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Three Reasons Why ICTs Should Be Used in Student Learning

For EDC3100, I have been asked to create a resource which explains three reasons why ICT should be implemented in schools.  As part of the assignment, I was to create an online artefact based on a fictitious classroom context.  The artefact I have developed is based on a year six classroom.  The resource aims to convince parents of the importance of using ICT in student learning.  You can find the artefact here.

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Are Children More Worldly Today?

I recently watched a documentary on ABC iview called, ‘Dinner at 11’.  The documentary focuses on a group of 11 year olds who come together for a dinner party.  The children discuss topics such as marriage, divorce, politics, disabilities and careers.

These children seemed so astute and opinionated.  Their confidence in their opinions astounded me.  I wondered where these 11 year olds got all of their beliefs and ideals from?  They could be influenced by people around them, such as parents, peers and teachers.  However, looking back ten years to when I was their age (it seems so much longer than that), I do not remember considering most of these issues seriously.  I don’t remember my peers discussing these issues in depth like the children from the documentary.  Could it be that the advancement in technology has influenced these children’s opinions?  Technology is much more readily available to children now.  It seems that children are growing up at faster pace.  Maybe children are more worldly today.

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Will There Be Teachers in the Future?

A news story has spurred conversation about whether our future jobs are secure.  Apparently, “if your job does not require creativity or social intelligence you may be replaced by a computer in the next decade.”

Teachers need to be creative and socially skilled.  Technology can not fully replace the role of a teacher. There will always be a place for teachers in society.  This issue comes back to the ideas I covered in my post, “Is the Mouse Redundant?“.  Unlike the mouse, I believe the ever evolving technology can not make teachers redundant.

I think the main issue which is discussed in the article, is that technology will create new jobs.  As teachers, we need to prepare students for the unforeseen future and the jobs which will come with it.

If you’re interested in reading more on this, Sue‘s post and Brittany‘s post both cover this issue.

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Aunty in the Classroom

When I was in grade five, once a week we would bring out the tv and watch The Total News (TTN).  Now whether it was TTN or the similar Behind the News (BTN), it is likely you watched it in school too.  However, gone are the days of sitting down to watch a television on wheels.  ABC provides BTN online.  BTN covers news each week for primary school aged children.  Quizzes and polls associated with this weeks’ news are available.  Students can connect with other children throughout the world through the Rookie Reporter segment.  Resources such as discussion questions can be found in the teacher’s section of the BTN website.  I have used this website and its resources during one of my pracs and have found it very useful.  I like that it has a focus on the Australian context.

Aunty also provides more content for older students.  Documentaries and discussion programs such as Q&A can be found online.  Can I sneak SBS in here too?  Insight is also an excellent program which can cater for highschool students.  These television shows engage and encourage students to create their own opinions.  It is convenient that we can now access these resources online.

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Another Resource For Your Collection

I’m always on the hunt for more resources to use while teaching.  Although, as teachers we tend to hoard resources.  We convince ourselves that we might need that maths worksheet one day.  This is why online resources are particularly handy.  You don’t have to physically store them.

I came across another wonderful teaching website, when reading Brittany‘s post on interactive games.  Brittany linked to a website called Study Ladder.  This resource is described as “a web based program built by teachers to help students of all abilities have fun while learning.”  Study Ladder is a free resource which covers more than ten subject areas.  The resources are built by teachers.  I like that Study Ladder offers Australian based resources, as they can be hard to find online.  I encourage you to check it out!

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