If you have any photos from the day please let me know.
This is what I intended to say…
“Good morning and welcome to Winchester House School and Rethinking ICT. I want to start by saying thank you to all of you for coming and I really hope you enjoy the day. I would also like to thank everyone here at Winchester House for supporting me and basically allowing me to take over the school for the day. In case you are wondering why there are no children around today – they are all at home recovering from Saturday’s Sports Day.
Earlier this week a colleague of mine asked me why I was organising this conference. I’m still not 100% sure of the answer but the simple reply is that it was a small idea that got a bit bigger than I expected. About two years ago I started to rethink our ICT planning – I read plenty of articles and blogs about what we should and shouldn’t be teaching in ICT and started pulling together ideas. Indeed the decorating of my baby boy’s nursery (@Isaacodactyl to those who follow him on Twitter) was delayed because of the number 0f Post-It notes that covered the walls.
I tried to find a balance between what the children need to know and what I wanted them to learn about and be inspired by. As a former Year 5 teacher in a primary school I used to teach the children Art and about artists such as Lowry, Pollock and Mondrian – so why not teach the children about computer pioneers such as Babbage and Turing – and as ICT is about more than computers why not include Morse, Tesla, Marconi – all inspirational figures.
Anyway, as the walls got covered in more and more Post-Its it became clear to me that ICT is both a tool to enhance learning in all subject areas and a fascinating, interesting subject in its own right. Part of the problem with ICT is that people seem to suggest it has to be one or the other.
As I began to organise the Post-It notes four strands began to emerge and these I now refer to as Digital Literacy, Digital Creativity, Digital Technology and Digital Society. As I was working on this I read about the work others such as Brian Sharland and Ian Addison were doing to rethink their curriculum and I began to think how great it would be to get half a dozen like minded people in a room together to share ideas and come up with something truly exciting. And so RethinkingICT was born.
Soon after that Google’s Eric Schmidt made his comments about the state of ICT in the UK and suddenly, according to the media, ICT was the most boring subject in school. The Mr Gove made his comments at BETT and seemed to say “Right chaps, it’s all over to you.” As a result RethinkingICT suddenly became even more relevant and that little idea grew into today.”
Huge, huge apologies to Alan O’Donohoe (@teknoteacher) who kindly recorded a video presentation for #RethinkingICT – unfortunately we simple ran out of time during the day but I wanted to make sure everyone had chance to see the video. Alan has been a huge inspiration to me ever since I first saw him present at an event in Birmingham last year.
If you are intending on driving to #RethinkingICT (which I assume most people will be) and you will be relying on your Sat Nav could you please use the following postcode –> NN13 6EE
This will lead you to our Pre-Prep and Sport’s Field car park where there is more space available. Please make sure you look out for the signs for Winchester House School as Brackley Primary School is only a little bit further down the road.
Looking forward to meeting you all on Monday.
In the afternoon of #RethinkingICT there will be several rooms set-up for attendees to visit and discuss various aspects of ICT. The idea of these rooms is that they will be very informal and you can visit them as and when you wish. I didn’t want the situation where people had to choose from a list and therefore potentially miss out on something really useful and interesting. In previous posts I have raised the idea of hosts for each room – this was simply to ensure that there was someone in each room who could act as a catalyst for discussion. Each room will have a whiteboard on which I hope to gather ideas and suggestions and there will be other opportunities for attendees to contribute their thoughts.
The rooms will be…
- Digital Studies – Discussing a ‘rebranding’ of ICT
- Digital Leaders – How can your school make the most of Digital Leaders?
- Badges & Assessment – Discussing the use of Badges to assess ICT / Digital Studies
- History of ICT – Does the history of ICT have a place in the curriculum?
- Computer Science v ICT – How can we incorporate more Computer Science in the ICT Curriculum
- ICT across the Curriculum – Sharing ideas on how ICT can be used in other subject areas
- The Tinker Room – Opportunity to ‘play’ with a range of equipment, including the Raspberry Pi
- ICT Suite – Opportunity to share and try out recommended websites
- Planning Room – Opportunity to share, build and adapt your ICT plans
- And possibly a Mobile Tech / BYOD discussion room.
There will also be space for smaller meetings to take place in.