Prac has begun!

Done and dusted! I just finished my first day at prac and it was amazing! My mentor is great and has some brilliant ideas for teaching. She also regularly incorporates ICTs in the class,which is encouraging.

Alex described my feelings towards prac perfectly yesterday – nervous but excited! I hadn’t had the opportunity to meet my mentor prior to prac so I was a little apprehensive as I didn’t know her expectations. I’m glad to see that my worry was unwarranted.

The class has a fairly broad range of ICTs, including a SmartTV, four computers and several iPads, which for a class of seven is very impressive. I’m looking forward to seeing how I can incorporate these to enhance the students’ learning.

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CLEM Framework

This week we’ve been learning about the CLEM framework – a framework for learning about new ICTs and their use in the classroom. Lucas has a great explanation of what this is.

CLEM is an acronym, which stands for Community, Literature, Examples and Model. Each component represents a point which should be considered when using ICTs to amplify and transform student learning.

Community – Who else uses this ICT? Can you contact these people to discuss their use of the ICT?

Literature – Is there literature about this ICT? Where can it be found and what does it say about using this in the classroom?

Examples – Has someone else got an example of the ICT to see how it is used?

Model – Each ICT has a model embedded into it. Understanding how it works, what parts it has and what vocabulary is used with it is essential, along with how to fix any problems.

CLEM is a great framework for using new ICTs, I’m excited to use it on prac!

Connect.ed & Cyber Safety

On Monday I completed the Connect.ed cybersafety professional development. My certificate of completion can be found here. 

It was a great reminder of the need to explicitly educate students about cyber safety and how they can keep safe online. Although personally I am very careful about my privacy and keeping myself safe online, I know many people that aren’t aware about how to do this, especially young people who haven’t been taught how.

The concept of a digital footprint was also interesting, as it is so important to be aware of what information you are sharing and who can potentially see it.

Stay safe online everyone!

Assignment Two – Done and Dusted!

I am proud to say that I have finally completed Assignment Two! After many hours of writing, proofreading and double checking, I’m very happy with my work. I chose to write a unit for Year 1 History, based on the idea of diversity in families, and how they have changed or remained the same over time.

Prior to this course, I hadn’t heard of constructing and transforming content descriptors, so it was a bit of a learning curve to find out which was which. I’m glad now though, because it will aid me in the developing of future lesson plans greatly!

It was also the first time I have worked with the History Curriculum, so I greatly enjoyed seeing how the content descriptors could be used.

Overall, the task was very challenging but I do feel I have developed skills that will assist me as an educator. But for now, it’s time for a hot drink and a movie!