I think about a lot of things but not much about ICT and now that I have been forced in to it I have come to realize and accept the wonderful tool that it is for personal use and for teachers and students. But I wonder will young students appreciate ICT as much as people who are not digital natives? They have never experienced having to hand write letters, stick stamps on envelopes and having to wait a week – sometimes more for a reply. They never experienced having to go to the library as the only way to source information. With the internet there is so much knowledge and information floating around you could look so many things up in just one evening – something that would have taken weeks to do only what seems like yesterday.
Excuse the long absence, I was dealing with a tidal wave of study, body pains, children, life and so on…
Well, I have not had time really to blog because I have not really had time to think or reflect really until this morning when I followed my teenage son on his morning walk. Yes, he does go for walks, with headphones in and can walk quite a bit faster than me. Because of the headphones and his fast walk, I am pretty much walking alone and it is peaceful and quiet…and I started pondering how far I had come with ICT and had I made peace with it?
Yes and no.
But I have come up with a golden rule about ICT which helped me move through the course at a faster rate. I fell so behind this semester because I spent endless hours looking for ICT/ apps that would enhance teaching and learning. So many apps look so appealing and transforming for the classroom. I took the app makers word for it. You can do this and then you simply do that and tap this and ta daaaa! You pull a rabbit out of the hat! Wow! OK, I’ll put this app down for sure! I can see students using this app and learning while they do not even know they are learning. But… when I actually came to trying it out it did nothing of the sort and had I used it in the classroom it would have been a colossal disaster! That is how I came up with my number 1 rule – Make sense to me within a 60 seconds or you are history! Simple as that really and it also made me progress much quicker through the course as I was not spending hours tapping, getting stressed and reminding myself to read the instructions. Instructions? They are a thing of the past, just like maps are a thing of the past. This is the digital age. Just give me a flashing button or an arrow for where to go next.
ICT rule to live by.