Basic ICT skills

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ICT skills developed to assist student in becoming a confident and capable user of ICT in your school/community context.
NetSafe Digital Citizenship Definition: is a confident and capable user of ICT

Your Context

Your children need to know their tools, in their context. They need to know the tools they use at home, especially social tools. School is often the best place to teach the skills and the attitudes and behaviours at the same time.
Once you’ve co-created a core list of skills your students will need, the best way to keep it up-dated and accessible is to use a live document such as google docs. Notice if this list is getting too long, and if it still reflects the tools you still use and value in your context.

Mother Tongue

Point England School use the idea of a ‘Mother Tongue’ toolset that is the backbone of their digital PD and school wide focus. A mother tongue tool needs to be flexible, adaptable, scalable and applicable in a range of contexts. The idea is, that when the tool is mastered, conversations across the school will more quickly move to learning rather than tools.
What will your mother tongue tools be?
Some good examples:
• Google docs - Collaborative documents/presentations/…
• Scratch - collaborative gaming
• Blogger - blogging and publicising text and embedded online work in you class/school context

Google Docs

Learing Outcome:

To demonstrate the ICT skills required to successfully engage in the school and home learning environments. (Google docs)


Using google docs in the classroom


A great overview of how to make google docs work for you in the class is here:

Choose one or two skills areas to focus on from the resources below. Your students may need to know your own school systems first, and then know how to use the online resources.

Just starting out? 

Choose google docs skills. It has all the resources to support other apps if and when you like. 

Key Skills

Basic Online Skills

Different for each school. What are your habits and rules for school hardware?
• Hardware: logging on/off
• software and admin set up
⁃ shared accounts
⁃ Shared class computer etiquette

Google Docs skills

(Applies to all kinds of docs such as presentations and spreadsheets)

Sharing Skills

⁃ File sharing -
⁃ Sharing conventions - how will your school do it?


⁃ Google forms. Google video on using forms:
⁃ Create a form -
⁃ View responses in Google Docs -


⁃ Create a new presentation -
⁃ Add media to a presentation -
⁃ Lesson Plan (yr3-6) - Making a choose your own adventure story using presentations. It includes rubric and clear set out of lesson sequence.


A quiz or something to test how much has been recalled


What are your values around ownership of work? How do you show this in the way you use documents?
• Can anyone edit? Why/why not?
How does your school set up change how you should be on google docs?
Are you sharing an account?
What are the ground rules for using your account?
Is google docs any different from other digital tools?


Google lesson plan search:

From the google training site, there are modules for Google docs training.


Pete Hall

Ideas for other modules

Add modules here as level two headings.

ICT skills developed to assist student in becoming a confident and capable user of ICT.

  • Basic file management
  1. Naming / Folders / partitioned drives / backup procedures

  • Google Apps
  1. Basic emailing - forwarding to another account
  2. Using contacts efficiently
  3. Setting up personal calendar / sharing calendars
  4. Embedding calendars and forms
  5. Using google calendar on phone
  6. Using google bookmarks

  • Wikis (There is a basic course offered by wikieducator)

  • Contribution to Wikipedia

  • Create a Wiki for class use

  • How to create a basic website:


  1. Google sites
  2. MyPortfolio
  3. Simple HTML

  • Institutional systems
  1. Notices
  2. Schools sites / pages
  3. Portals (KAMAR etc)