Image credit: “ICT Skills Cloud“, by Juan Cristobal Cobo, CC BY 2.0

The best saying for this week’s learning path for me was:

“There is no silver bullet. No technology alone will solve educational problems. It is how that technology is USED that will potentially make a difference”.

LOVE IT!!! The aim is to use ICT and pedagogy to enhance or transform what currently happens in our learning and teaching.

I thought the example of ICT – ecoMUVE was exceptionally good. Katherine wrote a blog “Discovering interactive resources for Students” that I thought was very informative. I think ecoMUVE would benefit many students especially students that have learning needs (this is something I’m going to show my science teacher!!). Due to my major being English I also thought it was a great idea about students following their idols on Twitter or any social media and checking for grammar and spelling areas. A great way to ignite their interest and engagement!

During this weeks learning path we are encouraged to utilise the RAT model. This is done for assignment 1 and will probably be a beneficial experience for prac and beyond. The RAT model is for teachers to self-access instructional events they have designed. I downloaded the app for my iPhone and computer. I am still not entirely confident on how to use it effectively in assignment one, but willing to give it a go! I am finding the ICT lesson plan checklist a little daunting….

In one of my previous blogs I spoke about theories and I like to use Bloom’s Taxonomy in my lessons and it was so great that David incorporated the Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy. This might be useful for many pre-service teachers that like to use Bloom’s Taxonomy in their classroom. Have a look at this YouTube clip to learn more:

Further investigating how ICT can be incorporated into the classroom, I was happy to see that Socrative, Wordle, EverNote, Dropbox and Wiki were among the suggestions. I have used all of those ICTs on my last professional experiences. One of my professional experiences was at Brisbane Distance Education so I needed to be about to utilise ICT to enhance my students learning. I found this environment very worthwhile and learnt a range of strategies that I can use in the classroom. If you would like further information about how to incorporate ICT into your classroom or what is available, have a read of Bringing a 1-to-1 program to life: A handbook for Senior Secondary School Teachers.

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Remember it is not about the ICT itself but how you incorporate it into your classroom to enhance student participation, engagement, achievement and most importantly create a powerful educational journey. This is a very exciting time for us as pre-service teachers!

Image credit: “Connected Technology – Computers – Tablets” by Perspesys Photo, CC BY-SA 2.0

 

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