Ofsted ICT in education eBook – Chapter 3: Quality of Teaching in ICT

Last week we published the first two chapters of our Ofsted ICT in education eBook, now we’re ready to take a look at the third chapter: Quality of Teaching in ICT. If you missed the first two chapters or you want to skip ahead or go through the whole eBook at your own pace, it is available in its entirety:


Chapter 3: Quality of Teaching in ICT

Outstanding Subject Knowledge

A fundamental requirement here is teaching based on excellent subject knowledge that’s upto date and aware of continuing developments. Added to that is an understanding of active learning. As a result, teachers will effectively address pupils’ misconceptions, answer their questions and move them on to new thoughts and ideas. Students will be seen responding by actively participating in their learning, making full use of a very wide range of resources and teaching.

MSFT logoHow Microsoft can contribute

Office 365 + OneNote ensures staff can be effective in supporting the learning journey. Through the shared notebooks they can see a student’s work as it progresses and then provide constructive feedback with hand written notes and comments. Feedback could be the inclusion of additional resources or ideas for further work. The level of intervention can be used to demonstrate an impact on the quality of learning.

Using OneNote in this way not only supports independent working for the students but also a more personalised approach to each student’s needs. Being able to see how students take notes and develop their work gives a teacher real insight into how each student best learns and how they can be supported.

Homework can be set either within OneNote or within the class site in Office 365. Teachers can share best work with parents by simply clicking on a button and emailing a OneNote page to a parent to highlight the great work a student has done.

Our best learning happens through relationships with others and Yammer as a social networking tool can be used by teachers to help develop these connections. Yammer can be used by students to learn from their peers, collaborate on school projects or to collaborate with other schools. Teachers can use Yammer to help develop their classes by getting ideas from other teachers, sharing good practice and raising issues that they may need support in addressing.

Sway can be an engaging starting point for a lesson, imparting information to students through a wide range of device options or through using the classroom display technology. The embedding of videos, either from the web or the Office 365 video channel, helps give different dimensions to the content.

Flipped learning can help teachers have greater contact time with students during a lesson or help deeper understanding prior to a lesson. Office Mix can be used by teachers to create engaging learning content which can be published to the Office 365 video channel. Sway can also be used with Office mix as a starting point for students.

“Our best learning happens through relationships with others...”

The Microsoft Educator Network puts teachers in touch with other innovative and Outstanding teachers both nationally and globally. This greatly enhances subject knowledge, promotes innovation and motivates teachers to be creative leaders of Outstanding learning. Teaching with Technology (TWT) framework offers teachers a great resource for professional development.

The Microsoft education blogs, too, offer a constant stream of information and ideas that keep teachers informed and upto date. Blogs also celebrate the achievements of individuals and schools.

Teacher Testimonial:

Guy Shearer of Lodge Park Community College, spoke of the Microsoft Educator Network:

“We are seeing more fun, left – field and thought provoking ideas through our connection to other like – minded schools…The resources are simple to share and because they aren’t proscriptive are ideal to fire the imagination of the ‘can-do’ teacher who wants to push themselves.”


The fourth chapter of this eBook will be published next week, and we hope that you have found the areas covered so far to be of practical help in your educational setting.

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