Monthly Archives: June 2015

This is It!

Hi Everyone,

As per the featured image, this is what I look like right now! I am so happy to have completed this course!

This may very well be my last blog post, ever! It is quite saddening because I had quite a lot of fun blogging and sharing what I find with my followers. This semester has been one of the busiest, most stressful semesters I have ever completed though! I have enjoyed the ride, sometimes (#lol). I just hope that everything goes smoothly from now. Fingers crossed I am ready and prepared for my upcoming exam and when my grades come back, I hope all the hard work and stress was worth it.

I think this course had many positives. I really enjoyed the Learning Path and how it was broken into small sections. It definitely motivated me to finish the work so I could see a tick in the box. Maybe I’m just a little too OCD and MUST see a tick – no exceptions. And I learnt SO much! I am far more confident in teaching a class of students and using ICTs to enhance their learning.

For now, after my exam I’ll be on holidays!! Say hello to stress-free days, doing what I have wanted to do since the start of semester and sleep-ins! I cannot wait!

Many others students have written good bye posts. I really enjoyed reading Hayley’s and Laurenn’s blog posts. Definitely check them out.

Well, THIS IS IT!!

Thanks everyone for a great semester.

Bye for now!

Brendan

Reference:

Reaction Gifs. (2014). Minions Cheering (Despicable Me) [Image]. Retrieved June 14, 2015, from http://www.reactiongifs.us/minions-cheering-despicable-me/  

ICT Is Good For the Environment? #Winning!

Hi Everyone,

So, as this course has proved numerous times, ICT is essential in the modern education classroom. It provides further learning opportunities for students, allows for an inclusive classroom and caters for all learners. ICT is a win, win! However, did you know that ICT is also helping the environment? I didn’t until I came across this article. While reading the research that this article proposes, I found two statistics that really surprised me! It states:

“The report, SMARTer2030, shows that as smart phones, networked sensors, smart grids and other ICT devices become faster, cheaper and more available globally, they have the potential to deliver profound environmental, economic and social benefits.” (eGov Innovation, 2015)

“These include a 20 percent reduction of global carbon emissions by 2030, over $11 trillion dollars in new economic benefits, the ability to extend e-healthcare to an additional 1.6 billion more people worldwide, and an estimated 30 percent increase in agriculture yields.” (eGov Innovation, 2015).

These statistics are crazy! $11 trillion dollars in economic benefits in 15 years? I for one try to do all I can to help the environment. I guess now I have an excuse to use my ICT devices a lot more now? Will anyone believe that?

Thanks,

Brendan

References:

eGov innovation. (2015). ICT can Fast-track Solutions to Global Warming. Retrieved June 14, 2015, from http://enterpriseinnovation.net/article/study-ict-can-fastback-solutions-global-warming-718214165

Technology Green Energy. (2015). Help Our Environment [Image]. Retrieved June 14, 2015, from http://technologygreenenergy.com/help-our-environmen/ 

The Interactive White Board!

Hi Everyone,

I am writing a post about the interactive white board as it was my saviour on professional experience. I didn’t think I would rely on such a resource so much! Literally every lesson I was using it to play interactive games, I asked students to manipulate shapes and many more resources were used to enhance student learning. I never know the plethora of activities and resources that are available on the internet for the use of the IWB.

For those of you who aren’t aware of what an interactive white board is, it is basically a normal white board however the screen is touch sensitive and can be manipulated through different actions. Pretty cool stuff!! I found that:

“In September 2008, Newsweek magazine reported that more than 70% of primary and secondary schools in the U.K. have interactive whiteboards compared to only 16% in the U.S.” (NEA Member Benefits, 2015).

I think that all schools should utilise this resource. The students respond very well to it and it makes lessons much more engaging. This is a quick example of how Interactive White Boards can be used.

I loved using the interactive white board. As did Michaela. If you would like to read her blog post about her IWB experiences, follow this link.

Thanks Everyone,

Brendan

References:

NEA Member Benefits. (2015). Interactive White Boards Enhance Classroom Instruction and Learning. Retrieved June 14, 2015, from http://www.neamb.com/professional-resources/benefits-of-interactive-whiteboards.htm

Wikimedia Commons. (2015). Interactive Whiteboards [Image]. Retrieved June 14, 2015, from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Interactive_whiteboard1.jpg

Did My Students Know More Than Me?

Hi Everyone,

While I was on my professional experience, I was placed within a year four classroom. There weren’t too many ICTs available, but the ones the school did have, the students were experts in using! I felt like they were teaching me how to use some things. It was definitely a collaborative classroom.

This brings me to the point of this blog post. Brittany has written a post about Tech-Savvy Students, which you can read here. It is very interesting as it goes to show the amount of technological information students have.

Frallion (2015) proves this and states that:

“In 2011, 62% of year six students and 65% of year ten students reached or exceeded the relevant proficient standard for ICT.”

This is quite astonishing as students within the twenty-first century are proven to be proficient with using technology. It makes me question some teachers within schools that refuse to use ICTs within the classroom. Are we really denying students the right to use a resource that has almost shaped their lives to this point? If we think about it, students these days have been using ICTs since they were barely walking with the introduction of child-friendly iPad and iPhone apps, child centered television shows and technological resources that aids in their development. What do you think? Are we setting our students up for success?

Thanks Everyone,

Brendan

Reference:

Frallion, J. (2015). The Digital Natives and ICT Literacy. Retrieved June 14, 2015, from http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1104&context=resdev 

Musyrifah, E. (2010). Using Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and Multimedia as media to promote Second Language acquisition [Image]. Retrieved June 14, from https://evamusyrifah.wordpress.com/category/information-communication-technology-ict-mid-term-test/ 

Revisiting Professional Experience: Before and After!

Hi Everyone,

Uni is a total balancing act!

Before the commencement of professional experience, the week 9 Learning Path asked everyone to write the top 2 fears or challenges you were feeling. I have tracked my response down and this is what I wrote:

The top two challenges that I have about my future EDC3100 Professional Experience are:

1. Having the ability to design at least 5 ICT-based lessons! I have no idea what grade level I am in, nor do I know what school I have been placed in. And I doubt I will know until a week prior. I hoped I would have been able to get a few weeks notice so I could meet my mentor and pre-plan the lessons and content that they wish for me to teach. Then, I could have actually sat down and plan these lessons with engaging and exciting ICTs. I feel if my mentor gives me one night to prepare for my lessons (which has happened on my last two PEs), I will have more of a focus on the content rather than ICT – but I am keeping positive that I will be fine.

2. Secondly, another fear that I have for my future prac is becoming really far behind with my uni work. I finish prac on the 5th of June, and I have three assignments due straight after prac. I just hope I have the time to design and create ICT-rich lessons and deliver the necessary content and also try and fit in assignment work at some stage within the three weeks.

Upon reflection, I made it! I successfully used ICTs in my professional experience, transforming the students learning. It was a big learning curve for me, especially using an Interactive White Board. I complete overcame this fear and feel like I am able to use and integrate effective ICTs into my future professional experiences. I had such a great time and learnt so much! I feel like I am definitely more aware of ICTs and technology in the classroom. I think one things teachers in general have to improve on is actually using the vast amounts of resources that are available to use – especially ICTs.

However, fear number 2 definitely came true. I was very, very, very far behind in my assignment work when I had finished professional experience. I just have to keep chipping away, one assignment at a time. This is now my mission – finishing all assignments!!! The light is at the end of the tunnel!!

If you would like to read about others’ experiences on professional experience, Kerry and Laurenn have written great posts about it.

Thanks,

Brendan

Reference:

Katsi, M. (2015). Deepen Physical Engagement Through Self-Reflection [Image]. Retrieved June 11, 2015, from http://www.mokasti.com/deepen-physician-engagement-through-self-reflection/