The Technology and Teaching blend

The educational perspective the use of verbal and non verbal cues has been a majority of the communication in the classroom. Am I right? Its essential to human development and for that feeling of togetherness. However recent studies by the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA), have shown that 75 percent of children and teenagers spend countless hours during the day with their eyes fixed on a screen (Hampton, M. 2013). For further information on this research please refer to Aidan’s blog.

It is however notable that the inclusion and use of technology within lesson planning increases the efficiency, effectiveness and productivity of instructional practices through new instructional methods and learning, which ideally is our objective as educators. Therefore its unmistakably useful when creating learning opportunities for your students you try and include ICT’s in order to enhance and transform their learning.

A sample of the benefits for including digital technologies can be seen within one of my lesson plans for year 8 Visual art (Assignment 1_ Impossible pets lesson plan_CRGreen_U1056107_S1_2016). The students have been asked to design and create an impossible pet, which is two animals blended together. The students were then asked to use Photoshop to blend/ transform/ create a new ‘Impossible Pet’ using their two chosen animals. The lesson was scaffold using Powerpoint presentation slides reinforcing the objectives of the lesson and a checklist for them to complete, which ultimately maintained their attention as they had no option to wonder off task – therefore amplifying the use of technology to control classroom behaviour also.

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Mind blowing uses of ICT and Pedagogy

When we think about the use of technology it is vital that we ensure the technology in use provides real benefits to the learners. The technology should be simple and effectively used by the students to encourage higher order thinking. Current uses of ICT such as Bloom’s Taxonomy for the digital world provides the initial phraseology of Bloom’s Taxonomy’s six levels, beginning with knowledge at the lowest, then progressing through comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation.

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Bloom’s Taxonomy for the digital world – indicating such apps that can be put to use in the classroom in order to achieve your learning outcomes.

There is a common belief among students and pre-service teachers that in order to prepare our students for the future, we must prepare them for change. Teach them to question, think, adapt and modify elements of our teaching that encourages higher order of Bloom’s (HOT), therefore the students are gaining, learning and applying the knowledge and experience they gain through the ICT to their learning needs.

Some useful tools for pre-service Health professionals is the following link to the NSW Government website regarding Integrating ICT into PDHPE, I encourage you to look and interact with some of these apps!

 

There’s an App for that!

Have you ever thought to yourself when planning your teaching lessons plans, its too hard to incorporate positive use of ICT. Especially when referring to the students learning for conceptualizing and visualizing concepts of the specific task?

Well, there’s an app for that! All you must do is think and evaluate what skills, design and aesthetics you are aiming to install in your lesson then you must evaluate what possible applications you could use to enhance the learning of the students. It is vital however, that you realize and understand that just using technology for the sake of it won’t solve educational problems, its how you use that technology that will potentially make the difference! Using the RAT model in this weeks learning path, it provides a resource for analysis of the technology and how the implementation of that technology will possibly enhance the lesson. Follow this link which provides further information about the RAT model as well as App:  The RAT Assessment Framework Tool   which offers a range of questions about a particular instructional event (lesson plan) and based upon the answers provide the App will generate an assessment against the RAT model further enhancing your lesson plan with ICT.

For further information and resources take a look at Jess’ blog post about Does ICT enhance lesson plans?

 

Hughes, J, RAT Question Guide, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

 

Technology vs. Anti-social behaviour

Despite what we may all think about mobile devices at the dinner table or lunch with friends, we all do it! Digital devices such as mobile phones, iPads and laptops are digital doorways to making connections with others. Now, these connections may be vital in meeting the individuals social, emotional or economic needs by tapping into networks (Rainie & Wellman, 2012).

The use of technologies is not anti-social as we all engage socially in different means. Sure it may not be table etiquette, but it’s so instant. Anyone from anywhere in the world is able to communicate very easily to others through the click of a few buttons. Look what we are doing and achieving for this course, we’re making a blog and interacting with new technologies that have the hope of increasing our knowledge and understanding of them. In order to provide the younger generation with meaningful, engaging, transformative learning opportunities that encourage the use of ICT in our lesson planning. Interactive_whiteboard_at_CeBIT_2007

The stimulation of “learners to learn actively, independently, in a self-directed way and in collaboration with others” derives off the use of technology for the creation of innovative teaching (Kirschner & Wopereirs, 2003). Used efficiently and effectively ICT is a very useful tool for our teaching and this course is demonstrating this to me and providing me with useful ideas for the implementation of ICT’s. The following article is a great response to the use of iPods/Ipads in the classroom as most students are familiar with the device it makes for easy collaboration with teaching.

  • Courtney 🙂

Concept mapping ICT’s

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(This a screenshot of my concept map for the learning activity ‘Why (not) use ICT and Pedagogy?)

EDC3100 states ‘The Big Three’ reasons as to why “an increasing number of countries include ICT in the curricula of initial teacher training” (p. 105). The BIG three are:

  1. ICT can help prepare the next generation for the future workplace
  2. ICT can make schools more efficient and productive; and aremeant to make any number of tasks more efficient and productive.
  3. ICT can reform and innovate learning and teaching by enhancing and transforming learning and teaching.

Although at times technology can be confusing and frustrating it is vital that these preconceptions are changed for our students as it is not only important for us as future teachers to be competent with ICT for our class but it is also included in The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). It aims to “make explicit the elements of high quality teaching” to ensure students become autonomous and self-regualted in their learning and understanding of curricula materials. Jess’ Blog also provides useful resources for us as we go out onto prac and in our future careers as educators. The link provides useful apps and games for students.

Get with the times…

As a twenty-first generation of teaching and learning is taking place, digital technologies are becoming increasingly more popular and affordable.With a rise in mobile devices and app based learning in classrooms, students are confronted with a variety of ICT that engages them in connectivism learning opportunities. Many classrooms that I have had the privilege of working in on Professional experience, have introduced either iPad or laptop trolleys or alternatively the students have had personal laptops.

By being able to interact and use these devices increases the ability for the students to meet technology literacy goals with efficiency, whilst engaging in and being excited about learning!

The Visual arts area is probably one of the least advanced subject areas when it comes to working with and integrating ICT capabilities. However on professional experience I found it encouraging that when the students were asked to design their ‘impossible pets’ they were able to use the application on their laptop such as photoshop to collaborate the two images of their animals together. Taking body parts from each animal to create a new animal completely individual. For some this was a new concept however with the instalment of the new interactive whiteboard we were able to display the program and work through step-by-step exactly how to piece their animals together. A truly rewarding experience!

By increasing the integration of digital technologies into our lesson plans we are preparing the next generation for the proteus nature of technology and the transformation of learning 🙂  Aidan provides some research about the effective way to use ICT in PE, (which is my other subject area) however I believe these same statements by Hall and Leigh (2001) can be applied to any subject area. https://wattersonjaidan.wordpress.com

Determining problems with ICT links

What is the problem?

My link isn’t a link

I posted my introduction to the Introduction forum and included a link to my blog and a cartoon. But I can’t click on them at all. Why?

  1. Reveal student preconceptions
  2. Discuss and evaluate preconceptions
  3. Create conceptual conflict with those preconceptions
  4. Encourage and guide conceptual restructuring

When adding a link into any forum or even your blog posts you will need to go to the alternate site wherever you will be finding the information from and copy the URL into your clipboard.  In turn this will allow you to be able to be able to copy the link into your desired post using the link button located in the top section of the message board with all the other icons. Click on this link button Up pops the dialog box copy and paste the weblink this is the URL you have previously copied. You are then able to rename the link. However once you have done this make sure you go to preview and click on the link to ensure  that you will revisit the linked item or the other persons blog. When you are linking to your friends blog ensure you use their WORDPRESS.COM URL from their webpage or from the individual blog post itself for more personalized linkage.

This process is also applied for images, however you will click on the image attachment icon and follow the same process.

 

Defining ICT

The foundation of ICT essentially means ‘Information Communication Technologies’, or more commonly known as digital technologies. The proteus nature of digital technologies allows for a ever changing universal tool that we utilise everyday to make tasks more simple or effective.

In order for ‘something’ to be defined as an ICT it must have digital technology embedded within it. These technologies are electronic tools, systems, devices and resources that generate, store and process data. An example would be a smart television as it embeds numerous new digital technologies which internally converts information into binary digits (0 and 1) to display information on the screen.

For digital technologies to work proficiently there are three key high level operations that must be established:

  1. Input: Converts some ‘thing’ into digital format
  2. Process: The ability to manipulate binary information, inclusive if the process of photo recognition and Photoshop elements
  3. Output: Through actions such as touch, view or listen digital information is manipulated into another form of digital technology.

The interactions we all have with ICT on a daily basis allows us to make positive interactions with each other enhancing our learning. Therefore our understanding of digital technology  must be fluid, the incorporation of it must be embedded into our lesson planning so we enrich the learning and understanding of our students and we create engaging learning experiences for them. The future is digital and we must employ our best efforts as future educators to use ICTs effectively to enhance accessibility, make learning interactive, track students’ achievements and allow for the manipulation of information, all while creating a new learning environment. Im a hands on learner  and with the very active subject area I teach (HPE), I hope to be able to use digital technologies in more lessons to effectively communicate specific aspects of the key learnings of Health in particular. I have had some previous engagements with technologies in this area but would love to hear of more learning tools!?

Calling all PE teachers!

If you haven’t already take a look at this website ! The P.E Geek Blog will hopefully help us to get our heads around our journey with PE and technology and what its like to learn using these technologies. It incorporates blog posts, video tutorials, you can even download the PE Geek app and subscribe so you receive weekly posts or video tutorials about the incorporation of these technologies.

I’m giving it a go, if you choose to have a look at it let me know what you think or what strategies you have used to incorporate ICT technologies into your lessons on professional experience or have seen your mentors do?!

ICT incorporation in HPE

We must evolve from the traditional methods of classroom teaching to boost motivation and engagement of students. As a HPE teacher incorporation of mobile technologies improve class involvement and enthusiasm in three key ways:

1. ENGAGEMENT

2.CURRICULUM

3. FEEDBACK

I have found this effective youtube clip in explaining why ICT in HPE is so important to student learning please watch if you are studying Health and physical Ed or are interested. ICT’s in HPE

Physical education has traditionally been taught out of text books but why not explore the options of interactive medias that allow students to collaborate and be creative through their learning journey. MCEECDYA, (2008) states ‘Engaged learners are defined as creative and productive users of technology, especially ICT, as a foundation for success of all learning’.