Resource Material for the IT PGCE:
introduction to the 'Strand Session' pages
The Resource Material pages for most curriculum sessions devoted to the teaching and learning of the IT National Curriculum have the same structure. On this page you will find a brief introduction to what you can expect to find under each of the headings in that template. The content of most sections is obvious but that of the 'In the classroom' sections may not be. The width of all these pages is such that, if displayed in Netscape (the Institute's browser), they will fit across an A4 page.
Every session has learning objectives. These are what it is expected that you will know, understand and be able to do as a result of the session and any follow up activities. It is useful to consider what the evidence would be that you (or other members of the cohort) have achieved these learning objectives.
In this part there is a brief introduction to the session.
If the session involves you making something, then this session will tell you what happens to the products.
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Here there is a description of the task - sometimes
this is in .pdf format so that you can download it.
Here you will find the timetable for the session.
The times given are meant to be indicative and may well be changed in response
to things that happen in a session, for example the cohort working more
quickly, or the need to discuss something at greater length than anticipated.
Many sessions link to others. Here you will find
links to the curriculum sessions which relate most closely to the current
The IT National Curriculum is about ideas, not
(just) skills. In this section you will find some of the common misconceptions
pupils have about ideas related to the current session. Looking at pupils'
misconceptions in IT is a new area of study, so what you will find here
is neither conclusive nor an exhaustive list.
In this section you will find examples of classroom
activities and products related to this session. Most of these were produced
by previous cohorts of BTs.
Each session has a 'teaching point' associated with it. This is something about teaching or learning of IT (e.g. an aspect of organisation) that is particularly relevant to either the ideas or the method of organisation of this session and which you need to take account of when planning and teaching lessons.
Here you will find extracts or relevant parts of the IT National Curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4.Here are links to relevant parts of the DfEE SoW for both KS2 and KS3. It is important to note that the Schemes of Work are (deliberately) not organised by National Curriculum strand and that therefore many of the units could relate to any given session. What I have tried to do is, distribute the units so that if you look at the listed ones for each session as it occurs, you will not meet any one unit often and will meet them all over the course of the curriculum sessions.
In this section you will find indications of how the ideas discussed in the session relate to the teaching of IT at GCSE. It will be based on the Edexcel GCSE course and this is the one most commonly used in partner schools.
Here you will find links to tutorials and other resources for the software used in the session. Often this will link you, not to a place on this page, but to the relevant part of the 'Software Tutorials and Help' index.
In this final section you will find listed any books and/or papers that are particularly relevant to the current session - together (where appropriate) with their Institute Library code.
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Last updated on 23rd June 2001.