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. My 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.