ICT in Subjects

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My school have taken the plunge to deliver ICT through subjects – exciting times I hear you think! Every school I am aware of having done this has back-peddled to discrete lessons because it is too difficult to do it well – too many teachers without the necessary skillset or knowledge to facilitate ICT learning. However, this major project has a few possible winning elements that might make a difference. They are:

  • team teaching: an ICT teacher will be present in every ICT in Subjects lesson
  • Leadership Team support: the LT are fully behind the project and expect success
  • a new timetable model: our school is shifting from a one week 40 lesson timetable to a two week 30 lesson timetable (60 lesson cycle)
  • Frog learning platform: we are rolling out our new learning platform in September 2012 (with the new timetable) and our excellent teaching staff will be looking for ways to make this a success, so their will be lots of enthused professionals looking for the win

If you have the time, please get in touch (comments, twitter, email – daibarnes at gmail dot com) to tell me about your efforts to teach ICT through other subjects? This is an ambitious project as you will know if you have tried it. Anything I can learn from your experience – success or failure – will be a great advantage to successful implementation. Please pass this post along to anyone you know who might have some insight to offer? Nothing will be published without permission.

All ICT in Subjects work will be shared on this blog.

…there’s no success like failure, and failure’s no success at all. Bob Dylan, Love Minus Zero, No Limit. 1965

ICT in Subjects

7 thoughts on “ICT in Subjects

    1. daibarnes says:

      Thanks Nick. Loved your post. I’m steadily realising that the lessons I am going to have to prepare to team teach are going to have to be awesome, and innovative approaches to learning are going to help scaffold success by engaging the participants in their own destiny/destination/journey.

      I forgot to mention in the post that it is going to be important to consider OCR Nationals or functional skills or another framework by which to distribute and assess progress for the ICT curriculum. The project will only be with Y7 & Y8, possibly Y9 in year two. Some HoDs are quite keen for some KS4 input but this is outside my remit for now.

      I subscribed to your blog. Thanks again. 

      1. As I eluded to in the post Dai and I think you are too, we are trying to repair the damage that has been done to the view of ICT and making your lessons ‘awesome’ is the price you pay to redress the balance. Tis worth it in the end though honest 😉

  1. Mandy Robinson says:

    I teach all the discrete ICT lessons from Year 1 – 6 and they are all cross curricular.  We have 6 specific skill areas (e.g. control, communication, data handling, etc) which are delivered over a half term.  Often the skill areas cross over depending on the topic/project that is being investigated.  We cover everything from basic word processing to animation, spreadsheets to film making and because the children are working on a 6 week project this lends itself to great opportunities for independent learning and the chance to let them show me what they have found out rather than always being teacher led.  The downside of this is that the teachers do not have as thorough an understanding of technology and this is an area that we are currently addressing.  I realise I work in a primary school and you are secondary but it does work really well perhaps because I only have to liase with 1 teacher per year group and planning together is much easier.  Good luck.

    1. This is how my school was inspired to take ICT across the curriculum in KS3 – the work being done in our school at KS2. Similar to you but only in history and geography in two year groups I think. They were so pleased with how their project had gone and the person who commissioned the project there sits on our executive committee and recommended it to our Headteacher.

      As you say, it will be different for Secondary. I am aiming to keep it to a maximum of six departments in year one, for both year groups. Possibly 5 teachers per department but unlikely to be that many where it is one teacher who teaches all five classes in a year group. Therefore, somewhere between 6 and 60 teachers to work with.

      I am enthused by the possibilities presenting here Mandy, as you point out, it can work, and I have always taken opportunities to work with other subjects. However, getting it to work in the environment I have been given and on this scale is going to be difficult. A bridge too far maybe. But it won’t fail for a lack of hard work.

      Thanks for your comments.

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