Digitalstudies Wiki vs mind maps

This article is based on my existing mindmaps and the recently created @sharland digitalstudies wiki

When I initially got on board with the idea of creating a new ICT curriculum I thought I was in a very isolated position and that it was something that I would have to do very much on my own. That was before I realised the immense power of twitter and the incredible foresight of such people as @sharland @largerama and @infernaldepart who were also striving for the same thing. Even before this, I was also ‘borrowing’ resources from @ianaddison @simonhaughton and @chrisleach78 . I wanted to put all the brilliant resources that I had collect into a usable format that was curriculum organised and intuitive. To this end, I created my mind maps which are still indexed on the #digitalstudies page of this blog. @sharland subsequently created a wiki which he suggested could better house the resources in the mind maps; I wasn’t so sure as I had grown to be quite obsessed by what I had created, and even a little possessive!. However, it soon became apparent that once I’d had a play with Brian’s wiki, it would indeed be a more useable place to hold the resources.

The wiki is free, it is available for everyone to view or to add to; it is searchable and easily expanded. I am able to openly give credit to the creators or sharers of the resources. Most importantly to me, my initial aim of ensuring that the resources were matched to possible curriculum areas has been maintained. These are such important positives that I am now in the process of moving the maps across to the wiki and would urge others to contribute. Even if you are not #rethinkingICT in your school, the wiki is still a great place to hold what you have and to share it with others.

Everyone should also follow @infernaldepart who is currently setting up a #ictcurric Moodle style resource that will contain example lessons and ideas. Please switch between his creative commons site and the wiki when developing or delivering your own curriculum.  Remember to share your successes!


Computer Gaming – short presentation

Further to the my last post, some of you may find this short little presentation a useful intro to computer gaming.  It gives some facts and figures about computer games and then leads into an exercise using pacman and strategies. Enjoy!

Worksheet for BBC Panorama Computer Game Addiction video

Whilst I know that the programme was rather biased against computer games, it is still a very interesting programme that pupils could get a lot out of.  In our previous lesson we had discussed addiction and I even set up a little pacman test exercise to see how easy it was to get addicted.  A lot of what was discussed could be summarised as the pupils believing that addiction stemmed from the fact that they wanted to get a better score than their peers and would therefore continue playing until they achieved this.  I know that Ihave massively over simplified this, but I think there is some mileage to that point.

Anyway, to the point of this post, please use the Google doc below if you think it is of use in your class.  At the top of the page are three links; the first and third are links to some interesting work done by Robbie Cooper; whilst the second is the link to the Panorama video.  Enjoy – feedback is always welcome!

Reasons why girls do not opt for ICT and Careers in ICT

In my last post I explained that I believe that by getting role models in, girls will see that ICT or Computing are not only subjects and careers for the men.  What I didn’t do was adequately put forward why I believed that this was the case.  I have included a PDF of my research which I carried out a couple of years ago.


Why girls do not opt for ICT or careers in ICT