# conceptually modelling of an ICT problem

Problems with ICT – never??!!

Have you ever had a problem with an ICT and really felt that whatever you did – you couldn’t fix it?? You are not alone! After completing week one’s learning path, I have discovered what conceptually modelling of an ICT problem is. Now while this took me about three or four times to read through and then further research – I think (emphasise THINK) have a grasp on this concept.

I found the process by J. Davies a simple process to follow where you didn’t feel like smashing your computer… Come on, at some stage we have all felt like this!

**By working through the questions:**

- What is the problem?
- What is your conceptual model of the ICT?
- Why or where does your conceptual model fail?

This will guide and assist you in taking clear steps to working out your ICT problem. Often as educators we want to teach our students how to think outside the box and find solutions. So this process with enable us to do that – we recognise the problem, find steps to see where the problem is occurring and then find a solution. Challenging? Yes – but not impossible.

“If you cannot solve a problem, then there is an easier problem you cannot solve: find it”

George Polya (2002) states that “problem solving consists of moving rom a given initial situation to a desired goal situation”. By using the table (that was outlined on Study-desk) to distinguish the problem and work out an outcome – made me realize that I need to think more rational when coming across an ICT problem. I found by then drawing the problem using Gliffy.com, also assisted me in thinking (and acting) in a rational manner. I am happy to see that fellow student Talitha has also blogged where students want quick fast solutions rather than taking the time to problem solve and work through each step.

So, while I have found this week interesting and I have learnt a lot that will be useful in my teaching and in my own practice – I now have to catch up on my other three subjects!!

See you all on the flip side 🙂

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**References**

Davis, J. (2001). Conceptual Change. In M. Orey (Ed.), *Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology*. Retrieved 23 Feb, 2016 from http://epltt.coe.uga.edu/index.php?title=Conceptual_Change

Polya, G. (2002). *Brief Introduction to Problem Solving. *Retrieved 6 March, 2016, from http://pages.uoregon.edu/moursund/dave/Article%26Presentations/problem-solving.htm