Having taught KS3 ICT in its various incarnations since 1997 and then a couple of years MYP, Middle School ICT and Technology is an area in which I have a particular interest. The Middle school years are arguably the most important period in the lives of our young learners – a time when individual identities are forged as they blossom into young adults. During the past decade there have been various educational ‘initiatives’, including:
Every Child Matters ‘enjoying and achieving’ in 2003
Higher Standards, Better Schools for All in 2005
20-20 Vision – Personalising Learning in 2007
Secondary Curriculum Review in 2007
With the evolution of the Internet and ubiquitous mobile devices the past decade has also seen a change in what young people need to learn and how they learn. I have attempted to capture the essence of change in the following presentation:
Middle School ICT For 21st Century Learning
Another great presentation outlining 21st Century Skills in the Middle School by Karen Brooks:
Kim Cofino also created this wonderful 21st Century Classroom presentation:
Undoubtedly, things are changing and as Educators we must respond to these changes.
An interesting upcoming development is the emergence of the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). This is being developed following the success of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC), which now has been adopted by well over 1,000 schools in 65 countries worldwide.
More on the International Middle Years Curriculum as I begin to unravel it!