10 Pages

e-mail address and other contact details of a school in an

appropriate contrasting locality

The project provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the use of ICT for communicating information as required by the 'Reviewing, modifying and evaluating work as it progresses' strand of the ICT PoS. It extends and updates the content of QCA ICT Scheme of Work Units 3E: E-mail and 4A: Writing for different audiences, moving them into new, highly relevant areas. A dialogue of questions and responses is a particularly effective way of learning how to write for a specific audience. Blogging exploits the potential of the internet as a tool for multimedia communication, much more effectively than e-mail. Although research into the educational impact of blogging is limited at the moment, there are indications that it can have a powerful and profound effect on learning. When writing about the potential of ICT for mixing media, such as text and images, to create meaning, David Wray (2001) states that ICT tools make information 'readily changeable to meet different purposes and audiences - information is always provisional and open to alteration'. Graham Lewis (2005) goes further and states: 'blogs and associated technologies could well be the "killer app" that allows us to deliver the long overdue promise of the internet to support more constructivist, student centred, higher order learning'.