"ICT is a tool for every member of staff in every area of the curriculum. To be used effectively it must be embedded in the philosophy of the school and impact on how pupils learn and teachers teach." National College for School Leadership
Information Technology is here to stay and will play an increasing part in everyone's life. There can be little doubt, then, that ICT should form an increasingly central part of the curriculum in a technological age. This goal raises a number of points:
1) The first step towards this goal has been taken by teaching ICT skills to our students. The second step is to give our students the opportunity to apply and develop ICT capabilities across the curriculum.
2) All teachers have a responsibility to apply and develop ICT capabilities. It is not fair on pupils to depend on luck as to which teacher encourages them to use ICT.
3) Subject Co-ordinators need to plan opportunities in their subject scheme of work. They are to make sure that the use of ICT is purposeful and that it adds value to the subject.
4) Research has shown that ICT should be taught as a discrete subject. Students should then be helped to develop and apply the skills in all subjects.
5) Subject teachers should be clear as to which ICT skills their students are bringing into their lessons. Teachers should also be aware of the ICT resources that their students have at home.
6) There needs to be a whole school approach to ICT across the curriculum driven by the Senior management team. They should be the driving force behind facilitating effective use of ICTaC.
7) It is significant to make a distinction between pupil use and teacher use of ICT. It is interesting to see teachers use ICT in their teaching and all teachers should be encouraged even further. However, the main focus should now shift on student use of ICT.
State schools are showing interest in incorporating ICT across the Curriculum (ICTaC). Teachers have taken up the challenge and are fine tuning their teaching methods.
The suggested ICTaC_road_map can be used in any School Development Plan. Check where your school stands against the seven suggested phases.
"A shared strategy will enable us to learn together how to use these powerful technologies for the benefit of our students." Take the_first_steps in planning ICTaC. Self assessment availaible.
Whole School ICTaC Policy
Purpose and Strategies
Core Group Training
"It is imperative that the educational system ensures that all students gain access to and training in ICT." A six-point-plan to follow when drafting your whole school ICTaC policy.
"Technology has to be made into a democratic tool, a force that generates social change and creates new forms of knowledge." Check out the suggested strategies to create your ICTaC policy.
A Train-The-Trainer project has been initiated at the Department of Technology in Education (DTiE). Nine projects are now available to all Secondary schools. Please remember to acknowledge the authors when using their material.
Teacher Phases in ICTaC
Imagine Education e-VOLUTION
This page offers a number of sites that have been reviewed by student teachers. The sites are a good starting point for teachers who are planning ICT across the curriculum or a WebQuest.
Microsoft’s e-VOLUTION program is a free training package designed to “kick_start” development in the use of ICT in education. The program aims to encourage more and better use of ICT in schools.