What ICT’s did I use on Placement?

 

ICT can be defined as “anything which allows us to get information, to communicate with each other, or to have an effect on the environment using electronic or digital equipment” (Siraj-Blatchford & Siraj-Blatchford, 2003, p. 4).

The following ICT’s I reflected on that I have been using on Professional Experience Placement in an Early Years classroom are as follows:

 

  • computers (including desktop, laptop, and handheld computers);
  • digital cameras and digital video cameras;
  • creativity and communication software and tools;
  • the Internet;
  • interactive stories, simulated environments, and computer games;
  • programmable toys and “control” technologies;
  • electronic whiteboards

I have begun to reflect on the roles for ICT and some examples that I saw or facilitated while on placement.

 

Roles for ICT

Some Examples

Children using ICT in their play or learning (alone, with peers, or with adults).

Children using computers to play games, listen to stories, or draw pictures.

Children using ICT equipment in games or role-play activities.

Children and teacher using ICT together to scaffold children’s learning.

Using the Internet to locate information or resources, sparked by children’s interest in a particular topic or idea.

Children and teacher using ICT together to document and reflect on children’s learning, or to share children’s learning with parents, or other practitioners.

Taking digital photos, videos, of tasks during teaching and learning

PowerPoint presentations on topics related to English or Inquiry

Reviewing these together, with classmates or sharing them with parents

 I have been reading other blogs to find out what ICT’s my fellow EDC3100 students have been using while on Professional experience. Kirsten highlights a great way she odserved in incorporating ICT and Spelling in a Year 2 class! http://kirstiewilladsen.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/spelling-icts/

 

 

Following up – Connect. Ed Modules

 

After completing the four modules through Connect.ed exploring issues regarding children navigating the world of online I read other EDC blogs to gather opinions of what other educators now think of the importance of online safety.  Stephanie in her blog Connect-ed-modules highlight the importance of all children no matter their age in being aware of the ramifications their online use may have. It has also made me do some further research on how I could implement a follow up unit for early years students. I did some further searching, looking for examples of unit plans I could do with my early years students following the completion of the Connect.ed Modules  and  found this blog The Book Fairy by an primary school librarian who has developed a unit plan to support teachers inimplementing a cybersafety unit. It outlines ICT use for younger students in a positive and informative way for them to understand the importance of safe ICT use. It incorporates the safety aspects into lessons and the rules set out for safe ICT use. It gives you some great ideas for anchor charts you can develop with your students.

ICT – Reducing barriers for special need students

While completing my Professional Experience placement I saw how ICT can provides opportunities for scaffolding and supporting learning for children with additional learning needs. I had one student who presented with a number of social and behavioural needs due to a very traumatic early childhood. I got to observe how my mentor incorporated ICT to provide him with a variety of ways to put together words, pictures, and sounds, providing him with a range of ways to communicate his ideas, thoughts, and feelings with he was unable to orally communicate them.

One such app was the ‘iTouchiLearn Feelings for Preschool Kids’ which gives social cues needed to identify, interpret and communicate their emotions. By interacting with words and associated visual actions, children step through the process that causes an emotion. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/itouchilearn-feelings-for/id487364947?mt=8

One blogger  http://blog.momswithapps.com/apps-for-special-needs/ gives readers a whole list of apps that can be used with  students with additional learning needs. When I showed my mentor this blog she was delighted to add a bigger variety of apps to support her student!