My Book : An Introduction (Continued)
For example in history lessons we might ask the children to research the topic online, they might create posters or leaflets using word processing or desktop publishing software, they might create their own storybooks or comic strips, record their own podcasts or videos or use online tools to create timelines, interactive maps or even their own wikis and websites. They may use social networking such as Twitter or blogs to recreate historical events and bring historical figures to life.
These are all examples of how ICT can support the history curriculum but how can history be part of ICT? Well I teach my children about the history of computers and communication technology. By looking at how the technology has developed I hope it gives a clearer understanding of how the technology functions today and also assists them in considering how the technology may develop in the future. The children look at how we used technology t help us communicate in the past and they have a go at semaphore and Morse code. I introduce them to characters such as Charles Babbage, Alan Turing and Samuel Morse and I ensure my ICT room celebrates the history of computing. In fact part of our ICT room is now a Museum of Technology featuring, amongst other things, a Acorn Electron, a Spectrum ZX and an Atari 2600 games console. All of these are in working order and I use them to demonstrate to the children how computers have advanced during my own lifetime.