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.