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Keeping Track of Professional Standards

Amy asked in her post, “How have you kept track of the standards?”.  Amy is referring to the ‘Australian Professional Standards for Teachers‘ which are defined by the ‘Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership‘.


Words taken from the Professional Standards

It’s important as pre-service teachers that we do keep evidence from pracs and other uni assessment for our portfolio.  An app I have recently discovered called ‘My Standards‘ would assist in collecting evidence for portfolios.  The app is available for iOS and android.  However, I have also found another version for Windows: ‘Australian Teacher Professional Standards Evaluator‘.  Do you think you would use the app?


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Engaging Assessment

As teachers, we want to engage students in their learning.  We also want to keep track of their learning.  It can be difficult to find enjoyable ways of assessing students.  Luckily EDpuzzle fills this brief.  EDpuzzle allows teachers to use their own video or existing videos (eg. Youtube) to create interactive lessons.

Teachers can add their own questions throughout videos:edpuzzle questions

Answers and other statistics can then be viewed by educators:edpuzzle stats

This resource also helps to create a self-paced learning environment.  I think this resource would be an amazing tool to use in the classroom.  However, I would probably need to wait until I have my own classroom.  This is because accessing EDpuzzle requires teachers and students to have a Google or Edmodo account.


Prac: The Teacher’s Apprenticeship

Each professional experience allows praccies to make leaps and bounds in their learning to be a teacher.  This leads me to believe more and more that teaching should be learnt in an apprenticeship style rather than through endless, theoretical, university assignments and study.   This is something Taylor and Courtney touched on in their blogs.  Maybe we need to change our approach in training teachers.  I’d be interested to see how my fellow pre-service teachers stand on this.  Vote below!


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Keeping Up With Change

Hey Chalkies!  I’m back from prac and have had just over a week to reflect on my teaching.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time on prac and I’m excited to share some of what I learnt here on Chalkie’s Talk.  However, today I’m going to write about keeping up with changes in technology.

In my posts, ‘Students Can Be Your Teacher ‘and ‘How ICT Has Changed Since the 90s‘, I have written about the accelerated pace in which technology is evolving.  It is imperative that we give our students the opportunity to keep up with this change.  Greg Whitby, who “is widely recognised as an innovative educator (and) is passionate about rethinking the nature of schooling in a digital age”, agrees.  Whitby explains this in his post ‘The Facts About Educational Change‘.

“We can’t hark back to the past if we want to change the future. We are challenged to think differently by virtue of the fact we live in age that now values critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.”

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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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