Session 15 – Thursday 30th September 2010

Session Title

What skills/statements should be in a new ICT curriculum-fit for 21st Century pupils?

Summary of Discussion

There were officially 780 #ukedchat tweets-that’s 13 a minute! Hats-off to all the moderators that had come before me-it was bloody hard work!

I had 3 applications open and still found it incredible difficult to keep up with the myriad of conversations-such is the task of taming the #ukedchat beast.

Can I apologise to those who were expected more of a #ukedchat. With permission it was supposed to be a special ‘Crowdsourcing the Curriculum’ edition but turned into the kind of brilliant discussion that we have every week.

It was my intention that the session would be about curriculum suggestions, in my head the hour was broken up into 3 sections-curriculum principals, skills and capability. In reality the session went off on so many amazing tangents it took me 45 mins to unravel the string.

The conversation was thoroughly engrossing-it began with a long conversation about the philosophy of teaching ICT. @mberry caught my eye with a tweet about skills/knowledge needing the right key attitudes, with @janwebb21 adding that these needed to be transferable and that choices about applying skills needed to be taught.

The session then moved to whether ICT should be taught as a ‘stand-alone’ subject or if it should be embedded in the curriculum. Most agreed that there it was important that elements of an ICT curriculum should impact on the teaching of other subjects.

The quandary of the future curriculum was also debated-how could educators agree a technology curriculum, when technology itself moves so fast, that by the time of publication the curriculum would be obsolete.

Most thought that this was solved with a focus on skills not tools. Although this proved equally as contentious, especially after @ianaddison pertinent tweet about pupils knowing a range of tools.

@laura_987 very perceptive comment about teaching about where information comes from, stimulated talk about the validity of what appears on screen and how pupils seem to believe that if it’s on a screen it must be the truth.

Finally I tried to finish the session with some concrete curriculum suggestions about what people thought should be taught in an ICT curriculum-see tweets of the session for those.

A massive thank you to all the contributors-I had a great time moderating and I’ve enough amazing ideas to stimulate even the most anti-technologists.

Eye-Catching Tweets during Discussion

@daviderogers I’d help them to know when technology wasn’t needed and how to adapt their skills to new situations
@ianaddison I’d teach them how to search properly and give credit when taking info from the net
@ictprimarysch  ict resources need to be selected within the classroom, chn could share understanding thru paper, mike, podcast, tweet etc
@ColinTGraham Be able to use two or three search engines and critically assess the URLs listed on the first pages of the results
@Ariellah: Does ICT has to start and end with computers? what about mobile phones? i-pods? e-readers? > must include all
@janwebb21 it’s good for kids to see us learning – models skills of learning and problem solving
@kvnmcl  ICT was an add on subject 11 years ago. Now it should be integrated, a redesigned curriculum would help
@mynictle blogs, should be written in to a policy somehow, guidelines etc
@carolrainbow Digital literacies continued – e-safety, filtering, networking literacies – all need to be taught
@ColinTGraham Be able to locate and download a variety of open-source applications to PCs, mobile phones and hand-held devices
@kvnmcl Teachers with less skills MUST develop their skills. Otherwise they will find their class will leave them behind
@kvnmcl Basic skill set-keyboard, Mouse, trackpad, OS, word processing, application tools all from an early age
@kvnmcl ICT shouldn’t be just a skill set apart, it need to be seen as a collaborative tool for every part of the curriculum
@colport A key principle, for me, is how to use internet safely. From KS1 and onwards and throughout.
@ParsleyBill Children should be taught language-based principles that underpin use of new ICT media e.g. podcasts, digital movies & animation
@bevevans22: @colport key skills taught discretely but then taken on and embedded across the curriculum by class teachers
@mberry the context does matter, and better IMH(?)O to link with other learning that something artificially ‘relevant’/’trendy’
@islayian critical analysis skills; thinking and processing skills; Base skills in place and tech skills developed as required
@Ariellah principles for ICT Curriculum; Ensure progression in basic Skills (such as typing, PP/ Word, Search,etc) starting early

Tweet of the Week

This tweet from Roger Neilson summed up perfectly the challenge we have in teaching ICT and was a response to my ‘If you had to teach one thing in ICT-what would it be?’ question.

@didactylos if I were to teach one thing it would be ‘the tools are there for you to be stupendous’ use them wisely

Your host:

Sheffield Deputy Headteacher interested in colaboration, creativity and new technology. My philosophy is about educating the ‘whole-child’ and trying to find ways to achieve this.


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