Friday, February 18, 2005

Evaluation of ICT Skills

At the beginning of this pilot I created an evaluation tool based on the 5-14 levels within ICT. I was curious about how the tablets would affect the children’s progress within ICT. I gave out the children a grid with each of the ICT strands on it. P4 ‘s grid was at Level B and P5’s was at Level C. We went over what each strand meant and how tthey transferred to class work.The children scored each strand with a + for something they were confident in, an = if they were not confident in something, and a - if they were completely unsure of something. At base, the results were fairly good, especially from P4 within Level B.
Six months on the children filled in the grids again and I am amazed at the progress the children feel they have made! I plan to hand out a Level C grid to the P4s as I am sure they will be confident in many aspects of it.
The areas the children feel less confident in - mainly multimedia work, will be covered over the next few months.

The results have reassured me that working in pairs has not affected the children’s perception of their individual learning. We work hard to ensure that the children use the tablets fairly through taking turns. They also feel they have learned lots through collaborative learning. Mind you, we have not been without the odd quarrel!

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