Rather than respond immediately to the publication of the Rose Review of the Primary Curriculum, I have looked at the report and some additional documentation, and produced a Computers in Classrooms Briefing as a result.
In the briefing, I have summarised the main points of the documentation in terms of information and communications technology (ICT), and added my own comments. I hope that this will prove to be useful for colleagues as a basis for discussion and as a handy summary of the proposed changes.
The briefing also includes a comparison of the current Level Descriptors for ICT and the proposed changes to them. I find it inconvenient to keep flipping from one document to another in order to compare the two versions of each statement, and if you have a similar opinion then you should find this combination of the two sets quite useful Ė I know I do!
In this issue we have a couple of great previews, including an advance publication of a podcast of an interview with a high school student about digital citizenship. The full list is given in the article.
This is a
shortish newsletter; the next one, which I am aiming to publish after
the Easter break, will be much bigger. There's plenty in that to look
forward to, as described further on. It has a social networking focus.
If you'd like to contribute to that, there is still time.
In this issue...
Adventures in Podcasting -- venturing out no more
31 ways of making a contribution
Prize draw: good news for educational games-creators enthusiasts
How to make exercises more interesting
Getting through to parents
The social networking issue
The games issue
Review of the Game-Based Learning Conference 09 (with link to presentations)