While exploring the different ways to integrate ICT into my learning environment, I started to think about the different access to ICT that we as teachers and more importantly, our students have. I started to think about the different learning environments that I am familiar with and realised how vastly different their ICT capabilities and access is. This started me thinking about how ICT can be integrated in situations where state of the art facilities, devices and programs are not available. How do these teachers ensure their students have access to ICT to enhance their learning. While exploring further understanding of my personal comprehension, I came across a blog all about the TIP model.
Through my exploration, I have gained an understanding of the importance of focussing on why ICT is being incorporated. It is vital, as educators that we are integrating ICT to enhance and engage the students in the learning to expand their knowledge and understanding. Through using the following adaption of the TIP model, I am able to ensure a comprehensive integration of ICT into my classrooms that will enhance the learning of my students.
McCullough Warren (2011)http://www.wazmac.com/teaching_learning/school_planning/planning_vision.htm
(2011) The Technology Integration Planning Model. Retrieved from http://blendingict.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/the-technology-integration-planning-model/
The more I explore this course, the more I realise how much I rely on ICT to connect with others and extend my personal knowledge. Since beginning my degree, I have always used ICt to connect with my peers through the use of the studydesk, email, online forums, blogs and facebook groups relevant to each course. However, I never really thought much of it before this course, it was something I just naturally did at the beginning of each semester.
Recently, I have been thinking about how my use of ICT has really become integrated into my daily survival. Not only to extend my knowledge and understanding, but also to gain and share ideas, connect with others in similar situations and provide and receive motivation from those around me. Without the use of ICT, sometimes I wonder where I would be…. probably going insane all by myself and feeling extremely isolated, as I know many others who study externally do.
As I explore the blogs of my fellow students, I came across a blog from Sara. While reading her blog, I discovered, with great comfort to me, that there are other people that feel the same as I do and are also reliant on their ICT connections.
I have been exploring the different ways I use technology in my life and while reading through one of my EDC3100 lectures, I came across an interesting article about ‘using technology’ and ‘technology integration’. This started me thinking about all the times I have used technology without really understanding the purpose and reasoning behind using it. I explored ADITI RAO’s blog about this.
This thought train started me thinking about all the times children at school are expected to use various software, programs and devices. I wondered if they really knew why or how they would use them. I wondered if many teachers spent the time explaining ICT to their students and engaging them in the understanding and knowledge so they are equipped to use this technology again or if they just expect them to use it for the purpose of this assessment and never think about it again. I started wondering how many children actually understand why we use ICT and how we can integrate it into our lives.
I found the following table from ADITI RAO’s blog extremely useful in helping me understand the difference between ‘using technology’ and ‘technology integration’ and creating an insight into just how much more important the integration of technology is then the ability to simply use technology.
Rao, A (2013). “Using technology” versus “Technology Integration”. Retrieved from http://teachbytes.com/2013/03/29/whats-the-difference-between-using-technology-and-technology-integration/
When I firat looked at assessment 2 I was overwhelmed and excited all in one! I thought, WOW, combining ICT (something Im not great at!!!) into lesson plans was going to be tricky! Despite the ICT component, I strangely like writing lesson and unit plans, I think because I can explore so many different experiences for the children in my class and create fun and exciting learning experiences for them!
I started thinking about what to unit to explore and decided on a year 2 history unit. By the end of the unit, students would analyze aspects of daily life to identify how some have changed over recent time while others have remained the same. They would describe a person, site or event of significance in the local community.Students would sequence events in order, using a range of terms related to time. They would pose questions about the past and use sources provided (physical, visual, oral) to answer these questions. They would compare objects from the past and present. Students would develop a narrative about the past using a range of texts.
The Constructing Knowledge Aspect is:
- The impact of changing technology on people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated, and played in the past)(ACHHK046)
The Transforming Knowledge Aspect is:
Through exploring all of the different ways I use ICT both personally and professionally, it made a huge amount of sense to sit down and create a concept map about all of the way students in my classroom would benefit from also engaging in ICT. When I actually sat down and thought about it, the list was endless.
Then I faced the challenge of how to present all my information using all this amazing new technology I had just discovered. I explored a variety of different website building programs, video making programs, cartoon editing programs and the list goes on. I decided on creating a website to present my first assessment for this subject. After many long night of editing, changing layouts, moving pictures, figuring out how to change text and add videos, I finally have achieved my first ever website and I must say I am pretty pleased at the result!
I hope you all enjoy exploring my website with my reasons why ICT is an important aspect of my classroom.
Today I was exploring Freedly when I came across Tim’s blog about how much his Professional Learning Network (PLN) has grown this semester since engaging with a wide range of technology introduced within this course. This started me thinking about all the ways I now interact and engage with other learning professionals and how much new knowledge I have developed through being part of a PLN.
Until I started this course, I was never aware of all the amazing ways that educators could connect and network to gain new ideas, activities and knowledge. I didn’t even know about Freedly, WordPress or Diggo. Now I find myself checking them daily to keep up with new ideas and suggestions.
I have found that I become more excited then I did (and I used to get very excited) when I find something amazing on facebook or pintrest that I can share with others, because now I am able to share with a range of other educators and stop sending my friends and family amazing things that I plan on doing with my students!
While exploring my concept map in an earlier blog, I began to ponder over the endless possibilities of how ICT can connect us to our surroundings. Not only our local surroundings but also global surroundings. I began to think of the ways I personally use ICT to connect me with others. As an adult, as with many others, I often use facebook and skype to connect with my family living in Japan. This has been a great tool for me as it continues to allow me to see my family, watch my niece and nephew grow up and see what is happening on the other side of the world.
I began to ponder about how children might like to engage with other people from around the world. I began thinking about the social and cultural benefits of engaging with other people from different countries, cultures, religions and backgrounds. When children are able to engage with people of different backgrounds from a young age, they are less likely to show discriminatory behaviours and are often more accepting and respectful of diversity. It suddenly dawned on me, what better way to connect children with people all over the world then through the use of ICT.
While exploring the different ways children could safely access ICT to connect with other, I came across an organisation called ArtLink Creative Connections. I was amazed at how this organisation brought together millions of children through showcasing their art throughout the world. This provided a platform for these children to learn about the social and cultural differences, discuss them in a positive manner and share their personal ideas through creative means.
Here is a short video about how this organisation has brought together children and allowed them to explore cultural differences in a positive and respectful manner.
I began to explore how amazing this type of creativity, connectedness and contribution would be for promoting the social and cultural diversity within my classroom and the wider world.
Child Professional Support Coordinator. Cultural Connections Booklet. Retrieved from https://childaustralia.org.au/Documents/IPSP-Section/Resource-Centre-Docs/cultural-book-complete-WEB.aspx
Steckler, A. (2014) ArtLink ArtReactions . Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xC7kbFA4no&feature=youtu.be
ICT has always been a debated topic, there are those that love the fast-paced changes and those that hate it. Whether you love or hate technology, the fact is it is becoming ever more vital in our lives. As adults, many of us rely heavily on the use of ICT devices, from the phone we use, the DVDs we watch, the cars we drive, even the way we communicate with others and check our bank accounts.
It is a known fact that as we evolve with increasing technology, our children need to also to keep up with this fast paced world. In fact many 8 years olds know more about IT and social media then I do (sad but true). The best was we can create access to this IT world is through incorporating ICT into our learning environments.By all means I’m not saying only use computers and devices at school, but I do believe that there are many different areas in which ICT can be incorporated into our classrooms.
As I was thinking about all the things I could add to a brainstorming page about the benefits of incorporating iCT into the classroom, I realised there must be a simple way to document my ideas rather then by hand or the painful process of adding different sized text boxes to a word document.
I began to look through blogs from my fellow EDC3100 students. Surely enough as I explored Alisia’s and Tarryn’s blogs I saw them commenting about programs called Bubbl.us and Text2Mindmap. Immediately I jumped on and started having a play around with these programs. Low and behold, it was what I was searching for… an easy program that documented my thoughts into a mind map! (This is where my confidence with ICT grew dramatically! Now i was able to use ICT to research, connect and create!!!)
I found Bubbl.us easy to navigate and add all of the text into where I wanted. I created my mind map and was greatly impressed that you could change all of the colours and customise your ideas. This experience created a wealth of new knowledge for me and continues to add the my list of reasons why we should use ICT in the classroom.
Its always tiresome and tricky to come up with a list of new and refreshing ideas to add to the classroom. Sometimes, the activities we are looking for aren’t even ICT related but often we use ICT devices to search and find what we are looking form. I know many times I have resorted to Google and Google Images for inspiration and even to the App Store on our Iphones and Ipads to look for new games and materials.
Furthermore, these has forever been much debate about the use of copyright materials within the classroom and how to incorporate technology without crossing the copyright legislations. As shared within the ICT Diigo Page there have been some amazing sites and apps available to teaches which provide some free images and activities to use within the classroom. Some of my favourites are: