The power of ICT

We used to know that ICT tools is a source of tools that help us and our children in this 21st century. Through today’s sharing by our lecturer, I learned and aware that ICT makes a great impact in special need children’s life. I came to realised the power to ICT which is inclusive of every individual.

There are 2 videos that I would like to share. The first video is about a boy who has celebral palsy but still interested to create and edit videos, do web design and communicate using the internet with the people around. His ability did not stop him from his interest. He can be found on Twitter.

 

The second video is news report of an autism child where she understands and interact with people by typing it out using the ICT tool.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arAgK-Sf2co

 

After I have watched both of this video, the greatness of ICT really inspire of to use and apply more in children’s learning.

Universal Design Learning

Universal Design Learning (UDL) is a set of curriculum framework that provide equal opportunity for all learners to learn. It is not a one size fits all program rather it is a individualize learning. UDL has no constraint way of presentation. Every individual learner has different potential, skills and intelligence. Thus, this framework allows flexibility and allow learner to choose to present in different modes and choices of presentation. It is mostly depending on the needs of the learner.

View this slide for further explanation.

Using back the example given by our lecturer,

She gave this scenario for us to ponder on. What  are the different modes of presentation if you want children to do spelling. Spell yellow

Besides writing on a piece of paper,

– teacher could use audio recorders to record the spelling of words

– use mobile application (pick and form words)

– Match all the magnetic letters on board

There are many ways besides the traditional mode of presentation. It is important that teacher could know the children strength and allow different modes of presentation whereby it benefit the child and the teacher.

Still facebook-ing?

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Facebook? Do you know of anyone who does not have a facebook account? Yes, I do. However, I can say that in my circle of friends, I do only know one of them who does not use Facebook for social networking. Facebook is known as the largest social media around the world. The founder, Mark Zuckerberg started it up since year 2004 and it is constantly updating until today.

Get into this page to have detail background of Facebook.

What I do like about Facebook?

1. It help me to get back in contact with the old friends or the long lost friend

2. Absolutely helpful during this course, where our lecture created a EDC3100 group so that she or rather all of us could share any interesting sources, urgent matter or things related to assignments

3. We get to share interesting videos, links that are meaning and interesting.

4. Get the fastest news, it is even faster than the TV news report.

 

😀

Google reader?

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Google reader? I will not come to know about this Google reader if do not have this particular task- blogging to do. It is also from blogging requirement that I have to browse through peers post and link it. Therefore, I came across Helena‘s blog on Google reader. I have never heard of it even though I use Google engine almost everyday. To my understanding, Google reader help us to search and keep track of interesting things on web. Then, we could subscribe the favorite sites and keep updated with whats’s popular.

Read more about Google reader here.

I used a Youtube video to guide me and get started with the Google reader.

 

 

Unfortunately, I came to know that Google reader will stop its service beginning 1st July 2013.

Reference:

Tschabitscher, H. (n.d.). Google Reader – Free RSS News Feed Reader. Retrieved May 24, 2013, from http://email.about.com/od/rssfeedreaders/gr/google_reader.htm

 

Interactive/educational online games

In my lesson plan, I have allocated a session of interactive game to enhance children’s understanding. After I have out the lesson, I realised that children are really in love with online games especially in this technological era. I have incorporated an online game in my lesson 2 where children have to sort of know the characteristic of the materials. Every child is enthusiastic and waited for their turn. They work in pairs very well and manage to complete the game without much guidance.

I found a short article that explain the advantages of having online games with children. Happy reading!

The lessons

My practical lessons throughout the week focuses on materials.

Lesson 1:

Provide a story as an introduction to the topic. Use the “three little pigs” story. Children will view a Youtube video and then they discussion together. Then, children will search pictures of the 3 different materials used and the image of the house.

ICT: Youtube and Microsoft word with table

Lesson 2:

Introduce the material. Wood, plastic, glass, metal and fabric. Show and get children to touch and describe. Use interactive game to sort and identify the characteristic.

ICT: Use laptop for interactive game

Lesson 3:

When children know what are different materials, they are require to use a digital camera to capture different things that are made out of different materials. Then sort with in Prezi presentation with guidance of teacher.

ICT: Digital camera to capture and Prezi presentation tool to sort the different materials learned.

Lesson 4:

Children will focus on the physical change of the material. They will capture the object before and after the change.

ICT: Digital camera

Lesson 5:

Children will create a something with the different material. They will need to record the process while their friends are creating. Get them to share and tell their material.

ICT: digital camera with recording mode.

Topic of interest- Interactive White Board

I have yet to use a Interactive White Board (IWB) personally. However, I have read and heard a lot about IWB is an ICT tool that supports children’s learning effectively.

From my point of view,

The advantage of IWB includes:

  • IWB could attract children’s attention span.
  • Instead of just looking, they are able to participate by touching on the screen while responding.
  • Teacher could also give written comment so that children could view instantly and save as a copy for future revise.
  • Children will learn to work collaboratively.

The disadvantage:

  • Parents may not see the tangible learning materials.
  • High maintenance cost
  • Some children may be too distracted and could not cooperate

I have found several sources that support or add on to my view to IWB. Interactive Whiteboards in Education, Advantage of Interactive whiteboard and Interactive whiteboards and learning.

Have a look at some of my friends post on Interactive whiteboard

Kat, Megan, Mei Yih

 

The early childhood and ICTs

The intergration of ICT in early childhood context has brought me to a broader view of teaching and learning. I realised that ICT cultivates more student-centred learning. For instance, the digital camera itself has many functions that can be integrated in learning. Children could learn to use digital camera to capture or record process of an experiment. From the captured process, children could elaborate further with a caption and use as evidence to discuss among their peers. My peer, Choy Yee posted on a photo sharing apps that notify me further on the greatness of ICTs. With such apps, learning could be visible to parents as well, they could also get to track on the activities that children did in class. 

I found another interesting tools that can be used for early childhood context from an oversea coursemate. She found a digital microscope that enable to enlarge things and children are able to view it instantly through the computer screen. View the interesting video. 

 

ICTs tools and apps are really awesome 😀

 

The Technology Integration Planning Model

The Technology Integration Planning Model (TIP) is one of the model that we learn in Week 8 learning path. Based on my understanding, TIP model offers a useful approach in designing ICT-rich lessons. It is also a model that identifies and addresses challenges involved in ICT integration.

This model developed by Roblyer (2006) has 5  different phases in TIP model

1. Determine relative advantage

The challenge?

2. Decide on objective and assessments

The outcome?

3. Design integration strategies

Method use in teaching

4. Prepare the instructional environment

-Appropriate resources or material.

5. Evaluate and revise integration strategies

-How well did it go?

– further improvements.

My coursemate, Charis had also discussed about the TIP model, click on her blog to view on her explanation on TIP model.  As I was surfing, I found there is another phase, view here.

Reference:

Roblyer, M.D (2006). Integrating educational technology into teaching. 4th ed, Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ

 

Google map

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I believe that everyone have came across Google map. There was a day where me and my friends were finding ways to get to this particular venue. So, without hesitation, we just turn on the Google map with the smart phone. We are fortunate enough that these days, we do have smartphones, laptops and many electronic gadgets around us. Google map is a source of navigation. We can use it to search for the unfamiliar route and get to the destination easily as compare to the past. We could click the “get direction” icon and type in the start address at the “A” column and end address at “B” column.  It will guide you with the pointers from point A to B. Not only vehicle could use, there is pedestrian walking and public transit direction. Read here for more information.

I have also went through some interesting web articles on “How does Google map works” (Sherwin, 2010) and “The Pro and Cons of Google map“(WebUnion Media, n.d.).

 

Reference:

Nations, D. (2013). How to use Google map? Navigating Google maps. Retrieved May 4, 2013, from http://webtrends.about.com/od/howtoguides/ss/google-maps-how_2.htm

Sherwin, D. (2010). How does Google map work [Technology explained]. Retrieved May 4, 2013, from http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/technology-explained-google-maps-work/

WebUnion Media. (n.d.). The Pros and Cons of Google map. Retrieved May 4, 2013, from http://www.a4deskpro.com/website_builder/pros_cons_google_map.php