Archive | April, 2013

Professional Experience Preparation

23 Apr

As I was reading a fellow pre-service educator Miss Philp’s blog, I read a recent blog post Week 9, post 3: Where will ideas for Assignment three come from? As soon as I finish one assignment, I see we need to start thinking about the next one! But, this assignment is a little more practical as it is directly related to prac. I had a look in the Week 9 learning path which takes us through all we need to know for professional experience and there were a couple of things that I know I need to dive deeper in before I go… 

1. What model will I be using…. I need to have a greater look at the TIP model which looks at integrating ICT’s into teaching. This blog explains it really well. Have a look at this picture as well to get a greater knowledge of the model.

2. Don’t just substitute, enhance! It’s no good just using the smartboard in the same way I have used a white board… Enhance learning, don’t just substitute it! 

3. Prepare students for a new learning enviroment. This should be one of my biggest purposes as a teacher working with ICT’s… Start to prepare students for real life contexts and new ones so that they are experts.


Definitely some food for thought… 


I also downloaded a lot of the resources I needed for prac so that I could get ahead on it. I already know where I am going, and I am just waiting for final confirmation. I am looking forward to going back to the same school I went to last semester. I am very lucky that I already know the teachers, the school and a lot of the students so I am already one step ahead in my preparation process. 


I will not let an exam result decide my fate

23 Apr

As I was procrastinating from doing assignments this morning I came across a YouTube Channel of Suli Breaks whose career centres around the spoken word. He has done a previous video on why he hates School but loves Education, and this was his sequel to that video. In this video he talks about the fact that at School or a Higher Education we are taught to follow the rules, and follow the tests. If we fail a test, we are uneducated, unintelligent, and have no future. He talks about how students are led to believe that if they do badly at school then they will go no where in life. The way we work our current education system contradicts our current society… The kids we are teaching google, facebook, instagram, tweet, blog and flickr. How can we base education on traditionalist ideas that are contrary to our current society. It makes me think about ICT’s involvement in schooling. I don’t want to be a teacher stuck in the old ways of society… I want to be a teacher that inspires, encourages, and helps others reach their potential whatever way that might be. ICT’s can do this for us… We just have to know how best to use them in the classroom. Food for thought….

The ease of differentiating through ICT’s

22 Apr

Although I love creating my own resources and really thinking about how I can best differentiate in my classroom, I certainly love it when things make it just a tad bit more easy. I understand that as a teacher I will not have a whole lot of time to be constantly adjusting lessons to differentiate, and as a special education major, I know that I will need to make sure I do this well. Thinking on this, I came across a blog post called ‘Differentiate through ICT’s’ from my peer Jacquie at Go Beyond! She has come to the conclusion that through the use of ICT’s, differentiating is a thousand times easier, and often, the teacher doesn’t even need to do the differentiating, rather, it is left up to the resources. For example online games and activities that have different levels that the teacher can choose (Easy, medium, Hard).. Or the scaffolding that is present in a lot of these games, starting at a beginner level and moving towards a more complex level. Thank goodness for ICT’s. Teachers no longer have any excuse of ‘not having enough time’ to differentiate. Through ICT’s no time (except for firstly finding the ICT’s) needs to be spent in planning to differentiate. Obviously though, differentiating is not always present, and teachers always need to do their bit, but through ICT’s it is a whole lot easier to do! 


Top 10 Reason’s to use a blog in the classroom

16 Apr

In this week’s learning path we have been talking about the need to distinguish technology use and integration, and why this is key in the classroom. Particularly, I learnt that technology use often involves only one person, where as the integration of technology becomes a collaborative approach. I came across this video about blogging in the classroom and it has testimonies from students as to why they like blogging in the classroom. From this video it is clear to see that blogging is a collaborative and joint effort and is a way to communicate with others. For this reason, blogging is a way to integrate technology in your teaching which can be transferred to home environments.

Using Bloom’s Taxonomy

16 Apr

Throughout this course we have been exposed to a number of different frameworks that we are advised to use in the planning of ICT rich classrooms but also to do with Unit Planning. As I have been working on my Assignment two Unit Plan I have become aware of the need to use a framework in my sequencing, assessment and planning. I have become drawn to the use of Bloom’s Taxonomy in regards to ICT integration in the classroom. I came across this article on the study desk on using Bloom’s with Twitter called 22 Ways to Use Twitter with Bloom’s Taxonomy. I also came across this great little handbook by Churches called Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, which gives examples and hints on how to incorporate ICT into Bloom’s Taxonomy and using it as a guiding framework for your ICT integration. I’m definitely going to be using Bloom’s as a guide for a lot of my Unit Planning- because of it’s inquiry based nature, it is a wonderful framework to be using in the classroom, especially if we want to be engaging our students in lifelong and authentic learning.