Over the past year and a bit I have slowly been gathering ideas in order to overhaul the ICT curriculum in our school. I now feel that it is beginning to really take shape in my head and this year I will gradually be introducing some of the new ideas before introducing it completely for next year. I have gathered ideas and inspiration from so many people via Twitter and hopefully put them together in a way that really suits our school. We teach ICT as a separate subject for all year groups from Year 8 all the way down to Nursery and I want to take full advantage of that in order to introduce some of the computing elements such as programming and computer technology. I also hope to encourage a cross-curricular use of ICT in other subjects. Already, our music and art departments cover some of the objectives that are in our current ICT plans.
I have split the curriculum into four strands through which I hope to cover everything I want the children to learn. These four strands are ….
This will cover…
- basic keyboard and mouse skills in the Early Years.
- An understanding of the common, key functions in most software such as Save, Open, Print, Copy and Paste.
- Basic skills in commonly used software.
- Touch typing
- Internet research skills
- Using Web 2.0 tools
- Collaborative tools
- Use of other ICT equipment – cameras / scanners / microscopes / microphones etc
- Data v Information
Or Making Things Happen. This will include…
- Digital art and animations.
- Photography and Video
- Web design
- Computer programming
- Creating Games – 2DIY / Scratch / Kodu etc
- Control – Logo /2Go etc
This will cover
- being able to recognise basic hardware such as monitor, mouse, keyboard in Early Years
- An understanding of bits, bytes and binary.
- Comparing digital and analogue
- History of computer / communication technology – i.e. “The Victorian Internet”
- Telecommunications technology
- The future of computer technology
- Control technology
This will cover…
- Issues relating to how ICT is used in the real world – such as computer technology in shops / hospitals etc
- Environmental issues regarding computers such as the recycling of old technology.
- Topics to debate such as age ratings on games / websites.
- ICT in the News, such as the role of social media in the Arab uprisings and the Summer riots.
- ICT in other cultures.
- How future technology will affect our lives etc
I imagine that Digital Literacy and Digital Creativity will take up most of the curriculum and that there will be a lot of crossover between the different strands. The ideas listed above are far from the final list and I am always open to sugegstions on how it could be tweaked and if there is anything glaringly obvious I have missed.