Lost in a maze…

Hello again.  Today, I realized why ICT has slowed me down so much.  I had to add an avatar to my website.  It took all day!!! ( I do not have all day)  It took me this long even though I had some help from a fellow colleague who directed me to an app where I could get a free avatar.  She also helped me by providing the link for a webpage which converts Mp4 in to Mp3 so it is downloadable to the Wix website.  Goodness know how many years it would have taken me without that help!

There is so much out there!  While searching for apps or websites it is so easy to get lost and time flies!!!  And at the end of the day I still had not done anything – except browse through websites and apps.  I think I need a holiday!

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What is a stamp Miss?

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.

Make sense to me within 60 seconds or you are history!

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.

Time for a vent

So I spent $30 to gain access to the Learning Place and today, finally I had access and was ready to be bombarded by fantastic resources which would amplify and transform learning for students.  Instead I got access to resources that are more than likely going to suck the brain out of any student who accesses them.  Really?  Are those brain numbing resources the best the Learning Place can do for teachers and students in Queensland?

Vent over.

Help from Hattie

Hattie always makes sense.

“An analysis of the meta analyses of computers in schools indicates that computers are used effectively (a) when there is a diversity of teaching strategies; (b) when there is a pre-training in the use of computers as a teaching and learning tools; (c) when there are multiple opportunities for learning (e.g. deliberative practice, increasing time on task); (d) when a student, not teacher, is in “control” of learning; (e) when peer learning is optimised; and (f) when feedback is optimised.”

Retrieved from http://doverdlc.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/visible-learning-computers.html

 

 

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I am updated – please enjoy this new update!

After discovering the RAT & SLIC framework I am increasingly confident of becoming an educator who will happily use ICT, knowing that students are learning and genuinely benefitting and being empowered by their experience with ICTs, rather than being numbed by it.

The Australian Curriculum also has great ideas on how to use ICTs constructively and purposefully  to  benefit students.

Here is my mind map on what the syllabus expects of us.

New Mind Map take 2

Here is my mind map on how I will integrate ICTs into my practice and beliefs about education.

Mind Map 3

 

In mid air….

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    Guess you could say I am in mid air right now… wheeeeee.    I have yet to come across an ICT that will WOW  me in to believing it has transformed my teaching or done something amazing for my students.  However, it is my job or will be my job to teach the curriculum and use ICT  and this is something I endeavor to do.  I’m guessing some students will run with it and find amazing and creative ways to work with ICT and it will be a huge part of their future.  Great!  I’m guessing there will also be some that will learn it, use it and still find playing outside  with their friends/ interacting with their environment, a much more rewarding experience and maybe later in life be quite successful without ICT .  Great!  Put those two kinds of people together and they could still learn a lot from one another. Life experiences and people make a good educational experiences too…

Would love to hear what anyone thinks.  If you have by any chance come across an ICT with a serious WOW factor that will transform … please share!!!  Thanks