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ICT Projects for Low Ability Students

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS3

Use this set of ICT projects, designed specifically for students with a low reading age, to help raise your students’ achievement. Students are encouraged to reach NC Level 3 with a variety of activities and resources involving the generation and communication of ICT ideas and basic concepts. Detailed lesson plans show how each task helps KS3 students to attain NC Level 3 and give advice on how the worksheets can be integrated effectively into other subjects.

Topics include: Word processing; Use of spreadsheets; Computer-aided graphics; Use of databases; Use of ICT simulations.

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Size: 65 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 294 5
Author(s): Kevin Walsh
Code: IPLA
Popularity rank: 50
Average Customer Review:  * * * * *  based on 6 reviews

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Contents List


  • 7 LEARN THE LANGUAGE This worksheet gives Key Stage 3 students familiarity with the language used in ICT.
  • 9 SHOW THE WORDS Students gain familiarity with the basic use of a draw and paint package.
  • 11 WE NEED THE MONEY This lesson plan explores the most effective layout for a letter to raise money.
  • 13 WHICH PEOPLE TO PICK? Students draft a letter of application, and explore the advantages and disadvantages of different styles and layouts.
  • 15 PLEASE PICK ME Students take minutes of a meeting and explore effective ways of presenting the points made.
  • 17 COME AND JOIN US Students use ICT to explore the use of visual aids and to identify different presentation resources.
  • 19 HAVE AN ADVENTURE (1) Students are introduced to the use of a DTP package, working on the design and production of a handout.
  • 21 HAVE AN ADVENTURE (2) Students use a scanner in order to add images to a handout produced using a DTP package.
  • 23 WHO DO WE WANT? Students use a database to develop a simple questionnaire.
  • 25 HOW DO I ASK THIS? Students produce a questionnaire using a database, deciding on the fields to use and how they are laid out.
  • 27 SELECT THE BEST This worksheet introduces students to the sort functions in a database.
  • 29 FINDING FACTS Students are introduced to the idea of information CD-ROMs, and using them to find facts.
  • 31 CHECK THE FORECAST Students are introduced to the idea of using a computer to collect large amounts of data.
  • 33 LOG THE WEATHER Students gain familiarity with a datalogging program.
  • 35 WEATHER MAPS Students produce a weather map using a paint or draw package.
  • 37 WEATHER NEWS Students use a variety of resources to produce a comprehensive and sophisticated weather forecast.
  • 39 FIND AND PHOTOGRAPH Students draw a simple map showing where to look for specific animals in a given area of Africa.
  • 41 SNAP SHOTS (1) Students develop a simple system to control cameras using electronic sensors.
  • 43 SNAP SHOTS (2) Students devise a system to control various items of equipment such as cameras, lights and sound recorders using control inputs from different electronic sensors.
  • 45 ANIMAL REFLECTIONS Students learn to use a turtle in making a diagram showing how light is reflected.
  • 47 ANIMALS IN FOCUS Students learn to use a turtle to show how light is reflected by a concave mirror.
  • 49 STOP AND GO This lesson plans introduces students the idea of using ICT to control traffic lights.
  • 51 AIRLINE FOOD Students are introduced to the use of spreadsheets.
  • 53 WHAT YOU NEED Students produce tables and charts using a word processing package.
  • 55 COUNT THE COST Students use a spreadsheet to simulate equipping a trip.
  • 57 PAYING THE BILLS Students review the use of spreadsheets and practise using graphs and charts.
  • 59 FEEDING EVERYONE Students practise using a spreadsheet to calculate amounts and to handle changing variables.
  • 61 CALORIE COUNT Students are given further opportunities for practising simple calculations using daily and weekly energy intakes.


  • 62 AFRICAN PHOTO-SHOOT Outlines the nature of the expedition on which many of the pages are based.
  • 63 GROUPING BY FIELD OF STUDY Table showing which of the five ICT sections each of the sheets is in.
  • 64 CORE SUBJECT GRID Table showing in which subjects the sheets could be used.
  • 65 CALORIE COUNT SOURCE SHEET Sheet for use with page 61.



There are some ood ideas! It would be helpful if some of the images were more mature. Thanks Carol
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The activity was amended and used.
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Realistic and systematic
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I only downloaded the trial version but it wasn't low enough. I work in a middle school (age 9-13) and was looking for work for a student who is working at p8/Level 1. Would be good for students of lower ability who can read.
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Dennis Adams at n/a

A great product. It saved me a lot of effort thinking of ways to set projects for my learners.
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Leroy James

There's still a derth of good material for low attainers in ICT. I've found these worksheets to be really useful in motivating some of my less-than-bright kids.
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Neil Stanley at Computer Education

The strength of these materials lies in their origins in the classroom - hopefully allowing "many wheels to be not re-invented".
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Neil Stanley at Computer Education

The availability of the High and Low Ability packs to a classroom ICT teacher should offer an easy way to deliver a differentiated programme of learning in a curriculum area where learner skill may exceed their abilities in other curriculum areas, and where this skill needs channelling into appropriate applications.
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