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Ideas For Next Prac

After reading some of the other EDC3100 students’ posts, I have lots of resources and ideas to use for next prac.  Here are a couple of those:

Early Finishers

Dani from Dani Blogs ICT suggested creating crosswords as “a backup plan; whether it be in case students are finished early, problems with ICTs, students away if working in groups etc….I have looked at crosswords in particular and have found some excellent websites that allow you to create your own.”  I think this is an excellent idea for students who finish early.  It is an easy way for students to review and revise the content knowledge they have just learnt.

Noise Level

Amy from Amy’s ICT Learning Journey shared an application called Too Noisy.  My mentor always encouraged me to keep the class noise level to a minimum.  I admit that this is something I had difficulty with.  This application would be perfect to use when trying to keep noise level down.  It gives the students a visual of how quiet or loud they are and what an appropriate noise level is.



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Summing Up Prac

Pracs are a great opportunity for education students to learn.  During prac, pre-service teachers make incredible improvements that could not have been made during a uni lecture or tutorial.  I feel that this last prac has been an amazing experience for me.  The use of ICT in the classroom was the focus of this prac.  I tried to incorporate technology in each lesson that I taught.  I thought I might share with you some of what I have learnt and did during prac.

I taught two different History lessons during prac.  These lessons were info-packed.  As a result of this, I felt my Year 7 students would lose interest during the lesson.  I thought one way of getting the information across to students, would be through a powerpoint presentation.  As Dani indicated in her post about powerpoints, these presentations can help simplify the content for students.  You can create slides which take information from a number of resources.  I wanted students to be able to refer to the info from the powerpoint later on in the lesson, however I did not think note-taking would be appropriate for my students.  Instead, I gave them a close activity to fill-in after reading each slide as a class.

For Maths and English lessons, I like to incorporate Youtube videos.  I have found that students enjoy this and are engaged in the lessons.  Students particularly appreciate educational videos which incorporate music and songs.  It has been my observation that educational messages are learnt by students through ‘catchy’ music.  Students often sing the songs during the rest of the lesson, while doing their work.  Students also recall the videos’ songs when answering questions.  During this prac, one of the Youtube videos I used for a Figurative Language lesson was:


Another useful tool I used during prac was an online Clock Countdown.  clock countdownMy prac class often did group rotations and this was one way for me to get students to move to their next rotations.  I did not have to instruct students to move to their next activity.  The class knew when they heard the buzzer to move to the next rotation.  Students could also see on the board how much time they had left to complete their activity.

Overall, I feel that my went well.  It has been an incredible learning experience for me.  I hope these resources are helpful to you.


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Using Interactive Whiteboards As Projectors

I hope my fellow EDC3100 students had a wonderful prac. I was reading through some of the posts about prac and came across Melissa’s ‘Different ways to use an interactive whiteboard!‘.  Melissa mentioned that she, along with fellow EDC3100 student Bridget, used the interactive whiteboard in their prac classrooms primarily as a projector.  This is something that I also admit to.  However, the interactive whiteboard in my classroom was many years old and was previously used in the library. As a result, it was not configured properly and wasn’t relied on to work when touched.

The resource that Melissa and Bridget both link to in their blog posts ‘56 Ways to use the Interactive Whiteboard in the Class‘ offers some ways to use technology more creatively.  Some food for thought for next prac.

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