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How can we make sure that ICT is encouraging higher order thinking rather than just being 'busy work'
Have a definite purpose in mind for using ICT
Integrate with other subjects
tell children what the outcome will be of the session and get them to figure out which tool to use to get there.
Include activities that encourage processing skills, problem solving, questioning, creativity.
As a school plan different skills for each year group.
Model the task.
Plan for some time to do the "how to" so they can spend the bulk of the time on the activity rather than being lost and unsure.
Use tasks that align with thinking tools such as Habits of the Mind or Thinkers Keys
Have clear learning intentions for the task.
Just in time versus just in case - how much time should be spent on skills? Can this always be done in context? How can you plan for ICT to address this?
Enough skill base so that they can use the skills in a practical scenario
Can't always do this in context
Needs to be taught just before it is needed for an authentic activity or it is forgotten.
If they are in context, they become more concrete for the children. They can see 'why' they need to know it.
Things like keyboarding can be taught 'just in case' as it is a skill needed across a wide range of ICT applications.
Some skills have a logical sequence and may need to be taught first so that you can continue building on skill base.
Managing computers - in the classroom with one or a few computers.
Timetable - individual/ pairs
Use learning logs and cycle through children so all have a turn.
Use it for publishing work.
Use a data projector for presenting and to model.
In an ideal world, every student would have one each!!!
Have children own their own flash drives to move files.
Managing a pod/suite
Have one group in the class using the pod while other children do other activities.
Have children paired/ grouped within class using pod as a whole class
Make sure that classes have shared areas to save work to and that these are set up well beforehand and all children know how to get to these.
Check beforehand that the equipment is all there (cables etc) and available to use (eg charged!)
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