IWB

Ah, the interactive whiteboard. I love the concept of it. I have seen many of them around the place, but have only ever seen one used once successfully as an interactive whiteboard. Every other time, they are only used as a projector. I attempted to use one on prac but it failed miserably.

It really is a decent concept in itself. Engaging and allows for full class participation in activities to a certain extent. I can imagine the uses of it in ICT would be great as well. But they are so rarely used to their potential. Maybe instead of blogging for this course we could learn some useful ICT skills, like maybe get trained on how to actually use the interactive whiteboards. Imagine that, University teaching you a useful skill that can be easily and effectively implemented into a classroom.

I’m very glad to see that some people managed to use ICT’s effectively on prac. If you are an early primary teacher, this blog shows some really great resources that can be used.

Teaching Blogs

Wow,

Anyone would think that teachers didn’t really have anything to do with their time. The more of these theories that I google, the more blogs I am seeing from teachers about them. This is the most recent one I have found. Its a different platform to the one that we are using, but is still just a blog. If people want to read things, I don’t understand why they would want to read blogs on a computer. Why not just do something productive with your time and read a blog.

I was actually thinking the other day how much technology has changed the way school is done. I was in the library at the school that I went to for prac and there were only 3 isles of books, about 15m total length in the entire library. It was crazy. There were also about 80 laptops and 50 computers in there. This is such a change from when I was in primary school. We had books everywhere and there were 3 computers. One for the librarian, one for the IT person, and one for students. I remember doing assignments out of encyclopaedias, and I’m not even 20

Small world

So I was working my way through my activities on study desk and I ended up Googling postman’s 5 things to refresh my memory as to what they were and came across this blog. I found it in the top 3 links from google. Fancy that, My lecturer and tutors blog is in the top few search results in google. Its not very exciting, but it gave me something to write about in here. So as I go through the study desk I am finding so many things that we should have learnt that I was doing already. It’s kind of interesting to see that these things I am doing are actually theories that someone is getting credit for, even though all they did is write it down.  oh well. Time to go back to work now

 

The cyber smart thing

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So, I have completed my cyber smart thing and now have to reflect on it. Well my reflections. Number 1, Little Johnny in grade who took the picture of the girl in her bathers, its a bit of a mix of two different worlds. The poor girl was probably raised in the most conservative family in the world to be calling her togs bathers, and Johnny, why did his parents give him a phone in grade 5. I mean come on, what is a year 5 kid gonna do with a phone. Your just asking for trouble. This is a kid who is 10 years old… A 10 year old does not need a phone. We are looking at a generation that is gonna crash and burn. Yea they might have the best technologies we have ever seen. But where are the practical skills gonna go. Noone wants to do work outside anymore. Doesn’t matter what technology you have, you need a house to live in. A house that is built by physical skills, not a computer. There will always be a need for physical work. Oh lets create a robot, go for it. 

I’m part of this technology generation, but I differ in a big way from how the students I teach use the technology. I have a smart phone that only has 200mb of memory space on it. It can fit in my pocket and looks old as anything. The students I teach, the grade 8’s have these huge expensive phones. Obviously their parents are paying for it as a year 8 kid can’t have a job. They sit there with these super expensive phones, but only have one tatty old book and a scruffy uniform. Doesn’t have a great balance if you ask me. But oh well. This is the world we live in.

 

Digital footprint.

After a stressful time on prac I’m back looking at all this stuff again. I must say I am so keen to finish this course and move onto holidays. 

Ive started, finished and handed in 2 3000 word assignments in the last 2 days so the last thing i want to do is sit down and start working on another one but I don’t really have a choice. Anyway, hang in there everyone else. Ill be discussing more of my thoughts about this content over the next few days. I think I have a fair bit of catching up to do as well, so there could be quite a few posts.

On a sad note, I have to work on state of origin night. How bad is that 😦

in conclusion, hang in there everyone. Only a few more weeks till holidays. Good luck with all your exams

 

Im back

After a stressful time on prac I’m back looking at all this stuff again. I must say I am so keen to finish this course and move onto holidays. 

Ive started, finished and handed in 2 3000 word assignments in the last 2 days so the last thing i want to do is sit down and start working on another one but I don’t really have a choice. Anyway, hang in there everyone else. Ill be discussing more of my thoughts about this content over the next few days. I think I have a fair bit of catching up to do as well, so there could be quite a few posts.

On a sad note, I have to work on state of origin night. How bad is that 😦

in conclusion, hang in there everyone. Only a few more weeks till holidays. Good luck with all your exams

 

Technology being a benefit?

What is the use of technology within the classroom…. Well its a good waste of time. There is nothing like trying to teach a class, but because the technology is there, people in power make it compulsory to use it even though traditional methods would be fine. Why do you need a fancy interactive whiteboard when an old fashioned projector would have done the trick. Why do you need a power point to deliver information to students that could have just been written on the board.

A benefit to education? In some cases yes. Have we learnt ICT skills in this course? No. If i didn’t know how to seer up a projector, create an automated workflow or solve IT problems on a computer already, I would still have no idea. What have we learnt from this course…. Well, I can now type on a blog page as well as in Microsoft word. Pretty phenomenal skill right there. Not really…..