Nearing the completion of EDC3100 I am reflecting on my learning journey through this course and have identified the below findings;
- I understand and am aware of “the issues and strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching” and feel that I implemented these practices successfully while on professional experience;
- I was able to identify my professional experience site’s policies and processes related to the safe, responsible, and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching which were made available to me at the beginning of my placement and induction with the site coordinator; and
- ICT skills are required by secondary students as they start to embark on learning the content and context of real life learning experiences. For students to complete these tasks and learning activities they must be using the relevant ICT resources available to them and used within the relevant industries.
I feel that I have achieved the standards required by me to be competent in the APST 4.5 standard.
While on professional experience, I have been invited to attend the Quality Teaching PD’s that my site run every fortnight for the whole teaching staff in the school. Each fortnight they focus on a different element and I have had the pleasure of being involved in the Design Element. In week one, the Design Question 2 “What will I do to help students effectively interact with the new knowledge” was asked and elements 6 to 13 were addressed. Each group was given an element and I was in the group that got element 6 “Identifying Critical Information”. Each group is required to prepare a 3 minute presentation on their element and present it at the next quality teaching meeting in week 3. This will mean that even though we only specifically covered element 6, we will get to observe presentations for all elements in the Design Question 2. This is a great way to cover lots of information in a short time and to see other perspectives on approaches across the different curriculum strands. I have really enjoyed being a part of this Quality Teaching program offered at this site.
Marzano, R. J. (2016). The Art and Science of Teaching. Resources retrieved from http://marzano-institute.com.au/about-the-art-science-of-teaching/
Similarly, like PTHOR42, I am absolutely loving this practical placement and this subject EDC3100 as it has opened my eyes to a whole new way of teaching by integrating ICT into the curriculum. I am now using Tablets, Video, IWB, Projectors, Camera’s and Underwater Camera’s in my current placement and the students are so engaged. Since the students are engaged, they are learning quality and relevant content which is so rewarding as a teacher and also makes for a lovely atmosphere in the classroom with very minimal behaviour management.
I am now really looking forward to the last week of this placement and my next placement so I can integrate these devices into more classrooms if they are not already being used by teachers and students. EDC3100 has transformed my learning and I cannot wait to transform the learning of others.
A resource recently posted to the Diigo group from djplanner called “50 Ways to use a projector in the classroom” was an interesting read and one that I have now saved in my accumulating personal resources library. My professional experience site does have projectors mounted to the roof in every classroom which has been very beneficial to me and the lessons I have taught so far. The IWB’s however are not compatible with the new software the school has just rolled out (Window’s 360) so they can only be used as normal white boards and projector screens until the issue is resolved. Which means I am still yet to operate a fully functioning IWB and learn the benefits of using them.
Moving forward, I have been able to use the projector and whiteboard in the following ways to enhance student learning using ICT and as mentioned in the above article… audio visual resources from internet, displaying student work, sequencing pictures, compare and contrast, step by step instructions, paperless handouts and showing selected videos. Without this ICT resource, the students would not have been fully engaged and student learning and outcomes would not have been reached.
Tolisano, S.(2008) .”50 Ways to use a projector in the classroom”. Rosenthal Consultant and Coach. Retrieved on 11 October from http://langwitches.org/blog/2008/11/19/50-ways-to-use-a-projector-in-the-classroom/
During my professional experience day today I was given the opportunity to teach theory for Year 10 Human Movements (Skill Acquisition) and had developed a PowerPoint presentation for the lesson. Within the PowerPoint presentation I had embedded videos of students swimming butterfly which we had filmed the lesson prior and we were analysing a select few of these videos on the Interactive White Board. I was able to watch the video’s but I was unable to pause them and draw on them with the IWB markers to analyse the students technique and different points in the stroke. I am now interested in making a time with the school’s IT department so they can show / teach me how to use it if I can’t work it out myself as I feel this will be a very valuable ICT skill if used efficiently.
Until participating in this course, my knowledge and experience in regards to digital citizenship was quite minimal and I would not have been aware of the safe, responsible and ethical use if ICT that I should be implementing in my personal and professional life. I am looking forward to this learning path and to becoming more aware of this concerning issue.
The bullying quiz really made me think about what is happening in our schools today and how we should be addressing the issue. I downloaded the “Support materials for teacher education programs” from the Professional Learning page of the Safe Schools Toolkit website and used this document to answer the questions in the quiz. I did get 100% first attempt, but if I hadn’t of used the document, I would have scored question 3 wrong as I assumed for sure that cyber bullying would have been the most common form of bullying in secondary schools today.
The cyber safety quiz provided by the Australian Government’s Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner was really good and some parts of questions I answered incorrectly but in the end scored 100%. I found the content appropriate and my knowledge of the content was 90% correct. The few questions I answered incorrectly were in regards to opening emails and new webpages that may or may not have been viruses. I feel I answered these questions as a 30 year old opposed to a primary or secondary school student.
At the end of this learning path I feel that I have become well informed about using ICT safely, responsibly and ethically within my personal and professional life, however I do feel that I need to take further steps to expand my current knowledge. This is something I will work on during my professional experience and into my internship.
Safe Schools Hub. (2014). Support Materials for Teacher Education Programs. Australian Government Department of Education and Training. Retrieved on 3 October 2016 from http://safeschoolshub.edu.au/
Australian Government. (2016).Cyber Safety Quiz. Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner .Australian Government. Retrieved on 3 October 2016 from https://www.esafety.gov.au/
Prior to completing this subject, my knowledge and experience with digital citizenship and the safe, responsible, and ethical use of ICT in my personal and professional life was quite minimal. As a graduate, the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs) requires me to be able to;
4.5. Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically
Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.
Given this professional responsibility, it is important that I follow suit in my personal life also and understand what it means to use and implement ICT safely, responsibly and ethically.
One of my fellow EDC3100 peers has posted a blog called I Choose Technology and has done a fantastic job of summarising where technology began and where it is now. She also touches on what ICT does for education and where it will end up in the future. I really resonate with the statement below made by Becc Davis (2016).
“With ICT you can be anyone, do anything and work anywhere, and for this we need to nurture and embrace it!”
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs). Teacher Standards. Austalian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership. Retrieved on 3 October 2016 from http://www.aitsl.edu.au/australian-professional-standards-for-teachers/standards/domain-of-teaching/professional-knowledge
Davis, Becc. (2016). I Choose Technology. All Things Teaching and Technology. EDC3100 – ICT and Pedagogy: Student Blog. Retrieved on 3 October 2016 from https://beccdavis.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/i-choose-technology/
Now that I have been placed in a secondary school for my professional experience and I have had a brief discussion with my mentor teacher, I can focus on expanding my PCK in the specific HPE subjects and unit topics.
One website which has some great resources and blogs is the PEPRN website which has been developed by Dr Ashley Casey who is a University Lecturer in HPE Pedagogy. I have found numerous articles of interest that will assist me in my HPE teaching career, and I am going to mention one article in particular called Sink or Swim which is about using Cooperative Learning to structure your classroom and value more than just physical learning. This pedagogical model that places equal emphasis on academic and social learning promotes learning in multiple domains and allows the students to have positive interdependence, individual accountability, promote face to face interaction, use interpersonal and small group skills and group processing. These five key elements of Cooperative Learning will be used in a specific context during my professional experience to teach skill acquisition to Year 10 Human Movements students.
Casey, Dr A. (2015). PEPRN. Lecturer in Pedagogy. Louchborough University. Retrieved on 2 October 2016 from http://www.peprn.com/2015/11/participation-that-doesnt-cost-the-earth.aspx
Casey, Dr A. (2016). Sink or Swim. PEPRN. Lecturer in Pedagogy. Louchborough University. Retrieved on 2 October 2016 from http://www.peprn.com/2015/10/sink-or-swim-together.aspx
I have been very blessed to have been placed in a school for my professional experience placement for EDC3100 which means I must now get cracking on Part B of Assignment 3.
While for Assignment 1 and 2 I chose to focus on the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area (Economics and Business), I have been placed in a school with a HPE mentor so am now required to familiarise myself with ICT integration in the Health and Physical Education learning area. As I have not yet met up with my mentor teacher I am unable to answer most of the questions required in Part B, but I can definitely get a start on it and / or my head around it so I am fully prepared when I meet with my mentor (hopefully on the school holidays).
I have noted that I require a description of the aspects of my Professional Experience context that will impact upon and must be considered when I am integrating ICTs into my teaching experiences. I am of the understanding that I will be teaching senior HPE subjects and I believe that due to the context of the school setting being a private high school with access to high quality exercise science equipment, that the senior school students will have excellent prior knowledge of ICT and definitely have the upper edge on me. While this is going to be extremely intimidating, I am also excited as this will improve my skills and then I will have the upper hand on the next school I teach at and be a better teacher because of it.
I am really looking forward to finding out the exact year levels and subjects I will be teaching and observing and what Curriculum the school is currently using.
Australian Curriculum. (2016). Health and Physical Education. Retrieved on 16 September 2016 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/health-and-physical-education/curriculum/f-10?layout=1#level9-10
Australian Curriculum. (2016). Health and Physical Education. Retrieved on 16 September 2016 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/humanities-and-social-sciences/introduction
As we are now closer to the finish than we are the start, a big effort is required to finish the semester strong. Approaching Module 3 and Assignment 3, I have decided to summarise in my own eyes what is required for the final piece of assessment.
Part A – Learning Journal (5%) : Complete all the learning paths for Weeks 7, 8, 9 and 10 PLUS continue writing blog posts during these weeks.
Part B – Preparation (10%): 500 – 1000 words describing my PE context and how I plan to integrate ICT enriched learning experiences into the lessons I teach.
Part C – Lesson Plans (5%): Submit 5 lessons taught on PE including my reflections and mentor feedback for each.
Part D – Evaluation and insights gained (20%): 1000 – 1500 words evaluating my experience of integrating ICT into the lessons I planned and taught while on PE. Identify what worked, what didn’t and reflect on why and draw some insights that will inform my future teaching.
Jones, D. (2016). Assignment 3. EDC3100: ICT and Pedagogy. University of Southern Queensland. Retrieved on 7 September 2016 from http://usqstudydesk.usq.edu.au/m2/mod/book/view.php?id=587235&chapterid=40440