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ICT’s During My Lessons..

Villemard is a French artist from the 1900s who produced a series of images of what the future will look like. The image below depicts an educational setting where the teacher appears to be loading books (knowledge) into a machine that disperses it amongst the students in the classroom.

Villemard is also depicting Substitution, where he uses a technology to do his job for him, he uses a technology because it’s there and accessible, he doesn’t use the technology to enhance the learning experience and engage his students… As discussed in the learning path this week;

Using ICTs as a substitue – for example, using an Interactive White Board (IWB) just like a normal white board – isn’t a tremendously effective application of ICTs. Think about how ICTs can be used to enhance and change what you and your students are doing.

ICT’s must be used to enhance a learning experience and engage students. Therefore using an interactive whiteboard like a regular whiteboard is useless… In a previous practical experience I used an interactive whiteboard for students to highlight important parts of texts as I taught them how to take notes and collect the most important information in texts, as well as comprehend and find answers within texts. I used the interactive whiteboard to enhance the lesson as students could visually see as a whole class what we were highlighting and why. I used the interactive whiteboard to engage students to gather up the courage to show myself and the rest of the class where to highlight the text and explain why they were doing it. Everyone wanted a go!!! 

We need to strive against Villemard’s predictions for our present day and even the future of education. We must use ICT’s to our advantage to enhance and engage students during their learning experiences.

ImageFor the rest of Villemards images GO HERE.

 

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Virtual Excursions

A fair few weeks ago in my History and Geography course at the University of Southern Queensland, my tutor Katie Burke took us on a virtual excursion! Without leaving Hervey Bay, Without leaving the classroom, Without even getting out my seat I was taken on a tour of the Canberra National Museum. That’s right I was taken to Canberra without even moving!
HOW!?
Using a webcam, data projector, internet and a laptop and the museums robot we were able to have virtual access to Canberra’s museum. Further yet the museum used an outstanding, futuristic ICT as we navigated through the museum via a robot! Through the internet and laptop we were able to be connected through to the Canberra Museum’s robot who navigated us throughout the tour, we could hear and see the tour guide via a webcam and the data projector in the classroom and finally we could ask questions and communicate with the tour guide via a microphone. It was truly amazing ICT rich excursion, learning experience and lesson.
A virtual excursion is most definitely something I’d consider in my future classroom. Another major benefit of the virtual excursion is the fact that it’s also cost-effective! The class was gobsmacked when Katie told us it was free! We found it hard to comprehend that we could either pay for a bus, meals, museum entry, tour guide and so much more OR we could do it all virtually for free! This would be an amazing ICT rich excursions and lesson for students who come from a low-socioeconomic background! Which is great to know…

The following video shares some of my experiences from that lesson.

Digital Photography…

I juts participated in this weeks digital photography activity, I took a panorama photo of the weather in my backyard as you can see below and sent it off! This got me thinking… How can I use digital photography in my future classroom?

Digital photography is one of the easiest, most accessible and most productive uses of ICTs to enhance student learning in a range of contexts.

This website gives numerous ideas as to what we can do in the classroom with digital photography. The site discusses lesson ideas such as;

  • ART: Drawing caricatures and placing them over students faces in photographs.
  • SCIENCE: Documenting by photographing sciences inquiries and experiments
  • ENGLISH: Enhance a news report by placing in students very own photographs they’ve taken.
  • CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: Taking photos of students to make charts on a welcome door, creating memory year books, documenting excursions, sporting carnival events and so on.

Digital photography is mainly used for documenting and capturing events or processes, but its an engaging way to get students to collect evidence to evaluate and justify in a number of subject areas within the education setting.

So how could I enhance and use the beginning of the activity I began in the learning path this week? If every child took a photo, or brought in a photo of weather that they’ve experienced, we can compare them and their geographical location whilst integrating English components of comprehending texts and images. Students can use digital photographs to discuss, reflect, justify and evaluate their ideas and thoughts on the image. For example… Do you think it’s raining in this image because it’s within a tropical area? How can you tell it’s a tropical area? Why is the sky a mix of orange, pink, purple and blue? So has this image been taken during the morning or afternoon?

Digital Photography is a great tool to enhance and engage students in learning experiences in any and all areas of their educational setting.

 

 

 

 

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ICT for Inquiry Learning

This video briefly discusses why ICT’s should be used during Inquiry learning. It’s a great watch! 😀

At what levels do your ICT-based learning experiences fit within the SAMR framework?

At what levels do your ICT-based learning experiences fit?

From assessment two I can justify that the assessment task and learning experiences to accompany the unit of work apply to the SAMR model that’s talked about and covered throughout the course EDC3100.

Transformation: REDEFINITION AND MODIFICATION:

  • The students must design a new or improved renewable energy source. At first I was going to have the students hand-draw their plans and models. Then I discovered SketchUp, a digital technological computer programme where students can design and create a 3D plan and model.

Enhancement: AUGMENTATION AND SUBSTITUTION:

  • The students use IPad apps to demonstrate that they can apply their knowledge and understanding of renewable energy sources by making buildings and whole communities more energy efficient.
  • Students use a blog to share and communicate their knowledge and understanding throughout the unit plan and reflect on their learning experiences in the classroom.
  • YouTube videos are used to re-explain content, concepts and skills differently. Image

Teaching pedagogy? Well it’ll be ICT for ME!

Based on my practical experience and this course I am being influenced more and more to use ICT’s in my classroom for my student’s learning experiences. ICT’s are being proved over and over again to engage and enhance students learning experience. As a future educator this course has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities of using ICT’s in the classroom. We can use everything from IPads, to Computers to Cameras, to enhance assessment, learning activities and student’s capabilities. ICT’s allows for differentiation in the classroom. My last two assessments have looked at dealing with students who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and how ICT engages the students and enhances their learning experience in the classroom.Children with ASD usually have fixation on parts of objects, allowing them to focus through a “tunnel,” which means they’re able to focus on ICT gadgets like computers, as they’re fixated to the screen, blocking out all distractions (Murphy, 2013). Because the computer and ICT gadgets allow them to block out all distractions their learning is enhanced. ICT allows for differentiation and multiple intelligences to be accommodated for all students in the classroom and accommodating students needs is vitally important as it’s how we get students to portray the best of their abilities and individual talents.

ICT will most definitely be incorporated in my teaching style and pedagogy in the future, I can only see benefits for my students when it comes to deciphering whether to use ICTs in the classroom’s learning experiences.

 

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TeacherKit

I agree and can justify that Teacherkit is a great app! I experimented and used this app during my last practical experience, I noted all the children I had in my class and I kept behavioural notes on them. I kept both positive and negative notes on their behaviour. This was an excellent resource even for a university student and aspiring teacher, like myself. I was able to use these notes to refer to in behaviour management classes and their assessments. I also think that, as a future educator this would be an excellent resource for teachers to refer to when it comes to events such as parent-teacher meetings and interviews. The teacher is able to justify students behaviours based on records taken on a day-to-day basis, as necessary.

Emileigh Rice

TeacherKit

What an awesome find! TeacherKit allows you to create a class and add each of your students to the class. Once clicking on the student you can then add parent contact information, their behaviour for the day as well as attendance and grade reports. This app would be fantastic to have when it comes to report cards. You could easily pull up each student and have a recorded data on their behaviour as well as adding grades to the application and save those trees! If you buy the full version of the app it will even do all the graphing and data for you – as teachers any times savers are life savers!

Check it out – definitely could be useful!

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