Monthly Archives: May 2014

Webquests! Sorry if it’s too soon to mention that word

Like Renae, I was very glad to submit the webquest assignment for EDX3280! I was even more glad that I began the assignment on the holidays as it made completing it relatively stress free. If you’re really keen you can peruse my webquest here. Whilst it did take a lot of effort and making sure all the little user-friendly details were present was tedious I am pretty proud of my efforts. I believe that students would generally enjoy completing it however like Renae I did question the practicality of it for busy, working teachers. Upon reflection I questioned the importance of the teacher pages. I can see the instances where they would become important however if you were planning on keeping the webquest just between you and your class I would probably give these pages a cheeky skip over. This would free a considerable amount of time to concerntrate on giving the students a not to be forgotten maths inquiry!

Enjoy prac guys!

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This time next week…

we’ll be on prac. What a scary/exciting thought! In today’s lecture David suggested we make contact with other students and collaborate if you are working in similar contexts. I have been assigned a grade 4 class at a state school in Toowoomba.  If any of you have been also been placed in a year 4 class, please get in contact with me! It you’re also at a state school, because of C2C’s we will likely be teaching similar content. It would be great to bounce ideas of each other 🙂 

Hoping to hear from some of you! 

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

I’m not sure about you but I have been having trouble keeping up with what content belong to what subject this semester. They are all meshing into one and all seem to have a similar focus on the importance of ICT’s. I realised yesterday that our first it’s well into the second half of the semester and I am only just starting my first assignment that only requires a 2000 word essay. All the others have had us working tirelessly on the computer creating some form of multi-modal presentation, website or webquest! 

So back to the point of my post. We were shown this website in our maths (EDX3280) tutorial. It’s a fantastic website if you’re a little short on maths resources at your school but you don’t want to deprive your students on the great benefits of using manipulatives to conquer the abstract nature of mathematics. It covers all strands of maths from P-12  however it does require the latest version of flash player. Make sure that it’s installed before you start your lesson :). 

Look no further for inspiration!

I was a little stuck for blog ideas so I scrolled through the news feed in hope of finding something that would catch my eye. Alysha’s latest post did exactly that! She posted a link to this video. The video tells the story of several experienced teachers writing letters to themselves on the first day of teaching. Being just one week out from prac, it’s wonderfully reassuring!! 

We might be feeling pretty overwhelmed at the thought of implementing ICT’s for quality learning experiences. One man in the video provided great advice. Try everything!! Even if you think it is utterly crazy. In the end these are the things your students will remember. 

If your plans don’t go so well. Remember teaching isn’t an exact science. Seek help, talk to your mentor or other students and try again the next day. 

As prac teachers we have the ability to make a big difference in these students lives. We are making lasting impacts and may even give our mentors some great ideas on new ways they can incorporate ICT’s! 

Just for fun :D

It was a welcome sight seeing a page about memes in this weeks learning path. So for a bit of fun I thought I’d post some funny memes I’ve found related to technology and ICT’s. I hope they bring back some funny memories and give you all a bit of a laugh! 

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World in 2000 as Predicted in 1910 – http://www.sadanduseless.com/2011/03/world-in-2000/

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Hey guys, me again on my Tuesday morning rampage of blog posts! I’m not sure if you saw this link in last weeks learning path but it really struck a chord with me. The website shows a large range of illustrations by French artist Villemard in 1910 of how he imagined the future to be in the year 2000. They depict happenings in daily life such as children in school (as above), forms of transportation, sending mail and having a hair cut. 

It really makes you stop and think. I wonder what I would draw if I decided to grab some pencils and start drawing what I imagine life to be 2100. Now that I think about it, this would be a great activity to get our kids in classrooms thinking in critical and creative ways. 

But for now, I’m going to hop on my motorised skates and be off haha!Image

 

 

Connect.ed modules – our kids are more connected than ever!

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I just completed the four modules on the connect.ed. Perhaps what I found most interesting was the statistics regarding children, their ages and the technologies that they are frequently using. I’m only 20 but it blows my mind that students as young as year 3 have their own mobile phones and are accessing social media sites. So much has changed since I was in high school. For most of my friends we were allowed our first mobile phone in year 8. This was such a special time. I’d seen my cousins reach this age and get their phones and I couldn’t wait for the chance to get my own. It seems as though this right of passage has been forgotten.

What I found most helpful in the modules was this website that gives heaps of resources for teachers to use that teach about cyber safety. There are websites suitable for all ages and downloadable lesson plans that are fully aligned to the Australian Curriculum. I’ll certainly be saving this link!