Session 108 – What ICT shall we teach from September?


Session Title:  What ICT shall we teach from September? 

Date: Thursday 26th July 2012, hosted by @eslweb

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There was plenty of banter, but the key ideas from the session were:

The Hot Tech

Raspberry Pis
Raspberry Pis were mentioned at the beginning of the session.  Currently nobody has the numbers to teach whole class groups, but the technology is promising.  @dwsm said, “Haven’t been able to get hold of enough of them-going with Arduino instead”. 10 lesson ideas for Raspberry Pi can be found at:

There is some debate particularly in Primary schools as to the uses of the iPad with some schools using them as ‘Fashion’ statements, apps that are poorly designed and concern over the costs of getting them into school and their long term robustness. (Particularly when compared to desktop PCs) However others have found them invaluable for literacy, creativity and blogging. (For examplePuppet Pals)

There was also concern that having 1 account and sharing the apps amongst all iPads or iPods although widespread practice might not actually be legal. (No authoritative answer was found.)

Some ideas

@MissPhilbin: History of computing culminating in a trip to the national museum of computing #ukedchat
@MissAPatterson: Collaboration using wikis, creating voicethread, Voki, prezi design – some of the ict I hope to teach #ukedchat
@nickotkdIV: we now have ICT links in most foundation subjects: Science, History, geography, DT, Art. All need ICT links #ukedchat
@ lewis892 Agree I did a lesson with Google Earth Maths & Geog Kids loved it Don’t want to be constrained by the national curriculum #ukedchat
@MissAPatterson Our school has introduced an ezine which is emailed to a huge list of parents monthly to keep them up to date #ukedchat
@eslweb If you’d like a new curriculum. Here’s one I nicked earlier: #ukedchat with assessment levels
@ JanP65 There is a great Inanimate Alice resource on Promethean Planet. Have you seen it? #Ukedchat
@PeteJeffreys I’ve seen lots of talk about Open Badges, started by Mozilla & taken on by others #ukedchat
@ bartoneducation Wow, missed this My best lesson would be ‘poke the box’. 15 mins with Raspberry PI and then stop, review results.#ukedchat

Tweet of the week
@ SheliBB I’m a big fan of anything free! Kodu, scratch, photostory, gdocs, blogging, avatars are top of my list to teach   
Because I love anything free too!

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