I have been through 3 other practical before this and all of this practical focuses on observation, lesson planning and classroom management. However, this coming ICT and pedagogy practicum requires more challenging task as before. The practicum for this subject requires us to integrate ICTs into teaching and learning.
Why do I say it is challenging? Yes, we do know how to operate computers, and most of the electronic gadgets. But come to teaching children with it, it could be a great challenge. I read through an article on the disadvantage of ICTs used in education. For example, we may afraid that we cannot handle the class appropriately or children will lost their social skills. However, as I browse through the blogs I saw my peer, Kat shared on her success on using a smart board as compared to a big book. That has motivated me and encourages me to take on the challenge in planning rich integrated ICT lesson and it definitely benefit the children.
I have came across this video that made me thought for a while. This video actually made me laugh and brighten my day after all the stressful task.
As I was watching, I was also thinking whether or how far can we achieved the “paperless” practice society. Is it possible to practice paperless? In my personal view, I think that the practice of paperless has its advantage and disadvantage.
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There are several models for designing a unit plan.
Dimensions of learning
5 steps Inquiry
The model that I am more familiar is 5E’s model. It is an instructional model. The sequencing logic of this model includes Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate. Each of this sequence has its own function.
Engage- Engage is a stage where teacher need to capture the interest of the student. Besides that teacher also need to assess student’s prior knowlege. From there, elicit questions to connect the past and present knowledge.
Explore- Teacher provide hands-on activities for student to discover and explore further. Student will develop concept, processes and skills in this stage.
Explain- Student at this stage have already had some concept and ideas of the particular topic. This is where they will explain their finding and exploration. They will be given opportunity to demonstrate their conceptual understanding verbally or on the given task.
Elaborate- At this phase, students are extending conceptual understanding to practice their skills. With new or extended activity, students are able develop boarder knowledge and thinking skills.
Evaluate- Students are given opportunity to review and reflect on their learning. Teacher also can assess whether student learned effectively from the unit.
The mid term break is over. I have been busy throughout the week, moving and shifting out from my house. My house is undergoing major renovation!!! I can’t wait to see the outcome of the house.
My experience of technology with the mover company
We engaged the moving company to help us in moving out and packing chunky furniture. What do I observed? They use technologies too! They provide us bar code stickers to paste on our cartons. They have their bar code scanner to scan and store item description. It is so convenient for both parties. They are practicing paperless work.
My experience of being away from the laptop
As I was very busy with moving, I did not have time to even place my fingertips neither on my mobile nor my laptop. Only use it when necessary!
It is only within a week and I am so left out with the latest updates. Until the next day when we met our cousin who is much younger than us, she showed us the most up to trend video in Youtube by this Korean girl. I bet most of you know this.
In conclusion, it shows that technologies are a fast moving tool. The majority of people uses technology today!
As I was browsing through the week 4 learning path again, I thought through the word transforming and constructing knowledge. There are actually differences in this two concept but it needs to be connected to ensure effective learning.
My understanding of constructing knowledge is that teacher teach and construct knowledge according to facts, concepts or principles. Where else, transforming knowledge is where children comprehend topics or big ideas that they have learned and they need to apply their knowledge into the extended task. Visit charis‘s blog to view on her definition and understanding of constructing and transforming knowledge.
Let’s use Blooms Taxanomy as a guide, we can see that the knowledge as an example for constructing knowledge. The key words in “knowledge” is just within defining, name, record and more. It is just to build the knowledge upon the child. For transforming knowledge, we use “synthesize” as an example. Some of the main key words includes compose, create and design. This determines that children will not only be absorbing the knowledge but also apply new knowledge when they are able to compose, create and more. This also ensures me that children will learn effectively if both of this knowledge were used during teaching and learning.
I have been reading on The Star newspaper since few weeks back. I realised that all parties have highlighted the issue on the use of ICT. In this current newspaper article that I have read, it discusses on the topic ” glued to the screen”. The title was brought into debate whereby how much of ICT exposure do a child need.
In an interview with a father of 14 years old child, he do agree that his child benefits from the use of internet. He mentioned that there are variety of resources online for learning. Adding on, t since his son joined the game forum, he seemed to be more enthusiastic to learn about Geography as he know people from all over the world.
As for another parent of a 3 1/2 years old child, she agreed that the advancement of technology benefits the child but she will still prefer to raise the child in an old-fashion way. She would limit the child to use ICT but she make effort to bring the child for an outdoor to feel, play and learn instead of having children who glued to the screen.
Thus, should we limit children’s screen time? (Community Team, 2011) Read more here.
At the start of the week 4 course content, I came about this this activity on “drawing a stickman”. By the first sight of the title, I was actually quite curious about it, so I click in immediately to attempt this activity. First of all, it requires us to draw our stickman. Then draw according to the instruction given. Below are some of the pictures that I have print screen as I attempt the drawing on stickman episode 1. *Ignore my failed drawing *.*
I accidentally drew the key upside down. (Didn’t realise until I uploaded this photo) Funny!
Ugly sword… Rain clouds.. Can’t deny that it is difficult to draw using a mouse as compared to pencil 😀
The arrow shows the burst balloon, maybe because of failed drawing. Will attempt another time soon.
The next thing I got to do is to draw a drain to clear the flood. *I didn’t get to print screen the last one.
This activity really enlightened me after all the heavy workloads. There are two different episodes. Have a look at Kym‘s stickman episode 2.
Click on this site to try on drawing the stickman. Try it, you will definitely enjoy it.