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Next year's yr 10 - Help please!

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by gary_scott, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. gary_scott

    gary_scott New commenter

    Hi everyone, just wanted to ask some advice really.
    Basically I was looking to do I-Media as an option for yr 10 next year but I've just look at the spec and it says that the last date for entries is 31 dec this year and the last date of submission is 31 dec 2012. Does anyone know if this course will be re-accredited. Also, why are all the dates for this course for December, why not june/july? Seems very bizzarre to me.
    To give you a bit of background, we currently do the OCR Nationals in Yr 9 for the whole year group (not our choice but told to by SMT). We offer the GCSE computing as an option in yr 10 but want to have an ICT course to run alongside the computing. The computing course is great but is not for everyone and we really need an ICT based course as well. In 6th form we offer A-Level computing.
    I think the I-Media course would be great to run alongside the computing as its not death by Microsoft Office (which the kids hate to be honest). The GCSE course is not really an option because we want to run a multimedia based course. I dont want to keep on with the Nationals in Yr 10 because I'd like to something different, it wouldn't be an easy sell to persuade the kids to choose this when they already have the qualification, they dont really care if something is worth 1 or 4 GCSE's. There has been a lot of interest in the multimedia side of things so if the I-Media course is not an option what else do you suggest? I can't do AS in yr 10 either (not that I'd want to) because its a school policy that these are only done in 6th form.
    I'd really appreciate some help with this!
    Cheers for any help!
     
  2. gary_scott

    gary_scott New commenter

    Just been checking the OCR site and have seenthe Creative IMedia course (http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/type/qcf/creative_imedia/l2_award/index.html). Is this the replacement? Anyone got any experience of it?
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  3. The iMedia course has been directly replaced with the Creative iMedia course. The basic aims of the course are the same but the unit structure is both more complex and more flexible.


    It isn't an ICT course in the sense that it doesn't cover the compulsory PoS at KS4, but certainly the iMedia course is engaging and interesting. Good luck with it.
     
  4. tonyuk

    tonyuk Occasional commenter

    Yes the IMedia has been replaced by creative IMedia - in my view the objectives have been made clearer and new units added (we have started teaching storytelling with a comic strip - using comic life and the kids love it!!).
    Reason for Dec is probably that the submission dates are not fixed and be sent when ever you are ready.
    I would recommend the course as it is engaging and as said is not just office software based and pupils do engage with it - especially if you pick engaging units!
     
  5. Training_2_Teach

    Training_2_Teach New commenter

    Is the end result a PASS or Fail and PASS being equivalent to a grade B?

     
  6. hang on... i'm really interested in Creative iMedia, but just looked at the OCR site and the very last entry that can be made is 31/03/2013. which is ok, but its not going to provide much forward momentum for all the time spent developing resources etc. I feel in a similar situation to the original poster... which creative and multimedia based course is decent and has a long shelf life? A cut off in 2013 isn't giving enough time to truly embed a course into a school curriculum.
     
  7. tonyuk

    tonyuk Occasional commenter

    I would have thought it would be extended - most of the new courses have a small shelf life and the engagement of students is my main aim. Yes it is only a B but again doing something in the classroom that is engaging and kids being enthusiastic makes such a change. As for resources I have already created 2 units on moodle and it has not taken that long!
     
  8. gary_scott

    gary_scott New commenter

    Thanks for your help everyone. I'm going to give this a go and run with it next year.
    Tony - Is there any chance I can look at your 2 moodle courses? I have developed a moodle site at my place and have a lot of OCR national stuff and Computing courses that you can look at in return / download the courses. I'd be really grateful as it'd be a good start to begining to develop my own resources. My email is gary_scott at coolgoose dot co dot uk, drop me an email if you're interested. Also have some tourism stuff that I've developed as well on the off chance that you teach that - a long shot I know!
    The only downside to the course that I can see is that you can only get that you can only get a 'B' which may cause issues over Fischer Trust predictions with SMT (if they are predicted an A / A*) but nothing i'm too worried about. I talked to the top set in year 9 this afternoon and 14 out of 20 said they were very interested which is excellent as we normally recruit at KS4 from sets 2 to 4, the best kids seem to avoid ICT as they are fed up with constant screenshots and office applications, I think they see this as a bit of a new experience and a new challenge. We have computing at KS4 but as I said in my first post, this doesn't appeal to everyone, especially the girls.
    I'm feeling quite positive about this course overall!
     
  9. Level 2 Award is worth equivalent of grade B, Certificate is equivalent of BB.
    The assignments are reasonably straight forward but you can only download them from OCR Interchange I think.
    It is engaging and you can mix levels to an extent - all ours are working towards L2 certificate but I'll use or rewrite the L1 assignments so the students who can't do a L2unit properly (even with reworking) could be marked at L1 for 1 unit. I hope not to have to do this but it at least gives a bit of leeway.
    I've also got some sample stuff for 201, 104 & 106 from Alison which is useful!
    PS The specs for L201 are missing from the website - I got that from Alison too. Hopefully they will add it to the web for everyone.........
     
  10. gary_scott

    gary_scott New commenter

    GQ52 - that sounds like a good idea. Do you think you could do the same but with level 3 for kids who are doing really well or would that be massively complicated? Also, can I ask who Alison is? I could do with a look at some sample stuff in order to create the resources for when I start the course next September!
     
  11. Training_2_Teach

    Training_2_Teach New commenter

    So how would you explain this to parents of kids that are predicted grade A's? or kids that are capable of getting an A grade? I can't understand why it can only be graded a grade B?
     
  12. tonyuk

    tonyuk Occasional commenter

    Hi
    Alison is lead contact on the qualification with OCR. No problem we are doing the 1/2 level 2 so two units (ish) and no core unit. Still say this is what ICT qualifications should be like!
     
  13. If the school is completing the Certificate (which most will be) students complete approximately 5 units and are able to gain a Pass or a Fail. The Pass is worth 92 points which equates to 2 B grades. The Award is only two units which could (feasibly as I have done it) be completed in a term so most schools look at the Certificate.
    As for parents I have explained to them that it is a creative qualification and graded Pass or Fail. Most parents recognise that the equivalent of 2 Bs are better than 1 A* or 1 A.
     
  14. tonyuk

    tonyuk Occasional commenter

    Sorry only just noticed that someone on the thread wanted some moodle resources I have created the ones for animation level 2 and almost finished comic book - let me know if you still want them.
     

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