Use this resource to inspire you to incorporate ICT in your lessons. Each suggestion increases in complexity form left to right, using software from the modern school environment.
Plenty of support material on my website to help you once you have identified the method that you want to incorporate into your planning.
This is also an excellent tool to use with NQT, RQT or to inspire long-standing departments and colleagues to improve the quality and modernity of their planning.
This digital planner is primarily aimed at those teachers who type faster than they write! However, I have continually used this with teaching staff that are struggling with the quality of their planning, monitoring, recording or reporting. It serves as the traditional 'teacher planner' in an easy to use format that can be amended to include your students and class names - this information can be directly imported form your School Management System (SIMS).
I find this particularly useful at the end of the academic year when we are thinking about amendments that need to be made to programmes or study, schemes of learning or individual lessons. Information can easily be copy and pasted across classes in your planner if you teach parallel groups in a year group or into new programmes or study, schemes of learning or individual lessons as you evaluate the success of your teaching as an individual or department. As someone who monitors carries out Quality Assurance of several departments, this resource is fantastic at giving me instant access to staff's planning and assessment data. I have centralised this as a collaborative tool using Google Drive, allowing staff to access their planner on multiple devices, whilst providing me with a great overview.
Please find available a presentation and associated worksheet to evidence student progress in Module 1, Activity 1 - The Project Life Cycle. I will be adding more lessons as and when produced and a course booklet when I have finished preparing every lesson (this could take some time though). Each presentation also contains 6-7 'Chunking' words to familiarise students with subject specific terminology. These can be assessed in subsequent lessons - I use a Moodle quiz function on my subject page to do this.
i also have a Moodle course that will fully support the delivery of this qualification - please email me for more details.
These resources are summary mind maps that can be used in isolation at the end of a topic or as a revision tool at the end of a course. They can be used appropriately as formative or summative activities.
Each mind map has associated past paper questions and questions taken from, or inspired by the course workbooks and revision guide. I have confirmed with Pearson that i have permission to share these resources with other teachers and students.
The topics include: Personal Digital Devices, Connectivity, Operating Online, Online Communities, Online Goods and Services & Issues.
I tend to use these resources for group work tasks where students get a series of points for the methods that they have used to work out the answers.
Please note that these resource do not have the questions attached that feature in the other, similarly named document that I have uploaded here. They are stored in the form of a jpg.
This is a resource that goes through each of the formulae that students need to know for the course. It has an activity for them to practice each formula and apply it to a working situation. My students come back to this when they build any spreadsheet and can’t remember how to do a certain formula.
According to Professor John Hattie, feedback has the biggest impact on learning. However, the written feedback that we provide is often rushed (in a bid to finish marking that pile of books!) It is also a common trait that we don’t teach our students how to use the feedback that we provide. So with this method, I tend to concentrate on writing quality feedback and at the start of the year, following my first written feedback, we work on how to use this information to inform and progress our learning. As a result, this is a document type that I use on a daily basis in school. The concept involves writing a set of statements that can be used to feedback on a piece of work. I tend to write the statements/comments at the same time as I write each of the tasks as this allows me to think of all of the possible outcomes that a student will produce.
The feedback for each task is provided in four ways:
Instant: this is the feedback that the students look for straight away. It very quickly establishing ‘how well’ they have done/
Constructive: this part of the feedback outlines exactly what the student has done well and what they need to develop. I simply ‘copy and paste’ the whole statement into the feedback box and colour code it appropriately. Students are now used to looking into this section in order to ascertain the specifics of where they have achieved/no achieved.
Progressive: this is essentially an extension task for the student to follow. I often differentiate these pase on the ‘Constructive’ section. It takes the form of a link to a website; a video lecture or an activity. Sometimes these are assessed online - i.e. a Moodle Quiz or Educanon Assessment.
Specific: this section focuses on the school or subject priority. For example, Literacy is high profile in our school environment so I will often tailor comments in this section to be around Literacy and quality of written answers.
This series of resources is aimed at being delivered over a series of 2-3 lessons. In the first lesson I go through the lesson content and provide students with the chunking words for the lesson and the associated 'exam questions' for homework.
Chunking section - this is a selection of 3-7 words is subject specific terminology that I assess in a range of different ways: spelling tests; word searches; crosswords; online quizzes; diagnostic questions etc. The idea being that students can learn and retain a small number of words/meanings or data at any one time. This is based on the educational research concept of: Herbert Simon http://www.human-memory.net/types_short.html
Lesson content - This worksheets covers the topic: Online Shopping. I can supply accompanying PowerPoints on request free of charge, but I don't want to put these up here as I have worked on producing them with my colleague. This package of work and worksheets can be used as teaching and learning resources of as revision activities with individuals, small and large groups - targeting misconceptions through appropriate intervention.
Homework - the homework is based on examination questions from past paper exam and the course revision book. The questions are used with permission from Edexcel and Pearson. At the foot of each homework is the opportunity to feedback to the students in the form of percentage achieved, grade (in relation to target grade) and written feedback. I set a 'MAD (Make A Difference) Time' activity for each piece of work in the form of an intervention or extension task.
This course booklet contains all of the:
- chunking/terminology activities for each lesson
- associated mind map and revision activities
- revision activities
- literacy activities
- differentiated word searches and crosswords
I issue each student that I teach with this booklet and we work through it with the associated PowerPoints.
The booklet starts with a specification checklist and a PLC activity for each unit of work.
Each lesson starts with the associated chunking/terminology and then features lesson content and an associated home task (past paper of exam-style questions). I work through these one lesson at a time and test the terminology/chunking knowledge in the next lesson (usually a practical or CAB lesson).
At the completion of each teaching block, student create their own mind map.
At the end of the course are some revision activities and high quality mind maps.
This is the complete document for teaching the Edexcel GCSE ICT theory components.
This document last my classes for two years.
An introduction to programming. Very basic introduction using pyscripter as the IDE. The lessons will be progressive, following a scheme of learning that will be published as an overview with the final lesson of the unit.
Lessons can purchased individually or as a package. Lesson duration approximately 50-60 minutes.
This lesson also includes links to a personalised Kahoot diagnostic assessment (free sign-up).
Pastoral Management Spreadsheet
I have been using this spreadsheet across our school and college for six years now. It allows me to share information and communicate in a formal way with my colleagues and senior staff within school.
Spheroball is a great programmable tool to introduce programming to students. It can be operated using a plethora of free and paid apps and there is a huge amount of support online for teachers and students. I use the attached race track when delivering this unit in either Computing or Creative Design lessons. Students design obstacles to feature around the track which is printed on our poster printer - the pixel size of this image are huge in order to maintain the high print quality.