The ABC of ICT
A cross-curricular guide to using ICT as a teaching and learning tool

This section of the website will track and discuss the theory and research that supports our teaching learning ideas.

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Planning idea sheets.  This series of resources are aimed at presenting a series of incremental ideas around which to base your teaching and learning activities.  They increase in complexity and intricacy as you read from left to right and are designed to get staff thinking about ways that they might incorporate an ICT activity of theme into their topic of choice.  Some of the descriptions are explicit, whilst others simply present an idea for the reader to interpret whilst considering their distinct area of the curriculum.  Three distinct levels of ability and support are offered, with Level 1 targeting novice or inexperienced ICT users and Level 3 teachers more experienced in utilising the medium within a classroom setting.  It is up to the individual to determine which level is most suitable for your needs - if may be that you flip between levels in order to search for inspiration and guidance.  All of the examples will be given coverage on our twitter feed with examples from discreet subjects and topics.  Please continue to monitor the feed for fresh ideas on implement tried and tested technologies.

Planning Idea Sheet - Level 1
PDF version
January, 2015Planning_for_ICT_files/ABC%20Ideas%20Planning%20Sheets%20Level%201_2.pdf
Planning Idea Sheet - Level 2
PDF version
January, 2015Planning_for_ICT_files/ABC%20Ideas%20Planning%20Sheets%20Level%202_2.pdf
Planning Idea Sheet - Level 3
PDF version
February, 2015Planning_for_ICT_files/ABC%20Ideas%20Planning%20Sheets%20Level%203_2.pdf

Questions to prompt dialogue.
These question banks are used as part of the ‘Feedback’ chapter of The ABC of ICT and presentation.  They are designed to force students into two-way dialogue with teaching staff.  The collection will grow continuously as practitioners share their experiences, so please check back regularly. Planning_for_ICT_files/Questions%20to%20prompt%20dialogue.pdf
Pastoral Student Management System.
I have been using this spreadsheet across our school and college for five years now.  It allows me to share information and communicate in a formal way with my colleagues and Senior staff within school.  A modern School Management Systems is a fabulous resource that allows us to record achievements; behaviour logs; report to parents and share data or documents across the school.  However, it can be difficult to extract the relevant bits of data for a particular student when you are trying to establish patterns or as an overview when meeting with parents or guardians.  We have found that this tool has allowed staff in our school to do just that.  It has evolved over time and although basic, it has had a huge impact in the way that we gather and store information as well as feedback to parents.  It also allows me to print off the history of a child’s pastoral progress, intervention and achievement for Senior Staff Planning_for_ICT_files/Questions%20to%20prompt%20dialogue.pptx
should they look to meet with parents of move students on to other institutions.  If you have any thoughts on how this might work in your school setting or how it can be improved, please let me know. 

Instructions - download the zip file attached.  Unzip the file and save the entire folder to your storage area - you will need to duplicate this if you are using the model with more than one year group.  Add your list of students and tutor-group/house information before adding all of the relevant information in the columns.  The first time you input information onto a student’s log, add their name.  Don’t forget to save each log (Word document) after every entry.  Every incident is logged on a child’s document to create a fantastic record of their achievements and incidents.  My pastoral team meet on a 3-weekly cycle in order to update information and add any relevant information.
November, 2014

Download the zip file: Pastoral Year or House Management or click on the image above.
Teacher Planner
This tool came about because of my handwriting - not that it is messy or difficult to read, but it takes me ages to write things with a pen... but my typing is very fast.  Another bonus of this way of planning is that when lessons are repeated for other classes, they can simply be ‘copy and pasted’ rather than rewritten.  The quality of planning that I was submitting became evident at the end of an academic year when we reviewed our programmes of study and schemes of work, I could be very specific about what worked, and again could copy and paste my information into departmental documentation.  

I currently run Microsoft 365 on my iPad.  This is quite an expensive word processing option, but I get it for free.  It is included in our school software package so it could very well be included in yours... ask your Network Manager or ICT technicians to advise you.  The ability to run my planner on MS365 means that I can plan on the sports field or in the classroom and use the assessment resources (examples included in the spreadsheet) as I move around and speak with my students.Planning_for_ICT_files/Teachers%20Digital%20Planner.xlsx

I have left all of the details of this teacher planner editable so feel free to chop and change the details that you require.  Please feel free to share your amended versions and I will post them on here for others to share. Planning_for_ICT_files/Teachers%20Digital%20Planner_2.xlsx

RAP Sheet - Read, Annotate Plan (Peter Metcalfe, 2015)

The RAP sheet has been a real success with Key Stage 4 and 5 students.  The example to the left is from Geography (click on it to view a larger image) and this allows students to use the planning sheet before they submit an extended answer (6-8 mark question [20+ marks at AS&2-Level]).

Students spend time Reading the questions and rewriting it to pick our key command words that allow them to access the question.

Next, they Annotate the question to breakdown what it is really asking them, picking out both the structure and content required.

Finally, they Plan their answer before writing.  They plan the structure of how and what they will write and then plan their content accordingly.

From this, students have a better understanding of what the required response should be and they have identified where marks will be awarded.  With practice, this becomes second nature to students and it has had a dramatic impact on the scores that students using this technique have received for extended questions.

Plenary Dave - “What does this character need to know?” (Peter Metcalfe, 2015)

Dave (or any name that you choose to use! - you could use Pierre is you are reading this in France... or John if you are in Huddersfield!) is a plenary tool that can be used to consolidate the learning that has taken place and really pull together different aspects of the lesson such as key themes; subject specific vocabulary and facts.  As a result, it can be used in a variety of subjects - I use this both as a paper tool and as a digital resource.

The idea is that Dave is a fictional character, and students imagine he is a random person who knows nothing about the content just taught (or even an OfSTED inspector!).  They must tell Dave everything they have just learnt in the lesson - thus consolidating what they have seen and heard and reinforcing their understanding of the lesson.

Click the image for a larger view of the examplar Plenary Dave marked piece of work from Geography.

MAD Time Slide - Beat the clock! (Peter Metcalfe, 2015)

Mad time is a proven, effective way of developing progress and learning.  I encourage students to develop a routine by embedding this process into our weekly marking/feedback lessons.  On a weekly basis (or however often you mark books), students enter the room and see the MAD Time Slide on the interactive white board with a timer embedded into the slide.  Students now automatically associate the slide with calm entry and a task to complete as they sit down.

The activity itself takes approximately 5 minutes and students challenge themselves to act upon specific feedback within the allocated time slot (which can be set by the teacher).  Not only does this help to ensure that pupils are reading feedback and making appropriate responses, it can have a major impact on behaviour for learning and the routine helps to settle and engage students on entry.

A screen-shot of the slide can be seen on the left.  Click on the image to download a copy of the slide as a PowerPoint.  You will not see the countdown timer until you ‘play’ the PowerPoint, as it is embedded.

Questions for Learning -  Bloom’s Taxonomy
Question sheet - for use when planning questions and for students as a diagnostic tool when they start to analyse what a question requires.
July 2015Planning_for_ICT_files/Questions%20For%20Learning%20Bloms%20Taxonomy1.pdf
LInk to iPedagogy Wheel diagram
I’ve recently come across this diagram via a link on Twitter, but I think that it is an amazing planning tool when considering using iPads or tablets within the classroom.  It provides some lovely ideas and prompts to get you thinking about the suitability of the software in your classroom. (This is an external website so please be conscious that I cannot guarantee the authenticity or copyright free nature of any resources that I do not directly publish on this site)
July 2015

Screenshot representative of site on 14/7/15