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Not Just a Teacher

Tearing off the plaster

October 12th, 2011 · 8 Comments · General

by spedy777

by spedy777

I’ve done it at last

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  • Ryan Gibson

    Couldn’t agree more with you on all of these points. We are moving towards GCSE for some pupils and doing the Nationals with those that find exam style learning a challenge. This should (in theory!) mean that everyone ends up with a qualification they can access (and not punished just because they can’t do exams)

  • Dan Stucke

    Congratulations. We made the leap over the Summer (http://www.mrstucke.com/2011/03/07/an-ict-curriculum-fit-for-2011-ictcurric/) and haven’t looked back. Still kind of finding our way with the iMedia course but the Computing GCSE course is flying and definitely a huge leap forward and just feels like it has great value for the futures of our young learners. And as you’ve mentioned, that has to be the driving force in the curricula that we provide.

  • David t

    Definately a wrong move. Ed excel ICT GCSE will now be scrapped by my department after 1 month trial and buying in resiuces from pearsons. It is so boring. I accept that there are some good units, but follow the Ed Excel training and the advice given and you teach the dull units first. My students hated it. To be fair, I have not taught CA yet, but do I gamble with investing more time in this time waster. I’m now looking at alternatives. I want to engage students not put them off a career in ICT. Thats what this course will do.

    • largerama

      Now that’s very interesting David because you are the first person I have heard to be really negative about the course. Especially as regards engagement. Where are you at?

  • MrG_ICT

    If you teach the units as they are taught by EdExcell then you are going to fall, It’s all discussion, but that’s the same with any exam board. it’s like dida was years ago, they give you a load of discussion points and unless your class are angels, then you need to change them.

    As far as engagement is concerned, OCR Nationals are deathly dull, but you can make things exciting by throwing the kids a bone here and there. Bottom set got more out of using audacity to make their own podcasts to revise than any other lesson.

    Sometimes i think as well you have to teach them some stuff they are interested to know, but not necessarally need to know for the exam. Keep it interesting. I had one kid say that if all lessons were like an episode of QI, it woudl be better.

  • largerama

    As always the way with these courses.
    It gets my goat when I go to board events and in other communciations I have with some teachers of my subject and they talk positively about courses as being something where:
    1) They are dictated to about what to teach
    2) They get the resources on a plate of what to teach and how to teach it
    3) They want to shortcut the process to get to the actual task done rather than any real concern for learning or growth of learning/thinking along the way

    Sometimes I wonder if it is just ICT and something tells me that is partly true. Is this a by-product of some many non-specialists dumped on the subject?
    Is this a result of the pressures put on the subject to provide so many points to school league tables?
    Is this as a result of a way of working that has become the norm which we now have to ‘train’ out of our teachers?
    I actually referred to some of this in my post: http://largerama.creativeblogs.net/2011/10/05/computingtrickledown/
    So, if what I am hearing is right then there is a lot of good stuff in the course and posibilities to teach it creatively, dynamically, etc. I have only had one person say this is not really possible on this course.

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