Display board ideas...
Strange i know....but i like arty stuff..
I've been told that when i've got time i can redo the display board in the ICT Suite. Thing is, im slightly stuck for ideas...any one out there think of anything?
It's gotta be primary school appropriate..the only ideas i've had so far are :
"inside a computer"
"internet safety" but i find this one a little depressing..
"basic how the internet reaches their pc or how the network works"
I find that examples of the kids latest project is the best thing.
It goes down well with the teaching staff if it can be shown how the kids have incorporated their IT skills into the Vikings or whatever.
Places You Might Find a Computer. Might be some surprises. Your washing machine. The space shuttle (which has the most computing power?...). A bank machine. Etc.
Originally Posted by Little-Miss
I've done the good old 'history of computers' time line before, which I think can be made relevant to any age group.
Tried and tested, but maybe a bit boring?
No no, i dont think that's boring at all maniac.
@dhicks: i like it....
For ours, when our walls start to look bland we have a word with a couple of the ICT teachers who normally get the kids to print off some suitibly colourful stuff that they've been doing for us to pin up.
Why not staple some old junk to the wall and have a timeline consisting of the evolution of the DVD, start at some really old floppies through to CD's and such. Then maybe glue some components you dont need and let them see the insides? Our DT department has a functioning PC displayed in perspex box with all the components cabled lengthened and seperated from each other. Even the hard drive has a perspex case so you can see it whirring around.
The use of recycled computers in the third world - Africa and Nigeria in particular - email scams and recovering people's personal data from the HDDs - that sort of thing.
(Well, what did you expect from me as a suggestion? - I'm a cynical twisted miserable old get).
I have one board with a huge keyboard on it (graphical only not a real one). The keys are colour coded to match the finger nails of the two hands on either side.
Another board has the Business and Enterprise topics for the term. Another one has artefacts created by the ICT club.
We have one wall covered in computer buzz words, terms and acronyms. Also, a big colour wheel chart so they can see what colours should work together.
I was going to do one (still might at some point) consisting of a PC all connected up and running in exploded form stretched out on a board so that all the parts are visible, with a possible Bootable CD/DVD running a display on it, using an attached CRT.
A lot of our kids can't tell the difference between hard drives and "memory", and are forever saying "what's this?" as they grab components off my desk.
An exploded system, colour coded components all labelled up, actually running an informational display might look quite nice and be curriculum relevant, I feel. Plus it'd look good in our display cabinet on open evenings running a "Welcome to the ICT Suites" photostory.
I did "behead" an IDE drive and plexiglass the lid for a proof of theory.
The other thing our art dept did with a load of dead kit was make us some HUGE 3D "computer bugs" using cardboard frames, and keys for shell "scales", wires, LEDs and the like for features etc.
They were ace..I must find out what happened to them.