An ICT-rich Early Childhood Classroom

While on professional experience, I am really enjoying seeing ICTs used regularly in the Prep classroom.

I am becoming acquainted with the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) and am quite fascinated with all of the ways which my mentor teacher uses it.

The students ‘sign in’ each morning on the IWB and engage with literacy and numeracy in many ways throughout the day.

This article gives the history of the Interactive Whiteboard and explains why it continues to change in design and capabilities.

There are about 10 mini iPads in the classroom which are used each day to explore or reinforce a concept or skill.

My mentor teacher suggested I visit the school library and discuss the ICTs the school has for loan to the classrooms.  I came away with a list……

All I have to do now is think about how using some of these ICTs will enhance the Prep children’s learning.  Sounds easy right?!  Stay tuned…..  🙂

An ICT-rich Early Childhood Classroom

While on professional experience, I am really enjoying seeing ICTs used regularly in the Prep classroom.

I am becoming acquainted with the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) and am quite fascinated with all of the ways which my mentor teacher uses it.

The students ‘sign in’ each morning on the IWB and engage with literacy and numeracy in many ways throughout the day.

This article gives the history of the Interactive Whiteboard and explains why it continues to change in design and capabilities.

There are about 10 mini iPads in the classroom which are used each day to explore or reinforce a concept or skill.

My mentor teacher suggested I visit the school library and discuss the ICTs the school has for loan to the classrooms.  I came away with a list……

All I have to do now is think about how using some of these ICTs will enhance the Prep children’s learning.  Sounds easy right?!  Stay tuned…..  🙂

PRACTICAL PRAC

I have been sitting at the computer trying to think up a clever title for this blog but sadly, my brain is too tired to come up with anything witty!

Like most of my colleagues, I’m on professional experience and I relate to Donna’s post and her experiences in the Prep classroom this week.

One of the aspects that I love about professional experience or ‘prac’ is how helpful it is to observe an experienced teacher teach.  These three weeks are full of opportunities to learn and grow in the aspects of teaching and the learning curve can be quite steep at times!

I am always amazed at how much I learn through the professional experiences and also how exhausting it is to be learning so much  🙂

I’ll write more soon….but first I need to have a little nap………

There are lots of ideas to be found at ‘The Learning Place’

This afternoon I have been catching up with everyone’s feedly posts – especially interested to what ICTs are being found for use on Prac.

Sara asks the question in this post as to whether it is worth joining The Learning Place.

I did join up earlier in the semester and have found lots of ideas there.

The Prep classroom I am visiting for Professional Experience (starting on Tuesday!!) has an interactive screen – similar to an IWB – and also a number of mini iPads for the class to use.

Knowing this, I did a search on The Learning Place site looking for suitable apps to use with the Prep children to use with mini iPads.

I came across a whole table of suitable apps listed for each Year level and the subjects of English, Maths, Science and History.  This table is a part of a teacher’s blog and she has included the apps which apply to the various C2C units.

This teacher’s blog and list of suitable apps is one example of the many resources which can be found on The Learning Place website.

Happy learning everyone!

The heart of the matter

I realise that I haven’t been to this blog for a few weeks now and one of the main reasons is that a very close family friend of mine lost her battle with cancer recently.

As with any tragedy or crisis that occurs in our lives, some balls are dropped and some priorities change during that first intense period of shock and grief when a loved one dies.

Nearly two weeks ago all of the emotion and stress related to this time caught up with me and I spent the day in hospital with chest pains.  This was definitely not how I had planned for this day to unfold!  However, as I lay in the emergency department attached to various machine and monitors, waiting for the results of a blood test and chest x-ray, my thoughts (bizarrely!) turned to all of the ICTs being used to help care for me.

Thankfully I’m OK and my heart is OK too.  I’ve recently done a stress echo test to fully confirm this and noticed even more technology was helping the medical staff to monitor and assess my heart under stress.

This article talks about the technology used in hospital emergency rooms and this article looks specifically at the different technologies used in cardiac care.

Every day is a gift!  Wishing you all a happy and healthy week ahead.

There’s lots of theories on the table….

Recently for this subject (EDC3100) we were asked to list and to write about the theories that we are using and working with into a table of information.

I enjoyed this exercise as it served as a helpful reminder of the many new theories and approaches that I have learnt during this semester.  It was significant to see these theories and models of learning listed together with frameworks and pedagogies that I have worked with for a while.

My understanding is that one of the best ways to learn about a theory or model is to use it within lesson planning.  I aim to use a variety of these theories while on professional experience and to delve deeper throughout this time.

Here is my EDC3100 Table of theories Ass3 document.

Best wishes for Prac. everyone!

It’s worth being Cybersmart

 I enjoyed working through the four modules today updating my information about what it means to be cybersmart.

The modules are thorough in their content and easy to work through.  It is always a good feeling to realise that you do know some information about the topic and there were interesting facts about policies, laws and resources to use in the classroom.

A fun activity was being part of simulation where you take on the character of a teenager and are part of the online ‘life’ of this young person for a few minutes.  “Gee they talk a lot” was my first reaction to the constant stream of messages from the friends of my profile character.

I was most interested in this range of online resources for lower primary.  Colourful, engaging and with an important message about online safety for young children.

Also for lower primary is this resource “Cybersmart Hero” – an online activity booklet about how to prevent cyberbullying.

There is also a teacher’s booklet as well.  They are worth the read.