Reflective Blogging as part of ICT

Reflection is considered an integral part of teacher practice. As pre-service teachers we are constantly being asked to reflect on our philosophy and practice. However, teamed with apprehension about my technological competency and understanding the nature of blogging, constructive reflection has been a difficult process for me.

To be honest I have come to the conclusion that I haven’t been reflecting to the best of my ability  due to two number of factors:

  1. t have an initial question that I wanted to explore as part of my process.

I believe that If I actually posed a question around my ICT journey I wouldn’t feel at times that I am only blogging to pass the subject rather than just being panicked and start blogging without really mapping out my journey. What I should have done is directly after each weekly learning path automatically write my 1-2 blogs directly related to the learning path materials. My third blog could then address further areas of personal interest.

  1. Time Constraints

I am  thoroughly enjoy the journey I am on to become a qualified teacher, however if other students out there who, like me, are doing the Bachelor of Education course online, they too are perhaps working nearly full time and doing University full time, time constraints can put a massive strain on ones ability to complete task to the best of ones ability. Yes I know I put myself in to it – but as a mature age student if I didn’t bit the bullet and go ahead I wouldn’t have the career satisfaction that I get from being an educator compared to my previous employment.

I’ve just discovered an article written by Dr. Sarah Prestridge from Griffin University on ‘Reflective Blogging as part of ICT Professional Development to Support –  Pedagogical Change’ http://ro.ecu.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2218&context=ajte which I wish I had read at the start of my journey to better support the reflective process for me.

Module 1: Connected to the World

The importance of this week’s modules became all too real a at my Mother-In-Law’s 60th Birthday this past weekend when she got her new Samsung Tablet as her gift. Her just turned 2 year old grandson was quick to register what it was and just as quick to know where to turn it on and access you tube to attempt to watch Mickey Mouse!!!

So in a world where my students are connected every day I am becoming increasingly aware of the need for myself to become more connected as well!
It draws attention to the role I have in scaffolding my students to have the skills to navigate the online world wisely.
Module 1 gave some effective strategies such as the importance of using privacy settings, scaffolding students in being able to critical analyse information gained from the internet which can help students and school communities prevent cyber safety issues.
The toolbox support section had great advice for strategies students at different age levels can use!

Reflecting on Creating ICT Rich Lesson Plans

I myself am guilty of using ICT’s in the past as an “add-on” in the classroom. The challenge for me as I prepare for my Professional Experience Placement is to develop interesting and well-planned teaching and learning experiences to utilize the educational potential of digital resources, Internet communications, and interactive multimedia to engage the interest, interaction, and knowledge construction of young learners.

Before I begin to excitedly plan for my learners I need to:

  1. Explore more deeply the relevant contexts or frameworks from the curriculum I will be using to ensure practical integration of links to the curriculum and the learning processes
  2. Find out what ICT’s are available in the school
  3. What are my mentor teacher’s own expectations of the importance of utilizing ICT’s.
  4. What existing use of ICT’s are happening in the classroom

Here is a link to some ideas for developing rich ICT lessons, especially in the early years!

http://apps-new.edna.edu.au/edna_retired/edna/go/ece/ictearlyyears.html

Following some fellow bloggers post I can see that meeting mentors and discussing their placement and the incorporation of developing ICT rich lessons is upmost on peoples mind. It’s great to read other people’s blogs and read similar thoughts to what I have been having. See Isabella’s blog at: http://isabellairvine.wordpress.com/
I am very fortunate to have had a very brief meeting already upon which I got a very favourable reception to my brief description of how some of my lesson plans need to integrate ICTs. I am looking forward to having my formal meeting with my mentor in the coming week to discuss the development of my ICT lessons within the teaching and learning experiences!