I worked with Yr 2 B.Ed Early Years students last week on sets of differentiated E-worksheets to develop word processing skills in key stage one. The example Zip archives below contain Word and Textease files.
Although children do not usually work with spreadsheets until the later years of key stage two, teachers can take advantage of the inbuilt feedback features of spreadsheets to create tasks for much younger children. The screen capture movie below shows how the IF function can be used in a formula to create a simple addition spreadsheet, which instantly tells children if they are right or wrong. The software here is Excel, but any spreadsheet can be used in this way. The software used for the screen capture was CamStudio, which is a free download for Windows - its easily as good as paid-for products and very easy to use.
I worked with PGCE and Yr 2 B.Ed students this week, looking at how ICT can be used to personalise learning using a word processor. The students produced sets of on-screen worksheets which met specific literacy objectives, but differentiated according to children's ICT skills and understandings. The Zip files below contain some examples of the sets of E-Worksheets (mainly in Word format, some Textease files) that were created - the files are labelled with the intended age-range (e.g. Y2 or Y4) and a brief activity title.
Tony Pickford is a tutor and writer on primary education.