No doubt we have our opinion on the benefits or the disadvantages of ICT. In our last class, we were shown a video of Carly Fleischmann. Carly was born with autism and trouble communicating. Through technology she was able to communicate despite her disabilities. This is something we appreciate the advance technology creation. I believe there are other amazing breakthroughs I have yet to know. In conclude we shouldn’t be hidebound about this new ideas or approaches as we have the control to make wise decision in balancing the ICT integration.
Reading through Vicky’s “ICT manages Children’s Behavior” post. I had encounter similar experience too. Children were very eager and enthusiastic in using and exploring the technology tool. They have the desire to learn and their do pay more attention in their learning using ICT. Strange isn’t it?
Here, is my last posting on Practicum. Which also means the ending of coruse EDC 3100 ICT and Pedagogy is also coming to an end. I have learn much and will continue practicing what I’ve learn.
Day #15 down … 0 days to go.
Today is my second last day of Practicum. I have learnt so much through this practicum. In this practicum, I was required to step out of my comfort zone, which is integrating technology into lesson. My technology knowledge is quite low therefore I have not much confidence in creating authentic lessons. Till now, I still felt that I could have create better lesson plans, create more fun and creative activities.
Looking back there is one particular thing I’m proud at. At the beginning of my practicum my students were not fluent in manipulating the mouse and has trouble using the keyboard. However after these 14 days, they were more fluent in using the mouse and has more confident in using the keyboard although it can still be a challenge to some. You can say a technology skill has been successfully taught.
Day #14 down … 1 days to go.
I share similar though with Mei Yih, agreeing ICT should be introduce at when children are ready (maturity). I believe that (especially) younger children learn best by using their 5 senses. Like Munoz (n.d.) said
“When it comes to learning, the material world is still valuable. Spatial thinking, or “3-D thinking,” is especially effective for strengthening the roots of higher level learning in very young children”.
Balance is very important. Even as teacher not teaching children ICT doesn’t mean they won’t be influence. In fact parents has much influence in young children ICT manipulating skills. I believe role of Teachers in ICT integration lesson, to cultivate the practice of using technology for learning purposes.
Munoz, R. (n.d.). Spatial Thinking: Why Low Tech Learning Matters. Retrieved from http://www.education.com/magazine/article/spatial-thinking/
Wow, it is the Eleventh day of Practicum. I came across this particular article, Incorprating Technology into your Classroom at a Low Cost, written by Levitan.
I can relate much and gather more information from this article. My practicum preschool is a church based school. It is a Non-profit community. Therefore, the technology facilities provided are limit. Levitan (n.d.) has suggested how to incorporating technology into schools at a low cost.
Not knowing I actually apply one of her suggestion in the practical, which us using Microsoft Power Point (Prezi will be much cooler too) and projector to host lessons, since I have no high functioning tools such as Smartboard in this preschool.
Levitan, H.(n.d.). Incorporating Technology into your Classroom at a Low Cost. Retrieved from http://www.education.com/reference/article/incorporating-technology-classroom-low-cost/
I read through my friend’s – Vicky, blog. She share a list of app from Ipad users. Although I’m not using Ipad or any computer tablet resource, it’s good to know there are many useful Apps that enhance student’s learning and it contain rich technology skills.
Having said that, I came across a very useful post from Edudemic.com.
I thought I found a treasure. The writer listed the tools according to the categories of (anonymous, 2012)
- Social learning
the support system group
These are tools that helps to make lessons more interesting.
- Lesson Planning and Tools
The listed tools can help teachers to create lessons plans or set as an lesson plan references.
- Useful Tools
That helps teacher to stay connected and have supporting community
I have also stumbled upon another great article written by Dunn.
Day #10 down … 5 days to go.
Annoymous (2012). 50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know. Retireved from http://www.edudemic.com/2012/08/50-education-technology-tools-every-teacher-should-know-about/
I love to see the excitement in children’s faces when they are eager to work on certain activities, their surprise look and the “Yes, I did it!” look. Those smiles and their looks are priceless.
We did the adjective activity which requires children “hunt” of an objective that the given adjective word describes it well. In the activity children we required to take a photo from the webcam and insert it into the power point. In addition, they need to type out a sentence.
The power point work is also challenging for them as many aren’t fluent in using the keyboard. However I have seen improvements and their desire master that skill to be independent learners.
Day #9 down … 6 days to go.
Lesson learned: we teachers need to be flexible, Be it in executing lessons, dealing with mentors or superiors, or emerging curriculum. We just need to be flexible and understand that each of us have different view points.
I love the practice on hands-on learning for children and I would incorporate constructive learning in every way I can. Although I am not advised to use any social network media, I would only do all my planned activities on Microsoft power point and use webcam. In most my lesson, it involves children to explore and apply the new learnt skills in different situation. In addition, there is some integration in each lesson I have planned.
Day #8 down … 7 days to go.
In continuation of practicum dilemma, Twitter idea was ban and so does children handling camera idea ban. These are my only constrains now. Yes, my mentor was comfortable and confident in children handling camera! Now I’m wondering if I’m too adventurous or dare daring? Yes, children can be rough. But does that mean we stop students from exploring and inquire together about technology?
I believe there are teachers out there whom has less confidence in children handling technology tools too, such as ipad, laptops , cameras or printers – any technology tools. However, why can we trust them in caring for them or trust in ourselves that we can nurture these students to handle tools with care? If you can try a child to use sharp scissors then why not technology tools too?
Day #7 down … 8 days to go.
In preparing lesson plans, I was enthusiastic to introduce to a social media network, Twitter to children! I have heard many feedbacks like from Edudemic (2012), reviewing that “Twitter has prove itself to be an indispensable tool for educators around the glode”. I want to explore and see the outcome of using twitter with children in the classroom (or even outside the classroom).
My Mentor has a concern over this issue. She is not very comfortable in allowing young children to be expose to these social media network. There goes all my planning and my experience. I understood her concerns and respect her opinion although I still would like to be an adventurous practical student.
The unidentified writer on Edudemic, wrote a very detail and breakdown of what is twitter, the do-s and don’ts on twitter, how teacher make full used of it and etc in this amazing post
I would very much like to thank the writer for providing such detail write up.
Day #6 down … 9 days to go.
Anonymous (n.d.). The Teacher’s Guide to Twitter. Retrieved from http://www.edudemic.com/guides/guide-to-twitter/