We are finally working through week 3 of our prac and as much as I have loved every day with the children, I am also really looking forward to getting back to normal life, (like sleeping:)). This prac has been a great experience, after spending so many years learning about all these strategies to support children’s learning it is such a relief to see that they are actually needed for teaching, especially for example a few of my lessons have been using Blooms Taxonomy and it was good to see how this fitted into my lesson plans. A couple of other strategies I have discovered from my mentor is DAD which stands for draw a diagram. This is used in math activities where the children can draw pictures to represent the numbers to support their addition skills and another one is AO, Acting Out, where the children can stand up and act out the algorithm to support their learning. When they get use to acting out they can then substitute the real children for Lego people and use those to support their addition.
I hope everyone else is having a great time on prac, I look forward to hearing everyone’s stories J
I’ve been a bit absent from the blog for the past couple of weeks and have just gone through my Feedly account and have found numerous fantastic blogs on different technologies to use in the classroom. I have got so much information that I want to put together to make it easier to read and use but just need to find the time to sort through it all. Anyway one of the blogs I read was called Educational Technology and Mobile Learning which had a great article on Integrating SAMR model with iPad apps. I’ve attached a copy of the poster for you to look at and I have already started downloading some of these to use on my prac next week.
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Well I logged on to the “take the lollipop” website and I have never felt so sick in my guts before. Anyone who has done this will understand what I am talking about. My profile picture on Facebook was a picture of myself with my son, and as soon as the Take this Lollipop started to play the first thing I saw as my sons face on this creepy mans computer. Well as soon as it was finished I went straight into Facebook and deleted every photo of him that was there and even changed my profile picture to a picture of my name written in the sand. I know that from now on I will be a lot more careful about what I but online….. Next job is to google myself….
Part of week 8’s learning path (yes, I’m a bit behind lol) had us working on modules through connect.ed. I found these quite interesting and downloaded a fair bit of information that I could use in lesson planning for the future, maybe even for prac in a few weeks. When I saw the figures of what age children are when they are using different ICTs I was amazed at how young they are starting. My one son is 10 and uses YouTube and Xbox to play games but thats about it, he doesn’t have a phone or Facebook (or any other social media), yet there were others his age with both of these. Working through the cyber-bullying module was interesting, and a bit scary. Its bad enough that these children get bullied at school, but to have to get it online as well is just disgusting. I’m glad I completed these modules as I will endeavour as a teacher to ensure any of my students are aware of cyber safety and just pray they do not fall victims to cyber bullying.
While searching around the internet for some inspiration for my assignment I came across a blog that talked about TIM (a Technology Integration Matrix). I just thought I would share it with my fellow EDC3100er’s as I thought it was similar to the “Using Technology vs Technology Integration” model in last weeks learning path. Click here for more information if you are interested.
I have finally finished the module 2 learning path and can now get stuck into finishing my assignment. While working through the learning path I found the “Using Technology vs Technology Integration” really interesting and read through the blog that was linked to that topic. While looking through this blog I found some other really interesting information in regards to technology. The first one was “Are you automating or Innovating” , it talks about redesigning technology in the classroom an looks at what type of teacher you are, very similar to the ‘using technology vs technology integration’. I feel like I am on Information overload, I have notes all over my desk, sticky notes on my laptop and all through my notebook, and I continually start this assignment then read something else so I start all over again. Im sure Im not the only one 🙂
Looking back through what I have done so far I realised I was using a lot of YouTube videos and while looking into this I found this really great photo which came from Adito Rao’s Blog titled 18 ways to use YouTube with Blooms Taxonomy. I hope this helps anyone else using YouTube videos or Bloom’s Taxonomy for there assignment.