The ‘Decoding Learning’ Report

This week on the study desk saw an introduction to the “Decoding Learning” report, which investigated the impact of digital technology in the classroom. The authors of the report gathered a large collection of ICT-based innovations. They started with 300 teacher-led innovations and 1022 research innovations and whittled those down to 210 cases that formed the foundation for the report. They then chose a representative sample of 150 innovations that were then judged by a range of people. Eventually a group of experts used a process to rank the innovations – follow this link– based on the “greatest potential to advance teaching and learning, if they were to be widely adopted”. I decided to look more closely at innovation number 7.

What is it?

Kidpix is a multimedia program for primary school aged children. Students can use the program to draw, add backgrounds, upload photo’s, add text, animation and create a slideshow. The following video provides an introduction on how to use the program:

How it might be used

Teachers can use the kidpix program in the classroom for students to create a record of their research and findings they may have conducted from a science unit or create a slideshow of an excursion they went on. There are a wealth of activities the program can be used for. The following site has some great ideas for using kidpix to support learning in the classroom.

Why it helps student learning

Students’ creativity and ICT skills are enhanced and supported as they engage with the computer based graphic tools to produce creative responses. All areas of the curriculum can be supported through this tool which allows teachers to observe students’ understanding and knowledge of the subject area.
Click on this link to view a great example of Year 1 & 2 students using Kidpix in the classroom to document changes to the woods surrounding their school, that they have observed over three seasons.

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