Help. Feedback Wanted!

I have been dappling with the idea of a scope and sequence for ICT.  My first instinct when I hear the words ICT scope and sequence is to cringe.  I have always found the idea of a scope and sequence restricting and irrelevant but I also understand that teachers have a varied level of competence and confidence in teaching and using technology.  Therefore I have come around to the use of a scope and sequence being beneficial, not binding.

So I started to play around with what I thought a scope and sequence should be.  After looking at some examples I certainly came up with what I didn’t want the scope and sequence to be.

  • A document cut and pasted from various places
  • A reworded curriculum
  • Irrelevant
  • Too wordy
  • Impracticable
  • Only about word processing

Today I finished the first draft of what I am calling a Scope and Continuum. I really wanted it to have a continuum of gradual learning experiences for students whilst retaining scope for it to be used in a variety of ways.

I used Richard Olsen’s Ideaslab White Paper on Understanding Virtual Pedagogies as the framework for online learning as well as CyberSmart’s concepts of Digital Citizenship.  I then wanted to offer ideas for applications for a variety of devices, using different platforms and integrating it with learning systems we have in place in Victorian Schools (The application is a work in progress, as you will see.)

Now after spending quite a few hours in putting it all together I am certainly having second thoughts.

  • Is it too wordy?
  • Have I missed the point?
  • What have I left out?
  • Do the skills and understandings even create a continuum?
  • Is it too restricting?
  • Would it even help anyone?
  • Have I got Richard’s White Paper completely wrong?

And what better way to help me answer these questions than by putting it out to my personal learning network for some feedback.

So I would love to have your feedback.  What do you think about scope and sequences?  Is there a need for them?  What do you think I should take out or include?

You can view the Scope and Continuum here and add comments directly to the document or share your thoughts in the blog comments. And I would love some ideas for applicationstoo!

6 thoughts on “Help. Feedback Wanted!”

  1. Hi Mel,

    Firstly – can I say this is awesome! I started doing something similar when I took on the mammoth task of teaching/overhauling ICT at my school and it has sat on the ‘unfinished’ pile for quite a while now as I couldn’t quite shape it into the thing I wanted. Like you, I got inspiration from different areas but didn’t want it to be a cut and paste exercise and wanted to show the vast range of applications, skills and purposes that make up ICT. You’ve done a great job in melding together current thinking while leaving it open enough to be flexible – great job :)

    The only thing I can think of to add might be Budd:e – don’t know if you’ve come across it but it’s a brilliant resource for Grades 4-6 in terms of digital citizenship and has become a staple at my school over the last 2 years. Here’s the link if you’re interested – https://budd-e.staysmartonline.gov.au/primary/main.php.

    Shall be watching intently to see how this evolves and you’ve inspired to go back to mine and have another look. Well, after NAPLAN, reports, parent info evenings…….er, some time soon!

    1. Hi Gill,

      Thanks for taking the time to have a look. I have many of those things in the ‘unfinished pile’ so I know exactly what you mean. And I know I have been guilty of saying ‘ lets not reinvent the wheel.’ But I think it is important to take the time and make the wheel so much better. I did spend a lot of time looking at other documents and then deciding what I didn’t want. That made it a lot easier.

      Budd:e is a great addition. I use it often and it is a great resource. Thanks I shall add it to the list!

      Have fun with the NAPLAN, reports, parent info evenings….

      Mel

  2. Hi Mel,
    This is great work. You’ve put in hours by the look of it. I have just read level F at this stage and thought I’d stop and add some suggestions. Just thinking of what our Preps are doing.
    Do you think we need to add track pads and touch screen tech to the skills area. You have mentioned the mouse and keyboard but we are actually phasing out mice. The shift and caps lock is also handy.

    On touch screens the different taps and swipes are learnt.

    I was also wondering about the notion of composing ideas using audio , text and movies as our preps are doing. Social talk, talking to learn and formal talk.

    Email has been used for handing work in and sharing,(Sharing may need to be added as a category…..Dropbox etc cloud storage.) by the Preps on the idevices also so they access mail and send.
    I’ll go on and read the level 1 next. The trouble is as you write the bar raises. Thx Mel,
    cheers from Jenny

    1. Hi Jenny,

      Thanks so much for taking the time to look over this. This is exactly the feedback I am looking for. I know you guys do fantastic work with iPads so I certainly respect all of your knowledge you bring to a document like this. I wanted it to be a document that is not all about Word or computers but with my limited experience using mobile devices their are some obvious areas for development. Track pads and touch screen are obvious additions, so thanks. I would love to come out to your school and see what you are doing with mobile technology and how I could incorporate it.

      Mel

  3. Hi Mel,

    Yes we’d love to have you visit one day. Trying to cover all types of tech is very hard and they all have their quirkiness. But I guess it is becoming a mobile world. Desktops are becoming obsolete.
    Some skills are needed to be listed but it is hard as I already stated the bar continues to move.

    I’ll keep reading,

    Jenny

  4. Hi Mel,

    I’m really liking this document. (I’ve borrowed some of your statements and used them in my reports !) In reading through the document, it’s made me aware of some skills that I perhaps am not explicitly addressing with my students that could lead to holes and gaps in their learning later on.

    I too have an old ‘scope and sequence”continuum’ document that I developed when I did Teacher Professional Leave back in 2007 that I look at now and consider to be quite out dated.

    One thing that really disapoints me about the current VELS setup is the lack of standardsprogression points for students at the prep level. I look at what they can do and that this isn’t documented anywhere is frustrating. I am excited by the idea that AusVELS will addinclude elements for students working at the prepfoundation level.

    I do hope though that it becomes an evolving document and that it is updated regularly. I look back at statements within VELS that now look so outdated when we look at how students use technologies now.

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