ICT across the curriculum (ICTAC) pack

The training pack for ICT across the curriculum (ICTAC) forms part of the Key Stage 3 National Strategy's support for whole-school improvement.

The following examples were first published on the CD-ROM supplied with the ICT across the curriculum (ICTAC) pack and were chosen to give a flavour of the type of activities in which pupils' ICT capability can be applied and developed within the context of art and design. They also broadly reflect the ICT key concepts identified on page 15 of the ICTAC pack as being significant to the art and design curriculum. The examples offer support for the teaching and learning of art and design. They provide opportunities for pupils to apply their own ICT capability to new contexts and suggest ways in which teachers can use ICT as a tool for teaching.

In each example, reference is made to the ICT key concept being applied or developed. In each case the relevant ICT objectives have been taught before they are applied in the art and design lesson.

Year 7: What's in a building? Dereliction and decay

Based upon the QCA scheme of work, unit 7B, What's in a building? The activities enable pupils to use a variety of ICT capabilities with the intention of producing and printing out a digital collage. Although there is emphasis on the choice of image and the final product, a lot of image manipulation and development should take place in between these two processes. The inventive and creative use of this digital material and the final printed product are the most importance aspects of the lesson.
Lesson plan (Word doc)

Year7: Objects and viewpoints

This two-part lesson is part of a sequence of ten. The sessions shown in detail here are lessons 2 and 3 in the sequence. They form part of the QCA scheme of work, unit 8a, Objects and viewpoints. In this unit pupils explore familiar objects from different viewpoints as the starting point for their work.

The work is intended to develop pupils' ability to analyse and talk about how artists can change the way in which we represent the world. The ICT element allows pupils to explore this by combining line drawings taken from different perspectives. Techniques such as fill and edit for manipulating graphics are used to enhance this exploration.
Lesson plan (Word doc)
The Reverse Tracing technique (Word doc)
Virtual Cubist Trail (Word doc)

Year 9: Mapping identity: an animated presentation

Part of a unit of work called Mapping identity. Pupils explore their personal identity as a starting point for making imagery and collecting information which will build up 'a picture' of themselves. This lesson is based on the QCA scheme of work, unit 9A: Life events, and unit 8B: Animating art. It is part of a sequence in which pupils select images and information to be included in a short animated presentation, designed to communicate an aspect of their identity to others.
Lesson Plan (Word doc)
Powerpoint resource sheet (Word doc)
Storyboard template (Word doc)
Key vocabulary (Word doc)
Pupil's work 1 (Powerpoint presentation)
Pupil's work 2 (Powerpoint presentation)
Pupil's work 3 (Powerpoint presentation)
Pupil's work 4 (Powerpoint presentation)

Year 7: Create a book cover for a horror story

This lesson is one of a sequence that aims to:
  • improve pupils' understanding of the potential of digital imaging in the production of art work;
  • develop pupils' understanding of editing and selection procedures by trying out a number of alternatives on the way to a solution;
  • understand compositional use of image and text in graphic design.
In commercial publishing, ICT is used for digital imaging, storage, transfer of data and production. In these activities, pupils' use of ICT will reflect the way in which it is used in the publishing industry.
Lesson Plan (Word doc)
Exercise 1 (Word doc)
Exercise 2 (Word doc)

Year 9: Location and identity

This a set of three connected lessons in which pupils work in small groups to develop a group collage on the theme of Location and identity. They will use a range of visual information such as newspapers, photographs, maps and leaflets, personal statements and digital media about the local area. The collages produced will be sent by e-mail to other groups who will modify the images and respond, with the modified image, to the creators. In this way pupils can communicate visually responding to a variety of stimuli in different contexts and, through e-mail, collaborate with others by exchanging images and text. Pupils will learn how to express ideas and feelings in words about an image received via e-mail.
Lesson Plan (Word doc)
Image list (Word doc)
E-mail projects (Word doc)

Practical Support Pack -
Learning and Teaching using ICT

The training pack for ICT across the curriculum (ICTAC) forms part of the Secondary National Strategy's support for whole-school improvement.

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Images from: Year 7:
What's in a building?
Dereliction and decay

Images from: Year 9:
Location and identity