Let’s have a short break…..

Well, what a relief to submit assignment 1.

I am really looking forward to a short break from studies.  I am sure most of you will agree, and the rest will be trying to complete this first assignment.  I have spent so much time on this subject, that I will now turn my focus to another subject for a few weeks.  But I will definitely try and have the long weekend free from Uni 🙂

Maybe some of us need some Mindfulness exercises 🙂

But I have to say, on reflection on all of our research, I have enjoyed finding so many sites to be able to use in the future.  Mathletics looks like a great program for students to engage in Mathematics.  TeachersPayTeachers looks like a great avenue to obtain resources from other teachers.  That will definitely be a site that I would like to join when becoming a teacher.  And I have thoroughly enjoyed reading blogs from Cool Cat Teacher.

Have a lovely Easter.

 

 

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So much ‘out there’ ….

With all of the research we need to do to find an appropriate lesson plan – gee we find a lot of interesting things!!  Do you agree?

I have just found a very interesting website – eCoach.  I think it is targeted more for the high schools.  I am studying Primary school teaching.  But very interesting all the same.  The concept sounds like it would enhance learning by creating highly engaging learning.

Anyway, I better back to searching for an appropriate lesson plan.  Cross your fingers for me 🙂

 

 

Another reflection …..

I didn’t think it would happen, but I have come to the end of Week 3 of EDC3100 and actually completed all of the activities expected so far.  Of course, this is at the expense of other subjects (oops).

The experience:  This week we learned how ICT and Pedagogy can be used. 

My personal experience:  I found this week extremely enjoyable.  I love the cartoon clip demonstrating how technology can simply be used as a replacement.  A lot of the information this week confirmed what I already believed but explained it in a way that I haven’t been able to.  Interestingly, the picture that David included “the ten most powerful two letter words – IF IT IS TO BE IT IS UP TO ME”, my parents had a sign in their house of these ten words in their office when I was a kid – oh the flashbacks!!

My critical analysis:  Personally, I have seen many teachers use technology simply as a replacement to how they would normally teach.  I have seen one teacher, who advocates using technology in her classroom, purely replacing what she could do without it.  For example, in her Prep class the lesson was how two numbers can make ‘ten’.  So she drew a line down her interactive whiteboard and drew six small boxes on one side and four on the other side.  The children could then come up and do the same, but it might be 5 and 5.  Whilst the children seem to enjoy this, some children were getting bored on the mat while waiting.  This activity could all be done with blocks on the floor and then you could have the whole class active at the same time.  So I do sometimes scratch my head how technology is used and if there is, in fact, any advantage.

Taking perspectives:  I could see how some people may think their lesson is an advantage/enhancement and others wouldn’t.  So I guess there is always that difference in opinion.  A lot of large schools these days have teachers of the same year level working collaboratively.  One option to strengthen lessons would be to have their peer teacher evaluate the lesson using the R.A.T App

Outcome:  I absolutely love the concept of the R.A.T. method.  This self-assessment will be extremely useful for future lessons.  It is important to remember that is is not necessarily the technology that is being evaluated but how the user uses the technology (the Pedagogy).

 

 

 

 

Concept map …..

As one of our Week 2 activities we designed a concept map of Why and Why Not use ICT & Pedagogy.

“Wow”

I had no idea how to make a concept map so easily and interesting.  Not saying that mine is great.  But the great thing is that if I had to do it again in a few weeks, I would do an even better job.  And then the time after that, it would be better again.  I designed mine through bubbleus.  This was super easy.  I just imported my ideas and typed away then played with the colours.  You will see from mine that I coloured the positive (or Why) in Green and the negative (or Why Not) in red.

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I noticed Matthew Larsen took a broader view on this activity.

It is interesting how differently people view a question.  I viewed the question as “Why and Why Not WE SHOULD use ICT & Pedagogy”.  Whereas fellow student Tahnee Stenzel viewed the question “Why or Why Not we Use ICT & Pedagogy – as in the REASONS why we use ICT & Pedagogy”.  It is very interesting reading the different perceptions of the question.  I don’t think there is really a wrong answer – just different.

I really enjoyed designing the mind map.  I will be sure to use bubbl.us again in the future.

 

Can I use it??? …Copyright…

As David points out; “we’ve all probably already done it“.  Ooops, I sure have.

So my new challenge is to fulfill standard 4.5 and understand and apply strategies to ensure ethical use of ICT in my future assignments and when working in the classroom.

So what can we use?  This blog gives a great list to abide by. She explains examples of when we can use information of others and when we can’t.

I knew that they was some leniency for students when using for research and study.  But I didn’t quite realise all of the details.  As a student when using for research and study, we can copy 10% of the page of a book or a single article. When looking at the Copyright Guide for Students I noticed 5 factors that really interested me:

  1. Is it really for study/research?
  2. The nature of the material.
  3. If it is possible to obtain commercially then it is not ‘fair’ to publish for free.
  4. The effect on others if available commercially.
  5. The amount copied – it is fairer to copy a small amount, not a large amount.

One thing I didn’t find in the information was whether YouTube is allowed to be referred to.  YouTube users who publish publicly on YouTube are obviously allowing anyone to view it.  So I would assume that any YouTube clips would be fine.  I have seen many teachers use YouTube – whether introducing a lesson or on a rainy day.

References:

The University of Sydney. (2014). Copyright for students. Retrieved from http://sydney.edu.au/copyright/students/coursework.shtml

Can ICT make us more efficient ? ….

Well, this isn’t in relation to Education; but with my highland dance teaching – we used to play cassette tapes for the music for the lessons.  Well – to be honest – when I was a child learning highland dancing we had an actual bag piper come to every class and pipe for us.  Amazing.  Sorry….get back on track ….. So yes, as a teen the teacher would use cassette tapes.  This was very time consuming because she would have to forward to the next dance, oops then miss it, so rewind, then go back too far, so forward, oops missed it again, rewind, and so on and so forth until she finally found the song.

So when I became a teacher I taped the same song repeatedly on a tape, because ‘I wasn’t going to have the same problem’ 🙂  But this was a lot of work initially and I ended up with SO many cassette tapes because there was only one song on each tape.

Then came CDs which were fantastic, however over time became scratched.

In today’s age, we can plug our phones, ipods or mp3 players into a portable cordless speaker and with the press of a button will find the exact song required to play right now.

Yes, ICT makes us more efficient.

Best learning experience designed by me…

It is hard to think late at night.  But I really like a lesson that I designed for the first Numeracy subject that we do in our studies.  It was for assessment, so I haven’t tried it on students.  But I think it would be interesting and hands-on and relevant (three things that I believe are important when teaching). It is a lesson on equivalent fractions where I cut up an orange in front of the students so that they can see how relevant it is in their life.  Then I have cardboard cutouts of oranges for each students so that they can see, for example, that 2 quarters and the same size as one half.

I enjoy finding out what interests students have and then designing a lesson targeted toward their interests to make the lesson more engaging.  Recently at my work (as a Teacher Aide) I have two groups of five students that I work with on Phonics.  The 2nd group of five boys that I have don’t know any of their letters.  I had a meeting with their teacher to discover what their interests are.  I discovered that they LOVE superheroes.  So for the first lesson I had all different superheroes printed up on a sheet of paper and (with a focus on the letter S) they had to circle the superheroes that started with the letter S.  They absolutely loved this lesson and were engaged for the entire time, even after completing that one activity.