Archive | May, 2013
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Shape Detective Web Quest

11 May

Shape Detective Web Quest

Tonight I finally finished (and published) my Web Quest for another course I am doing on Mathematics and Pedagogy. We had to design a ‘web quest’, similar to a website for students to navigate through to go through a topic and in the end complete an assessment task. It was a challenging (more technologically), fun, creative and interesting. I feel like it’s one of the most applicable assignments I have done at Uni and could actually implement it in the classroom! But, I am glad that it’s over, especially as I go on prac next week. Check it out if you are interested! 

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PRAC NEXT WEEK..

7 May

PRAC NEXT WEEK..

Don’t Freak out! Breathe….

Digital Citizenship

7 May

As much as it is important to be integrating ICT into all aspects of the classroom I can’t forget that if I want my students to become effective members of society that can handle cultural demands and norms, I need to ensure they have a thorough knowledge and skills set when it comes to technology. It was only once I got into high school that I started to learn more about technology and was rarely ever encouraged and motivated to use it because it was a great way to learn. I was more interested in MSN, myspace or facebook. But now that I have left school I have come to realise how important it is to develop a digital citizenship… This concept is explained here by Mike Ribble in a article entitled Passport to Digital Citizenship. Ribble describes that when people develop their digital capacities (citizenship) they function better in current society. He talks about the 9 aspects of digital citizenship. It’s definitely worth a read- and just reminds me of the importance of teaching and integrating skills into curriculum so that students develop the capacities needed for the future. 

 

EduPic Graphical Resource- what I have been looking for!

7 May

The award for the most useful blog post of this semester goes to…. Mrs Poulter at Keeping up with the Times- a never ending journey with her blog post Photographs and Graphics for Educational Use. The website EduPic has pictures and graphics (mostly for math) of certain topics so that you can have some visual representations when teaching or perhaps in a worksheet. I have been looking for something like this for the times when I am on prac and just needing a picture or graphic to display what I am saying about a topic! This is great- I love being able to connect with fellow pre-service teachers and learn more, and gain more resources for when I head out on prac. I feel this is going to be the most prepared and well-resourced prac I am going to have done! Woo hoo! 

Voki- taking the ‘fear’ out of classroom learning

7 May

This week thanks to the EDC 3100 study desk I came across a fantastic resource called Voki. It’s an online service that allows you to create your own speaking avatars! I think this is just genius- at the Official Voki Blog there are dozens of ways that you can integrate this resource into your teaching. It made me think of the times when I was at school and I so badly wanted to contribute to classroom discussions or share an answer or question, or share something that I have learnt but I was too afraid. I was a shy student who was afraid to ‘get it wrong’, and was worried about what people thought of me. I think this resource takes the fear out of classroom learning- really enabling students who were like me to contribute to the classroom community and learn from each other. In a society where we are driven by technology and it is a new social order where we interact via facebook, twitter, blog postings and emails, this is an authentic resource that may give students more of an opportunity to have a ‘voice’ in the classroom. 

Addressing Diversity- ending the ‘sameness’ problem

7 May

As I was going through the learning path for this week I was interested in gaining some information about diversity and how we as educators can embrace diversity using ICT’s. I had a look at this brilliant blog post by SpeEdChange called Changing Gears 2012: ending required sameness. Among some really insightful thoughts, the main theme was the fact that in society we are so obessed with everyone being the same- it’s almost unacceptable to be different, but that now we need to start embracing and using diversity to change the world. It is amazing to be different! As a pre-service special education teacher, this really hits home. Only decades ago were people fighting for the right to an education if they had special needs or different needs. It is our responsibility as a society to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential, whatever barriers they may face. I know that the Universal Design for Learning is a great model in the classroom to ensure this happens. I also watched this wonderful video by google about the benefits of ICT to aid  in learning and exploration in the classroom. Watch it here. I love the title- Learning independence! Thats what we want, don’t we? Independence of children who may have special needs so that they can interact and live in the world around them successfully, not just to ‘get by’ but to actually make a difference using their own talents! 

ICT & Assessment

7 May

The second topic I chose to explore was of ICT and Assessment, and how to authentically develop assessment that assists in student learning and outcomes through the use of ICT’s. I cam across a great article by Mary Lincoln here that explains the importance of using ICT’s in conjunction with other strategies to ensure successful integration and implementation of assessment. Following Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy is a great place to start and frame assessment that used ICT. Here is a great list of resources that could be used with assessment called Integration across the curriculum

 

What I learnt through this exploration was that ICT should be integrated into Assessment, not just assessing ICT skills, but using it to ENHANCE. This is something I continue to come across on this topic of ICT pedagogy.