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Trusting Students With ICT

Emily posted at her blog ‘Miss Mortimer’s Blog‘ some negatives of ICT being such a major part of our community.  You can read her post here.  Emily got me thinking about some issues that teachers have to deal with when incorporating ICT into their teaching.

In my last post, I included a video about the role of ICT in education.  In this video, one teacher reflects,

“You have to be looking at what is on (students’) screens all the time.  I have a lot of trouble trusting students with computers.  You just don’t know what they could be doing.”

It is possible many teachers feel this way.  This attitude could prevent teachers using ICT in their lessons.

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It is my belief that ICT can dramatically change student learning for the better.  That is why it would be a shame for teachers to reject the opportunity to use ICT, because of trust issues.  Do you have any ideas of how this problem could be rectified?

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Successful Ways of Using ICT in the Classroom

This youtube video* made me consider my schooling and how my teachers incorporated ICT in the classroom.  My Year 12 Geography teacher (let’s call him Mr F) came straight to mind.  I believe his incorporation of ICT into the classroom was successful in enhancing our learning.  Mr F regularly gave our class the option to seek information through ICT rather than more traditional methods (such as a textbook).  Resources (videos, powerpoints, websites, programs) for each unit of learning were available of the school’s student drive.  We were encouraged to take these resources home on a USB for later study.

Another popular ICT that Mr F utilised in our classroom was SeterraMap Quiz GameThis program was a game used to help us remember the location of countries and cities.  I found Seterra particularly useful for revision in the lead up to exams.

I still have some of the resources that Mr F gave my geography class and feel they will be useful in my future teaching.  Let me know if you would be interested in me posting these.

This video also highlights the benefits of using ICT for teacher and student feedback.  Emailing drafts to my teachers was a usual occurrence during my highschool years, especially through year 11 and 12.  By using email, I was able to get useful feedback on assignments from my teachers quickly.  In some instances, I was even provided with feedback on weekends!

All of these examples emphasise how ICT has changed how teachers and students communicate.  I feel this change will definitely benefit students.  Teaching and learning once took place mainly in the classroom.  With the infiltration of a wide range of devices into many different contexts, students will be able to learn in any context, any time.

*I found this video on someone else’s blog, but can not remember where it came from!  If you posted this or you know who did please let me know, so I can link to them in this blog.

Thanks for reading!  Em.

 


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Introduction & First Lecture

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Emma.  I’m a third year primary education student at USQ.  I have grown up using ICT at home and school.  I used my first computer in 1999 at my preschool!  I feel very fortunate to have had access to this type of technology throughout my life.

Although I have used computers for most of my life, I have not had much experience with iPads and other Apple products.  These devices are available in many classrooms.  I hope to develop my skills in using different devices and programs this semester.  I’m looking forward to sharing this journey with you.  I hope that we can share ideas and resources with each other!

I had my first lecture and tutorial today for EDC3100: ICT and Pedagogy.  We got to play with a class set of iPads.  We filled in surveys and our lecturer got these results in real time.  I thought this was an excellent way of gaining student ideas and knowledge quickly.  Maybe this could be incorporated into my classroom at the beginning of the lesson to find out student prior knowledge and at the end of the lesson to see what students have learnt.  I’m interested in hearing what you think of this idea.  What other ways could you use student surveying through ICT?

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