ICT capability & digital media literacyWhat should a curriculum for ICT look like in 2013?
ICT QuestionnairePlease take 5 minutes to complete thequestionnaire (make sure you specify in youare male or female).
Important InformationICT Conference - 15th March 2013Assignment Due In - 26th May 2013theslate.org
Current Practice What experiences did you have of the use of ICTacross the curriculum during your ﬁnal placement?
E1602Students to discuss the ways in which youngchildren’s skills, knowledge and understanding oftechnologies can support positive dispositionstowards learning within the 2007 Early YearsFoundation Stage and the National Curriculum forKey Stage one. Appropriate references should bemade to experiences on school-based orcomplementary placements, relevant theory,research, policy and practice in ICT.(2,000 words)
E1603“Enabling children to develop ICT capability isfar more challenging than teaching a series oftechniques in applications which will soon beredundant in a fast changing context.” (Sharpet al, 2002, p3) Discuss this notion of ICTcapability, drawing upon your school basedexperience, your knowledge of recent policyand your understanding of the impact of digitaltechnologies on learning and teaching.(2,000 words)
Where are we going? The current policy context
Eric SchmidtGoogle Chairman“Your IT curriculumfocuses on teaching how touse software, but gives noinsight into how it’s made.That is just throwing awayyour great computingheritage”
Next Gen.Livingstone Hope Review This review criticised the school ICT curriculum, saying that it focuses more on “office skills rather than the more rigorous Computer Science and programming skills which high- tech industries like video games and visual effects need”.The review received support fromkey Government ministers.
ICT in SchoolsOfsted Report 2008-11ICT was rated good or outstanding in nearlytwo thirds of primary schools inspectedduring the period; however, the mediareporting focussed on the poorerperformance in secondary schools.Lack of teacher capability in ‘key topics’ suchas programming is singled out as aparticular concern, along with a “lack ofattention to the needs and interests of moreable students”.64% decline in those taking GCSE ICT (from2007 - 2011).
Royal Society ReportComputing in SchoolsKey recommendation is that ICT should be‘restructured’ into three distinctive components:• ‘digital literacy’ (“the ability to use computersystems confidently and effectively”)• ‘Computer Science’ (“the study of how computerswork”)• ‘Information Technology’ (“how computers areused to solve important problems in business andindustry”)Recommends that the term ‘ICT’ is no longer used.
DfE ICT Policy5 things you need to know1. The existing Programme of Study for ICT has been disapplied from September of last year.2. ICT remains compulsory at all key stages, and must still be taught at every stage of the curriculum.3. The old Programme of Study will remain online ‘for reference’.4. ICT will be a foundation subject in the revised National Curriculum from September 2014.5. A draft PoS for ICT (now called ‘Computing’) has just been published for consultation.
The new Computing curriculumHow does thiscompare to whatyou think shouldbe in thecurriculum?Discuss this with theperson next to you
AlgorithmsWhat is analgorithm andwhat might itlook like in KS1or KS2?
Read:Loveless, A (2003) “Questions for Teachers: Why ICT?”Ager, R (2003) “Why all this concern about ICT?”These are both available to download from the ICT area on studentcentralReﬂect:What does it mean to be capable with ICT?