Every curriculum area prioritises a range of resources. They need to provide in the most efficient way both the success of the learning and teaching. Using the appropriate set of resources that could be easily upgraded and updated saves time and money. At Eastleigh College I am teaching an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based course in WEB Design and Construction. Therefore the range of the resources I am using varies from the standard facilities and recourses typical for the ICT Curriculum to specially produced by me resources for this particular course in form of a Website and linked topic guides and handouts. Part 1: Review of the range of facilities and resources
Classroom Facilities Review
Not so comfortable for
U shaped layout with 16 PCs all networking and with Internet access
Very practical layout that allows the teacher to see all the monitors while the students are working. There is need to ask the students to turn to 90/180 degrees to face the white board or the teacher.
Students at the back row need to turn around each time when there is demonstration or just when the teacher is speaking. Not comfortable for taking notes.
Pc for the teacher, connected to projector
Allows flexible approach and on-line demonstrations.
There is still need for the teacher to use the mouse.
White board / Interactive if with stylus.
Allows big display and provides excellent visibility.
It is flexible for all PC applications and On-line demonstrations. To write directly, need to use another one .
Second classroom folding white board
Useful for writing notes.
Just behind the teacher’s desk not so accessible
B/W laser Printer – networking.
Useful for printing.
Doesn’t allow printing in colours.
Air conditioning unit
Keeps suitable temperature in the room.
Fresh air is better for the attention of the students in long sessions.
The above set up it is very comfortable for teaching groups, as there is also small ‘island’ of 2 tables and several chairs in the middle of the classroom where a group could have activities such as discussions, evaluations or portfolio work, when there is no need of Personal Computers (PCs). The use of shared area Software (Front Page 2003 and Internet Explorer) and allocated personal space on networking computers (on U drive), one projector and shared printer is the most cost effective solution and at the same time flexible and modern way of learning and practice of ICT. The software licence is also not so heavy cost wise, because it covers as a package all College PCs. This also allows new software to be currently configured or the used one updated. There is near ICT office with a computer technician on duty and therefore immediate support if needed for the night classes. The network has also some restrictions that save lots of trouble with add ware, pop-ups or threatening viruses. At Eastleigh College there also 3 interactive fixed whiteboards, one in the room where the course is held i.e. (A sector) one in B sector and another in the Learning recourse centre in the Library area. Having the essential Optical Character recognition (OCR) and a Stylus the interactive whiteboard is ‘…the most efficient way for using Electronic Flipcharts and interactivity in teaching’. (Brunner, D. (2006))
Review of the Learning resources for the course
’Design Your Own Website’
Scheme of Work (SOW)
Up to date, follows curriculum structure and allows easy updates to the Changes in software or special requirements depending on learners’ needs after the initial assessment. Provides certain flexibility in lesson planning.
It is always fixed to the current version of software packages, licensed from the College.
Specially Designed Website – Tutorial
I have designed a website tutorial for this course which interactively demonstrates range of design models, techniques and...