Primary Pad is aimed at KS2 and works on literacy and ICT skills for both teacher and pupils.
Learning and Teaching Resources
Primary Pad is a web-based word processor that has been designed to allow children and teachers to work collaboratively. This happens in real time. The aim of this product is to support investigative work and encourage collaborative working in the primary classroom.
This site is excellent for sharing ideas, quickly posting pieces of information and also encourages the development of typing skills and use of literacy skills. It can also be useful in promoting critical thinking in the primary classroom. The toolbar on the site is similar to that of Microsoft Word so children will easily be able to use icons to change fonts used.
Ideas collated on this site can be saved and the pad can be made private so only those invited to contribute and collaborate can comment and amend text so teachers need not be concerned about compromising e-safety.
The obvious use of Primary Pad is in Literacy. However, the potential is immense! There is also a great deal of potential for cross-curricular use to embed collaboration and literacy and ICT skills across various subjects.
Using Primary Pad Across the Curriculum
Primary teachers will find that this website offers an excellent tool for children adding information and facts related to a topic they have been asked to research. This could be in History or Geography. Questions can be posed via the site and children set the challenge of working collaboratively to answer these. This can be used to develop their enquiry skills. Primary Pad could be used to help children develop mathematical explanations and offers the potential to conduct after school surgeries for children or parents.
This online tool is worth investigating and KS2 teachers will no doubt be prompted to think creatively about how this could be used to motivate and engage children in their learning.