Being a familiar and avid user of Rising Stars curriculum resources for a number of years, I was expecting their latest release ICT Essentials to be of an exceptional quality and it didn t fail to deliver. Their book, ICT essentials, is just that; it is a one-stop shop of resources, compiled to help develop a more rounded ICT embedded curriculum. As a very keen ICT Subject Leader and teacher at a Primary School in Southwark I am regularly on the lookout for useful pieces of software or an intriguing website to stimulate children s learning. Now I need look no further! Within 120 pages there are countless strategies to help embed ICT into the wider curriculum, helping to break down the barriers and inhibitions that some teachers face when working with new applications. It gives a comprehensive, yet easy to understand set of guidelines on how to use a particular program or resource, making it perfect for both newly qualified teachers, and more experienced teachers alike. Teachers, such as myself, with a greater understanding of the diverse range of applications available, can still find a wealth of stimulating lesson ideas, which help to look at engaging websites in a new light, using them for different purposes be it a quick engaging starter to more expanded and structured lessons. Most importantly, much, if not most of the software and resources discussed within ICT essentials are FREE, or use software that most schools already have within their catalogue, transforming the use of forgotten software or making the most of educational licensed websites and software that cost very little if anything at all. I would recommend every school to have a copy within their staff library at their establishment, as I am positive everybody would be able to find a great number of useful tips and tricks to enhance their children s learning through the use of ICT. --Matt Rogers, ICT Subject Leader & Teacher, Snowfields Primary School
About the Author
Ian Addison is a primary school ICT Co-ordinator who has been teaching since 2005. During that time he has been a leading ICT teacher and learning platform consultant for Hampshire. Since 2010 he has been a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and was also a co-creator of the Primary ICT group for Vital.