500 ICT Tips for Primary Teachers by Professor Phil Race, Nick Packard, Steven Higgins

By Professor Phil Race, Nick Packard, Steven Higgins

In Britain, ICT (Information and Communications know-how) has been the focal point of discussion, improvement and innovation inside of schooling over fresh years, the best effect being within the fundamental region. This sensible advisor will give you the a lot wanted effortless suggestion and help for lecturers dealing with this fabulous problem. This publication bargains aid via providing attempted and validated principles for utilizing IT successfully around the entire of the first curriculum. whereas a number of themes practice to precise British curriculum matters, the bulk are universally appropriate.

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These can be very motivating and a flexible source of support; children can simply take it or leave it! 11 Look in catalogues and leaflets. The range of devices and software for supporting access to IT for children with special needs grows and changes rapidly. It will always be worth checking through up-to-date catalogues to see if there are solutions that might help you with a specific educational special need in your classroom. Supporting special educational needs with IT 41 19 Developing activities It often seems that, given the time and money, you could use ICT to totally transform the way you work with children with special needs.

It is amazing where clicking little fingers can end up! If you have been right through the activity that you want your pupils to do, you will have a real working knowledge and a fair idea of some of the problems that might crop up! 5 Know your computer. Different operating systems have different features and may let you do more than you think. For instance, most have ways of letting you take a snapshot of the screen for making instruction cards. Can you cut and paste between applications? Can you drag and drop files to the printer to make them print?

For instance, if you were to discuss the differences between amphibians and reptiles, searching a database and noting characteristics of each could provide a stimulus for a great deal of debate and further investigation. 6 Remember that computers are great for sorting and classifying. Even in the early years, computers can be used for basic scientific work. If a child can ‘point and click’, they can pick up and sort information on a computer screen. Try the various ‘My Worlds’ screens for instance, or a picturebased concept keyboard overlay for recording what they did.

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