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Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the teaching of the ICT National Curriculum.

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Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the teaching of the ICT National Curriculum. "With scientific method, we took things apart to see how they work. Now with computers we can put things back together to see how they work, by modelling complex, interrelated processes, even life itself. This is a new age of discovery, and ICT is the gateway" ICT stands for Information and Communication Technology. In our rapidly changing world the subject of ICT allows children to prepare and participate in exploring, analysing, exchanging and presenting information creatively. Through this children learn to have initiative and independent learning. ICT is able to support teaching, learning and a range of activities in education. Such ICT-related activities include, for example, the use of: Broadcast material or CD-ROM as sources of information in history; Micro-computers with appropriate keyboards and other devices to teach literacy and writing; Keyboards, effects and sequencers in music teaching; Devices to facilitate communication for pupils with special needs; Electronic toys to develop spatial awareness and psycho-motor control; Email to support collaborative writing and sharing of resources; Video-conferencing to support the teaching of modern foreign languages; Internet-based research to support geographical enquiry; Integrated learning systems (ILS) to teach basic Numeracy; and communications technology to exchange administrative and assessment data. The present is a time of such accelerated change of ICT in schools. Spending on computer equipment increased exponentially. ...read more.

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In section 2 entitled 'Developing ideas and making things happen' it is a natural progression from finding things out; children find out the relevant information and then 'develop and refine ideas by bringing together, organizing and reorganizing text, tables, images and sound as appropriate'. This section; 2a can be linked into a cross curricular lesson with English as it shows in En3/2. This area discusses the development of writing on paper and on screen. It includes planning, drafting, revising, proofreading, presenting and discussing and evaluating their own and their peers work. The drafting and proofreading can be done with the use of the planning and proofing tools in a word processor, for example thesaurus and grammar checker. Section 2c can be linked cross curricular with Mathematics section Ma2/4d as children are taught simple number relationships using formulae in words and then in symbols leading to how to construct and use a formula to transform one list of data to another. Also in the Scheme of Work Unit 3D children are taught how to recognize patterns within simulations and make and test predictions this is linked to section 2c. In Unit 4E linked to sections 2b and 2c children are taught how to enter instructions to control a screen turtle and will then compare the operation of the screen turtle with the floor turtle. This also can be liked in with a Mathematics lesson as children need to understand numbers larger than 100 and know that degrees measures turns and understand that 90, 180 and 360 degrees are a quarter, half and full turn. ...read more.

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Unit 5C teaches children the skills to evaluate information, check accuracy of information and question plausibility within their work. Throughout the process of writing their work they need to check and re-check ask other children or adults for ideas and ways in which to improve their written work. They have to recognize the importance of checking data and information as without this it can lead to poor quality and unreliable information and results. When reviewing their work they obtain new ideas that can be used next time to improve the quality of their work. Section 4 can also be used during essay writing in an English lesson as children have to review and proofread their work. In conclusion I feel that ICT as a whole is an extremely important part of our lives not just the National Curriculum. It is vital that it is taught to children as it can be used for such a broad range of things. ICT is used throughout most of the other subjects taught in schools today and is used both at school and at home. However there are some downfalls to using ICT within such subjects as English, as pupils become lazy with their spellings and grammar as they are able to just click on spell check and their mistakes are instantly altered. But on a whole I feel ICT is an exciting a constantly changing subject that allows us to have a world of information at our fingertips. Mairead Mitchell - 1 - ...read more.

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