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Curriculum for 2011

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by danielstucke, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Have blathered on at length about coming to a decision to offer Creative iMedia, Computing GCSE & Microsoft Office Specialist at our school next year, whilst ditching OCR Nationals.

    Interested to here your feebdack/thoughts: www.mrstucke.com/2011/03/07/an-ict-curriculum-fit-for-2011-ictcurric/
     
  2. Have blathered on at length about coming to a decision to offer Creative iMedia, Computing GCSE & Microsoft Office Specialist at our school next year, whilst ditching OCR Nationals.

    Interested to here your feebdack/thoughts: www.mrstucke.com/2011/03/07/an-ict-curriculum-fit-for-2011-ictcurric/
     
  3. I think it's fine moving away from OCR Nationals if you feel demoralised by it but it doesn't have to be "Office Studies" as you suggest. We use the Adobe suite, Excel and Access in Unit 1 but could quite easily use some Open Source tools and teach around the subject.. it is what you make of it I guess...
    The Office Specialist qualification is great but expensive. I couldn't quite gather from your blog entry but are you planning on putting Y8 and Y9's through this under an umbrella Level 2 course to give all pupils by the end of Year 9 1 GCSE (w/ ITQ)? Isn't this devaluing the subject further?
    GCSE computing is excellent and well worth a look - but there's likely to be a dip in grades over the coming years as your pupils transition to a different style of ICT teaching/evidence collection. I hope the Leadership Team at your school give you their support over this.
    I think you're going about it the right way, rewriting the ICT curriculum completely to reflect the needs of tomorrow's workforce. Here's what we do, please do pick it apart!
    Y7: Introduction, Presentation, E-Safety in the Home, Corporate Identity, Modelling and Control
    Y8: E-Safety in the Workplace, Computer Hardware, Handling Data, Open Source Alternatives, Using RSS, Flash
    Y9: Touch Screen Interfaces, OCR Nationals ...
    It's a wide enough curriculum to cover any transition away from OCR Nationals I think, and also encompasses what I think we should be teaching pupils. There's a great resource I read on a blog recently though that includes things like Networking, Data Prot Act and other bits I'd want to include in a unit somewhere too but this comes under OCR currently for the option groups.
     
  4. tonyuk

    tonyuk Occasional commenter

    I would agree with your blog Creative IMedia is excellent it certainly excites our students and switches them onto ICT all be it a non office based ICT - which can not ba a bad thing. We are also in an area where local employers include game designers, web authors and graphics design studios so increases theri chances of getting a job in the local area once they finish.
     

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