OER4Schools/ICT/Consolidation 2

From OER in Education

Activity icon.png ICT practice (20 min): consolidating what you have learnt so far. Like last time at the end of a unit, review the previous sessions, including Unit 1 as well. You have learnt about netbook use, about slideshows (in a browser and in OpenOffice), as well as about finding images, GeoGebra, and concept mapping. In this session you can now consolidate some of these skills. Work in pairs, on a topic of your choice. As always, work towards activities that you can also try in the classroom. However, this time, in line with the topic of this session ("Engaging the community"), think about how would you present that activity to a parent or a colleague. In particular, think about how you would describe the learning gains. In developing your argument, think about the following questions:

  • Why does this activity benefit from ICT use?
  • Could your activity be done without ICT? What is added through the use of ICT?
  • What is the subject understanding (as opposed to ICT skills) that the students are learning?
  • In the ICT use, are there transferable skills?
Educator note

Again, judge how many new things you can introduce. If the group you are working with have so far mastered the ICT tasks easily, you need to make sure that they do not get bored. Invite them to explore more advanced features of the software, and more advanced uses in the classroom. However, if the group you are working with has been struggling, make sure that they understand the basics. More than likely, there will be some more advanced participants, and some participants who are struggling. Pair teachers who are more advanced in their ICT use with teachers who are less advanced.

As we mentioned in the section on how to use this resource, we introduce a few new ICTs in each unit. Participants should continue using the tool that they have learnt, and participants should continue doing typing practise. Maybe by now typing skills are beginning to improve, and maybe you could have some typing races?