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Rising Stars Essentials: ICT [Paperback]

Ian Addison
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16 July 2012 085769586X 978-0857695864
ICT Essentials is aimed at teachers who wish to build their ICT confidence, explore new possibilities or simply learn something new. The book includes advice on getting your classroom ready for ICT as well as plenty of hints and tips on using a whole range of ICT resources across the curriculum - from blogging and animation to creating and publishing eBooks and using online tools. Ideal for both teachers who are less confident of their ICT as well as the more tech-savvy.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Rising Stars UK Ltd (16 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085769586X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857695864
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 18.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really is Essential 21 July 2012
I bought this book as I follow @ianaddison on twitter and have found him amazingly helpful and inspirational. Through his tweets, his blog and leads to other innovative ICT leaders, I have learned so much in 5 months. A lot of it is here, in one book, without all the hassle of following links and remembering where you read it (and what exactly you read). There is more besides, ideas which are practical and easy to put into place in any classroom, hints and tips for some of those websites you have been meaning to use but haven't yet and all written in a language which is easy to understand (you do not have to be a geek!). Which leads me to those teachers who don't love ICT, who know they are a bit behind, are not sure where to start and perhaps can't get to the courses they need. The answer is here. Buy the book, read one idea a week and try it out. If you don't get something out of this book, I'd be astounded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 24 July 2012
I opened the book about 30 minutes ago and am already thrilled with it. It's full of excellent tips and is very easy to read and understand. I bought it as a means to help enrich the ICT curriculum in my school next year and now cannot wait to start using it for my planning.

Great job Ian Addison, many thanks :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for teachers! 18 Feb 2013
This handbook is an ICT Bible - a must have for any teacher and teaching assistant responsible for delivering ICT in the classroom. A great size, handbook style, practical and packed full of simple ideas that you can pick up and use straightway. Nice one @IanAddison!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Easy to Read 2 Dec 2012
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This book is clearly written and easy to follow. It has lots of information on how to use ICT to enhance teaching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top Tips for teachers 15 Nov 2012
By Emma G
This is a great practical book with lots of hints, tips and ideas for using ICT across the curriculum and embedding digital literacy in your school. It provides a wide range of websites and links that can be used by primary teachers working in different contexts and with different backgrounds. I have only just got the book and after just half an hour of reading I have learned about several new (to me) websites and got some practical ideas for using them. I will ensure I also recommend it to less ICT confident teachers I know, as it is non-threatening and easy to follow for even the most technologically nervous teacher.

Emma Goto - ICT Manager and AST
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Time Saver 27 Aug 2012
I'm a PGCE student that used to be a software developer so I am interested in use of ICT in teaching but didn't know what software (out of the many) was popular or suitable to use and how it might be best applied across the curriculum. This book is a good place to start in getting some answers to these questions and was exactly what I hoped it would be.

The focus of the book is on software and web sites that can be used on a standard desktop (primarily). If you are looking for a book focusing on IPads and other mobile devices this isn't it. They get a mention but because most primary classrooms have a desktop machine and few have significant access to mobile devices the desktop centric approach makes quite a lot of sense. I have an iPad (and android tablet) myself and had already got quite a good idea of what was available so the lesser focus on shiny mobile devices was fine with me.

The book is highly readable, lacking in waffle and satisfyingly dense on the number of different software and web sites it looks at. Most items are not looked at in extreme detail, which is exactly as it should be. The preference is on looking at a few different applications or sites and putting forward some brief comparisons.

Ian is a practising teacher and it feels like he knows what he is talking about because he does actually use the things he discusses in his teaching. He is very active on twitter (@ianaddison) so if you wanted to follow up on the items in the book I'm sure he would be very willing to discuss.

I feel the book saved me a lot of time investigating the exact same things that Mr. Addison layout out in the book. I'm very thankful for that and I think there is a lot in this book that I would consider utilising in my own teaching career.
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