Its an Appy world!

I really liked the App that  Bec found – Classcraft–  what a great idea….especially as behaviour management is such an important part of being a teacher…without effective behaviour management strategies, we struggle to be efficient teachers.

I thought I would include some of the Apps that I used whilst on my Prac – this is as much for you as for me, so I can remind myself when I finally get out in the real world!

Showbie – a great way to assign homework tasks, show presentations to students so that they have them to hand, keep a portfolio of lessons and so much more.

Book Creator – an excellent way for students to keep a log of their work. They can create a book for a specific subject and keep all their work in one place. This can also support pictorial presentations assists visual learners immensely.

Geoboard – an app that allows students to use a geoboard to create shapes.

Flick – a good way to ‘flick’ work to others without having to download – saves a lot of time.

Literacy Planet – an app that helps students with all things literacy related, including assigning words and spelling tests – very good for differentiation within the class.

Behind the News – a good program for students to understand newsworthy concepts (such as the first fleet) in a child focused way.

MathsRockx – a fun way to learn the timetables through singing.

Qrafter – an app that allows you to create a code so that students can photograph it to get instant access to a website (great for those students who literacy skills and typing skills are limited and saves a lot of time).

Targeting maths – allows students to work at different levels – good for differentiation.

iMovies – Speaks for itself, but I used it to assess students and it was good for feedback and connectivsim

Wordcollage – good for getting students to spell out their words (but make sure spell check is switched off!)

There are of course a plethora of Apps but these are just the ones I found useful and I used frequently.

The End is Near

I can see the horizon……I have finally finished my Prac (which I had to postpone from Semester 2 last year due to unforeseen circumstances) so this has felt like a really long course.

I must say it was the hardest Prac I have done… firstly the school was a Bring Your Device school, which is great if you can use iPads – I can’t, well I couldn’t– I have now had a three-week intensive course in how to use the iPad and some of the amazing educational applications that are available… have a look at this website for some awesome ideas.

Secondly my mentor teacher had to take six days off sick so I was left with a relief teacher (who was lovely) but ICT became an issue and we all know what students can be like when left in the company of a relief teacher! Anyway, needless to say I survived and upon reflection although it was the hardest Prac, it was also the Prac that I learned the most from. I have not only increased my ICT knowledge but I have also strengthened my behaviour management skills to now end.

Now I am looking at assignment 3 and can’t remember what it’s all about. Fortunately, I put some of my ‘great’ ideas onto my blog and I can refer back to them. So ICT does work!

My increasing waist line!

I am very jealous of Christy, Jodi (and everyone else) who have completed their pracs and assignments and can now have, what I am sure, is a well-earned break. I thoroughly enjoyed reading some of the blog posts about the ups and downs of professional experience and can’t wait to get on with mine. Unfortunately I had to postpone my prac until next year, which means I also cannot complete assignment 3 just yet.

However, on a positive note, I have made a mental log to use this time to continually increase my ICT knowledge and add to my ever-growing toolbelt (currently a very boring excel sheet!). So far my toolbelt includes some of the new skills I have learnt on this course, such as creating concept maps, websites and blogs, but I plan to search the internet for effective websites that can help me facilitate  effective  meaningful lessons to be the best teacher that I can be. So far my searches have revealed websites such as IXL, which has some great ideas for English and maths and Top marks which has some great interactive maths games, making it far more exciting to learn.

My list is getting longer and longer and hopefully by the time I do get to go on my prac, I will have a plethora of resources I can utilise…..I think I will have to increase my waistline further to accommodate my growing toolbelt!

What’s a blackboard?

I saw this cartoon and had to laugh. How times have changed since I was at school – the good old chalk and blackboard. One thing’s for sure, this course has made me realise how much times have changed. I frequently hear comments from my (same age) friends about kids not knowing what a cassette tape is; what a record is; what a typewriter is, but think of the things they do know and the ways they can learn… I reckon it’s so much better than the chalk and blackboard of my day! We, as future teachers and parents just need to show them the way safely.

Now, if only a time machine could be invented and I could start again in this fascinating, revolutionary world of digital technology …….

I can’t wait to use an IWB!

IWBLike Christy and Jocelyn, I have yet to use an interactive whiteboard, well at least use it for more than a fancy projector anyway! However, on my last prac, I did see the students using it in the adjoining class and one thing I took from it was that students seemed to thoroughly engage in its use and enjoyed getting involved.

To me, the IWB is mostly a giant iPad with a few bits extra and knowing how much kids love iPads, I can see why they love using the IWB, so I can really see the benefits – now just to work out how to use it!

Having looked at the module on IWB’s, I feel I am a bit more prepared to use an IWB and I found the information ‘Interactive Boards Uses Tips and Tricks’ very helpful. It has given me some great ideas of what the IWB can be used for. I also found a series of nine YouTube videos, starting with this one, that help teachers set up and use IWB’s that will certainly help me in my quest.

I am now excited to hopefully start using one during my professional experience.

Forever a Student!

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I loved this quote from Christy, so much so, I felt I needed to re-blog it. This is so relevant to my learning experience for EDC3100. I have literally had to learn a whole new (digital) language and concept so that I can not only implement this into my classroom in the future but also understand the new tech terms frequently used by the younger generation. I now know what blogging means, how to tweet, how to develop websites and I understand a lot more about digital technology. The only problem I see is that I believe that I will forever be a student in this highly ever-changing, fast paced digital world!

So many theories, frameworks and models!

We were tasked to complete a table describing theories, models and frameworks and I thought this was a good reminder of what we have learned so far, so I thought I would include it in my blog.

Theory Purpose Application
CLEM Helps to understand how to learn about a new ICT and how to use it to enhance student learning. If there are any new ICTs at the school, it might help your explorations.
TPACK Assists in thinking about different types of knowledge needed to design effective ICT learning experiences. Might help explorations to plan ICT rich learning experiences.
Backwards Design Helps to plan lessons ‘backward’ so that the learning experiences achieves a specific learning outcome. Will help in planning lessons to ensure students reach their goal.
RAT Helps ensure that teachers implement ICTs to amplify and transform learning, rather than using ICT to replace learning. Will help ensure that you are teaching students so that they get ICT rich experiences.
TIP Model    Is a guide to ensure a systematic way of integrating technology into teaching which can help design ICT rich lessons. Will help plan systematic lessons using effective ICT to reach objectives.
5 E’s A systematic approach to developing inquiry based learning strategies. Will assist in any science or experimental lessons.
WALT and WILF We are learning to….

What I’m looking for…..

Allows students to check their progress throughout their lesson and understand the objective.
Connectivism A learning theory for the digital age – explains how digital technologies have created opportunities for people to learn and share information. Can be used as a focus to conduct research in lessons.
Bloom’s Taxonomy Strategies to encourage higher order thinking skills. A consideration in all lesson planning to provide rich learning experience that encourage higher order thinking and can be implemented into lesson planning.
Postman’s 5 things 5 ideas about how technology is changing the environment and the potential consequences. When considering lesson planning, encourage group work to build social skills.
Toolbelt theory/ TEST framework We have a set of ‘tools’ and we can choose the most effective tools to complete the task at hand. When planning lessons, consider what ICT tool can be used the most effectively to get the results required.
PKM Personal Knowledge Management – a collection processes that help us to make sense of our world. Ensure that we implement strategies for students to be able to actively learn and that they are engaged in their own development.
Gardiner’s MI Strategies to encourage higher order thinking skills using different intelligences. A consideration in all lesson planning to cater for differentiation that also encourages higher order thinking and can be implemented into lesson planning.
I do, we do, You do I do the initial teaching

We all do the learning

You do the learning by yourself

A strategy that is effective to develop learning especially when being taught about a new subject.

Footprints are everywhere!

Image result for footprints in the sandUnlike Bec and TJA-Andrews I have never googled myself before so when I did, I was quite relieved to see that I wasn’t a top ten hit. I do try to be very careful with what I post and am very aware of what can be found through digital technology (having been an investigator for a number of years). It does worry me however, how much young children disclose without realising the potential consequences. My nine year old niece is a whizz with computers and she’s just got hooked on movie star planet (sorry I should say msp as my niece tells me!). MSP is a social online universe where each player is a movie star, so I imagine this is very attractive to young girls. It says it is safe but I was able to sign up very easily and I am definitely not between 8 and 15! My niece is having digital conversations with all her friends and I’m not sure she realised I was added to her group! Now the conversations were innocent enough but meeting times and places were divulged, likes and dislikes and I wondered who else could be looking…it’s a bit like the ‘My Take This Lollipop’ YouTube video shown in our course. My brother wasn’t aware of the conversations my niece was having so being the nasty auntie that I am, I told him and now she’s not allowed on it unsupervised. I just hope she doesn’t find out it was me – however, I’d much rather she was safe!

Digital footprints are something that almost everyone has, even very young children, which are ever increasing and without the knowledge to control this footprint, it can open you up to the world. It’s great going out and having a party, being silly, letting your hair down….but do you really want your employer, mum, children, future partner to know and see all this stuff about you, let alone any potential threat?

The wonders of ICT

I have just read the amazing story of Martha’s NeverSeconds blog. What an inspiration this young girl is and I was so pleased to read that celebrities, such as Jamie Oliver, got behind her and provided encouragement and support. This just goes to show the power of ICT.

This reminded me somewhat of Malala Yousafzai, the girl who was shot in the face by the Taliban. Now I know it’s a completely different story, but without the power of ICT, many people would never have heard her story and her passion for girls to be educated may have gone unheard.

These amazing stories inspire me and although I will never be able to tread in their footsteps, I hope somewhere in the future, my increasing passion to teach about the wonders of ICT, will inspire others.