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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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ICT capabilities- Australian Curriculum

25 Mar

ICT capabilities- Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum has a number of capabilities that students should be proficient in by the end of their years. This is a very interesting read, and really helped me to make sense of the importance of integration when it comes to ICT. It is not enough anymore to just have an ICT lesson once a week. ICT is in ever facet of our students lives, so it is important that they are able to appropriately and effectively use ICT’s for their benefit for current and future learnings, as well as becoming effective members of our society. Just like we need to learn to drive a car, and learn the rules of the road, so too, do students need to explicitly learn the ins and outs of ICT’s in our world. Will definitely be referring to this in my next assignment, as well as when I am a practicing teacher! 

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EDC3100 Assignment 1 Digital Artefact

19 Mar

EDC3100 Assignment 1 Digital Artefact

The link to my digital artefact for Assignment 1. 

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Examinations for students with Dyslexia: BDA Technology

5 Mar

Examinations for students with Dyslexia: BDA Technology

I came across British Dyslexia Association’s website today and found a very interesting page about using computer-based text-to-speech to read out questions for students with Dyslexia in examinations. This has been used, but, until only recently, has it been recognised when the question may be testing the students reading abliity. Interestingly, those who have access to a human reader, cannot receive help when answering questions that test their reading ability. This is a huge disadvantage to these students. However, the Joint Council for Qualifications decided that these students can use a computer text-to-speech reader, as, those with dyslexia are reading independently when they use text-to-speech. This ‘assistive technology’, fills the gaps that have been created due to students with disabilities. As a pre-service special education teacher, this gives me great hope for being able to help students with disabilities reach their potential.