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