Friday, August 17, 2012

Digital Literacies – A new framework for ICT

ICT – Information Communication Technology has been the title of the curriculum approach to the teaching and learning of technology in schools in England for the best part of this millennia. It has outstayed its welcome therefore in January of this year, Michael Gove announced that the ICT program of study was no longer necessary and schools could teach ICT as they saw fit. Finally, we were given the ‘nod’ to continue doing as we had been doing which was to ignore the old ICT curriculum only fit for the 1990′s and concentrate on approaching ICT in ways that reflected the constant change revolving around technology. Amen.

However. The acronym ICT also needs to be dumped in my opinion. We need to be rid of it. It conjures images of suites of computers where children are taken to learn how to use email, create a spreadsheet, make a roamer roam, paint a picture using Microsoft Paint, knock together a PowerPoint or worse type up their latest story from their story writing book because a teacher said it would look better in Word.

I’m proposing that we use ‘Digital Literacies’. Not as a replacement subject but as a wider approach that is intertwined with everything taught and learned in school. I have mentioned before how I have been following the work on digital literacies by Doug Belshaw and Futurelab and I have based my entire Framework on their amazing work. Thank you so much.

The framework is not yet finished, I have to add in examples on learning for each element so that other teachers have an idea of what to do. The exemplar planning sheet will be used with each year group to set out their use of Digital Literacies in various subject areas or themes of work. Apart from that I would welcome any suggestions and feedback on the framework.  Please use it if you find it useful.