Integration of ICT for Handwriting

Today I saw a teacher use the Interactive Whiteboard to demonstrate Victorian Cursive Handwriting to the whole class. This was achieved through projecting the dotted thirds handwriting sheet on the IWB and then demonstrating the letter ‘x’.

I decided to reflect on some of the benefits of doing it this way compared to on a whiteboard or worksheet.

Benefits

Allows for teacher demonstration.

Allows for all students to see the demonstration clearly.

Allows for trial and error.

Allows for time efficiency – not having to draw the dotted lines prior to demonstration.

Allows students to refer back to the demonstration throughout the exercise.

A great resource to refer to for the younger levels for handwriting is provided by the Department of Education and Training Victoria. As I grew up in NSW I am also finding this to be a great resource for myself to learn the Victorian Cursive style that I will be teaching my students.

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ICT Resources for Light and Sound

Today I was introduced to a couple of new online resources that I will be using on my placement and thought I would share hear for others to be able to use also. I will be doing a small section of planning and teaching on light and sound linking back to the Australian Curriculum

Science Understanding/Physical Science: Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed (ACSSU020).

The first resource that was kindly shared with me by my mentor is called Brainpop and Brainpop junior. Although the site seems to cover most subject areas I will be focussing on exploring the science aspect.

The second resource is that of Encarta Kids which also seems to cover most subject areas including a section on light and sound. Upon looking this one up I realise that I need to download this one so will have to do a little bit more exploring to confirm exactly the best way of doing this one.

Hope everyones first day for placement was happy:)

Digital citizenship

Upon further reflection after completing my online training Connect.ed I can see the importance of the inclusion of Digital Citizenship in education. Digital Citizenship is all about staying safe online as well as contributing positively and displaying appropriate behaviour.

The training also made me aware of a great website full of resources with lessons for helping me to enable and educate my students to become safe digital citizens. What a great resource once again to explore and utilise in a world that is so rich with ICTs. The reality of increased bullying due to engagement in the cyber world is harsh but to take this on with a positive attitude through education is the key message.

CyberSmart

Today I completed my online training to becoming CyberSmart through a course called Connect.ed. The training gave me a certificate once completed and covered 4 main points:

1. The Connected World

2. Cybersafety and your students

3. Schools and the Law

4. Putting it into Practice

Completing my online CyberSmart Training has helped me to grasp a slightly better understanding of what it means for my students to be a part of the online world. It helped me understand that I need to teach my students to engage in a positive way in the online world and be aware of security and safety as well as cyber bullying. I was surprised at how quickly things can escalate into creating problems and issues among friends. It is interesting to think about implications this has for me as a teacher and how I can best educate my students to give them the best possible chance of having and creating positive experiences online.

CyberSafetyCertificate

Reflection on past placement

The recent learning path has made me reflect back on one of my past placements. I don’t know if I noticed it fully at the time but for some reason it has stuck out to me as being important just now.

In my experience teachers are very much in tune with how their students are feeling at particular times and moments throughout the day. Planning seems to very much based on considering the current mood of the class and daily routines. I remember teachers saying to me things like ‘let’s try doing this lesson this way because I can see the kids are tired’, or simply ensuring that some lessons are placed in the morning and others in the afternoons depending on their intensity.

Being able to do this as a teacher can have a real impact on effective learning and teaching taking place.

Real learning on the job

I know I have blogged about craving the real thing but I was pointed to another fellow class members blog post Is Uni Teaching us Everything we need to Know? via our learning path that I can really relate to.

As someone who has worked with the same company for most of my career I have been through many different job roles as I have developed and grown. Each time I started a new role I always felt overwhelmed and would doubt my ability to ever understand or learn how to do the new role. Of course in good time I would move past this point and eventually the role would become second nature and I would be teaching someone else new to the role.

The learning was always on the job. Yes we had a lot of procedures, policies and products to learn as well but the majority of learning and the implementation of this learning was on the job.

The Global Classroom Project

Another great tool!

The Global Classroom Project

“Empowering teachers to connect, learn, share, collaborate, and lead – globally!”

This project is linked to the idea of Mystery Skype. It made me think about how back in my school days that most things we learnt were from a textbook. Learning objectives such as using map skills to find the location of the mystery classroom can now come to life. I remember looking at the world map and not really grasping what it was all about. Through The Global Classroom Project learning can become real and authentic and so much more meaningful.

This short Video just give you an idea of what it’s about.

Adding to Feedly now!