Week 15 reflection

I have just finished the last of the final weeks learning path for EDC3100 and it is a little sad to be at a point where I will not be learning any more from this subject or working with David Jones the lecturer. I have learnt so much and have started to make ICT my friend, Although ICT and I do not mix and having the challenges I have found this subject to be well structured it was also the first time that I was taught how to break down the back design framework.

The last section of this weeks learning path was designed to get us thinking about the future in education and in ICTs or technology. I think from after this subject the role of the teacher is changing, a principle has said that education is based on change and the teachers need to change their attitudes. The way we once taught is no longer the way we teach now, the past needs to stay in the past and accept the future ICT is the future.

After doing this subject EDC 3100 my mindset has changed, we need to integrate and embed ICT into the curriculum and into our lessons everyday, the children that we are teaching have grown up with technology we as teachers need to embrace ICT and not be afraid of using it. I have learnt to always have a backup plan as ICT can still provide many challenges but it is how we deal with these challenges that makes all the difference in how we teach.

Week 3 Prac Reflection

Things have been so busy, but I cannot believe that I am at the end of my Prac with one day to go I am sad to say goodbye to Prac!

As all the other students would know, Prac is a busy time for us all and we go home absolutely exhausted, So what very little time I have had in the late afternoons and evenings have been spent “recovering” from the full on days!

Like Marie Etheridge and Catherine Wilson, I too have had a wonderful time. My students are just gorgeous, my  mentor teacher is remarkable, unbelievably wonderful, helpful and so supportive, giving me great feedback and exposing me to the Curriculum into the Classroom (C2C) and the explicit teaching model “I DO, WE DO, YOU DO” which is very big in far north and central Queensland state schools.  She has very high standards, which at times has been extremely challenging but the goals she set for me every week were achievable. My mentor teacher had a lot of confidence in me, as while she was away and I had a supply teacher, I was able to teach the class for the whole day for the last four day of my Pac. I know that I will draw upon my learning over the last couple of weeks for the rest of my career.  The other staff at school have welcomed me and been happy to answer questions, give advice and steer me in the right direction, this was especially needed while my mentor teacher was away.  I feel very fortunate to have had such a positive experience of Prac it makes all the difference. It has been such a great experience to have an opportunity to see what it is really like in the school setting, especially after having two years of theory and it has only re-assured me that my career choice and the path I am on is the right one for me.

My lessons have been going really well so far. I still have a little bit of fine-tuning. My mentor teacher had me work on goals for teaching and improving myself every week, these included classroom management especially in challenging behaviours and my organising skills. However, over all I would say that my lessons have been successful. I have had good insight into planning, particularly planning for 4 groups within each lesson plan, with 2 or 3 rotations of learning/activities.  I was teaching in Prep, with mixed abilities, hence a lot of differentiation. Integrating ICTs in to the classroom has also been challenging.  The ICT resources have been on the restricted side as I have only been able to use the Interactive Whiteboard. I have tried to think of ways to incorporate ICT elements into many lessons and have enjoyed exploring ways extend learning with ICTs.

I really hope that my fellow EDC3100 students are having an equally enjoyable time out on Prac, with only one day to go and onto assignment three writing.

I am sorry that some of you have not had such a great experience of professional experience.

Regards,

Andrea

Interacitve White Board

In week 9 we explored Interactive White Boards (IWB) in the learning path.

At my prac placement the class uses a Smart whiteboard. In preparation for this wonderful experience I have downloaded the software to start learning how to use it and begun to explore the SMART Exchange.  SMART Exchange  is a one-stop destination designed to provide teachers with access to all of SMART’s learning resources and the opportunity to connect with colleagues in a professional community. Custom-designed searches save time by delivering relevant results and a full visual preview of all SMART Notebook files, so that teachers can easily evaluate a lesson before downloading it.

When searching for and exploring some of the features of the Smart board IWB I came across this site  iSmartboard.com – Smartboard Games! Here you will find fun Smartboard Games, Smartboard Activities and Smartboard Lessons. The interactive Smartboard games are for Reading and Writing ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Health and Physical Education,  Library, Music and Foreign Language – Spanish, French and German and Holidays – Christmas, Halloween, Columbus Day and Thanksgiving.

While also looking I have the website teachhub.com. Teachhub has 65 free IWB resources not only for smart boards but also for other IWB I found it very useful and it is worthwhile checking it out!

Another site that is great and is worth checking out is internet4classrooms.com. Internet 4 Classrooms (“i4c”), is a free web portal designed to assist anyone who wants to find high-quality, free Internet resources to use in classroom instruction, developing project ideas, reinforcing specific subject matter areas both in the class and at home and even for online technology tutorials. The portal is used by teachers, parents and students of all ages on six of the seven continents (there are not many classrooms in Antarctica) and is available to anyone with an Internet connection. And they  do not charge a subscription fee.

I think it would enhance students learning by creating a fun competitive but cooperative environment in a lesson.

I have been using this new exciting tool a lot!

Andrea

Things I have learnt on Prac thus far about using technology in the classroom.

Like sarabree and mrsmckinty I have found that using technology in the classroom has many downs more than ups, but it is how we manage the problems that enables us to become more confident not only with the ICT in our classrooms but also as us in teachers.

Things I have learnt about using technology in the classroom:

  • From my first day always have a Backup plan – have a back up for EVERYTHING!
  • double check you have the right URL of the YouTube video you want to show
  • make sure you can access the URL at the school as well as at home
  • the “interactive” part of the Interactive White Board does not always work
  • the internet and the computer may not always work
  • have lots of resources
  • Scaffolding is not only needed for content but also for ICTs.

The old scout saying be prepared, this is so true especially with ICT in the classroom, be prepared for the failures. However, prepared for the successes when the ICT is working use it to its full potential.

Well, the time is going fast, only 6 days left with 1 being a non-teaching day! I was so very nervous before starting, now I do not want it to end, however I am already looking forward to my next professional experience in two years!

Reflection for PRAC week 2

Wow!!! My Prac is going too quick!! Like Catherinelwilson and Mrs JP Finan,  I have really enjoyed and had  great professional experience too.  I hope my other fellow EDC3100 students are enjoying their experience of prac just as much and really want to stay longer!!

Like Catherinelwilson I have a wonderful mentor teacher who is very experienced and has been happy to share her wealth of knowledge with me and has made me feel part of the team. She is constantly challenging my thinking and has helped me to learn so much already so much so that next week I am teaching 3 full days. I have been included in, playground duty, bus duty  and whole school staff teachers meetings, in addition to lesson planning and delivery and hands-on classroom experience.

I have taught a science lesson this week where ICT was integrated into the lesson, and for the first time, the computer and the Interactive White Board was working properly. The students thought the lesson was great and I received positive feedback from my mentor teacher at how successful the lesson was. I was so happy for the first time all week thank you to the technology components in the classroom.

 

Wednesday and the computer decided that it was not going to work for my mentor teacher today. I do hope it works over the next couple of days as I would like to do another two lesson with the integration of ICT.

I am confident that I am able to teach all of the content for the students, but the one thing I think I need to work on is my ability to keep the 27 prep students looking and listening while I’m teaching them something, and my organization skills especially with the age of the children in the class of Preps.

Next week, there is a student free day and I will go along with my mentor teacher we will be doing two sessions of One Channel Webinar one on blogs and the other one Digital Folios, which I am excited, I will be taking many notes.

On a personal note, I am exhausted and the workload is huge. I am  really struggling every day to get through everything I need to and having to put in a lot of late nights, whilst still trying to think about my Assignment 3, learning journey and blog posts. EDC 3100 you have been giving me a lot of headaches.

Thanks you for reading

Andrea

Reflection for Prac Week 1

My first week of Prac for EDC 3100 went past so quick and I really enjoyed it! My first week of Prac has made me realise that I would like to teach Prep when I finish my degree. Unlike samarahillman and mrsmckinty my first day I started teaching two small groups of children for maths on the interactive whiteboard for 20 minutes a group, these groups activities continued for another three days. I had planned the activities using the C2C framework however on the day the website I wanted to use would not work for security reasons. Luckily, I was prepared with a PowerPoint that the computer would allow but it seems like most computers and technology I touch it does not work all of the time. For the rest of the groups I have been able to use the Interactive Whiteboard, but only as a projection from the laptop. I have also taught on the Wednesday and Thursday, handwriting and science. On the Friday I taught maths activity where the students would use the Interactive White Board except (the interactive part is not working at the moment), and then the computer decided that it did not want to allow the site to work, this left me frustrated as it has now left me limited with what ICT I can do. Thinking on my feet, and using the other plan I had ready I continued the maths to achieve the outcomes for the week and took to outside the classroom. One thing I have learnt very early in Prac, yes the first day is that from now on I will always be prepared in case things do not work out the way I would like them too.

The other ICT we have in the room are two student computers, that I have only seen used once for the two gifted students in the class as extended work.

Considering my lack of confidence in myself before prac, I think I am going well. I’m really enjoying getting to know the students straight up with the small groups, able to see the strengths and weakness and get to know the students on an individually in these small groups.  observing different teaching styles and seeing how all the theory fits into the practical side of teaching.

I hope next week goes as great as this week has but it would be nice if the technology components in the room will work for me the first time and I do not have to use my backup plan.

Theories table

An activity we were required to do as part of week 9 learning path was to review our understanding of the different models and frameworks we have learned during this course. In completing the table, we also had to write about how each of the models and frameworks would be relevant in our next assignment and professional experience.

 

Theory Purpose Application to Assignment 3/Professional Experience
CLEM Model Help understand how to learn about a new ICT and how to use it to enhance student learning. If there are any new ICTs you need to use it might help your explorations.

Hence might be useful as a part of the planning process for Part B.

TPACK framework Offers a way to think about the different types of knowledge (pedagogical, content, technological) required to design effective, ICT rich learning experiences.

Content (CK), Pedagogy (PK), and Technology (TK).

Need to be able to know what and how you will be teaching a particular concept including the available technologies that can be integrated to enhance student learning.
Backwards design In backward design, the educator starts with goals, creates or plans out assessment and finally makes lesson plans..  Will make it easier to play my lessons from what I want the students to achieve at the end of the unit. Teach toward the “end point” or learning goals, which typically ensures that content taught remains focused and organized focus on addressing what the students need to learn, what data can be collected to show that the students have learned the desired outcomes and how to ensure the students will learn.
SAMR Model The SAMR model enables teachers to gauge how technology is utilised in classrooms. The ratings are influenced by teacher’s comfort with the technology. The focus is on what can be done with the technology. The model is premised on ICT as a tool for learning not a substitute for a teacher.

Technology integration can be considered on a continuum – moving from substitution to redefinition of classroom activity.

Will be useful in make sure I integrate technology and utilise the technology i have in the classroom and in my lesson plans.
TIP Model Helps with the meaningful and effective integration of ICTs into teaching and learning through focusing on ‘why’ ICTs are integrated. To focus planning of the integration of ICTs in lesson so that they enhance and improve student learning.
The 5Es Each of the 5 E’s describes a phase of learning, and each phase begins with the letter “E”: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. The 5 E’s allows students and teachers to experience common activities, to use and build on prior knowledge and experience, to construct meaning, and to continually assess their understanding of a concept. Can be used to focus activities in developing student understanding within each phase during lesson planning.
WALT & WILF Acronyms to help students understand the learning purpose and objectives. (We are learning to… and what I am looking for…) This method can be used to inform students of the purpose of the lesson and what is required when teaching.
Connectivism Connectivism is the integration of principles explored by chaos, network, and complexity and self-organization theories. Knowledge is distributed across networks. In our digital society, the connections and connectiveness within networks lead to learning. Making connections with other teachers and students in the course who are also the same content/year level to help with ideas when planning lessons and integrating ICTs.
Bloom’s taxonomy Still based on Bloom’s taxonomy of higher order thinking. Shows the different levels of thinking (Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analysing, Evaluating, and Creating) to guide questioning and planning. Can be used as a basis to frame questions and design activities which connect to their prior knowledge and help develop their higher order thinking skills.
Postman’s 5 things First, that we always pay a price for technology; the greater the technology, the greater the price

Second, that there are always winners and losers, and that the winners always try to persuade the losers that they are really winners

Third, that there is embedded in every great technology an epistemological, political or social prejudice.

Fourth, technological change is not additive; it is ecological, which means, it changes everything and is, therefore, too important to be left entirely in the hands of Bill Gates.

And fifth, technology tends to become mythic; that is, perceived as part of the natural order of things, and therefore tends to control more of our lives than is good for us. …. When a technology become mythic, it is always dangerous because it is then accepted as it is, and is therefore not easily susceptible to modification or control.

Considering the use and types of ICTs to be integrated within lessons.
Toolbelt theory/TEST framework Scaffolds thinking to help find the right tool/s to achieve a specific task. May help in deciding the type of ICT or activity that will help in achieving the lesson objectives.
PKM A framework to develop a network of people and sources of information that can be drawn upon on a daily basis. Looking at how sources of information my PKM can be used to plan effective lessons.