It has to start somewhere.

I’ve reblogged this from a great new site I’ve found called Computing for ICT Teachers. It’s a very eloquent expression of thoughts that have been rattling around my head for a while now.

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I am a Curriculum Leader of a large and busy ICT department. I am supported by a hardworking and adventurous staff. We have a whole cohort entry for KS4 ICT, and more than half of our Year 9s have opted this year for another IT or Computing option. Our kids are far from bored, and speaking for myself, I haven’t been bored for years!

I have a Computer Science degree, but the changes to our curriculum have not been without challenge to me. It’s been a roller coaster. First we were all told that we were “teaching old fashioned content”, that “all kids are digital natives”, “IT is taught to bored kids by bored teachers”. Then we were all told we’d be provided with a brand spanking new curriculum. The the whole nation was told that we weren’t skilled enough to teach it. We would need a new crop of…

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TeachTweet 2

Last night was the second TeachTweet online CPD event hosted by @ICTMagic.  A wide variety of educators and organisations produced short videos that were shared throughout the night and sparked lots of Twitter based discussion.

My video was about peer to peer feedback, using the ‘feed back, feed forward’ technique.  If you missed it, here it is:

Also, here’s the Prezi that I used in the video:

I was quite nervous as the link was shared, putting yourself in the shop window is always a bit daunting, especially after the quality of the first few videos.  The link was tweeted out, and for about 10 minutes nothing happened. Then:

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I missed the next 2 videos responding to all the questions, ideas and suggestions.  It was a relief that feedback was overwhelmingly positive.  I hope I managed to inspire a few others to try feed back and forward.

So thanks to everyone who gave up their time to share ideas.  The conversations were fast and furious.  If you’re wondering whether to put yourself forward for this sort of thing, then just jump in.  It’s really helped me to refine my practise and put a polish on an idea.

You can see all the videos from the night on the #UKedchat website.  Do it, they’re great.

KS3 ICT/Computing Resources – A ShaREvolution

I’m a huge believer in sharing good practise and working with other teachers to develop quality lesson plans and resources.  This probably stems from my preference to wander the corridors searching for some poor lucky soul with whom to chat about and refine ideas.  The idea that I can share a questioning framework before school that can be used instantly by teachers around the world is not only exciting, but an incredibly powerful argument for the teaching of digital literacy & citizenship.

I’ve been sharing my resources with various ICT teachers around the world for a while using DropBox, but @MrLockyer has turned it into something bigger. He has become Lord of the Dropbox and organised several collaborative spaces for sharing resources.  I’m a member of the #KS34ICTDropbox and #SLTdropbox, but here is a full list on Stephen’s blog.  If you aren’t a Dropbox member, you can sign up here (I get a few extra mb of storage if you use this link, so if you don’t want to do it that way, use this one instead).

Anyway, to avoid instantly filling everyone’s storage limit on Dropbox, I’ve created a simple document that links to all of my schemes of work, projects and assessment materials for Years 7,8 and 9.  Please feel free to plunder, but with Creative Commons Non Commercial and Attribution restrictions.  Enjoy, sign up to share your own stuff, and let me know how you get on.

EDIT – With the advent of the new Computing curriculum, I have adapted and reworked lots of the content in my KS3 SOW.  Links to the latest resources can be found on the Computing Resources page of my site.