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nicoleponsford | Wednesday September 12, 2012

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5 in a Row

Some activities are aimed at setting tasks which enable the students to get on with it, and you to have time to take the register or meet and greet.

Emerging Technologies Review ICT

Ask students to research the following sites, and see how they could use this in their ePortfolios or as a way of tracking their work. A great introduction for Controlled Assessment:

  • Glogster
  • Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr
  • Prezi, Scribd
  • Slideshare, Slide Rocket or SlideBoom
  • BUBBL, Wordle

If you wanted to turn this into a development task, you could get them to have a go at a specific task.

Blog Round Ups ICT

If you are creating blogs, it can be a great habit to get the students to write a blog post at the start of each lesson. This can be done weekly, or daily. Most exam boards want more posts rather than less. Students can come in, log on and write within timed conditions. A great start to the lesson.

Create A Survey ICT

In this you can either create one for students to log into (on your VLE or blog) or get them to create their own. They could use Polljunkie or Surveymonkey for example. This can be based on student feedback on your lessons, creating a template for their future research or based on their knowledge and understanding of a topic.

Exam Questions ICT

Using an electronic document (Prezi, Glogster or Powerpoint) ask them to respond to an exam question. This can be a creative interpretation, where they use images and add quotes to it, or as a mind map. Timed conditions.

To develop this further, you can give out a range of exam questions to a class. Get them to plan the response as the starter, and then swop with a ‘buddy’, who then has to write up the ideas, based on this plan.

Creating A Buzz in the Classroom

It is just as important to get Key Stage 5 students on their feet and involved. Many students are taught in a seminar fashion, so getting them out of their seats might cause a few groans, but they will enjoy it and...


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