And here we are, assignment one done and dusted

Wow …. and so I’m done.

Well, what a ride that’s been.  I’ve been busy doing a 2000 word assignment for EDC2400 Diversity and Pedagogy and feel I’m falling behind in EDP2111 The Middle Years.  However, I’m coming to the conclusion that I can only do what I can do.

I feel that a bit of a summary on EDC3100 ICT and Pedagogy is required.

  • It’s full on, so much to read.
  • It’s fiddly, technology is plain fiddly.
  • It’s frustrating. I have gone over and over and over my PREZI, it wouldn’t play at one point, my voice overs vanished, etc, etc.
  • It’s rewarding – it’s now officially done.

So, here’s the link for my assignment.

In all honesty I don’t think it’s my best work, but considering I work full time, I have 4 kids, my husband has been working away, I am doing 2 other subjects and technology is not my strongest ability, I reckon I’ve given it a red hot go.

So now I have to go and finish off my other assignment, try to catch up on some reading, try to see my husband.  I’ve almost forgotten what he looks like.


Pedagogy….What the????

Well, says that it’s

  1. The function or work of a teacher; teaching.
  2. The art or science of teaching; education; instructional methods.

So, by using ICT’s in the classroom, we need to know how to teach, what we’re teaching and how to be effective and engaging.  That’s a lot to take on isn’t it, but, here some ideas on how we can do that.

How can we effectively engage out students?

By using The Decoding Learning Report effectively, teacher can use their knowledge of pedagogy to effectively engage students with ICT.

The 8 themes are:

  • Learning from experts.
  • Learning with others.
  • Learning through making.
  • Learning through exploring.
  • Learning through inquiry.
  • Learning through practising.
  • Learning from assessment.
  • Learning in and across settings.

This document Decoding-learning-innovation-data-Nov2012 gives 150 examples of how we, as educators, can effectively engage our students with fantastic ICT educational ideas.  I have a look through and my personal favourite is number 117 where students are encouraged to use their mobile phones to improve their literacy skills.

It is a lot to take on, but as future educators, we can do it.

ICT joke

Five things we need to know about technological change, apparently, allegedly, supposedly, unmistakably and of course unquestionably…..

Neil Postman is the creator of the journal article ‘Five Things we need to know about technological change.  Let’s break that down and see what Neil thinks we all need to know.

The first thing we need to know (apparently) is that there is something he calls a trade-off in times of technological change.  He gives many examples, but I particularly liked this one.  We have been so clever to create the fabulous automobile, but the trade-off is that it has choked our airways with noxious air.

The second thing we need to know (allegedly) are that new technologies are not distributed evenly, they see to benefit some, but harm others.  Let’s look at computers.  They’re great for people who need them like the military, airline companies and banks, but what about the farmers, the bricklayers and bakers amongst us; it has instead hampered them by making their private matters more accessible to powerful institutions.

The third thing we need to know (supposedly) is that with every form of technology there is a powerful idea, and sometimes more than one, and this can be translated to mean that every technology has a prejudice.  Let me explain.  If you look at a career such as a television reporter, they value immediacy and not history.  And another one, the career of a writer, who favour logical organisation but not proverbs.  What of the computer person, does this mean that they value information and not knowledge?

The fourth thing we need to know (unmistakably) is that technological change is not an additive.  Let’s break this down.  If we place a single drop of coloured dye into a cup of clear water we now have a new solution.  The same can be said about technology, it is a drop of coloured dye in a cup that has affected almost everyone on earth.

The fifth and final thing we need to know (unquestionably) is that media has tended to become somewhat mythic.  People, at times, think of technological advance as if they were God-given and as if they were part of the natural order of things.  This, of course, is a rather dangerous train of thought.

So next time you talk on your phone, or email your friend of stalk someone you haven’t seen for years on Facebook, remember that we all once had a life before technology came along and we have definitely all been affected in some way by its introduction into our daily lives.


The world is changing.

I was reading through the Week two modules and came across a quote that really struck a chord with me.

If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.

So, what does this mean?

Put simply, it means our world is changing, and as educators, we need to adapt so that our future students will be ready for the future.

So, let’s think about the way educators used to teach.  I remember the old rote learning, 1 x 1 is 1, 2 x 2 is 4, etc, etc, verb conjugations and cursive lessons.  These methods certainly had their place, but it wouldn’t be that much of a stretch to incorporate ICT into these lessons.

For example, some of the apps that devices such as I pads have available is quite incredible.  As an educator, you can ‘trick’ your students into thinking they are playing games when in fact they are learning fundamental skills such as mathematics and English.

I found a fascinating website created by the Business Insider Australia where they envisage that by the year 2025 ten incredible technologies will become a reality.  Some of these predictions include:

  • That solar will be the biggest source of energy
  • Type 1 diabetes will be preventable
  • Electric transportation will take over traditional vehicles by 2025.

However, for our future leaders to have the knowledge of how to create these technologies, they must first have the fundamental ICT skills required.  As educators, it is vital that we keep up to date with technologies and give students our skills and knowledge with ICT so they create our future.

The You Tube clip below explains ‘20 ways technology has changed the world’.  I believe it’s invaluable to watch and shows how ICT has been incorporated into everyday living.  It’s also incredible to think that we take most of these technologies for granted now, which leads me to ask the question, ‘how will our world change in the future and what can we do to keep up with it?’

I’m not anti-social – I’m just on my computer…..

Ok, I’ve got to say that I was a little surprised when I did the quiz in the Week 2 checklist.  I definitely thought that people were becoming more anti-social because of technology.  I thought I knew this because it’s almost impossible to get anything but a grunt from any one of my four children when they’re within arms reach of any type of electronic device.  If I was to tell my kids to go outside and play, this is probably what would happen….

children and technology

I searched Google images and typed “Is Technology making us anti social” into the search engine and here’s a bit of what I found…..

Anti social anti social family

So, have times really changed, or is human behaviour still the same?  Is it just simply the distracting device that has changed?

Quite honestly, I was now really interested.  So much so that I decided to type into the Google search engine “Has technology made us anti-social” and was directed to this web site…. where it is suggested that not much has changed over the last 100 years.

I continued my search of other web sites and found a lot of debates on this topic, but could not find any hard evidence for or against.  One website, The Hamilton Spectator, seems convinced that technology is indeed making us anti-social….

So, I think this is a topic that will continue into the future as more and more devices become available and technology continues to improve.

But, in the meantime, I want my family to look like this…..

family at the dinner table 2

NOT like this…..

family at the dinner table

PKM – Personal Knowledge Mastery….

This makes sense…..  So, my understanding of PKM is all about taking control of your own future by pursuing professional development opportunities, staying connected with updates in technology.  This can be done whatever your employment situation, whether your are part time, full time, self employed or currently looking for employment.

The breakdown of PKM can be explained as:

  • Personal – what interests you?
  • Knowledge – what you know and understand and how to act on it.
  • Mastery – student to teacher, apprentice to an accomplished trades person, student to teacher, etc…

In order to be successful in your PKM journey, it is vital to undertake the process of ‘seeking, sensing and sharing’.

  • Seeking – searching for knowledge, colleagues and creating positive networks.
  • Sensing – Personalising information, successfully reflecting and engaging with what we’ve learnt.
  • Sharing – resources, ideas and experience.

This is truly a wonderful framework that has impacted on me because I study education, I work in education and I love kids.  I believe my knowledge is building everyday, although I am not a master yet, I soon hope to be – although I will always be learning.

I love that this framework encourages me to seek out knowledge and with this knowledge I will be able to personalise this for my future students and I look forward to sharing my many resources and, hopefully, vast knowledge with my future colleagues.

Sites used to source this information.

How I’ve coped with all of this so far…..

What I’ve learnt in the first week…..

Wow – what a time I’ve had trying to work all of this out….  So far I’ve successfully got my blog page up and running, I’ve been in and investigated how PREZI works so that when I have enough information I can start to put the first assignment together, I’ve created my Diigo account and have a general idea that it’s for organising online resources, however, I’m still to work that out.

I’ve also created a feedly account and I get the feeling that this site is much the same as Pinterest, a place where one can search for interesting ‘stuff’.  Always the one to ‘try’ and be organised, I have also opened a twitter account and if I do indeed post something, I’m quite sure that people will actually find out how incredibly boring my life really is.

Anyhow, some of the other EDC3100 students have created fabulous web sites, and here’s some that I’ve found interesting.

  • Olivia Arthur and her take on “Teaching in the Age of Minecraft” and the benefits that children gain from this very popular computer game.
  • Wendy Corbett posted “Week 1 ICT and the gift of hearing” which goes into detail about a boy called Daniel and how ICT has helped him deal with deafness. This is special to my heart as I currently work in a ‘Deaf’ high school and love that Wendy has called hearing impaired by it’s correct term which is deaf.
  • I also enjoyed reading the site of Michelle Casey and her simple, yet effective, take on “Where would we be without technology”.

I have read many more comments on other student’s blogs, however, my family requires my attention and people are starting to say they’re hungry.  Off to cook dinner.  Hopefully it will look something like this…..

dinnerHowever, I fear it will look more like this……

dinner 2