Raising Student Achievement through a focused use of ICT aligned to the School's Ministry Targets

The intention of MoE funding on professional development is to increase teacher capability to raise student achievement. In looking at the focus of the ICT PD programme, clusters should also be working to raise student achievement and collect evidence of their success. One way of doing this is to specifically target student achievement in the development of the cluster action plan. In order to align ICT use with the goals of the school this could, in part, be focused around the school's Ministry Target objectives. A few examples of this could be

  • To increase the quality of student writing across the school.
  • To raise the reading levels in the areas of the school where currently there is a dip in performance, and to then transfer the successful strategies into a schoolwide model for reading.
  • To raise the level of student health, fitness and physical well being.
  • To increase student self management in learning and social skills.

The table below teases out what this could look like for one target example.

MoE Target e.g.
Areas for improvement
Improvement will look like:
ICT Product / Software / Web 2.0 Use
ICT Process Use
• To increase the quality of student writing across the school.
• Vocabulary
• Sentence structure
• Sequencing and paragraphing
• Variety of genre and appropriateness of style
• Year 2
Students will . . . . . .
• Year 4
Students will . . . . . .
• Year 6
Students will . . . . . .
• Year 8
Students will . . . . . .
• Word - Thesaurus
• Wikipedia – use to widen knowledge and gather relevant vocab before writing
• Virtual visits to provide a focused context and vocab for writing
• Wordle – as a tool for displaying vocab before writing
• Inspiration programme – Mindmapping (planning writing), vocab, sequencing, templates e.g. flow charts for planning sequence
• Word – Reviewing Toolbar – Track changes so that students see something for their efforts and can print to include with final product. Teachers can also show changes made during conferencing.
• Pauline’s TV programme idea – could include student and teacher reports on progress with targets across the schools – students articulating their learning and progress.
• ARBs – providing models and assessment criteria.
• Blogs and wikis that show stages of progress with writing and student / teacher reflection on the learning.
• Graphic organisers for planning writing
• Ryans Thinkers Keys e.g. for vocab, creativity
• Habits of Mind – how well am I managing my learning?
• Thinking Hats – different perspectives in writing content and style
• Baseline samples
• Progress samples in T2,3,4 analysed for vocab
• Assessment rubrics developed in each class and across the school (with students where appropriate)
• Learning intentions displayed in classrooms and students able to articulate and reflect on their progress
• Blogs and wikis as publishing tools for raising student awareness/ motivation and to provide links to evidence for reporting to parents, BoT and MoE.
• Staff reflective journals, blogs or wikis.
• Classroom walkthroughs