Lest We Forget.


A great blog by Robyn Greenwood. Worth reblogging!!!

Robyn’s comments about comparing communications in 1914 to 2015, through use of ICTs, is very interesting and pertinent to this course.

We Will Remember


On a special day like today, I am left to think about how communication around the world took place in 1914. Parents could not just call up their children while they were serving our country, they could not just send them a quick text to say they miss them. No emails either, everything was pen, paper and a stamp and in the post it went that could take several weeks to reach its destination. My family suffered a great loss in the war and notification of his death arrived before a letter he sent home a couple of days before his final act of bravery. Many families would spend months on end without hearing from their children/brothers/sisters while they were half way around the world fighting for our freedom.

Today I am left grateful for the advancement in ICTs to allow us to communicate with our loved ones from all over the world, in many forms with less time to wait to hear from them. As a parent I can not possibly consider the heartache countless families went through waiting to hear from their loved and missed family members back in the time of WWI.


ICT addiction interferring with LIFE!

The title of Ashleigh Fearby’s blog post, ‘Dinner Time is NO place for Technology’ captured my interest.’ When I read it I came to this YouTube video Ashleigh had a link to. The video was, ‘Technology has hijacked family dinnertime. Watch the Pepper Hacker reclaim it.’ It’s a great two minute video which does highlights how ICTs can become very addictive for people, younger generations in particular. The video shows different parents using a device which cuts of TV, internet and other ICT connections and then forces a whole family to sit down to a meal together. The link to this video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUgv5MDF0cQ#t=90

It was interesting to see the reactions of different people when their ICTs were no longer available.

I wonder if students can only be effectively motivated through the use of ICTs because they have become so use to having them and using them?

ICTs and Practicum!

While surfing other students’ blogs I came across a blog by Steve Croft tilted, “Am I going to remember all of this???”, dated, April 24, 2015. He wrote about how he was feeling nervous and anxious with practicum looming in the near future. I am feeling exactly the same. During the coming practicum we are expected to utilise ICT a lot. Steve was asking himself ‘Am I really going to remember all of this? RAT, SLIC etc?’

Steve then went onto lsting the things he needs to remember to incorporate into planning learning experiences in the upcoming practicum. Some of the things he listed were:

  • ICT as Replacement – the ICT is replacing prior means
  • ICT as Amplification – the ICT increases efficiency or productivity of existing approach
  • ICT as Transformation – the ICT makes learning/teaching fundamentally different than it would be without it.
  • The RAT framework: 
  • Student Learning process – what the learner does
  • Instructional method – what the teacher does
  • Curriculum goals – what you want the learner to learn.

I think this is a great little list that I can really use while planning for practicum. I’m sure it will be a great use. I am still very nervous about practicum and all I need to incorporate. I am particularly worried about the amount of ICT you’re meant to have, and working in with what the mentor teacher wants nd what ICT resources will be available. It will be an interesting Practicum!!! Best of luck everyone!

APPs for iPad

With my practicum coming up soon I went and spoke to mentor teacher a few weeks ago, to see how her Year One Class (NSW) is structured. She told me uses iPads and wants me to incorporate these into lessons. I researched iPads as a form of differentiation. When looking at the blog,” Apps. Can they improve a learning experience, “ by Gemma Smith, I came across a great site she suggested. On the site I came across this article, ‘10 sites for Differentiated Learning.’ Gemma wrote that Apps can be used to improve a learning experience? The site she had a link to, has links to different webpages or apps that can help support all students learning within the classroom. I am going to use this site for sure. Here are the ten sites listed in the article

10 Sites for Differentiated Instruction  by David Kapuler

1.BrainNook – A wonderful site/apps for Math and Language Arts that generates detailed common-core aligned reports allowing educators to set assignments targeting students weak areas  or areas for improvement.

2.Clever Island – A fantastic site that covers a wide range of subjects: Math, Reading, Science, etc. Also, CI is geared for students to learn at their own pace as well adapt to children’s different learning styles.

3.Gummii – An innovative site (private alpha)/app for different areas of Math (fractions, addition, subtraction).  Gummi immerses students into a educational 3D world (similar to Minecraft) where they solve mathematical equations tailored to differentiated instruction.

4.Infuse Learning – A terrific site/app that enables educators to create an educational environment tailored to meet the different needs of their students.  Also, IL has seamless integration with BYOD and mobile learning.

5.IXL – One of the most popular sites around for Math that allows for student tracking with detailed reporting.  Also, with the ability to track student “trouble” areas a teacher can adjust their teaching (differentiation) to help meet the needs of their students.

6.No Red Ink – One of my favorite sites for helping students with Grammar and Writing skills.  NRI uses differentiated instruction to help students with problem areas and adjust accordingly.  Also, teachers can track students and generate detailed reports.

7.Power My Learning – A great way for educators to differentiate instruction by customizing the learning experience for students using Power My Learning.

8.TenMarks – A common core aligned program for Math (grades 1st-10th) that uses differentiated instruction to help students learn.

9.ZooWhiz – A fantastic site aligned to educational curriculums in a wide variety of subjects (Math, Grammar, Vocab, etc.).  ZW offers details progress reports that helps assess students learning needs.

10.Zondle – A great site that interacts with Edmodo where educators can create educational games for individual or whole-class learning.

A workable Definition of Pedagogical Content Knowledge.

Many thanks to Max Borserio for having mentioned the article ‘Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Teachers’ Integration of Subject Matter, Pedagogy, Students, and Learning Environments ‘, by Kathryn F. Cochran, of University of Northern Colorado. I found Max’s blog on, ‘Anybody else confused by the idea of pedagogical content knowledge?’ very useful. Max gave a quote from the article which made things a little clearer for me. The quote is, “Pedagogical content knowledge is a type of knowledge that is unique to teachers, and is based on the manner in which teachers relate their pedagogical knowledge (what they know about teaching) to their subject matter knowledge (what they know about what they teach). It is the integration or the synthesis of teachers’ pedagogical knowledge and their subject matter knowledge that comprises pedagogical content knowledge. According to Shulman (1986) pedagogical content knowledge.”
I, like Max, had been having trouble with clarifying and gaining understanding from previous definitions offered. It is good to find a quote and an article which helps clarify!

‘Modern Family’ ICTs Episode

Hello Everyone,

I just watched an episode of ‘Modern Family’ which related so well to the topic of Using ICTs I thought I’d write a quick blog about it. The episode (Season 6, episode 16) is titled ‘Connection Lost.’ The entire episode is filmed entirely on Apple devices such as iPhones and iPads. A whole variety of ICTs are included in the episode. Some of the ICTs were : Facebook, Yahoo, video chat, Facetime, emails, iCloud, texting, GPS, laptop computers, Skype, etc. I thought the concept was great; everyone communication via ICTs rather than face to face. The episode is very funny but does show how so much communication is done these days via devices and ICTs. Well worth a watch!

A link that will allow you to see an exerpt of the episode is   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lG6jvc4NXo

Mapping Skills and ICTs.

While checking on my emails I noticed an article posted by Tassia Yeo titled, ‘Integrating ICT into Mathematics – Effective Curriculum Ideas, ‘ and I was interested in reading about how ICTs can be used teacher for Mapping skills in Mathematics. I have seen this being used in classroom during practicums.

The article Tassia posted stated that teachers should be integrating a variety of modern technologies when teaching mapping/location units. It stated that students should be using Google Maps to:

(i) Locate landmarks in their local community, state and Australian, using: normal view (pictured), street view (drag the yellow man onto the map), satellite and Traffic views.

(ii) Plan routes using the (click ‘Directions’) of journeys from school to home, home to extra-curriculua activities, and from school to excursions locations .Students should be using Google Earth to explore the mathematical concepts of location, positional language, scale and distance in both Google Earth and Street View modes.

During a practicum I saw a teacher using Google Maps to give a lesson in calculating distances between places of interest in the local area. It seemed to work very well. I’m sure I will give it a go in my classroom some time in the uture.

Having th students view places around the world on Google earth is also a great idea. And it is all is very accessible.