I just found out where I am headed for prac. It is close to home which I am very happy about. Unfortunately my mentor is away on leave so I will have no opportunity to meet him or visit the class before I go on prac. I was hoping to have some idea of what sought of ICTs would be available so that I could have a good think about the context I was going into. This blog post of a peer who has been on prac before helped me to identify with, what I can likely expect to be there, interactive white boards and desktops. As I am in a prep class I will have to do some research into how I can use these in the best possible way for student learning.
Wouldn’t it be nice to think of a school environment with no bullying! Unfortunately now our students not only face it in the school ground but also through ICTs which they engage with even outside of the school ground, which Rosaria pointed out in this blog post.
I found working through the ACMA website was very helpful, I learnt the following things
1.Don’t be scared of technology, even though it presents us with new problems so have many other new technologies in the past.
2.Students love ICTs and so do teachers, there are many benefits so I have to learn how to use them to effectively teach my students.
3. Students need to be educated around what to do when cyber bullying happens to them or even (especially) if they are a by stander.
4. Viewing Cyber bullying as a a collective problem enables schools to take leadership and educate the community involved e.g parents, teachers, students, curriculum writers and senior school leaders.
Very effective website.
I don’t know where this week went! I honestly thought I would spend the week catching up but instead, after getting my second assignment in on Monday I have just tried to survive this week. I have gone to bed early and had an extra night or two of takeaway. I just needed a breather, but back to it. Thanks Bec for sharing how your traveling, I am surprised at the work load but really looking forward to getting on Prac.
I hope to get these main opportunities out of prac
-A chance to teach ( No doubt)
-A chance to work alongside an experienced teacher who will give me constructive feedback.
-A chance to implement one or two of the theories that I have learnt about and would like to teach from.
-Even though I have a kindergarten back ground I have been a stay at home mum for 2 1/2 years now, so I am most looking forward to being in a classroom again and observing those moments where students learn something new, Amazing!
-A chance to use all the ICTs I have been learning about in context.
Thank you fellow blogger, I just read this blog post from a peer who is also about to go out on prac. I too have been reading through all of the Professional Experience notes about what to do and what not to do. This will be my first Prac in a school and through USQ as I am a previous graduate and have been employed in the Early Childhood Sector, over seas. Thanks for the tips you have given although I’m nervous I am also very excited at the same time to have a go! and to learn the practical side of how to teach in a classroom.
The Technology Integration Planning (TIP) Model is described in this blog post. The model looks to use ICT to its full advantage when planning lessons. This blogger identifies that often when schools want to identify which ICTs to use, it comes down to budget rather than identifying the ICT which would most enhance students learning. This chart however will be a reference guide that I will come back to when planning my ICT rich lessons, while on prac. I especially like how ICT is portrayed, in this model as a tool to genuinely enhance the lesson and allows for teacher reflection and change. This I believe is important because it would be easy to say it didn’t work and give up on ICT, rather than identifying which part of the IT or lesson didn’t work so well.
It was nice to have such a positive post to read and clip to watch! It’s great to see a positive example
of how ICT can be used to be encourage others, when there have been so many examples of cyber bullying and mis use of the internet.