Why take this course?
ICT capability is an important 21st century skill that ALL students must have in order to participate in an knowledge-based economy and be empowered within a technologically dominated society.
The development of student ICT capability is something that exists wherever students use ICT in the classroom and teachers should plan to effectively capitalise on every opportunity they have in their curriculum to help students progress in their learning.
In order to plan for progression it is important that you have an appreciation of where the children are, where they ought to be and where they might be heading next. In other words, teachers should determine a student's starting point and be able to give that student accurate directions to enable him/her to plot a course. In terms of assessing student ICT capability then, it is crucial that you do accurately determine a student's starting point for their journey towards their ICT capability.
Today, it is a common misconception by teachers that the finished product of a student such as a printout represents their capability. To some extent it does. However, to use this as an example, a printout of something would require the use of routines or skills, many of them would have subskills attached. Simply assessing the printout would not reveal these at all.
What is the course about?
This course encompasses seven effective strategies that will enable you to assess student ICT capability. You will learn to challenge students intellectually with effective techniques to ensure progression and continuity in student ICT capability. Plus the expertise to explicitly assess their capabilities and overcome issues in determining their attainment.
To help students achieve these strategies, they will be given practial and immediately actionable advice on how to do so. Each strategy comes with a set of task and subtasks that students can follow.
Materials in Course: This course comes with reflective activities that takes you back to your own teaching practices in the classroom and helps you to determine and understand how you can improve on them in terms assessing student ICT capability.
What are the key factors that identify progression in student ICT capability?
With over 10 years experience as an ICT teacher, I have taught and learnt how to effectively develop student ICT skills in the classroom. I facilitate teacher workshops and online courses that deliver practical and immediately actionable advice on teachers from early childhood to Primary can develop student ICT capability in their lessons. My website hosts a number of articles and teacher resources that expand on my courses and further develop your teacher professional learning in these areas. I will continue to create more courses to ensure that our students are prepared for the 21st century.