TED talks.

For anyone who doesn’t know, TED (originally Technology, Entertainment and Design) spreads ideas through short, powerful talks on just about any topic. I have been a lover of TED for years and any time I see one pop up in my study desk for a course, I’ll admit it makes me think of the course more positively!

I regularly listen to TED talks while exercising and yesterday came across one I thought I would share about a programmer and how she gets children to think about computers and developing technologies. It is called ‘a delightful way to teach kids about computers’ and you can listen to it here.

I can’t help myself….

Here are some more technology and/or education TED talks that are definitely worth watching.

An internet without screens might look like this.

Let’s teach kids to code.

Teaching kids real math with computers.

and of course, I can’t post about TED without including one of my favourite, from one of the most inspiring and through provoking educators out there Sir Ken Robinson:

Do schools kill creativity? (Do yourself a favour and listen to this!)

How to escape education’s death valley.

Enjoy.… and I’m sorry if you now spend several hours listening to TED talks, but it is not time wasted. It is time well spent!

Until next blog…

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TED talks.

Reliance on technology.

While reading through Ange’s blog this morning it got me thinking for what feels like the thousandth time since starting this course about how much I rely on technology. As noted in her blog post, we, as online students are really relying on the internet to be readily available and working when we need it. If there happens to be issues with the internet at a time that you have allocated to listen to a lecture or attend a tutorial, there is not much we can do. Obviously for some people the simple fix would be to make a trip to the local library or a cafe that has internet provided but depending on the time of day or night you have free to study, this is not always an option.

For now, I pray for a good internet connection over uni break so I can catch up on all the other subjects I have fallen behind with the last 4 weeks.

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Reliance on technology.

Week Four.

After submitting Assignment 1 I have been better able to engage with this weeks learning path which is all about the beginning steps for Assignment 2. The Assignment requires us to create a unit plan in which we must select 2 content descriptors, one which states constructing knowledge and one which demonstrates transforming knowledge. I’ll admit that even looking straight at definitions for these two terms, I still have trouble distinguishing between the two. A great resource to help us understand this is one we have been introduced to many times throughout our education degrees…. Blooms taxonomy!

I am still really enjoying all the new resources I am finding through reading other students blogs! I particularly love the sharing from people who currently work in the classroom environment as either Teachers aides or similar. Tim’s blog shared some interesting insights on the idea of reward systems in the classroom, definitely got me thinking!

Until next blog…

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Week Four.

Almost time for Easter break…

After today submitting an assignment for another subject, I moved onto finishing my EDC3100 assignment thinking I was almost done and it wouldn’t take me long. I guess I didn’t account for just how long it would take me to correctly fill out the RAT page of the excel spreadsheet. As Mr Clancy notes in his blog The R.A.T. framework is an acronym for Replace, Amplify, Transform, and can be measured in unison with the SLIC model to determine how effective ICT has been in a lesson. The lesson I have chosen to use for my assignment is one I have written myself saving me the time of checking copyright, a bit lazy on my end but I have had too much else going on the last couple of weeks. Looking forward to having this assignment submitted so I can enjoy a day off over the Easter break…. A break from uni that is, I will still be working over the long weekend 😦

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Almost time for Easter break…

Correcting celebrities on twitter.

I LOVED the video shared in this weeks learning path which told the story of a Brazilian teacher who gave an assignment for students ages 8-13 to find spelling and grammar mistakes in celebrities tweets.

If you haven’t watched the video yet, you can find it here.

I love activites like this where the students are so engaged while taking part in an authentic task. The students are challenged to pick up on errors in tweets, challenging their knowledge while doing something that is fun and relatable for them. By incorporating social media into this task, the teacher is providing the students with links to the real world, while still testing the learning outcomes related to their spelling and grammar abilities.

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Correcting celebrities on twitter.

Does technology make us anti-social?

The survey on this weeks learning path really opened my eyes. I admit, I read the question and thought it was a joke because the answer is surely so easy? Turns out, there are a plethora of ways to look at technology and the way we socialise using it. I recently (over the last 2 weeks) felt I was getting a little too connected to my smartphone… my alarm would go off in the morning and I would scroll through my Instagram  feed before getting out of bed. I would take a break from my studies because ‘my eyes were sore from looking at the screen’ and then go sit and read Mamamia articles on my smartphone for an hour while on my break. But the worst part, I felt, was while I was spending time with friends or my boyfriend and we would all be sitting on our phones instead of interacting together. Although it doesn’t really minimise my time using my smartphone that much, I decided my goal would be, beside answering phone calls, I would only look at things on my phone while I am by myself. When my boyfriend gets home from work, I put my phone in my room and out of sight. When friends come over, my phone goes in a draw and is not left out on the table. Its a small step, but makes me more aware of making an effort to communicate with my friends, rather than liking their most recent post.

Perhaps I should consider a day without technology such as mentioned by Kathy in her Blog post.

Until next blog.

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Does technology make us anti-social?

Assignment 1.

This week I began looking for a lesson plan to use for assignment 1…. turns out it is not as easy as I first thought. There are so many lesson plans out there that have Digital Technologies used in the lessons, but not used in a purposeful way which enriches student learning. For example, there are plenty of lesson plans that have some form of video shown at some point of the lesson, but no student interaction with the ICT. One thing that has been a positive of all this searching is that I have discovered (through this list provided by David) so many sites which I can use in the future for lesson plan ideas. I particularly like this site which provided so many awesome ideas for maths lessons. I always have a hard time thinking of ideas for this Key Learning Area so its good to know there are so many places out there to help with ideas!

After reading Kate’s blog where she says she is using a lesson plan she designed herself for a previous course,  I am also considering using a lesson plan on my own design. This means the lesson plan will be free of any copyright breaches and I can ensure that it uses ICT in a meaningful way.

Until next blog…

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Assignment 1.