Using ICT at Key Stage 3

Using ICT

To use ICT effectively, pupils need to know the technical tools available to them and be able to use those tools to realise their ideas successfully.

Using ICT provides pupils with opportunities to develop and demonstrate their Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.

Young people will use ICT skills throughout their lives, in commerce and industry, in science and research, and in entertainment and leisure pursuits.

In school, ICT forms a vital part of every pupil's developing knowledge, understanding and experience. Pupils need a broad range of experiences that reflect real-world uses of technology.

All teachers have a responsibility to provide pupils with experiences of using ICT appropriate to their subject. They should also help pupils to acquire and develop the skills necessary to become informed and responsible users of ICT.

Assessing Using ICT

Assessing the Using ICT skills across the curriculum in a systematic and consistent way can help pupils to manage their own learning and to identify learning targets. It also helps pupils to connect learning from different areas of study. This will embed the independent learning that is desirable at GCSE and GCE.

See the Assess and Progress section for more detailed advice and guidance on assessing Using ICT.

Contact

For more information on Using ICT contact:

Deborah Stinson
dstinson@ccea.org.uk
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2620

Andrew Douglas
adouglas@ccea.org.uk
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2713

Resources

The Levels of Progression for Using ICT

The Levels of Progression for Using ICT are set out in can-do statements. They set the standards of what is expected for pupil competence in Using ICT. They can help teachers make judgements about the levels pupils are working at and are a guide to progression in this skill.

There are progression statements for each of the 5 ‘E’s, which are the curriculum requirements for Using ICT.

The expected level for the end of Key Stage 3 is Level 5.

Desirable Features

The Desirable Features are guidance statements for different types of ICT. They can help teachers see the context behind the statements in the statutory Levels of Progression.

Key Stage 3 Task Support System CCEA Task Support System

This system helps schools to develop teaching resources and create a bank of school-based activities.

The Task Writing Tool is a planning tool that generates a differentiated assessment grid for your pupils, in line with the skills you want to develop. It is a peer-to-peer support system that provides feedback from teams of experienced, practising teachers.

As well as supporting planning for learning in Using ICT skills, teachers have found it useful for embedding the skills of Self-Management and Working with Others. It is also useful for embedding the skills of peer and self-assessment by pupils.

Task and Exemplification Library

Our Exemplification Library for post-primary schools contains examples of pupil work that show the standards for Levels of Progression 1–7 in the Cross-Curricular Skills.

Each record of exemplification work in the library contains:

  • a piece of pupil work that has been assessed and assigned a level;
  • a commentary, which describes the evidence for that level;
  • the task or question the pupil has responded to; and
  • where appropriate, the accompanying pupil activity.

We advise teachers to look at the examples in the library and then develop their own assessment tasks that will meet their pupils’ needs.

To access the Task and Exemplification Library, go to Skills and Learning: Interactive Support. Teachers do not have to log in for the Task Library but they do have to log in for the Exemplification Library to access pupils’ actual work.

Mapping Using ICT to Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

Using ICT activities can be a useful basis for developing and/or assessing some of the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. When planning, teachers should consider that the following skills align.

The 5 ‘E’s

Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

Explore

Managing Information
Asking, Accessing, Selecting, Recording, Integrating, Communicating

Thinking, Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
Searching for Meaning, Deepening Understanding, Coping with Challenges

Express

Being Creative
Imagining, Generating, Inventing, Taking Risks for Learning

Exchange

Working with Others
Being Collaborative, Being Sensitive to Others’ Feelings, Being Fair and Responsible

Evaluate

Self-Management
Evaluating Strengths and Weaknesses, Setting Goals and Targets, Managing and Regulating Self

Exhibit

Managing Information
Accessing, Selecting, Communicating

Cross-Curricular Using ICT Activities

We have created context-free ICT learning, teaching and assessment activities for Key Stage 3. They can be included as part of the subject topic that suits your scheme of work.

The activities guide teachers and pupils through a plan, do, review process. They are differentiated so that all pupils have the opportunity to perform to the best of their ability.

Teachers can use these activities to assess pupils' competence in Using ICT.

Generic Activities for Using ICT

The suggestions available here are examples of typical approaches to Using ICT that can form the basis for learning and teaching activities and/or assessment tasks for Using ICT at Key Stage 3.

Teachers can customise the generic format of the activities to suit topics in their scheme of work.

3D CAD

3D CAD: Teacher Notes 253 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

3D CAD: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

3D CAD: Pupil Notes 161 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

DRC 3T: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 211 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

DRC 3T: Nótaí don Dalta 278 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Data Handling

Data Handling: Teacher Notes 194 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Data Handling: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Data Handling: Pupil Notes 161 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Láimhseáil Sonraí: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 211 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Láimhseáil Sonraí: Nótaí don Dalta 267 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Desktop Publishing

Desktop Publishing: Teacher Notes 196 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Desktop Publishing: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Desktop Publishing: Pupil Notes 161 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Foilsitheoireacht Deisce: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 213 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Foilsitheoireacht Deisce: Nótaí don Dalta 267 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Exploring Programming

Exploring Programming: Teacher Notes 254 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Exploring Programming: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Exploring Programming: Pupil Notes 165 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Ríomhchlárú a Fhiosrú: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 213 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Ríomhchlárú a Fhiosrú: Nótaí don Dalta 283 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Game Making

Game Making: Teacher Notes 195 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Game Making: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Game Making: Pupil Notes 164 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Cluichí a Chruthú: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 212 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Cluichí a Chruthú: Nótaí don Dalta 266 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Measurement and Datalogging

Measurement and Datalogging: Teacher Notes 196 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Measurement and Datalogging: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Measurement and Datalogging: Pupil Notes 164 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Tomhas agus Logáil Sonraí: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 215 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Tomhas agus Logáil Sonraí: Nótaí don Dalta 267 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Music Technology

Music Technology: Teacher Notes 195 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Music Technology: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Music Technology: Pupil Notes 161 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Teicneolaíocht an Cheoil: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 218 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Teicneolaíocht an Cheoil: Nótaí don Dalta 266 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Online Collaboration

Online Collaboration: Teacher Notes 194 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Online Collaboration: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Online Collaboration: Pupil Notes 168 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Comhoibriú ar Líne: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 208 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Comhoibriú ar Líne: Nótaí don Dalta 299 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Presentation

Presentation: Teacher Notes 195 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Presentation: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Presentation: Pupil Notes 163 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Láithreoireacht: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 229 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Láithreoireacht: Nótaí don Dalta 267 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Researching

Researching: Teacher Notes 194 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Researching: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Researching: Pupil Notes 166 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Taighde a Dhéanamh: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 221 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Taighde a Dhéanamh: Nótaí don Dalta 270 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Using Modelling

Using Modelling: Teacher Notes 195 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Using Modelling: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Using Modelling: Pupil Notes 160 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Samhaltú a Úsáid 222 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Samhaltú a Úsáid: Nótaí don Dalta 265 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Web Design

Web Design: Teacher Notes 254 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Web Design: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Web Design: Pupil Notes 163 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Dearadh Gréasáin: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 221 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Dearadh Gréasáin: Nótaí don Dalta 267 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Working with Images

Working with Images: Teacher Notes 154 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Working with Images: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Working with Images: Pupil Notes 161 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Ag Obair le hÍomhánna: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 218 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Ag Obair le hÍomhánna: Nótaí don Dalta 268 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Working with Moving Images

Working with Moving Images: Teacher Notes 196 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Working with Moving Images: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Working with Moving Images: Pupil Notes 161 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Ag Obair le hÍomhánna Gluaisteacha: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 196 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Ag Obair le hÍomhánna Gluaisteacha: Nótaí don Dalta 267 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Working with Sound

Working with Sound: Teacher Notes 196 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Working with Sound: Pupil Cover Sheets 113 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Working with Sound: Pupil Notes 163 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Ag Obair le Fuaim: Leathán Clúdaigh an Dalta 222 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

Ag Obair le Fuaim: Nótaí don Dalta 268 KB - uploaded 09-02-2018

STEM Futures Using ICT Activities

We have customised these activities to reflect naturally occurring assessment opportunities from within our existing teaching and learning resources.

The specific resources that the activities are derived from can be accessed at Stem Futures.

If appropriate, teachers may use one or more of these as activities with pupils for teaching, learning and assessment purposes. Teachers do not have to submit these tasks to us for quality assurance. The activities are ready to use and cover Levels 3–6.

Cheese Sensations: Working With Images

Working with Images: Pupil Cover Sheet103 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Working with Images: Teacher Notes154 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Working with Images: Pupil Notes161 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Cheese Sensations: Working With Sound

Working with Sound: Pupil Cover Sheet102 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Working with Sound: Teacher Notes196 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Working with Sound: Pupil Notes163 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Cheese Sensations: Online Collaboration

Online Collaboration: Pupil Cover Sheet103 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Online Collaboration: Teacher Notes194 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Online Collaboration: Pupil Notes168 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Heart Matters: DTP

Desktop Publishing: Pupil Cover Sheet103 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Desktop Publishing: Teacher Notes196 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Desktop Publishing: Pupil Notes161 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Say Cheese: Presentation

Presentation: Pupil Cover Sheet102 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Presentation: Teacher Notes195 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Presentation: Pupil Notes163 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Straight to the Heart of It: Exploring Programming

Exploring Programming: Pupil Cover Sheet102 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Exploring Programming: Teacher Notes254 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Exploring Programming: Pupil Notes165 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Straight to the Heart of It: Online Collaboration

Online Collaboration: Pupil Cover Sheet103 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Online Collaboration: Teacher Notes194 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Online Collaboration: Pupil Notes168 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

A Way To Display: 3D CAD

3D CAD: Pupil Cover Sheet102 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

3D CAD: Teacher Notes253 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

3D CAD: Pupil Notes161 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Next Stop Safety: 3D CAD

3D CAD: Pupil Cover Sheet102 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

3D CAD: Teacher Notes253 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

3D CAD: Pupil Notes161 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Pneu and Improved: Online Collaboration

Online Collaboration: Pupil Cover Sheet103 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Online Collaboration: Teacher Notes194 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Online Collaboration: Pupil Notes168 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Learning for Life and Work Using ICT Activities

We have customised these activities to reflect naturally occurring assessment opportunities from within our existing teaching and learning resources.

The activities are derived from specific resources in Developing Using ICT in Learning for Life and Work.

If appropriate, teachers may use one or more of these as activities with pupils for teaching, learning and assessment purposes. Teachers do not have to submit these tasks to us for quality assurance. These activities are ready to use and cover Levels 3–6.

Citizenship: Online Collaboration

Online Collaboration: Pupil Cover Sheet103 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Online Collaboration: Teacher Notes194 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Online Collaboration: Pupil Notes168 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Employability: Working With Moving Images

Working with Moving Images: Pupil Cover Sheet103 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Working with Moving Images: Teacher Notes196 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Working with Moving Images: Pupil Notes161 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Food Poverty: Web Design

Web Design: Pupil Cover Sheets102 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Web Design: Teacher Notes254 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Web Design: Pupil Notes163 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Teen Building: Presentation

Presentation: Pupil Cover Sheets102 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Presentation: Teacher Notes195 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Presentation: Pupil Notes163 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Personal Development: Working With Moving Images

Working with Moving Images: Pupil Cover Sheet103 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Working with Moving Images: Teacher Notes196 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018

Working with Moving Images: Pupil Notes161 KB - uploaded 12-02-2018