Primary Teaching Resources
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How can these Teaching Resources help you?
Arm yourself with practical and immediately actionable advice on teaching strategies that are "teacher-tested" and proven to successful in the development of student ICT capability through the use of technology in the classroom.
You already have the technology you need, now learn to optimise their use in the classroom with these strategies.
Use the below list of effective teaching strategies and tools to help you prepare students with 21st century skills.
What methods can be used to capture the application of student’s ICT capabilities?
It is important that the approach you choose for assessment fits in well with your teaching approach. Your understanding of what constitutes as progression in ICT capability should form part of this approach as it not only lays the foundations for effective and efficient assessment but will result in significant gains in attainment.
Summative or Formative methods? Which is best?
There are two different categories of assessment practices: summative and formative. Summative assessment is to do with representing students’ knowledge, skills and understanding over a long period of time. A good example of this would be the end-of-year tests. They are useful for making broad comparisons of performance between individual students within a year. Despite this, research indicates that the main disadvantage is that they “aggregate too many quite different facets of attainment to provide students and teachers with information concerning how they might improve attainment” (Kennewell, 2004, p. 161).
Ideally, it is formative assessment practices that cater to the needs of an effective and efficient assessment of ICT capability as it involves a more detailed and qualitative evaluation of students’ ability and progress. It also provides more benefits for the day-to-day teaching and learning. Formative practices must occur continuously if there is to be improved standards of achievement through maximised learning and student progress. It is assessment for learning as opposed to assessment of learning and is “vital because of its role in individualising learning for individual students and groups” (Finger, Russell, Jaimeson-Proctor, & Russell, 2007, p. 222).
Assessment for Learning: Why assess a student’s ICT capability?
As discussed, this approach enables you to pitch your teaching appropriately. The key assumptions about it are highlighted below (Kennewell S. , 2004, p. 162). Assessment for learning:
- Is embedded in the teaching and learning process of which it is an essential part;
- Shares learning goals with students;
- Helps students to know and to recognise the standards to aim for;
- Provides feedback, which leads students identify what they should do next to improve;
- Has a commitment that every student can improve;
- Involves both teacher and student reviewing and reflecting on students’ performances and progress;
- Involves students in self-assessment.
Professional Learning for Teachers (News and Information from other Sources)
PRIMARY ICT RESEARCH
Coding in the Classroom
Technology in the classroom
Australian Curriculum - Digital Technologies
iPads in the Classroom
Apps for teachers and students
Want to Flip your classroom?
Technology in Early Childhood Education
Planning on developing student ICT capability
Primary ICT Lesson Pro Forma - use this also for planning to use ICT in other subjects.
Planning for Motivation and Progression
Planning on using ICT in ECE
Australian Curriculum ICT Capability (ACARA)
Optimising opportunities with Technology
ICT Capability in Austrralian Curriculum Learning Areas
Learning how to Teach ICT Capability
Group work strategies
Off-task students? - strategies to keep students focused.
Managing laptops in the classroom
Challenging students with ICT
Teacher intervention strategies
MS Office - Optimising opportunities
Four steps to exploiting technology in the classroom
Using generic software in the classroom for the development of 21st century skills
Word processing activities with MS Word for Literacy learning
Finding out what can you with word processors like MS Word
iPads in the Classroom
How to optimise their use in the classroom
Apps for different subjects
Apps for Creativity
Managing mobile technology in the classroom
Key ICT skills in Primary education
How students learn with ICT
The Art of Integrating Technology in the Classroom
Introducing new software and techniques to students
iPad Skills checklists:List 1, List 2, List 3, List 4, List 5, List 6
Assessing student ICT capability
ICT and Assessment (Primary) - ways in which ICT can be used to support assessment in the classroom.
Online PD on assessing student ICT capability
Practical ideas for Teachers
Primary mathematics with ICT: A pupil's entitlement to ICT in primary mathematics
ICT in Primary Art and Design: A pupil's entitlement
Primary English and ICT: A pupil's entitlement to ICT in primary English
Whole-class teaching strategies for teaching literacy and ICT capability.
Ideas for using word processors like MS Word for literacy development.
Primary science with ICT: Pupil's entitlement to ICT in primary science
Primary History and ICT: A pupil's entitlement to ICT in primary History
Primary Geography with ICT: A pupil's entitlement at Key stages 1 and 2