Using ICT to help lower students catch up CONTINUED…

I just wanted to add on to my past blog about using ICTs to enhance lower students learning and to help students be able to learn at their own pace with less guidance from the teacher.  Trudie has also posted about an article she has found about a teacher from Woodridge State School who is using ICTs to enhance the learning of ESL students.  I thought that this article really tied in to my past blog post because one of the lower students in the class I was in for my Professional Experience was an EAL/D student.  I absolutely agree with this article and I applaud the teacher who is helping these EAL/D students by using ICTs because I have definitely seen first hand how ICTs can give EAL/D students and lower level students a big boost in confidence with their learning.

Using ICT to help lower students catch up CONTINUED…

Reasons to use ICT in the Classroom

Now I know that during this course, we have been bombarded with so many reasons to use ICT in the classroom and why it is so important to teach students through ICT to enhance their learning.  But I thought the video that Gemma found in her blog really hit the nail on the head with the top 10 reasons to use ICT in the classroom.  

Reflecting back on my Professional Experience helped me realise that these reasons are absolutely true and are really beneficial for not only students, but for teachers as well.  I especially love the ways teachers can use ICT to gain quick formative assessment and give feedback straight away.

Reasons to use ICT in the Classroom

Great YouTube Clip!

I just wanted to share this YouTube Clip that I came across from the Cool Cat Teacher YouTube Channel.  It is a bit long for a YouTube Clip but it has a lot of great ideas to use ICT in the classroom and also gives great advise on how to use the ICTs available.

The lady actually explicitly teaches you how to use these ICT resources in the classroom and gives her opinion on different ICT resources that do the same thing and she recommends which resource she would use.  I felt this Clip was great especially because I have a lot of trouble seeing the differences between ICT resources. 🙂

Great YouTube Clip!

Using ICT to help low students catch up

During my Professional Experience, I have noticed more and more that the use of ICT for students who are quite low academically can really help them and motivate them to catch up to the rest of the students in the class.  There were 2 students in the class who were two years lower than the rest of class in literacy and numeracy, which brought upon behaviour issues with both students because they could not do the same work as all the other students.

So, my mentor teacher let them go onto the class laptops and do Reading Eggs and Studyladder which really helped them improve in their numeracy and literacy skills at their own pace.  This was really great to see and the kids loved being able to use the laptops.  It was also a great way for the 2 students to learn without a lot of guidance from the teacher.

Using ICT to help low students catch up

Difficulties using ICT on Prac

During my Professional Experience, I had a lot of difficulty utilising ICT to enhance learning.  The reason being, the school did not have much to work with.  The classroom had a IWB that was not interactive, they had 6 laptops for the class and they had a year level set of 10 iPads.  The school didn’t even have a computer room because their library was being renovated at the time.

On top of this, my mentor teacher had trouble using ICT herself so she kin of just avoided it all together.  I’m just really hoping I don’t get marked down because of the scarce resources that I had during my professional experience. 😦

Difficulties using ICT on Prac

8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle

I have come across this article on different examples of transforming lessons through the SAMR Cyle.  I thought that I should definitely share it because it give some really great examples that people can use for Assignment 2 in their learning experiences and assessment task.

The article also give good explicit examples of the difference between each step in the SAMR Model which I found really informative because things don’t really sink in unless there are plenty of real world examples I can observe.

8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle

BoomWriter – Another Online Authentic Learning Outlet

As I said in an earlier blog, I am trying to look for more online authentic learning outlets in order to expand my tool belt.  I have come across BoomWriter and I think this resource is so amazing!! It not only develops student’s story writing, literacy and ICT skills, it actually gives students an authentic avenue to share and collaborate with other students from all around the world.

They can even publish the stories they have written and be able to sell their stories to other people.  I believe that this resource will enhance student motivation and engagement, and transforms the students knowledge.

BoomWriter – Another Online Authentic Learning Outlet