Monthly Archives: March 2014

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My Online Artefact

Hi everyone,

Here’s the link to my online artefact. I really enjoyed the process of making the weebly website. I found it really user friendly and was really impressed with the final product. I’ve also created and embedded Voci voice files, an Animoto video, comics and videos cropped using TubeChop to spice up my page. 

The greatest challenge I found with making my artefact was appealing to the parents. Explaining theory in user friendly terms and presenting the facts in an engaging manner went against the format of 99% of my other assignments. However I better start getting used to it because in two years when I have a class of my own I’ll be communicating with parents everyday! 

Have a browse and enjoy! 

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The history of technology in education

Sorry guys, I’ve been going on a bit of a YouTube rampage but I thought this was was pretty cute!
It takes us on a journey from 30 000 BC to the present day and shows us how technology was used in the classroom.

My eyes gawked a little when I saw over head projectors were common in the 1940’s! We always used these at my little country primary school in the early 2000’s. I might not have thought I was so cool presenting my SOSE project using the OHP for visuals if I had of known that was actually cool 65 years ago haha!

Also, the excitement of the Tv on wheels being wheeled into the classroom? Well apparently the first kids to experience this joy were kids in the 70’s!

Jokes aside, this video really makes you think about what technologies our kids and even our kids kids will be using. I can’t wait to see the embarrassed look on my kid’s faces when I tell them how much I wanted an iPad at uni!

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Not sure if any of you remember this video from EDC1300. I’m sure if you do, you’re probably shuddering at the thought of that class haha!

In the video Sir Ken Robinson states that we are running education centers where mistakes are the worst thing you can make. It’s his belief that If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original and sadly we are educating students out of their creative capacities. It was interesting how Alysha blogged about how her perceptions of herself as an uncreative person. i wonder if she felt like this when she was 4 years old?

However, I believe that the hero of this sad fairy tale is our old friend, ICT’s! I When implemented in an exciting manner where children are given choices they can totally transform a child’s creative capacities. Mistakes and problems in ICT’s are bound to happen but they provide perfect opportunities for a class to collaboratively solve them by pooling their knowledge and skills.

I think this example perfectly illustrates the saying that no one works harder than a curious child!

Check out this amazing school!

When searching for examples to support my reasons in my online artifact I came across this amazing school! This is a school where each classroom is blessed with an interactive whiteboard and a Tech Zone of eight Internet-enabled computers, plus access to digital cameras, remote-response systems, and other tools! However what’s more amazing is that they aren’t using this technology to replace pens and paper they are totally transforming how they cater for the individual learning needs in the class!

Although it’s long I would totally recommend you read this full article that accompany’s the above video. I’ll leave their amazing testimonies and strategies to speak for themselves.

I’ll leave you with some of my favourite quotes from the article-

By enabling success, you create in the student the appetite to succeed again.

What’s neat is that you don’t see the disabilities. You see the abilities.

Placing resources along the SAMR ladder

Today I started having a click around on Scootle and found there is a huge potential for finding quality reasons for our pracs and beyond. I thought for this blog, I’d have a look at a few and rate them along the SAMR Model. The SAMR model offers a method of seeing how computer technology might impact teaching and learning. Like Emma I like how the model allows me to identify potential implications and ways to improve my ICT pedagogy. 

Resource #1 – Biography of Edmund Barton – Scootle has dozens of these biographies listed. When you open the link, a profile listing information about Edmund Barton appear along with a few photographs. 

This resource is very limited in interactivity and I would rate it on the Substitution rung as I could have discovered the same information reading an encyclopedia.

Resouce #2- Make your Verdict – An interactive game students where join a panel to cast judgement on famous outlaws. Students access the case for the prosecution and the case for the defence, as well as key witness statements.

I would rate this resource on the Redefinition rung. Through learning about the inner workings of our justice system and reading through the cases students also get to be involved in the process and get to cast their own opinions and make decisions regarding the case. 

Resource #3- Character Sound Maker – Build animated characters for a new cartoon show. Students get to choose everything from the character’s personality, voice, feelings, sound effects and scene. This could work really well as a presentation idea for a group of students working on a project. 

 

This would work really well on the modification rung as common classroom tasks are being accomplished through the use of computer technology.