How to be an ICT capable school

Teaching Strategies

By Michael Hilkemeijer 

10 Steps for ICT Integrators to Follow

Progression in any subject is about ensuring that children acquire skills, knowledge and understanding systematically, through activities that build on previous learning and provide achievable challenges. For student ICT capability, which has practical as well as theoretical elements, this means making sure children get better at performing increasingly complex hands-on tasks and understanding ever more sophisticated ideas and concepts (Bennett, 2007). Here are 10 steps to help you foster a culture of progression and continuity in student ICT capability at your school.

 

1. Become an ICT capable teacher

You don’t have to become a technology expert!  As an ICT capable teacher, you will know how to use ICT more appropriately in the classroom.

2. Understand what ICT capability is.

Research shows that ICT capability comprises of 5 key components. These components are essential in the progression and continuity of student ICT capability.

3. Lay solid foundations for ICT capability development in Early Childhood Education

For there to be effective progression in student ICT capability, then it must start with children in the early learning stages.

4. Use ICT in a wide range of context

In the Australian curriculum, for example, there are opportunities to develop student ICT capability using technology in the classroom. However, you can also create opportunities yourself in your own subject discipline.

5. Design ICT activities that make students think

Progression is also facilitated when students are able to use their higher order skills in ICT activities given to them.

6. Accurately determine the level of ICT capability a student is currently at.

It is imperative that teachers learn to do this. Ineffective assessment of student ICT capability may hamper progress.

7. Record the level of ICT capability a student may have. 

8. Use information recorded for future planning and plan for progression.

Progression is ensuring that you continue to build on students’ skills and knowledge. This is achieved. 

9. Share information about student ICT capability with teachers in other year levels.

This is a key method in ensuring that there is no duplication of work for students. Duplication of work can lead to student behaviour problems.

10. Build bridges between early childhood education (or prep), primary and secondary schools.

When students move from school to school, it is important that information about their ICT capability is shared with the school they will be attending in order to ensure progression and continuity for the students.

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