ICT in the Primary School

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DEVELOPING IDEAS WITH MULTIMEDIA IN THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM

Tracy Atherton

'Developing ideas and making things happen' is a strand of the English information and communication technology (ICT) National Curriculum in which pupils are taught to develop and refine their ideas in a variety of ways. They can organize and manipulate material in different media, create, test and improve sequences of instructions to make things happen and use simulations and models in order to investigate and evaluate changes and patterns in asking the question, 'What would happen if… ?' Using ICT to express, explore and evaluate ideas in different forms can be a creative and powerful learning experience. It draws upon the qualities of interactivity, provisionality, speed, capacity and dynamic representation with which ICT can make a distinctive contribution to an activity, supporting higher-order processes of thinking, planning, working and communicating. Tracy Atherton's chapter describes and discusses the ways in which she wove these processes into her work with children in her primary classroom. She identified how multimedia authoring enabled her children to be active in constructing and representing their knowledge with a variety of sources and media, developing their roles as critical and creative authors who were able to evaluate and improve their work for a range of audiences. The processes in which the children were engaged were challenging and high-level, requiring careful preparation, focus and perseverance, honest evaluation and confidence to refine and develop their ideas. The children were deservedly proud of their published presentations which reflected the complexity of the tasks, from critique, planning and

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