ICTs FOR LEARNING DESIGN
Identify your present values and beliefs about ICT in the classroom.
Despite the anxiety oozing from my first reflection, I am feeling quite positive entering this course. The creation of this page near killed me but I'm not the IT retard I made myself out to be. I use (and depend on) ICT in my everyday life through work, personal use and study. It's been a natural progression for me, I've grown up with technology, advanced with it. The students I support in my role as Youth Support Coordinator however, were born into it. Social media, apps, online gaming, Google - they've grown up with it. It seems like natural progression to implement ICT in teaching. When used effectively, I have seen first hand the benefits such technologies have with students disengaged or at risk of disengaging from learning. Contemporary and interactive learning environments are a must in this day and age and I am in full support of ICTs being introduced and used in the classroom.
Identify your approach to teaching and learning - are you committed to the delivery of information, with yourself in control of all learning? Are you willing to let go of some control over what your learners learn, and how they learn it? Are you willing to let go of some control over who your learners learn from?
These questions are quite difficult to answer this early in the graduate diploma as I have not yet learnt how to, or what is involved in developing my own personal pedagogy. I do however hope that as a teacher I am creative, engaging and empowering. Sir Ken Robinson's speech, and the clip titled "Do you dare to dream?" in the course content from week one, resonated with me, greatly. My junior and senior education was spent being spoken to. Talked at. I remember my year ten science teacher speaking constantly during our theory lessons. Words, pages of notes to take down, chapters of textbooks to read and summarise, no student interaction except during 'question time' at the end of each lesson. If you didn't learn like that, you were left behind. Put simply, I guess I'm trying to be less of what my teachers were back in the 80's and 90's and more in touch with today's generation and their individual needs, both academically and personally. Having not yet learnt about learning styles, approaches to educating students to meet their own individual needs and challenges, I am excited to explore all options, avenues and resources like ICT available to me.
What experience do you have with ICT in the classroom?
I have had experience with a variety of ICTs in the classroom but realise there are a mountain more I am unaware of. I am currently delivering Certificate III in Health Support Services and Community Services to our senior students. This course was developed by an external Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and is all completed online through a specifically designed program similar to Moodle. The students love it, it doesn't seem as mundane to them as it would if I was standing in front of the classroom, reading the power points or textbook chapters to them. Online quizzes, simulated medical scenarios, interactive whiteboards, learning apps and online educational apps (I forget what they're specifically called) are some of the ICTs I have worked with in the past. I look forward to exploring what else is out there, to benefit my teaching methods and therefore student learning outcomes.