The Desirable Features
What are the Desirable Features?
The Desirable Features include detailed advice on how schools can satisfy the requirements of the Levels of Progression. We have designed them to support you in your planning and assessment of Using ICT.
There are 17 sets of Desirable Features. Each set:
- gives examples of the characteristics pupils might typically demonstrate in a Using ICT activity;
- applies to a range of software applications, allowing you to make the best use of the resources available in your school;
- includes characteristics aligned to Levels 1 to 7 in the Levels of Progression;
- contains bullet points typical of each level of competence in a particular activity (not all of these will be appropriate in every activity, but it is likely that pupils will demonstrate most of the points at a level when they carry out an assessment task); and
- has bullet points that are colour-coded with the Levels of Progression, allowing you to see quickly which aspects of the 5 ‘E’s an activity covers.
The Desirable Features are non-statutory, so you do not have to provide opportunities for pupils to cover all the activities. However, the greater the variety of experiences in Using ICT your school can offer, the better. The Desirable Features were produced to illustrate the type of approaches that might typically be seen when using particular types of software. They are not exhaustive, and the activity you plan might make use of alternative software and approaches. In either case you can refer to the Levels of Progression and associated materials on the standards to get a clear sense of the level of demand at which your planned activity is pitched.
When you design classroom activities that include a Using ICT focus, the Desirable Features can be your starting point for considering exactly what your pupils will do. They can form the basis of the success criteria for your task, and you can customise them to your own context.
Range of Areas and Software
The Desirable Features reflect the range of many Using ICT activities typically available in post-primary schools.
|Some Relevant Software Applications||Desirable Features||Gnéithe Inmhianaithe|
|2D CAD||TechSoft 2D Design, AutoCAD LT, DraftSight, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, SketchUp||2D CadPDF, 159 KB||DRC 2TPDF, 269 KB|
|3D CAD||AutoCAD, Autodesk, Solidworks, ProDesktop, Google Sketchup, Techsoft||3D CadPDF, 158 KB||DRC 3TPDF, 185 KB|
|Data Handling||Microsoft Access, Openoffice, Information Workshop||Data HandlingPDF, 159 KB||Láimhseáil SonraíPDF, 184 KB|
|DTP||Microsoft Publisher, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Word||Desktop PublishingPDF, 157 KB||Foilsitheoireacht DeiscePDF, 158 KB|
|Exploring Programming||Logo, Scratch, Gamemaker, html, Mediator, Logicator, PIK Logicator, Lego Mindstorms||Exploring ProgrammingPDF, 159 KB||Ríomhchlárú a FhiosrúPDF, 190 KB|
|Game Making||Scratch, GameMaker, Mediator||Game MakingPDF, 157 KB||Cluichí a chruthúPDF, 149 KB|
|Measurement and Datalogging||Proprietary software bundled with dataloggers, Microsoft Excel, DataHarvest, XLogger, Easy Sense||Measurement and DataloggingPDF, 159 KB||Tomhas agus Logáil SonraíPDF, 151 KB|
|Music Technology||GarageGand, Mixcraft, Project 5, Sony Acid, Logic, Audacity, EJay||Music TechnologyPDF, 154 KB||Teicneolaíocht an CheoilPDF, 160 KB|
|Online Collaboration||VLE such as Moodle, LNI, Google Docs, WordPress, Fronter, Weebly, Blackboard, StudyWiz||Online CollaborationPDF, 173 KB||Comhoibriú ar LínePDF, 172 KB|
|Presentation||PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, PhotoStory, Moviemaker||PresentationPDF, 170 KB||LáithreoireachtPDF, 166 KB|
|Researching||Search Engines||ResearchingPDF, 158 KB||Taighde a DhéanamhPDF, 175 KB|
|Simulation||Flowcharting, Logicator, Genie, Yenka Technology, Genie Circuit Wizard||SimulationPDF, 173 KB||IonsamhluPDF, 270 KB|
|Using Modelling||Microsoft Excel, Apple iWork Numbers, Google Docs||Using ModellingPDF, 160 KB||Samhaltú a ÚsáidPDF, 202 KB|
|Web Design||FrontPage, Dreamweaver, Kompozer, Publisher (at lower levels)||Web DesignPDF, 158 KB||Dearadh GréasáinPDF, 183 KB|
|Working with Images||Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, The Gimp, Paint.net, ComicLife, CrazyTalk||Working with ImagesPDF, 157 KB||Ag Obair le hÍomhánnaPDF, 170 KB|
|Working with Moving Images/Animation||iMovie, Moviemaker, Final Cut, Adobe Premiere, iStopMotion, I Can Animate, Helium Frog, Crazy Talk/Crazy Talk Pro, 2simple2animate||Working with Moving Images/AnimationPDF, 173 KB||Beochaintí Íomhá ar Íomhá (Beochaintí Íomhá ar Íomhá agus ag Obair le hÍomhánna Gluaisteacha)PDF, 171 KB|
|Working with Sound||Audacity, GarageBand||Working with SoundPDF, 155 KB||Ag Obair le FuaimPDF, 169 KB|
Please note that this is not a definitive list: the types of activity may change over time, and other available software applications may work equally well.
Whatever software or tablet devices and apps you plan to use in an assessment activity, make sure that you can assess the outcomes in terms of the Levels of Progression. Check also that you can save the resulting material in formats suitable for sharing so that they can be easily opened by standard software applications or media players. Note especially that some native formats need to be exported from the software in which work has been made. This is true for many instances of work produced using tablet devices and for applications such as Audacity, SolidWorks, GarageBand, Photoshop etc. where the native version is not readable outside of the software environment in which it was created. Where that is the case it will be necessary to transfer the outcome into a format suitable for sharing such as .mp3, .wav, .jpeg, .rtf etc.