As part of our university course ‘ICT & Pedagogy’ we were asked to create a digital artefact which looked the the benefits and reasons current and future educators need to integrate ICT’s within their teaching practice.
My website ICT’s in High School English looks into the broader reasons why the implementation of ICT’s can be beneficial to both the educator and the students. It is focused on High School english teachers and looks into examples of how some ideas such as blogging and YouTube posting can assist teachers in acheiving standards which are specifically mentioned in the Australian Curriculum for Grade 10 English.
Included in the website are documents which look into reseach which has been done concerning the positive and negative aspects of ICT integration and it looks as both the classroom and the broader community impact of creating students which are confident and effective ICT users.
Please have a look and let me know what you think.
The ‘Clever App’ is a free app I discovered while doing a general ICT Teaching search. The apps description states
Rodd Lucier is known on the World Wide Webb as ‘The Clever Sheep’, and publishers a wide range of content in support of “teachers who see themselves as learners”. This app is a compilation of Rodd’s RSS feeds, including blog, podcasts, bookmarks, slidedecks and other content of interest to networked learners. The ‘Clever App’ allows users to access all of Rodd’s content on iPhone or iPad
(from the iPhone app search description)
The app is a great way to gather ideas, discover more ‘tools’ for your toolbelt, read and participate in discussions or even to simply learn about other educators experiences. It is easy to navigate as well as not being restricted to a single subject or age group. It is a clever little addition to any educators PLN and offers new information and resource ideas on a regular basis.
So this week my home technologies has decided to give me a crash course in my personal ICT’s…in one week I have had my iPhone, computer and printer/scanner decide to throw a tantrum and no longer work….while for the first couple of days I spent most of my time refraining from throwing them down the stairs and bemoaning my lack of skill in reviving anything I then decided to utilise some tools (namely my brothers laptop & google) and discover what I could do about this disaster….
So in the last week I have discovered how to scan, defrag, backdate and then update my computer….
I have learnt how to open up a printer and check all the components are working and then how to recognise a lost cause when I see one…
And with the iPhone…well I just learnt how to put that one into the shop 🙂
One of the thing I found the most amazing is the sheer quantity of DIY computer repairs that anyone can do…between yahoo, youtube, google and a few others I was able to go from someone who is resoanably confident in using a computer and very good at dialling a help desk to someone who is now able to revive a computer from what has turned out to be a simple case of needing a clean out (and ditching a corrupted file or two lol) and someone who is confident enough to actually perform these tasks herself….though I wouldn’t be game enought to try these tasks on a computer which did not belong to me lol
So next time your ICT’s decide to act like a child being denied a toy…I would suggest a quick search on google and some DIY clips to see what you can do about it before you call a $100 an hour computer repair person hehe
ArtisanCam is a website which I learnt about through one of my fellow students blogs…Mrs Poulter wrote about “Digital Storytelling” and the benefits it can give to children who enjoy telling stories and creating them in a more non-traditional manner. This got me thinking about how I may be able to discover other ways in which I could teach my future students about art techniques in a more digital way so I went and checked out the site…I was ecstatic to discover that they had activities which are both fun and informative on many of the aspects and techniques in art. I, of course, had to try as many as I could (time permitting) and had a blast, I have included a quick run down and example of three of their activities which pertain to an art concept, an art practice and an art movement…
Colour: As a means of exploring colour the site has an activity in which you first look at how colour is portrayed in a painting…it starts with explaining how light direction affects where colour is illuminated and as a practical end to the activity you are encouraged to attempt to recreate a painting by mixing colours….once you have completed this you are given a little more artistic license and can colour the image with your own colour ideas…this is what I came up with
Screen Printing: In their screen priting activity you are able to use your mouse to indicate where you would like to cut your screen and which colour you intend to use….this enables you to layer your colours and to create block colour areas….while the activity requires a steady hand you can come up with some fantastic designs and it allows students to explore the basic stages of screen printing using a more time conscious and less expensive resource. Below is one of the quick examples I created…
Pop Art: In this activity you are able to learn about some of the basic information which Pop Art encompasses….in the practical aspect of the activity you are able to choose from three stereotypical Pop Art images and add colour and dots to create your own semi-individual Pop Art image…below is one I came up with, while I chose not to ulilise the dot feature I enjoyed playing with the colour applications.
The site had many more activities including exploring paint and self-portraits and I hope you can take the time to check it out even just for fun…feel free to share any of the example you create as well would love to see what you can all come up with as well!!! And to read a little about digital storytelling and other interesting ICT information check out Mrs Poulters blog “Keeping Up With The Times”
One of the focuses of this weeks course reading was a new concept to me…”Toolbelt Theory“…I found this theory highly interesting and I hope that you will too. Essentially what it looks at is the uniquely human trait to rely on tools for our everyday tasks. This is a concept that I hadn’t considered prior to this activity but it is also one which has been consistently on my mind since. Even writing this post I am astounded by the amount of tools that it requires, from something as basic as the light in my loungeroom to the ability to embed the above link within the text. As a pre-service teacher there is one quote that has stuck in my mind since reading the introduction,
“We must be teaching our students to use the tools of this moment, and teaching them how to learn the next set”
The Toolbelt & Universal Design – Education for Everyone. Ira Socol
This to me is not only an apt descriptor of our responsibilities as future educators but it is also a concept which none of us can afford to dismiss as it directly links to the concept of encouraging our students to become lifelong learners…it brings home the truth that we are not simply teaching a subject but we are guiding students to learn how they as individuals learn, and encouraging to explore the tools that are available now as well as being open to the tools yet to come.
One of our activities this week was to develop a concept map focused on why we feel ICT’s are important for educators…The following image is what I came up with through the week…let me know what you think…and be sure to put up any additions you think would be valid!!!
Why I feel ICT’s are important to today’s educators
I have to say that so far I am thoroughly enjoying my semester…I have been absolutely bombarded with info which is slowly filtering into my brain from my ears but am loving the bits and pieces I have already grasped….for all of you out there I would just like to share a little of what I have learnt so far…
ICT’s: Now I always thought I knew why I would need to use ICT’s in teaching….you know what I mean….student engagement, up-to-date teaching methods and of course the availability of some amazing teaching/learning tools that they provide…but I have to say that even in 2 weeks I have seen my thought process expanding…I am beginning to see that all those reasons I have pages such as this and FaceBook are also reasons to implement ICT’s into the classroom….it means that my students will share their learning space with people from across the globe. They can take Virtual Tours of museums and galleries from across the globe. They will be able to expand and enhance their learning experiences through programs and sites. And just so much more…for a good site to show you why they are so important check out this site on Transforming Teaching Through Technology, it was a link on one of my course activites and it has some amazing tips and information.
PLN: This is actually the reason for this blog (and many other new accounts I am slowly getting the hang of)…the basic point is that I will slowly and surely build a network of contacts and resources (tools) which I can use to bounce idea’s around with, discover new tricks and tools and of course use in a classroom one day.
CPF: (The Computer Practice Framework) This is a table which I intend to make as an addition to my lesson plans in the future. It’s 3 boxes which at a glance will tell me how much time and the use of that time my students will spend with ICT’s.
While this is only a little of what I have learnt so far I just had to share and hopefully they will be something you can benefit from too!!!
Feel free to post some idea’s and comments below as I am eager to learn even more 🙂