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Distinguishing it from ICT

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How is #digitalstudies different from ICT?


  1. #digitalstudies is portfolio based - pupils produce work over a period of time designed to be presented and shown elsewhere
  2. Assessment is done through blogging and end of year hack days.  We also use badges to motivate pupils and demonstrate progress and acquisition of skills.
  3. #digitalstudies is career focussed - pupils learn skills which are useful for future career options
  4. #digitalstudies is a wiki based curriculum - no central programme of study instead driven by teacher and pupil editing
  5. #digitalstudies at primary level is focussed on developing the basics of computational thinking through simple systems development often revolving around building basic games 
  6. Although the ICT programme of study didn't specify specific software certain brands became indispensable.  #digitalstudies is being designed to allow as much flexibility as possible in software choices.  There may be certain portfolio tasks which require certain software but this will be the exception. 
  7. In most ICT classes pupils were expected to do homework.  This was often a 20 minute set exercise which was often shoehorned into each week as pupils 'must do homework'.  With #digitalstudies there is no regular set homework or any expectation of it.  Instead if pupils whilst working in their group face a situation where they might need to work outside a lesson to finish something they should plan for it and execute that plan using online collaborative tools. 


How is it different from Computer Science?

  1. It includes programming and computational thinking from Computer Science
  2. BUT keeps digital literacy from ICT
  3. It also includes Digital Creativity where pupils will also work on a range of multimedia skills not included in traditional Computer Science 

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