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7 Ways to Make IT Real: 6 Use What You Have

Even if you are in a small school, or a large school but with no team, you may still be able to give your pupils the experience of addressing real problems through computing and ICT.
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What you have, in fact, is your pupils and other members of staff. Even if you are in a small school, or a large school but with no team, you may still be able to give your pupils the experience of addressing real problems through computing and ICT.

One way is to enlist the support of other members of staff. One teacher I was speaking to recently told me that in her school the PE department was using Dance as a means of teaching flowcharts. How imaginative! When I was Head of ICT I had teachers of History and Science reinforcing the work I was doing in databases. I even heard of one school in which the English staff used spreadsheets to provide a visual representation of plot development in Hamlet. If you can get other teachers to suggest things, that is all to the good, because they will almost certainly come up with ideas that would never have occurred to you in a million years.

How about the pupils? Well, you never know until you ask. 

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cross-posted at www.ictineducation.org

Terry Freedman is an independent educational ICT consultant with over 35 years of experience in education. He publishes the ICT in Education website and the newsletter “Digital Education."

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