Blog 7: Top Trumps!

For some obscure reason I do not know, I recently got a get of Olympic Top Trumps free with a pair of shoes.
I thought about what to do with them before handing them over to my class and asking them what we could use them for (other than playing Top Trumps).  Their ideas were fantastic:

  • Use the stats to make a database about Olympic Legends
  • Create our own Top Trump cards
  • Find out the mean, median and mode of the different stats
  • Use them to create a presentation about Olympic legends
  • Create biographies about Olympic legends using extra research
  • Make a quiz online
So I gave them the choice and their response was amazing. I am now on the lookout for other Top Trump sets to meet the topics in our school.

Not a very technological blog, but I thought I'd share.  What would you use them for?

BTW, here is the photo story Dylan created using one group's own cards.


Blog 6: Assessing ICT Through The Creative Curriculum?

Since the introduction of the creative curriculum at my current school and previous school (last yr) I have been banging my head against a wall when it comes to assessment.

I have a number of questions:
  • If OFSTED came in tomorrow and asked teachers to tell them what level a particular child was working at, could they do so accurately, with evidence to support their judgement?
  • How do we assess to a sub-level now that skills are integrated into the curriculum?
  • Is their any worth in assessing ICT to a formal level?
  • How can I implement a new approach to assessment without overburdening staff?
  • Where do I start?
Answers: Probably not; don't know; yes; proving it is worthwhile and I don't know.

Here is my plan, that I am about to trial with my Y5 class.
To create a baseline assessment of key skills, children will complete level 4 assessment tasks on   2simple 2assess.  I will obviously cross reference these results with my teacher observations and informal assessments.

Using these I intend to group the children into 4 similar ability groups, that will be assessed in an 'APP Style' hopefully minus the stress.

To help me do this I have devised an assessment document/ passport consisting of child friendly 'I can ...' statements, which I will share if successful/ useful (it will no doubt need tweaking/ improving). The document splits ICT into the following areas:

  • Graphics
  • Text
  • Multimedia
  • Databases
  • Websites
  • Communication (including blogging)
  • Control and Modelling
The following sources were extremely useful:

One child from each group will be monitored throughout the year, with each target/ objective being evidenced 3 times before achievement.

The struggle is sub levelling.

I hope I have explained my plan clearly.  As I am at an experimental phase, any feedback/ suggestions/ collaboration will be greatly appreciated.

I'll keep you posted on how I get on!