1. What learning skills can be developed using ICT tools?
ICT is a valuable tool, extending the teachers ability to support teaching in many ways, with a wide variety of ICT equipment available e.g. laptops, stand alone and network computers, interactive white boards, digital image and video, temperature sensors and computerised microscopes.
ICT is intended to improve pupil’s attainment (a standard of academic performance usually demonstrated by tests, examinations or teacher assessment), not just in literacy and maths but in all subjects, whether ICT equipment is widespread or limited e.g. a dedicated ICT classroom or a cluster of PC’s. The national curriculum for all subjects, requires the use of ICT ‘where appropriate’, e.g. History, the internet can be used to research a particular king. Pupils are taught to use ICT tools to explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and without discrimination, experiencing a variety of ideas from a wide range of communities and cultures. As pupils move through the years they are encouraged to become more independent in use of ICT, making informed judgements and where to use ICT to its best effect.
All classes widely differ in ICT abilities (depending on access to ICT equipment at home or outside school.
EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)
• Learning and development for ‘Knowledge and understanding the World’, is an ICT learning goal when a child is 5 (Reception year)
Key Stage 1
• Gathering information from a variety of sources e.g. books, data-bases, CD-ROMS
• Entering and storing information e.g. storing information into a prepared database, saving work
• Select from and add to information retrieved
• Learn how to plan and give instructions e.g. programming a floor turtle, placing instructions in the correct order
• Work with a range of information to investigate different ways information can be presented
• Use of a variety of ICT tools e.g....