Mystery Skype

More ideas!

This time ideas to breakdown the classroom walls and take your students learning outside the classroom.

The first tool is Mystery Skype. A tool used to connect two different classes where they ask each other questions with the aim of being able to guess the location of the other classroom. When I went to check it out it seems it is presented a bit like a game (already a winner with the kids). The teacher has some preparation to do prior to implementing this activity to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible. The site is very helpful giving lots of advice as to how to best prepare for the mystery Skype process.

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Digital Photography for maths

Back again! Been offline since handing in my assignment. Today is my first day back studying again so I have a busy week ahead playing catch up before placement starts.

In my week 9 learning path I have come across a great way to use digital photography and FLickr to enhance mathematics learning and teaching. Such a simple idea but so interesting and thought provoking. A great way to get the class thinking of what is incorrect in each photo and get discussion happening.

The good thing about using digital photography within the learning is that it is easily accessible by most through phones (or parents phones) these days.

What a great little example to get my mind thinking!

Unit Plan – History Anzac Day

I have had a busy week with moving houses and frantically trying to reconnect internet. In the meantime I have been thankful to be able to be working off a Personal Hotspot from my mobile phone in order to have internet access to work on my assign 2 for EDC3100 due tomorrow!

My assignment unit plan will be based on History for year 3 –  more specifically on celebrating 100 years ANZAC Day. I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at the ample resources online for this topic and for myself refreshing my personal knowledge on the ANZAC commemoration.

ICT capability learning continuum

Looking through the ICT learning contiuum it is important to note the specific aspects of ICT that are required to be integrated and taught in our classrooms today.

1. Applying social and ehtical protocols and practices when using ICT.

2. Investigating with ICT.

3. Communicating with ICT.

4. Managing and operating ICT.

Visiting this page will provide a rich source of examples across all of the above elements of ICT learning.

As a teacher this is just one of many aspects of teaching that are required to be integrated and covered in learning.

This emphasises to me the importance of well thought through and extensive planning in the teaching process.

Seeing ICTs in Action

My last post was about craving actually seeing ICTs in action within the classroom rather than just discussing why it should be done. Part of this craving has been satisfied through a post by Rossco pointing to a clip on knowledge building with ICT in Switzerland.

It was great to see the specific use of a number of ICTs in this classroom. I like the way the discussion is realistic in terms of availability of ICTs in the classroom and how this impacts planning.

The main point that struck me from this clip was the engagement and interaction of the students throughout the lessons. The ICTs allowed for this as well as allowing for sharing of and discussion of ideas and work – building on each others knowledge.

Craving the real thing

I have just read a post about whether as a teacher our focus should be on the technology or pedagogy. While I found this to be an interesting read and debate I realise that in the end all I really want to know is how to implement this. Since studying I have found that Universities like to spend a lot of time on discussing views, debating theories and using fancy terms. There has been certain points in my studies that I have simply craved someone’s real life examples of implementing these teachings rather than just jumping around discussing ideas.

I am really looking forward to my placement this semester. While I find placements to be overwhelming I know that I will learn so much more about teaching in those few weeks than in years of studying at University. I have always loved to learn on the job and feel that I learn best through this process. I wonder how many others feel this way?

Efficiency and technology

Today I was notified of a blog post How to create a self-marking quiz using Google Forms via my Diigo account. Creating my own quiz is something that has intrigued me over this semester as our lecturer seems to like using quizzes as a tool for feedback. I have been putting it in the too hard basket and will look at that later pile in my mind.

This post reminded me of how since being made aware of this tool there has been several times where I have realised that it could be used to make certain processes around me more efficient. An example of this was when the Sushi Order Forms were collected for my daughters Term 2 School. It was done through paper, envelopes and cash. I have been looking at processes like that in a different light now with my new knowledge, wondering how I would go about setting up an online order process to collect data automatically rather than someone having to sit there tallying up all the orders and money.

I will learn how to do this…