Wednesday 15 April 2009

Informal curriculum

Over the last year we have been offering various informal courses. These courses have been things like Art and Crafts, Archaeology, film making, film appreciation, conversational Spanish, and many others. Wednesday and Friday afternoons are interesting times to visit the school. These changed several times over the year. This time has been created because of the efficiency of teaching to a particular stage rather than to an age. It also provided time when whole school events could be run without cutting into certificate classes.

The school has been reflecting on these afternoons and considering allowing some to run for 1 afternoon a week for the full year.

I have been thinking through a couple of things I might offer.


A computer graphics course:

Whole year

Introduce basic skills in photo editing, 3D graphics/CAD, animation, and a few other things. Then set portfolio piece as an outcome

Microsoft Digital Literacy course

Whole year

Introduce basic computer literacy's

Possible MS Academy courses as extensions

DIY Woodworking skills 

Repeated 3 times throughout the year.

I miss teaching practical skills

E-Safety Course

Repeated 3 times throughout the year

Give CEOP training

All of these are thoughts at the moment and I am looking feedback on what your thoughts



Richard Millwood said...

A really brave informal learning model, to develop a deeper and wider knowledge of information and communications technology, would be to create a collaborative open-source project and consider the new forms of assessment and recognition for achievement that follow.

islayian said...

thanks for the input Richard.
Could you give an example?

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Anonymous said...

Wow! I found the blog via the TES website following a link for the advertised mathematics post. Suffice to say I spent some considerable time exploring and Islay High School will be receiving an application from me very soon.

The work you're doing sounds extremely exciting and I'd love to be a part of it.