Resource Material for the IT PGCE:
evaluating your own work

On this page you will find the information for the session in which we discuss ways in which pupils can evaluate their own work - specifically PowerPoint presentations.

Learning objectives About this session Products of the session
At the Institute    
Task Timetable Links to other sessions
In the classroom    
Misconceptions Classroom examples Teaching point
Other Resources    
DfEE Schemes of work Software links and tutorials Books/Papers


Learning objectives

The learning objectives for this session are that by the end of it you should:

  1. be able to evaluate a presentation;
  2. understand that 'evaluating presentations' can be used to assess a variety of learning objectives;
  3. understand how to use evidence from pupils' evaluations to assess their IT capability;
  4. understand the misconceptions pupils have about the nature and purposes of presentations
  5. .

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About this session

In this session, you will develop a pro-forma which pupils can use to evaluate their own PowerPoint presentations - and those of their peers. The key points are to to use this activity to help you realise that 'evaluating presentations' is not a single activity but encompasses a variety of activities, each of which is linked to different learning objectives; and that you can use evidence from pupils evaluations to assess their ICT capability and plan future lessons.

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Products of the session

This is a link to the index of the evaluation pro-formas (and associated learning objectives) produced in this session.

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At the Institute

The task

The session will consist of group work and a plenary discussion. Initially you will discuss in groups the presentations you have seen on your PSE and develop and print a pro-forma for evaluating them. In this you may find the one developed by Sahera Khan (see below) a useful starting point. (This could be profitably read before the session.) You should link your pro-formas to what you consider to be the relevant level descriptors of the IT NC and decide what would be required as evidence that the pupils have met each level descriptor. We will then meet together and review your conclusions.

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The timetable

The session will start as soon as the PSE presentations end. The group discussion will start at 3:30.

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Links to other sessions

The closest links are to the sessions in which you make and show your own PowerPoint presentation of your PSE and that in which you evaluated web resources.

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In the classroom


Pupils (as well as some teachers) have misconceptions about the nature of the subject IT and this strongly influences their expectations of what they should be doing in it. They expect to spend time 'on the machines' and might not see 'off computer' activities such as those discussed in this session as being a proper part of IT lessons. At best they may see them as a diversion from the 'real job' of 'working on the computer'. I have seen teachers reiforce this view by saying to a class "If you do not behave you will not be allowed to use the computers". The point to try and convey is that IT lessons are the place where a number of important capabilities are developed - not a computer-based 'playtime'. You do this in the way that you introduce topics and the attention that you pay to developing the pupils concepts and ideas as well as their skills.

As the late Rosalind Driver once memorably said "What is required is 'brains on' not 'hands on'".

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Classroom examples

The evaluation worksheet produced by Sahera Khan was used to get pupils to evaluate each other's presentations.

A pupil taught by Nabil Hassani produced an interesting evaluation of the set of Logo procedures he used to draw a house.

Clarendon School has created lesson plans for telling the story of two tortoises - 'Enzo and Zippy' - via a PowerPoint presentation. This resource can be found via the TeacherNet site which is the prime respository for all teacher-related DfEE material. It contains a 'Useful Lesson Plans and Resources' section which links at least one resource with each of the DfEE Schemes of Work. These have all been evaluated (cf the Teacher Resource Exchange). I did the evaluation for the ICT resources and found that there were almost no resources available on the net which were directly relevant to the Schemes of Work. You should browse these resources - and let me know of any new and relevant ones that you find.

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Teaching point

The activity 'evaluate a presentation' is often thought of as a single entity - it is not. You could for example wish to see what criteria the pupils spontaneously use to evaluate presentations - in which case you would not give them any in your introduction. What you could do here is to give them a simple pro-forma saying, for example, "Five things good presentations have are:...."

However you could instead wish to see how well the pupils use a given set of criteria - in which case you would need to give them these and ensure that they understood what they meant. In this case you would also need to ensure that the pupils knew how much they were supposed to write on each criterion - for example by giving them different amounts of space on a form.

This is one example of why you need to think very carefully about the point of an activity - what is it for - and to ensure that the activity is matched to the learning objectives you have set for the lesson.

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Other Resources

The DfEE Schemes of Work

You should look at the following units of the DfEE schemes of work

Key Stage 2: unit 6A Multimedia presentation;

Key Stage 3: unit 1 Using ICT; unit 8 Public information systems.

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See chapter 5 of 'Learning to Teach Using ICT in the Secondary School' edited by Marylin Leask and Norbert Pachler (Institute library reference Loyx Ref LEA), which discusses the evaluation of multimedia products.

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