Recently I cam across a fantastic post by @mwclarkson on thoughts on ICT and Computing which was a fantastic examination of some of the issues facing ICT as we seek to improve its value to the outside world. Contained within his post was a reflection on possible strands of ICT, Digital Literacy, Digital Creativity and Programming. I like what is implied by these strands immensely especially as I have been fed up with National Curriuclum Strands for a while and have been seeking a better way to ‘tie’ the ICT curriculum together. For too long I feel the subject of ICT has been a random collection of boring skills based units and having a structure like this could help improve its standing in schools.
The strands I am proposing based on Mark’s original three are:
- Digital Creativity
- Digital Literacy
- Digital Citizenship
Digital Creativity I foresee as your multimedia strand. This is where pupils would be blogging, podcasting, video editing, website building etc. There will almost certainly be aspects of digital creativity which could include programming for instance in building a computer game from scratch.
Digital Literacy is a fairly broader strand and at the moment could possibly encompass multiple aspects of current ICT practice. I would possibly summarise it at this point as teaching pupils the skills to be able to engage with, respond and use technology they encounter in class in a way which would provide value to them.
Computing is a strand I will need to work a bit on to see how I can include it within my ICT curriculum. I think for the future it will be found within other units such as games design.
Digital Citizenship is inspired by the rise of social networks as a force to not necessarily directly change governments but a force which can assist in revolutions such as Tunisia and Egypt. Blogging may very well form a part of this but certainly looking at how ICt and the usage of technologies can be force for good would form a part of this strand.
My next job is to start writing good definitions of each strand to be used in planning and then mapping my existing units to each strand.