Eagle-eyed readers might have noticed over the last few months that I have been amending my 'Learning Intention' slides that I create for each of my ICT lessons to make them a bit more useful for the children. Improvements include:
- shifting the learning intention up a little bit to make more room underneath;
- presenting the steps children need to follow to achieve success as a series of four, 'manageable' instructions;
- displaying any extra techniques the children may wish to do alongside each instruction with a little tick;
- adding an additional slide containing some child-speak self-assessment 'I can...' statements that I now refer to both mid-way through the lesson and again at the end.
I know I've blogged before about how useful these slides are but I just felt that it deserved repeating in case you've not seen them before. Not only do they act as a quick reminder for me when I'm setting up a lesson (as I do the majority of my planning a half-term in advance) but they also mean that once I've done a few minutes of initial teaching/demonstration at the start, the children can then refer to them to help them work as independently as possible during the main part of the lesson - this works particularly well in conjunction with using 'Independent on the Computer Tokens'. They even come in useful after a lesson as I share them on Edmodo for the children to access at home if they wish and I also know of one school that prints them out to stick into an ICT journal-type book that each child has to help evidence their lessons.
Please do let me know if you use something similar in your ICT lessons as it would be great to compare it to my approach!