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Cross Curricular ICT: The Future?

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by cityfree, Feb 7, 2012.

  1. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    Just to clarify, I just asked 3 science teachers who live next door if they could plot a trend in a spreadsheet. They could not.
  2. squeakyhaggis

    squeakyhaggis New commenter

    I'm genuinely surprised by that. Do they teach junior/middle school science? I usually find if I've plotted points I want the gradient of the best fit line.
  3. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    They teach a variety of sciences in secondary up to 'A' level. Why does anyone assume that all teachers have the ability to teach ICT?
  4. All fascinating stuff, but you've also said you know more about spreadsheets than 2 science teachers, both who teach physics to A level and had careers, well careers to such a level that they became chartered, who you've never even met.
  5. Someone who has an engineering degree does quite advanced statistics, although qatarsoon says they don't. Line of best fit isn't degree level statistics.
  6. ImmodestyBlaise

    ImmodestyBlaise New commenter

    I believe that at primary, the best option is to have specialist teachers who also support class teachers with integrating ICT or computing. This video I came across demonstrates why it's necessary to have some input from specialist teachers:
  7. pgrass

    pgrass New commenter

    I recently had a meeting witht he head of ICT at my school to see how he could help some of the teachers in my department. I said that it would help if he could be in class when they were using Excel, because some of the teachers in my department are not confident in it. The head of ICT admitted that he never uses Excel and doesn't know much about it at all, so he would be of little help to the teachers.
    I agree with a previous poster. ICT should be abolished and replaced by computer science, taught by specialists. Teach the kids useful stuff like programming, advanced spreadsheet use etc. Teaching the kids how to program teaches them how to think.
  8. willow78

    willow78 Occasional commenter

    There is no ICT should or will be abolished, in KS3 and primary ICT should Include aspects of computing, which is what we do, in KS4 and 5 schools should offer both ICT and computing exam courses, the skills offered in ICT are so useful for students futures, in fact some of my old GCSE students who are now doing IB, told mee a few weeks ago how useful the office skills I taught them are when doing their IB work in other subject and they have a massive advantage I've tudents who didn't choose GCSE ICT.

    If the head of ICT at your school can't use Excel, he shouldn't even be an ICT teacher neve mind head of department.
  9. squeakyhaggis

    squeakyhaggis New commenter

    I know it isn't exactly advanced. That's why I'm surprised (possibly even shocked) to hear there are as many as 3 science teachers who can't work out how to draw a straight line graph with a spreadsheet.

    I'm also marvelling at the thought of teaching A-level chemistry or physics without once using a spreadsheet to draw a line of best fit. I've always thought I am quite old fashioned about making kids draw graphs by hand, but even I have an occasional pre-prepared-and-nicely-printed graph.

    I do agree that computer science should be taught in schools by subject specialists.


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