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As a very simple intro to HTML for my very mixed ability class I went through a couple of random webpages on the internet and, in discussion, we picked out some of the tags that were used. I then asked the pupils to create their own pages. To ensure that everyone got the chance of creating something on their own, everyone had to reproduce the green sheet (see below). Even those that this is not an ideal exercise for (mainly the dyslexic pupils who find copying work difficult) had a sense of achievement a they saw they had created a web page on their own using only code.
All pupils quickly moved onto the Amber sheet which builds upon the green. For the ‘slower’ pupils, I placed a copy of the code with incomplete tags into their work folders. This meant that they weren’t penalised by slow typing speed. Once the amber was complete many pupils then went onto the red which builds directly on the amber.
After red, I gave the pupils a cheat sheet of codes, including some that they had not already come across. I then asked them to create their own pages. The only additional guidance was to experiment with as many of the tags as possible and to be creative.
I know that this is a very simple lesson; however, it covers quite a lot of the ‘essential’ tags and also allows every pupil to create their own pages. Feel free to use the pages available to download using the links below. (some formatting has been lost after converting to googledocs)
Green / Amber / Red
After completing another step on the long road to creating a new ‘upgraded’ ICT curriculum for my school, I felt that I should commit my thoughts on my recent work to the blog.
Having already confessed to being a secondary school teacher responsible for designing the curriculum for our 3 year olds and up, I have spent quite a few hours looking through Simon Haughton’s blog and have come to the conclusion that the 2Simple / Purple Mash Suite of tools is essential to deliver an exciting and creative curriculum to the younger pupils.
The software seems so geared towards the infant and primary pupils and yet also seems to allow them to be creative and the more able ones can really go and explore. We recently had a demo from Purple Mash and our teachers were very impressed. I shall definitely be putting this into my budget request for September.
I know that a weakness of mine is knowing what levels can be taught to and expected from the KS1/2 pupils and I am keen to learn from as many ICT teachers as possible. Please leave a comment and point me in the direction of resources and lessons that you have tried and tested and you know work. Please also let me know of the best blogs and websites that you use.
I have also spent time looking through undertenminutes which is a great resource of introductory videos and certainly has the potential to help myself and my colleagues to hit the ground running when we introduce our new upgraded ICT curriculum. It also has many great videos that could be used as lesson starters or possibly for flipping the classroom.