The End

As this is the end of the course I want to reflect on the most influential and meaningful piece of knowledge I personally took away from being involved with it. This for me was the Toolbelt Theory. If you are not familiar with what this is I suggest you visit this page.

For me this theory is all about empowerment. It is about giving our students the essential skills and knowledge to allow them to become adaptable and prepared life long learners. It steers away from using the defect model and is instead about embracing strengths and using these to compensate for and overcome weaknesses. It is about acknowledging that every student is different and that therefore every student will learn differently. Overall it is about giving children the necessary knowledge, skills and resources to support them to be the best they can be.

Little learners with ICTs

I completed my prac in a year two class however I am doing a bachelor of early childhood and therefore I am not entirely sure that this is the age group I wish to teach in therefore I have been looking at ways of integrating the use of ICTs into the learning of younger students. I found an interesting post on this website detailing how young students that are new to using ICTs can have their learning made easier and some activities and resources to use as you start the process.

Online Saftey

Through out this course I constantly kept seeing the ‘Take This Lollipop’ activity on my Feedly news feed. If you haven’t seen this activity before I highly suggest you go to this website and complete it. This video is rather confronting however it really does make you think more deeply about what you do online and how you do it. After completing the connect.ed modules I felt a lot more confident about being able to protect myself online and also about how to ensure my future students remain safe and conduct themselves properly online. It is a very worthwhile online course.

Arty ICTs

When it comes to integrating ICTs, integrating ICTs with the subject area of Art is something that I think can often be overlooked. A google search in relation to the matter for the primary age group came back with many ideas, resource and evidence in literature supporting the combination of the two. A really effective way of integrating the two which popped into my head was not for the creation of art but instead for developing an appreciation and understanding of art. I think the creation of a blog linking with other schools and grade on which students can post picture of their artworks and critique and comment upon the art of others would ensure the development of collaboration and their finer understanding of art.

Topmarks

Today on my search for ways of using the interactive white board (IWB) I found this great site, Topmarks. Topmarks is a website designed to help both parents and educators save time finding great educational resources. Topmarks has compiled a huge range of quality resources that are able to be effectively used on IWBs. The resources are organised into age groups, sbject areas and more specific topic areas making it simple to pinpoint a resource that fits your needs. This is just one of many great websites that provide resource and ideas on how to get the most out of your interactive white board.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Interactive White Board

Upon reflecting on my personal use of the Interactive white board (IWB) in my classroom I want to further explore the possibilities and see how other teachers were utilising their IWBs. I did a quick google search and was overwhelmed by the plethora of resources, activities and ideas that are out there. This really highlights the importance of keeping your eyes open for new possibilities and being a life long learner. By knowing more of these amazing ways to use the IWB and becoming familiar with them it empowers you and can better your practice.

A Quick Tip For Word

While I was on prac a task the students in my class had a go at was creating a poster on Microsoft Word. A common problem that I found students had was changing the images text wrap setting to allow them to freely move it around the page and how to know how to get all the different components on and organised on the page. After playing on MSword a bit further myself I found a really great and under used tool called SmartArt. SmartArt provides you with the basic structure for many different text and/or graphic organisers and layouts. If you haven’t had a play with it before I highly recommend that you do. Its simple enough for students  to use effectively. For more information about it visit this website.