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Secondary ICT Subject Leaders Newsletter
Autumn Term - September 2010
The Hertfordshire ICT Team are a large varied team that support schools with all aspect of ICT, including strategic planning, curriculum development, technical support and website development.
We are a traded team and seek to continue developing outstanding ICT services and support for all schools. Over the coming months we will continue to develop and expand our services. Please get in touch if we can provide you with any ICT guidance, support or training:
Many subject leaders are considering qualification changes in light of the re-accreditation of some ICT qualifcations from September 2010.
One of the Ofqual requitements for the new GCSE ICT specifications is to deliver controlled assessment instead of coursework. Controlled assessment now puts different levels of controls on different aspects of a task. These includes setting, marking and taking of the task.
The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) have produced an excellent microsite breaking down these requirements and providing you with more specific guidance about controlled assessment.
Most of the exam boards have now produced controlled assessment handbooks to assist delivery of the GCSE ICT qualification.
With the launch of the new GCSE’s we know that many ICT teachers have a number of questions.
To support schools we are holding ICT GCSE network meetings during October and November. You will also have an opportunity to meet other colleagues in a similar position and discuss progress being made. More...
Manchester University have just launched their annual UK Schools Animation Competition.
It’s now possible to use a range of programming applications inclusing Flash, Scratch, Alice and Serif Draw Plus. The entry catergories are KS3, KS4 and 16-Plus.
For more information visit:
Many of you will be aware that Chris Carter carries out regular case studies involving emerging and exciting technologies. Chris has recently conducted a case study of the potential uses of ipod touches and the Nintendo DS in the curriculum. Why not have a look and maybe think how you could use them in the ICT curriculum?
The case studies may have been carried out in a primary school but the principles are as appropriate in a secondary school context. We know that a number of secondary schools are already using mobile technologies so If you are carrying out any exciting projects using emerging or exciting technology please get in touch.
Interestingly higher levels of achievement have been awarded in Computing rather than ICT this year. 9.3% of candidates studying ICT and 12.8% of candidates studying computing achieved a grade A. Perhaps there is starting to be a step change from ICT to Computing? 60% Achieved A*-C in ICT and 61% A*-C in Computing nationally.
If you are interested in developing computing in your school…
The ICT team have created a ‘Hertsict’ YouTube channel and will be adding videos throughout the year. To help schools promote online safety to the wider community we have added two eSafety videos. The links to the videos can be given to parents/ carers for them to view at home and to encourage attendance at school sessions on eSafety.
To view in school you will need to have Web Factor 1:
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