Ofsted ICT in education eBook – Chapter 2: The achievement of pupils in ICT

Earlier in the week, we published the first chapter of our Ofsted ICT in education eBook, all about the effectiveness of ICT learning in schools. We’re now going to take a look a Chapter 2, but if you want to skip ahead or go through the whole eBook at your own pace, it is available in its entirety:


Chapter 2: The achievement of pupils in ICT

Outstanding Subject Knowledge

The key Outstanding features here centre on subject knowledge – understanding of important ICT concepts, and the ability to make connections within the subject. Then there’s the ability to explain their knowledge in writing and verbally and to use it in solving problems. Being able to use a wide range of age appropriate hardware and software is important here, together with a high degree of independence in applying. Along with this, students will show positive attitudes, considerable initiative, and be creative and original in thought, understanding and application.

MSFT logoHow Microsoft can contribute

During the course of the student’s time within the school Office 365 + OneNote will give them a knowledge resource which they can look back on to help build a deeper understanding and connections across subjects. Imagine a student having a record (pictures, video and written) of every class they have been at and then using that stored knowledge for revision.

OneNote can be used by students to collaborate on a history project either in pairs or small groups. Teachers can track the progress of the group and offer feedback as the group plan the project. They are able to access their OneNote notebooks from any device at any time including a mobile phone, a great technology leveller.

Pupils can use Sway as evidence of learning, with its unique editing features, professional looking online publications can be created quickly and easily. Students can demonstrate key skills with Sway’s ability to make use of pictures, text video and web links. The easy sharing features mean pupils can gain peer feedback or save the links into their class OneNote for the teacher to view feedback and mark.

Students could use Sway to create a school newsletter or even as an interactive record of achievement.

“They are able to access their OneNote notebooks from any device at any time...”

The Microsoft IT Academy provides an accessible and widely recognised way for students to increase their knowledge of Microsoft technologies. It will also give them an industry recognised qualification.

Coding resources, too, are readily available in the form of Kodu, and DreamSpark. Together all these resources can make a huge difference to students knowledge and skills.

At the same time, the availability of a wide range of devices – tablets, desktops, 2 in 1’s – all using compatible Windows based software, including Office 365 and OneNote, challenges students to choose and use appropriately and creatively whatever the task. ‘1-2-1’ device policies become appropriate and achievable through the availability of new low cost Windows based devices.

Creativity is supported by specific applications for photography and sound creation. Access to mobile apps through the Windows Store gives students freedom to choose the best tools for their needs. Whether it’s using the ‘CreateBook’ app for creating e-books or animating through Flip Boom.

Office Mix gives less confident students the ability to present their own ideas. PowerPoint is a familiar application and the inclusion of the Office Mix plugin turns it into a video creation tool. Pupils can use Mix to showcase their work, use it to argue a position in English and history or demonstrate a science experiment. The ability to save straight to the Office 365 video channel is a great way for students to showcase work or provide peers and teachers with ICT ‘how to’ videos.

Teacher Testimonial:

Brien Gorham, English Teacher at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart writes:

“Mix provides teachers with an easy way to create flipped lessons for students since most teachers are already familiar with PowerPoint. Being able to create self-directed content for students creates more class time for more challenging project work and writing assignments. Having students work with ‘static content’ at home allows for more differentiated instruction time in the classroom. Being able to track their progress is an essential feature of this tool.”



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