EDC3100… No More

With the Semester coming to a close, I couldn’t be much happier. I will enjoy the much needed break ahead. I am hoping to catch up on my ‘non-existent social life’ and prepare myself to do it all over again next Semester. The fact that I am going to a school that  I am now  familiar with, for my next Professional Experience, makes me feel more at ease and excited to return.

I would like to end with a link that I found most helpful on Professional Experience and hope to use it more in my upcoming teaching. education.com

fingers crossed.

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So close to the end….

Words cannot express how much I enjoyed my time on professional experience. But I am certainly glad I can stop stressing and running around like a headless chook. I recently learned I have been accepted to return to the school for my next placement, which is really exciting.

I too, like Lucindahl, just need to focus on completing the assignment now. I also enjoyed Lucindahl’s link to – Puzzle-Maker. This is a website which allows you to create your own crossword puzzles. I had to create my own when I was on Placement last time and thought this would be a great site to remember for future teaching.

fingers crossed.

ICT on Professional Experience

Professional Experience has not seemed to become any less busy, however, I have finally managed to find some time to look over other blogs of pre-service teachers from EDC3100. I must say, I am happy to know I am not the only one who has found it busy and tiring.

I noticed a few people who have mentioned the lack of ICT in their classroom and made me realise how lucky I am in mine.

My Class has:

  • 7 Computers
  • 10 iPads
  • laptop
  • beebots
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Internet

This has made for a much easier and enjoyable experience when planning lessons with ICT integration.

fingers crossed.

Professional Experience – Week 3

After completing the first two weeks on professional experience I can say I have successfully managed to integrate ICT into my lessons. However, I won’t say it was easy. The most successful integration of ICT has been having the students photograph each other around the school, during a unit on location. This allowed the students to really engage with the lesson concepts.

This week the students are looking at repeating patterns. I have been thinking of activities I could include to integrate ICT in these lessons. One activity will be videoing the kids creating a repeating pattern using sound, movement and musical instruments. I was browsing other students blogs and found Kirstie’s blog, she mentions using paint.NET to have students create/grow a repeating pattern. Kirstie’s aim was for the students to create a growing or repeating pattern to create a piece of wrapping paper using the paint program. I think this is a great way to develop students understanding of patterns in an engaging way whilst integrating ICT. I hope to include this in my lesson plans this week.

fingers crossed

Introducing CLEM

CLEM is an acronym with 4 components. Each component provides a focus for developing knowledge about how to effectively use an ICT to amplify and transform student learning. This will definitely be a big help while on Professional Experience, if I can get my head around it.

CLEM stands for:

Community – communities have developed useful knowledge and resources about how to use the ICT for learning and teaching. Look them up, befriend them 😉

Literature – research can provide useful insights into what works and what doesn’t. 

Examples – easier to learn about a new ICT from examples. Especially examples that are close to what you’re looking for.

Model – All ICT have been designed with a particular model embedded into the ICT. Know this model and the words used to describe its components, and learning how to use it effectively can be so much simpler.

Fingers crossed. 

Inadvertent sharing

I learned one very key point in the learning paths this week, that it’s possible to inadvertently share more information than you might intend. I never realised before this week, but with technology today, people are able to identify where a photo was taken from. The longitude and latitude can be identified from information recorded within the photo itself!!

This means that you can post a photo online, you might even caption it, “chilling at home!”. This sounds innocent enough to me. Someone may view this image online, get the longitude and latitude, enter it into google maps and voila!! A random person knows your address… wait. What?!?!

I have promotly placed the esafety website in my teaching resources. The Digital Citizenship Lesson Plans will definitely be used in my classroom.

fingers crossed

My Digital Citizenship

Over the years I have had plenty of experience with digital citizenship. I also believe that the safe, responsible, and ethical use of ICT in your personal and professional lives can sometimes be just basic common sense.

Cyber-bullying  is probably one of the only things I haven’t experienced in my online travels. I am very thankful of that.

I have certainly experienced spamming, phishing, etc. All to often I get an email saying I have this great inheritance to claim, if only I provided a bank account.

I took the suggested Cyber Smart Kids Quiz and scored a 19. Apparently I wasn’t meant to let my parents use my log in without me there. I also opened an email that said, “You r a lose”. hahaha I thought it was from a friend, but no, it was cyber-bullying. That must just be my friends.

I thought this quiz provided a lot of great questions for students in a fun and engaging way. It didn’t just let the quiz-taker get the answer wrong, it also provided the opportunity for the kid to change the answer to the correct one. Meaning they were still learning the right answer after all.

I completed the Cyber-bullying Quiz, and like I said earlier, it is something I have little knowledge about and that was reflected in my score of 1/4. Hopefully this will improve as I progress through the learning path this week. Now for some lite reading Cyber-bullying to get me started.

Fingers crossed

More ICT ideas for Lesson Plans

This week provided some more great ICT ideas for lessons. Unfortunately, I think these will be above the capability of the Prep class I will be joining for placement. So I will have to remember these for next time.

 1 Clickers Student response systems (aka clickers) are related to quizzes etc. They are physical devices that are given to students to enable them to respond in a classroom situation. Some examples include:
  • ActivExpression – from Promethean an Interactive Whiteboard company.
  • Mobile phones, computers, twitter etc.
2 Plickers – the low-tech alternativeThe problem with computer/web-based quizzes and with clickers is that each learner needs to have a device. There are many schools and classrooms where this is simple not possible. This is where Plickers comes to the rescue.

Plickers is a low-tech version of clickers. The only technology required to use Plickers is:

  1. The teacher has a mobile phone/tablet.
  2. They’ve installed the Plickers app on that device.
  3. The teacher has printed an individual “card” (the file is available from the Plickers website) for each learner.

This blog post provides more background on Plickers and how you might use it in a classroom. Surveys and quizzes are fairly traditional applications of ICTs. We can do much better than that.

3 Evernote to collect student work

In this blog post a Victorian teacher shares how she uses Evernote to collect evidence of student work and how that then is used to writing student reports.There are a wide variety of other applications that can be used for similar purposes, including:
  • A news story about how a US-based university is using an app to track observations and notes about pre-service teachers who are out on Professional Experience.
  • One of numerous Top X lists around apps for student assessment.

4 ePortfolios

ePortfolios extend the idea of collection evidence of student data to where the student is in charge of collecting and organising the data. You have probably already been introduced to this idea in your studies.

This page from the University of New South Wales explains what an eportfolio is and why it is beneficial to learning. It’s written for a University context, but the ideas are transferable.

Professional Experience and Assignment 3.

So, I have started to focus on Assignment 3, while stressing about Professional Experience. It is only one week away.  I am glad I am not the only student, as tturner96, also mentions his panic for the weeks to come.

Earlier this week I shared my biggest challenges on Professional Experience and I was happy to see many others shared the same fears as me.

I have started to look into what I will be expected to do on Professional Experience for this course. I am glad that what is expected is tied into Assignment 3. Planning ICT-enriched lessons is something I have completed in past Professional Experiences. I enjoy using ICT in my lessons and find it much easier to teach using Technology. Now that I have some formal training on developing ICT lessons to transform student learning, it will be even more exciting. The fact that these lessons are incorporated into Assignment 3 is a win for me 😉

Fingers crossed

I have a school…

I am really excited to announce I have been assigned a school for Professional Experience in EDC3100.

It is a school not far from me, which is an added bonus:) It is a small school and the class I have been assigned is a Prep/Year one. I have not had the chance to take the lower levels or even a joint class before.

The challenge is going to be how to incorporate ICTs into the learning experiences. This is going to require a lot of patience and support for the students. But I can’t wait.

I have found a few sites I might like to use with these kids to really bring the outside world in.

Skype in the classroom

The Global Classroom Project

Fingers crossed