This session on homework and ICT is going to start us thinking about how we can get around restrictions on the use of ICT in schools (mainly a shortage of available computer suites for history classes) and still enable our pupils to use ICT to help their learning.
I’m planning this morning around two central propositions:
- great learning with ICT starts with great planning; and
- we can use the ICT that pupils have access to outside lessons to help them learn history.
So, we’re starting with a look at wallwisher – with the central question being ‘what’s the point of homework’. I’m hoping that by considering the purposes of work outside of the classroom, we’ll start to think carefully about how ICT might help support some of them.
After that we’ll look at an online spider diagram which considers some of the reasons we might set homework. I want to show that there is more than one way to get ‘brainstorming’ or crowd collaboration going in homework, depending on the kind of thing you want to do.
After we’ve got our basic propositions settled we’ll move on to looking at three ways of setting homework that achieves some of those reasons.
- Blogging (you could also try edublogs or edmodo)
- Feedback, and the results of feedback
- Film making
When that’s done we’ll take a look at my ‘51 things to do with ICT for learning‘ and have a cup of tea. After break, I’ll be supporting interns in creating their own homework using ICT for learning.
I’ve an hour (gasp!) with the NQTs after school tonight, and in that time I want to introduce them to the idea of using ICT for Learning (especially for homework).
We’re to start with a cool voice thread – the NQts will log in (after creating a user name and password in line with the safety guidelines)
Then we’ll look at a wallwisher wall – http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/ICTLHS.
Then we’ll have a go at some activities on yacapaca.com
And finally, we’ll take a gander at feedback and data gathering using google forms. I’d like you to give me feedback too!
It’s only an hour, so we’ll have to run quickly through the issues – which I’ve helpfully slimmed down into a prezzi!
Tomorrow I’m speaking to Learning Plus conference at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre, Entitled “Working Towards Success at 16-19 and Beyond”, and as always my schtick will be ‘ICT for Learning’. I’ll be using the attached powerpoint, but also the online technology I’ve been banging on about via this blog and my recent talks.
I’ll be using an example of a KS5 Law activity from Yacapaca
I’ll also be showing this video, which would be ideal for kS5 business, ICT and other students.
I’ll be showing the filmsforlearning.org website, which could easily be utilised by teachers in 6th form, specifically this example of a teacher – made KS5 Geography video.
I’ll be showing an example (one that’s getting a bit long in the tooth now) of a blog I ran with some KS5 Cold War Students.
We’ll also look at Simon Ross’s great KS5 stuff on www.ilovehistory.co.uk.
Finally, I want to show the Google Forms Feedback idea that I’m planning on using next year.
Hopefully that will be enough to inspire some discussion, as we’ve been timetabled for 50 minutes of questions and discussion!
As you might know from my last post, I made various presentations today at the University of Reading Institute of Education about using ICT to teach history. I think it went well, and I’ll find out later when I see what feedback I got using a google form.
I had great help in preparing for this presentation from Ian (@yacapaca on twitter) and his colleagues at Yacapaca.com. One of the sessions involved the student teachers having a go at a mock up of an old style GCSE paper 2 that I’d made using yacapaca. I discovered last week that the links had stopped working. I mailed the support line at yacapaca. Not only was I given excellent advice, but then I received an email from Ian this morning:
Ed, you lucked out. My colleague Alex worked until 2am to fix the
files list in time for your presentation tomorrow. I’ve just checked
it, and it all works now.
Talk about service. To top it all off yacapaca raised a great deal of interest at the session. Thank you Ian (and Alex!)