Monthly Archives: August 2013

Inquiry?? Which way to go….

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When looking for a  theories to use in assignment 2, I pondered over Bloom’s Taxonomy. however, I have however had trouble sorting through it in the past and have always found it confusing as Rebbeca states in her blog. It is one theoretical idea that is hard to work out, but it is really interesting and the ideas behind it are fascinating. Jackie also wrote about using bloom’s taxonomy in her post and decided it was more appropriate to use rather than the 5E’s model.  I decided against Bloom’s as I preferred the Integrating Socially Method of Inquiry (Hamston & Murdoch) liked the way it linked my thoughts together. I found an interesting article that outlined the Inquiry method written by Wilson & Murdoch (2004). This proved to be a great resource that I am sure I will use in the future.

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Whilst looking through weblog’s I am following, I came across Helen White’s blog, which discusses a Math’s-aid, a programme that offers worksheets for students. The fast amount of interactive activities there are currently for maths offer a whole new world of learning adventures, making learning meaningful, through interaction and purposeful activities. I have mentioned in my blog before sunshine online which is a programme that school pay for, However it does have fantastic resources available. another secret that a teacher let me in on is IXL.com. IXL is a paid website that you can join, however, you can use it for 10 mins per day for free. She uses it as a warm-up activity every day for her year one class. Studyladder also provides literacy and maths resources and offers worksheets and interactive activities! We use study ladder in prep for worksheets, some interactive games and also send the parents home with log in passwords to encourage the children to join and do activities.

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Sharing resources for prac

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I am still unsure about prac, which is causing me a little bit of anxt!! But I am calmly trying to think positively. (Even thought the thought is in the back of my head every minute of the day and night). At work this week, we did an awesome activity for the preppies with Sunshine online.com, where the children were all able to make their own books. This website is unfortunately not free, but it’s a wonderful site full of many different activities that children can use the IWB for or smaller computers. It will be well worth asking whilst on prac, what ICT websites if any does the school you are in have. I was reading Helen’s blog and loved the application she used for her prac called, Padlet. Padlet offers a simple way of displaying student work online, which is creative and easy to use, Gerry Ryan’s blog, offers information about a programme that is very exciting called Zelner Studio, that can be used to create high quality powerpoint presentations. – this however is more than a resource website as it is an entire package. there are still many more resource websites and listings to look through and i am sure that as i get closer to my own prac, wherever that may be, I will find the right one to use. Good luck with everything to all!

Time changes everything…..

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An old saying that my mother used when we were feeling down was; ‘time changes everything’. – this was Mum’s way of cheering me up and letting me know that things will get better at some stage. however, she is right. Time does changes everything and as the world turns, times have certainly changed when I look at the technology industry and how it has revolutionized our world. – and set about to revolutionize at little bit more!!…. Or should I say a great deal more!!! after reading Nicola’s post on how times are changing I was very interested to follow up the reading and connect with the article she had mentioned, “Mind shift/ how we learn”. the article talks about 21 different things that will be obsolete by 2020, and if offers some very interesting ideas. One of the ideas that worries me is the use of paper. We have had discussions at work about introducing more computer skills and yes, this is a valid thing to do however, it concerns me that the way schools are going, students may only need a computer or lap top to work on and not have the skill to write on paper. the art of using paper to write with encourages fine motor skills, which are an essential developmental skill for our children to build on.

 

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Digital resources

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I have come across a website that I wanted to share with everyone called Classroom Aid. Digital resources such as iPads allow learning to become interactive and bring authentic learning experiences to life! Classroom Aid has some very interesting information available and I believe that it will be worth the time to have a look at for all. We’ve discussed resources over and over again during the course and I am sure we will keep going, as we find new adventures in our ICT journey! 

 

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The EDU Doggie.. an interesting and informative learning perspective

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Week 4 reminded us all about the EDuDoggie. A very cool idea that David introduced us too via the studydesk lecture last week. With the week 4 lecture underway, I wanted to be able to look back at the information from the ‘where2now’ weblog, to reflect on the use of technology and it’s importance in education today. – Whoops! This draft just appeared amongst my blogs. I wanted to keep a reminder of the doggy to keep me thinking about education and it’s importance in the ICT world.

Using ICT’s the wrong way

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I really enjoyed reading Nicola’s blog on overuse of ICT’s as it’s a real world problem of the 21st century. I have 3 children and certainly understand the need to keep them off the screen at times. Yes, we have the issue of children creeping onto Facebook when they aren’t supposed to be on it and playing on iPods before bed etc. it can be a real drama. it is sad to see that life is heading down this track and people across the world are all falling into this trap. Do we really need movie size TV screens in our homes? Or 3d TV’s? – i don’t think so. It’s important as parents to monitor children’s overuse of computer technology, seek advice and know what they are doing. That was a basic rule in our home. If you have Facebook then I need to have access to your password and you need to make me your friend. – the road for us hasn’t always been super easy, watching over computer screens etc., and our kids don’t always like our prying, but you have to know what they are up too! Particularly with the creeps out there that gain access to your children’s computers. here’s a quick video that was made by teenager’s that shows some effects of overusing technology.