task that requires students to evaluate and developing models and to fully develop the Year 8 program of study. Gideon and I are using the online mind mapping tool bubbl.us to continue our planning conversations, should you want to throw your ideas onto the map, then let me know.
Finally to note that the choices being made for Year 7 and 8 learners, underpin the skills required for the OCR National Units identified in Years 9, 10 and 11. All of which I hope will marry to the Hambles Specialist Sports College Status.