One aspect of teaching ICT I used to struggle with was levelling. More specifically getting students to understand what level they are working at and how to improve on that level. I spent a lot of time integrating levels into my teaching and to my resources.
Last year I decided to try to create some general purpose resources based on key words rather than complete level descriptors. One of these resources that worked well where my level dice, these had levels 3 to 8 on each side with a series of keywords to match each level. If students are completing written work (mainly evaluations) I have these on the desks and encourage them to try and use the key words. I also use them for questioning, students pass the dice around and have to try to describe what they did/learnt during the lesson using the highest level number they can. Other times I will show some examples of student work on the board and have each table try to give them a level using the dice.
I think this resource worked well because it was simple, re-useable and could be applied to a range of topics.
You can download the dice template here if you want
With the move to a new curriculum I’m now teaching Computing, Programming, Robotics and Computational thinking (to name a few). I am now looking at how to effectively level students and how to get them to understand these new levels. CAS have provided a suggested curriculum complete with level descriptors that is proving quite useful as a starting point .
The question I am now asking is do I need to add new KeyWords to my Dice (and other resources) or do I need to create some new dice for this new curriculum.