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August 2015

Technology in the classroom…….. progress or set back?

Are we doing more harm than good in using so much technology in the classroom?

Some of the effects I am currently seeing

  1. Teachers using ipads etc to replace the Teaching component of their lessons
  2. Students lacking basic skills in science due to them not being given direct instruction but are self educating through the use of laptops.
  3. Students are showing lack of skills in note taking.
  4. Reduced Fine motor skill function due to no longer hands in making/building projects .
  5. Students are expecting to be dazzled every lesson as Teachers are more tech savvy and produce ever increasing amounts of technological lessons.

Reflection on COP

The Australian Curriculum stress authentic learning in a pedagogy of students engaging in collective Learning- A Community of Practice.

A community of Practice is not just a group of people coming together with a shared interest. This seems static/stagnant.

A community of Practice is on the Life Long Continuum of education, where all members share their experiences and learn new skills etc.

This is the challenge for Teachers,to therefore provide the students with authentic Collaborative Learning experiences.

For example                                                                                                                                  A science prac group of students(Community) designing an experiment to explain/demonstrate a concept(Domain) using apparatus, diagrams, Google.docs(Practice)

Students bring into the group their past knowledge/experience of experimental design to apply to the problem currently presented to them, collectively solve the problem and learn new skills/experiences to use in the future

#IDONTTHINKSO

I am always looking for new ways of doing things online but this is not the answer!!!!             Was this written by Twitter to promote Twitter?

I think that the negatives of using social media for professional reasons far out way the positives. Even though the number of points I made are more for positives, the weight of each of the negatives can be catastrophic.

Positives 

  • Share resources with other educators
  • Can do real time online professional development
  • Get updates from professional educational organisations
  • Can be a valuable  PLN
  • Casts a very wide net of possible professional connections.
  • Opens up a cyber library of Educational resources
  • Can set up a personal and a separate professional account

Negatives

  • School advise only to use their systems when communicating with colleagues, students and parents
  • The suggestion of communicating with parents is completely inappropriate
  • Too many guidelines to follow, to not fall into unprofessional traps.
  • Is only really appropriate between teachers, not teacher and students
  • Can choose your followers but that then limits possibilities for networking and defeats the purpose.
  • Cannot control if a follower retweets your posts.

http://www.nysecta.org/Twitter%20for%20Educators%20-%20A%20Beginner’s%20Guide.pdf

Further Twitter ideas and Resources

http://www.techlearning.com/news/0002/25-ways-to-teach-with-twitter-by-sonja-cole/56853

http://www.emergingedtech.com/2010/02/100-ways-to-teach-with-twitter/

UNESCO are Amazing

UNESCO are so diverse in the areas that they are involved in.

It is great that they are  enhancing learning in developing nations through modern mobile technology, in these ways:

  1. Accessing  educational resources
  2. Connecting students  with Others
  3. Creating  content
  4. Improving links between schools, educational systems and the families

UNESCO Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning

IPads and the 21st Century…..I was right!!!

I have wondered what the big deal is about using Ipads in schools as they don’t do anything a textbook or laptop can do and in most cases can’t even do that. They are not providing anything beyond what a regular teacher and their current resources can provide just

substituting, giving students content without creating anything.

Being reliant on apps has its limitations with the development of appropriate educational formats.

The Apps can be classified into 4 Categories according to Means.

  1. Tutor
  2. Tool
  3. Communication
  4. Explore

The added 21st Century pedagogical components of communication and collaboration need to also be considered, for App classification.

This reading highlighted the fact that the study did not find a single ‘Educational’ App that met the modern understanding of learning.

This is the evidence to back my opinion that they are not the modern classroom Teaching and learning hero, people believe they are going to be.

There are some Apps the research did believe to be “Standout” in Educational experiences.

PAPER MAPS Provides a map template that users can write on and link to GPS device
PAPER MAPS
Provides a map template that users can write on and link to GPS device
OMNIGRAPH SKETCHER Creates complex graphs
OMNIGRAPH SKETCHER
Creates complex graphs
G Gravity simulator
G
Gravity simulator
WHITEBOARD Create and share collaborative text
WHITEBOARD
Create and share collaborative text
SUNDRY NOTES Multimedia note taker ability to share on social media
SUNDRY NOTES
Multimedia note taker ability to share on social media
SHAKESPEARE IN BITS Side by side text and video
SHAKESPEARE IN BITS
Side by side text and video
STARWALK Navigate the sky
STARWALK
Navigate the sky
JUNGLE TIME Teachers clocks and time
JUNGLE TIME
Teachers clocks and time
TROMBONE LEAF Musical instruments
TROMBONE LEAF
Musical instruments
GOOD READER Uploads large PDF files to Ipad to be easily read
GOOD READER
Uploads large PDF files to Ipad to be easily read
SCRABBLE Collaborative spelling
SCRABBLE
Collaborative spelling
OCARINA Music
OCARINA
Music

Murray, O., & Olcese, N. (2011). Teaching and Learning with iPads, Ready or Not? TechTrends, 55(6), 42-48

M Technology

Some ideas for using M technology in the classroom right now

  1. Teacher Records content for students to listen to for homework and in class time is spent on activities where the student has access to the teacher
  2. Get Student responses in a quiz or survey instantly
  3. Deliver content straight to the students on their mobile phones
  4. Use Apps like Dropbox or Evernote

http://www.teachhub.com/how-use-cell-phones-learning-tools

Further Research

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/aug/20/mobile-phones-smartphone-education-teaching

http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2543&context=edupapers

http://www.amta.org.au/articles/amta/Mobile.phones.make.headway.in.education

The penny has dropped……

I have wondered why the size of mobile phones has got larger, when traditionally it seems that the manufacturers of technology want to show their innovativeness by making things smaller.

Mobile phones in Education, is therefore the mobile phone manufacturers new market. This is genius for them as it opens up a whole new group of people to sell their product to and genius for allowing access to education that was previously unaccessible for some people, due to the lower cost in comparison to a computer/laptop.

Here in Australia, with the increased BYOD policies in many schools this could also become an affordable option for some families.

It unfortunately enhances the divide between the socio-economics of a group of students that the school provided laptop smooths out and still awaits the demand for such M technology to have apps etc modified to fit across many different mobile device platforms.

UNESCO. (2012). Turning on Mobile Learning: Global Themes. France: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Reflection on Salmon

Salmon has helped my confidence in the online space as I like the awareness of there being stages to strive towards to give me assurance that I am on the right path and that there is a goal to strive towards.

I am feeling more confident, at around stage 3 now.

I have been posting and replying to people but am very self conscious that I am doing or saying  the wrong thing, so will spend a bit of time agonising over posts before I send them.

I am very independent in my nature and don’t seek help from people much, I would rather search for solutions myself than ask someone for help me. Therefore I am still uncomfortable asking other classmates for opinions on matters and I don’t feel confident to give my opinions to classmates.

This whole reflection is making me feel uneasy.

I am actually becoming one one the types of students that drive me crazy. We are head high in group PBL now and I have a number of students who will continually ask me for my opinion or if they are doing something correctly. I have to remind them that themselves and I are not a group, to communicate with their group members to solve problems.

Ashamedly I contacted Adam before contacting classmates.

Transformative Learning

I have definitely had Transformative learning as I am a Mum returning  to full time work and forced to return to university. The stages of my learning:

  1. Exhausted and confused
  2. Feeling guilty about the lack of time for the families needs and a lack of confidence in the challenges I have taken on
  3. Examining whether taking on all of these challenges at once was a good idea.
  4. Talking to friends about overwhelmed feelings
  5. Look for other options that could be taken
  6. Get organised into a better routine to deal with all challenges
  7. Seek colleagues with the same challenges and get some tips
  8. Give it all my best shot, that is all I can do.
  9. The more that gets done, the more competent I feel in the new challenges
  10. A family, Full time work and study are now a regular part of life

Mezirow, J. (2009). An overview on transformative learning. In I. Kund (Ed.), Contemporary Theories of Learning: Learning Theorists…..In Their Own Words (pp. 92–94). Taylor & Francis.

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