ICT Training Events on DCF

DCF_logo1The ICT Curriculum Team has published a series of training events based around the Digital Competence Framework. Should you wish to register to attend any of these events, please use the Eventbrite links for each event on the Learn ICT Short Courses web page: http://www.learn-ict.org.uk/courses.htm

We apologise for the short notice regarding the publishing of these events but they had to be offered, in the first instance, to schools who had identified support in these areas during the Autumn Core Visits from Challenge Advisers.

Please be aware that each event is limited to 12 participants due to the number of spaces available in the ICT Training Room at the Civic Centre. For each event, it is important that you have your Hwb log in details with you in order to access resources and materials.

ICT Training Events for Swansea Schools – book your place now!

ICT Short Courses - Summer Term 2013

ICT Short Courses – Autumn Term 2016

Swansea’s ICT Curriculum Team has now published a number of training events for school staff which will take place during the first few weeks in November. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please use the Eventbrite button found at the end of each event’s description.

Please note that these events are only available to school staff in Swansea and that there are a limited number of places available on each event.

More training events have now been added to the list, so if you want information on the Digital Competence Framework (DCF) or learn how to create databases with J2Data, book your place now!

Link: http://www.learn-ict.org.uk/courses.htm

Assessing with Progression in ICT

ict_progressionFor those of you who are using J2E and JIT through Hwb, there has recently been a few developments to the J2Review tool: progression steps in ICT and statements from the Digital Competence Framework (DCF) have been added.

This means that any work stored in the My Files area of J2Launch can be assessed against those statements which are available in both English and Welsh.

Don’t forget that any piece of digital work can be stored in My Files whether or not the work was created in J2E and JIT. Reminder: support materials for the use of J2E are still available on the Learn ICT website – http://www.learn-ict.org.uk/hwb/j2e.html

Supplementary guidance for the inspection of ICT in schools

estyn_sup_guide_ict“From September 2016, Estyn will continue to inspect ICT across the curriculum, but will for the first time report on standards on every inspection. Each inspection report from September onwards will therefore include a paragraph on pupils’ standards in applying ICT across the curriculum in 1.1, as well as recording evidence in 1.1.4.

“Please note that the subject is ICT and not IT as was previously the case in the 2000 NC orders. As a result, both the subject and the key skill share the same title. This has led to significant confusion in schools. This confusion will hopefully disappear with the introduction of the Digital Competence Framework and the Science & Technology Area of Learning and Experience as part of the development stemming from ‘Successful Futures’.”

The main headlines are:

1. Each inspection report from September onwards will therefore include a paragraph on pupils’ standards in applying ICT across the curriculum in 1.1, as well as recording evidence in 1.1.4.

2. Inspectors don’t expect printed work, but will sit with pupils in front of a computer, so that the pupils can access their work. (Similar approach to listening to pupils reading in Literacy)

3. If there is no evidence of Data Handling or Modelling, Estyn will ‘consider Unsatisfactory for ICT’, which will have a direct knock-on effect on the whole inspection process in that particular school.

4. The table of Progression in ICT, on page 2 is clear.

5. Each appendix at the back of the document, are really useful, also:

Appendix 1: Possible range of ICT skills in the Foundation Phase
Appendix 2: Possible range of ICT skills in key stage 2
Appendix 3: Possible range of ICT skills in key stage 3
Appendix 4: Possible range of ICT skills in key stage 4
Appendix 5: Questions for listening to learners in the Foundation Phase and key stage 2 for ICT

Appendix 6: Questions for the senior manager overseeing the work of the co-ordinator(s) for ICT
Appendix 7: Questions for the ICT skills co-ordinator
Appendix 8: Prompts for evaluating the effectiveness of transition between primary and secondary schools
Appendix 9: 2.1 Provision for skills
Appendix 10: Developing ICT across the primary and secondary curriculum based on the Skills Framework for 3 to 19-year-olds in Wales (WAG, 2008)

Link to guidance documents in English and Welsh: https://www.estyn.gov.wales/document/supplementary-guidance-inspection-ict-schools

The impact of ICT on pupils’ learning at Key Stage 3

ict_ks3This Estyn report evaluates standards in the National Curriculum subject of information and communication technology (ICT) and considers the impact of ICT as a key skill on pupils’ learning across the curriculum at key stage 3 in secondary schools in Wales.

Recommendations from the report

Schools should:

  • improve the delivery and monitoring of ICT across the curriculum to ensure continuity and progression in pupils’ ICT skills;
  • ensure that each element of the ICT programme of study is taught well across the key stage;
  • improve the quality of teaching so that pupils develop their ability to work independently and make progress in developing their ICT skills during ICT lessons and in other subjects across the curriculum;
  • provide relevant and sufficient professional development opportunities for all teachers;
  • improve the accuracy of teacher assessment;
  • liaise effectively with their feeder primary schools to ensure continuity in planning the delivery of ICT across key stage 2 and key stage 3 so that pupils do not unnecessarily revisit skills and become disengaged in lessons; and
  • improve the liaison between the ICT department and other subject departments so that pupils have more contexts in which to apply and develop their skills.

Local authorities and regional consortia should:

  • ensure that ICT curriculum support is available to all secondary schools;
  • monitor the standards and provision of ICT as a subject and the effectiveness of its use across the curriculum; and
  • support schools to improve the accuracy and reliability of teacher assessment.

The Welsh Government should:

  • implement a relevant statutory framework for ICT from Foundation Phase to post-16 and review the National Curriculum subject orders to reflect current developments in technology; and
  • assist local authorities and regional consortia to address the technical issues that constrain access to ICT resources in secondary schools.

Download the full report here:

PDF DocumentEnglish Version

PDF DocumentFersiwm Cymraeg

J2Code now available

j2codeFor those of you who have visited j2e (Just2Easy) from your Swansea-Edunet Learning Portal, you may have noticed an extra link in both j2launch and the quick links at the top of the main j2e pages. You can now hone your coding skills by trying out j2code! J2Code has been designed to be open ended rather than prescriptive in order to encourage children’s creativity.

If you’ve used Scratch or similar applications, you will be very familiar with the building blocks style interface of J2Code. What is extremely useful is a range of coding exemplars, lesson plans and and other resources to help you through your coding journey! What are you waiting for? Get Coding!

Report from the ICT Steering Group Published

ICT Steering Group Report

ICT Steering Group Report

This report outlines what the ICT Steering Group believe the Welsh Government and key stakeholders should do to ensure that Computing and technology education in Wales is truly world-class and provides the opportunities to nurture a future generation of digital pioneers and innovators.

The first recommendation calls for a new subject:

“A new subject named Computing should be created to replace Information and Communications Technology (ICT) from Foundation Phase onwards. This new subject will disaggregate into two main areas: Computer Science (CS); and Information Technology (IT)” 

PDF DocumentRead the full report from the Steering Group here.