ICT and Digital Media
Overview of KS3: ICT
What will I study?
Students have one lesson of ICT a week in Years 7 and 8. A wide range of topics are covered include traditional ICT topics such as: E-Safety, Spreadsheets, Desktop Publishing, Hardware and Software and Powerpoint Skills. Students will also complete programming schemes of work, that prepare students for a career in Computer Science. These topics include: Scratch, Kodu Game Lab, Python and Micro:bit Programming.
How will I be assessed?
All work completed is saved in an E-Portfolio which is then accessed and marked by the class teacher throughout the module. Once the work has been marked, students have the opportunity to make improvements to their portfolio. Students will also complete three assessments throughout the year which will take the form of mini projects.
Overview of KS4: OCR Creative iMedia
What is Creative iMedia?
The OCR Creative iMedia is a vocational course, it provides students the opportunity to use computers and IT equipment to create a range of multimedia products. These Products include: Websites, Digital Videos, Graphics and Interactive Multimedia Products. This course provides students with practical skills that can be transferred into a range of careers and industries.
What will I study?
- R081 – Pre Production Skills
Students will learn the importance of designing multimedia products. Students will learn about: Moodboards, Visulational Diagrams, Storyboards and Scripts
- R082 – Creating Digital Graphics
Students will learn the basics of digital graphics editing skills in order to create a DVD or game cover to a set of specific requirements.
- R085 – Creating a Multipage Website
This unit enables students to understand the basics of creating multi-page websites, with a range of interactive features.
- R087 – Creating Multimedia Products
Students will learn where and why interactive products are used and their different features. Students will plan and create interactive multimedia products using sound, video and animation.
How will I be assessed?
iMedia is a Single Award, equivalent in size and value to a full GCSE. Recognised by employers and educational establishments alike.
Unlike most GCSE courses, the iMedia course consists of 75% controlled assessment (3 units) and a written examination worth a further 25% that is 75 minutes long.
Opportunities also exist to resubmit improved controlled assessment throughout the course.
What skills will I need?
Students will need to have a general interest in ICT. They will also need to be creative and good eye for design when creating their multimedia products. Due to a large amount of controlled assessment, students will need to have good time management skills and be able to work to set deadlines.
What happens in lessons?
Lessons are varied and will include a range of activities over the course, including:
- Practising Practical Skills
- Research tasks
- Evaluating Work
- Completing Controlled Assessment
- Covering Theory for the Exam
What Homework will I be asked to complete in ICT?
In KS3 students will be asked to complete missed work in order to complete any missing sections of their Electronic Portfolios. Students may also be asked to research a topic or concept in preparation for the following lesson.
In KS4 students will be expected to use time outside of the lesson in order to make sure that their Controlled Assessment work is up to date. Students will be given deadlines throughout the year that they will have to meet. Students will also be provided with electronic revision materials and tasks to complete in preparation for their exam.
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural)
In ICT students learn about E-Safety, which includes information about protecting their identity online, staying safe whilst using the internet, and the dangers and effects of cyberbullying. Students are also taught how to report abuse. Later in Key Stage 3, students also learn about IT and the law, including Copyright Law (especially relevant for downloading music, games and films). Students learn about the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act which covers important information about mobile phone privacy. The aim of these topics is to encourage students to consider the moral and social implications of respecting and understanding IT law, and the values aspect of not using social media to cause harm or distress to others.