Projecting a slide in front of a class of children reminding them of the lesson's learning intention and the steps that they should follow to achieve it successfully is a useful strategy to include in all ICT lessons. Not only does it give the children a point of reference for if they get stuck but it also makes it clear what work is going on to any visitors who might arrive in the room part-way through a lesson.
Most ICT tasks can be completed by following these four easy-to-manage (and therefore remember) steps which should be modelled and demonstrated to the children during the lesson:
- Open a specific: app, program or template file on the computer.
- Use a combination of tools to create a: pleasing, informative or functional piece of work.
- Edit and improve the work to make it better/more effective for the intended audience or purpose.
- Save and/or share the work with others (e.g. via email or on the school's learning platform).
In this sequence, step two can be further broken down into a series of 'I can...' statements of increasing difficulty, labelled as: 'good', 'great' and 'super'. By listing the ICT skills that: all children must, some children should and a few children could be expected to do by the end of the lesson, it shows how the task is being differentiated so that every child is challenged to develop their ICT capability whilst still being able to successfully meet the learning intention. Also, letting the children themselves choose what level they want to work at allows them to take ownership in their learning and appreciate what they themselves need to do in order to work better and improve.
The language used on these slides should be child-friendly and be written using just short words or phrases (so that they are easy to read and so that as much content as possible can be fitted onto them). Important ICT vocabulary could be highlighted too, perhaps in a different colour so that the words stand out from the rest of the text.