Autumn 2010 ICT Inservice

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ICT Developments and Opportunities at St Peters - September 2010 ICT Noticeboard This is situated above the computers in the staffroom. Please look out for updates and write down any problems you have (ICT only please...) for our technician/NH to address New System Server The new server has been installed. This has been a major job, and there may be minor problems to be sorted over the next few weeks, eg missing software. Please let NH know of any issues to address. Nothing has been deleted sinc
  ICT Developments and Opportunities at St Peters - September 2010ICT Noticeboard This is situated above the computers in the staffroom. Please look out for updates andwrite down any problems you have (ICT only please...) for our technician/NH to address NewSystem Server The new server has been installed. This has been a major job, and there may be minorproblems to be sorted over the next few weeks, eg missing software. Please let NHknow of any issues to address. Nothing has been deleted since last term, but the folderstructure may be different. Please ask if you cannot find what you need. Your systempassword has defaulted to 'teacher' Please ask if you wish to change this back, or to anew one. NewNetbooks We have taken delivery of 5 Netbooks (small laptops) for use in class/around the school.They will take a little time to set up, but will be available as a portable extension tothe System, including internet access. Please consider how you could integrate theseinto the teaching and learning in your class. Interactive whiteboards New whiteboard software - ActiveInspire. New and improved features, plus all of theexisting ones in a fresh look. Please see NH if you have any problems. Visualisers Each class now has a visualiser. three new ones have higher resolution/magnification.One of each of these is based in Year 1/2, 3/4, 5/6. Don't forget to use them for taking'Snapshots' and recording video clips. Use the menu in the top left to access these tools Digital cameras We will soon have one digital camera per class. Please download images/videos as soonas you can and delete them from the camera. Please also delete any unnecessaryimages from the system. A new DIGITAL DOWNLOAD section on the system has beencreated to store all of these. Please do not store photos in any other area. Photos andvideos can also be uploaded to the MLE. Video Flip cameras We now have 6 cameras, which are kept centrally in the ICT Suite. Use the USB plug todownload clips to the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD area on the System. Digital microphones(yellow) These can be used in stand-alone mode to record and play back sound. This can bedownloaded onto the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD section on the system computer and uploadedto the MLE if desired. Some are just for stand-alone use, like the ‘Talking Tin’  Fronter MLE - Learning platform Please develop your Classroom/Curriculum room as soon as possible. You can use anexisting 'Front Page' as a template rather than starting from scratch. For some usefulvideo tutorials on creating pages, please visit 'Help' section, click on 'Courses' andselect the 'How to Create Learning Resources, Pages and Learning Paths' section.The MLE Staffroom has also been substantially re-designed and extended. It shouldnow be used as your first port-of-call for uploading, viewing and adapting plans,assessments, policies, timetables and other documents. Robots We now have 6 'Probots' and Software for delivering control technology. We will alsohave 6 Beebots and software soon. There are additional mats and other resources touse with these. Children can control the robot’s movement by programming incommands either on the device or using the software on the system (Probotix) Podcasts A podcast is an audio or video file that you save on computer for publishing in someform, for instance on the Internet. We now have software to help us to do this, andwill be receiving training during the year. Blogs What is a blog? Blogs are web pages created by individuals or groups and stored on theinternet. They usually include text and images. Blogs are an ideal space to write aboutyour ideas and opinions.… We will be receiving training during the year to help us New School Website The new Website is due to be coming online over the next few days. It will start 'small'and gradually grow as time allows. If you have any ideas for this, please share them.We are discussing the usefulness of a Parents' Area on the MLE as a base for informationconnected with the school. This would mean having less day to day admin material onthe Website. Planning - ICT and integration of ICT Over the next term, the ICT curriculum is due for an overhaul, to ensure we arefulfilling national requirements. We have had to back-track a little since the abandoningof the Rose Review's recommendations. Please choose which ICT units will fit in best foryour topics as you complete your long term plan, and start to deliver the scheme of work. Please consider embedding ICT into class work, as well as delivering discrete ICTlessons. For the moment, here are a couple of very useful aids on the ICT page of theMLE; Progression in ICT  and ICT Applications in Literacy  . Please take a look. PLEASEDO NOT COMPLETE A MEDIUM TERM PLAN, OR START FILLING IN YOUR ASSESSMENTSHEETS, BUT WAIT FOR ADVICE.  ICT Level Descriptors plus Guides (What we will be using from now on for assessment)   Level 1 Pupils explore information from various sources, showingthey know that information exists in different forms. Theyuse ICT to work with text, images and sound to help themshare their ideas. They recognise that many everydaydevices respond to signals and instructions. They makechoices when using such devices to produce differentoutcomes. They talk about their use of ICT. Level 2 Pupils use ICT to organise and classify information and topresent their findings. They enter, save and retrieve work. They use ICT to help them generate, amend and record theirwork and share their ideas in different forms, including text,tables, images and sound. They plan and give instructions tomake things happen and describe the effects. They use ICT toexplore what happens in real and imaginary situations. Theytalk about their experiences of ICT both inside and outsideschool. Level 3 Pupils use ICT to save information and to find and useappropriate stored information, following straightforwardlines of enquiry. They use ICT to generate, develop, organiseand present their work. They share and exchange their ideaswith others. They use sequences of instructions to controldevices and achieve specific outcomes. They makeappropriate choices when using ICT-based models orsimulations to help them find things out and solve problems They describe their use of ICT and its use outside school. Level 4 Pupils understand the need for care in framing questionswhen collecting, finding and interrogating information. Theyinterpret their findings, question plausibility and recognisethat poor-quality information leads to unreliable results. Theyadd to, amend and combine different forms of informationfrom a variety of sources. They use ICT to present informationin different forms and show they are aware of the intendedaudience and the need for quality in their presentations. Theyexchange information and ideas with others in a variety of ways, including using e-mail. They use ICT systems to controlevents in a predetermined manner and to sense physicaldata. They use ICT-based models and simulations to explorepatterns and relationships, and make predictions about theconsequences of their decisions. They compare their use of ICT with other methods and with its use outside school. Level 5 Pupils select the information they need for different purposes,check its accuracy and organise it in a form suitable forprocessing. They use ICT to structure, refine and presentinformation in different forms and styles for specific purposesand audiences. They exchange information and ideas withothers in a variety of ways, including using e-mail. Theycreate sequences of instructions to control events, andunderstand the need to be precise when framing andsequencing instructions. They understand how ICT deviceswith sensors can be used to monitor and measure externalevents. They explore the effects of changing the variables in  Yellow shading is FindingThings Out – this has severalaspects, finding information fromthe Internet or CD ROMs,branching databases, databasesand graphing programs.Green shading is Exchangingand Sharing Information .Level 1 is best described asexploratory use. Higher levelsmay incorporate art work withgraphics programs, WordProcessing, Desk Top Publishing,E-mail, Web pages andPowerPoint. Making Things Happen consists of two aspects: Control shaded blue and Modelling shaded grey. Control is the pupilsteaching the computer to controlsomething.Magenta shading denotes the Breadth of Study aspect. This isunderstanding why pupils use ICTand making a choice to use ICT inpreference to pen and paper. Italso includes an understanding of the role of ICT in the wider world. Teacher’s notes and observationsabout discussions are likely to bethe most successful method of recording this strand.L3 Use is the key word here – usethe information that they havefound for a specific purpose –finding it is level 2. Finding andusing may be level 3.L3 This is where spreadsheetmodelling comes into thecurriculum – modelling, tryingthings out and solving problemsis characteristic of this aspect.L4 Demands questioning andinterpretation of the informationobtained by using ICT tools.L4 This is using Flowol to controlthe lighthouse or similar mimics.LogIT Explorer sensing thetemperature around the school tofind where to position a bench isthe sort of exercise required bythe “sensing physical data.”L5 Rigorous use is the key tothis level. High skills, confidence,etc. used to best effect in eachpiece of work. Pupils able to justify why all choices have beenmade, explain why they havedone all of the stages and createcomplex pieces of work oftenincorporating the use of severalprograms.  an ICT-based model. They discuss their knowledge andexperience of using ICT and their observations of its useoutside school. They assess the use of ICT in their work andare able to reflect critically in order to make improvements insubsequent work. L5 Awareness of audience is vitalhere – no spelling or grammarmistakes, font, size and colour fitfor purpose. Pupils need to trythings out and discuss optionswith their audience.L5 Pupils write procedures inLogo and then use thoseprocedures to create furtherprocedures e.g. using a square tomake patterns or houses.
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