Raising boys’ attainment through ICT

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(Posted by Dughall)

I was asked this week if I could provide a couple of hours training for the teaching staff at a primary school on the first day back after the Christmas holiday. The brief is “…something that includes teacher use of the IWB and the use of ICT to raise boys’ achievement”.

Despite having relatively little time to prepare for such a session, I readily agreed but knew that I would benefit by seeking help and advice from a wider network.

I posted a message on Twitter as follows: “‘Raising boys achievement through ICT.’ If you had to give 2 hours input to Primary teachers, what would you do/include?”

Now I am lucky in that there are a large number of excellent educational professionals and practitioners who listen to what I have to say on Twitter and are prepared to help with suggestions and advice. Here’s what came back:

HGJohn
ComicLife – boys love comics as a way in to reading. Sitting with a teacher who has said it has a massive impact on boys, r/w

damoward
engage w tv studio, script autocue, camera n director. They luv it

I_AM_LEARNING
‘Raising boys’ achievement through ICT’ Take a look at www.iamlearning.co.uk

Ideas_Factory
include any ict that uses gadgets-boys attention focussed forever.

meths7
Use of IWB to scaffold, model, guide writing structure Use of ICT as visual and aural stimulus for writing ‘talk for writing good’

Ideas_Factory
http://bit.ly/4szBzw Interesting article in Guardian about using ICT to raise standards in boys attainment

primarypete_
good Q.Be interested in responses.Possibly loads of different sites/tools to raise ach so they will find at least 1 thing 2useafter

primarypete_
other way would be to look at skill dev. and then pick one or two ict tools for each skill

mynictle
definitely some game based learning, timez attack being one example for boys

mynictle
great question & has got me thinking – any online maths & science works well, boys also seem to inspired by webquests for thinking

GeoBlogs
I’d probably focus on narratives / story telling using web tools [ http://bit.ly/5Q8tCd ] & ‘remix’ some stories, with mapping

GeoBlogs
try an article in OS Mapping News by me for a little more: Issue 35: http://bit.ly/4y7SjR

GeoBlogs
my Primary Colleague Wendy North also has a useful geography blog http://bit.ly/5WpM35

theotheralig
Ought to mention 21st Century Boys – Sue Palmer, huge concerns about early exposure to too much screen (tv or comp) toxic childhood

I have had a chance to follow up a few of the links including the one posted by @ideasfactory for an article from The Guardian. This article, although a few years old now, is an interesting read and also includes the following helpful list:

The do’s and don’ts of ICT teaching

· DO use ICT to produce a graph to represent boys’ progress. It can be a powerful tool to show them where they’re at, and where they need to go.

· DO make sure there is whole school awareness of the broader issues of boys’ underachievement and how ICT can help and what role it can play.

· DO draft computer-literate admin and support staff into the ICT suite, so they can be positive role models for boys and offer them instant help. If boys are stuck with their hands up for ages waiting for assistance, they will lose focus.

· DON’T let your kit get out-of-date. Make sure you have the best hardware and software your school can afford. Boys will be turned off by equipment that is five years old.

· DON’T use computers as a carrot even though they are a great motivator.

· DO consider setting up an e-buddy scheme with another school. Boys are much more likely to pay attention to things like spelling and grammar if they know they are writing for an audience elsewhere.

· DON’T make assumptions that all boys are “like this” and all girls “like that”. Not all boys will be motivated by using ICT. There isn’t a “size fits all” solution.

· DON’T leave it too late. The earlier you introduce boys to ICT, the better. They are not nearly as self-conscious at key stage 2 as at key stage 3.

· DO look for ways of developing creativity and fun with ICT, such as producing Java applets. Boys respond best to tasks that are short and have an obvious point.

I am hugely grateful for the rapid responses I received from those above and certainly have some food for thought for when I come to properly sit down and plan the session.

Kirklees ICT Showcase 2010

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(Posted by Dughall)

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After the overwhelming success of  our showcase event of 2009, we are pleased to announce that we will be holding a similar event in 2010.

“…students will have the opportunity to demonstrate some of the excellent practice taking place that involves the use of ICT to support their learning…”

“…We would welcome projects from all key stages from foundation stage up to key stage 5…”

We would be pleased to see work in any of the following areas although this is not a definitive list:

  • Multimedia work, sound, animation  or digital video
  • ICT supporting music, art, PE or any other curriculum area
  • Games making
  • Innovative website development
  • School radio/TV
  • Podcasting, Blogs, Wikis
  • Video conferencing
  • Use of control technology
  • Use of a learning platform
  • Use of mobile technologies such as PDA, UMPC, etc
  • International links

The ICT Showcase will take place on June 10th 2010.

Please click this link to download the invitation letter.

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