After reading through all the modules and finally getting to the last blog post it feels like I’m about to fight the final boss, Collaboration with Technology. The room all of a sudden goes quiet, all except for the whirring off my computers fans and the clicking of the keys. I feel all alone, until […]Read more "ESC407 Week 10 Tech Collaboration in Class"
What is my informed opinion about banning mobile phones and other digital devices in schools? Restricting anything in a classroom will always push students to become more creative and find a way to work around the ban. If we continue to have this debate it spends valuable time which instead could be channelled into HOW […]Read more "ESC407 Week 9 Mobiles in the Classroom Pt 2 of 2"
Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) is at the heart of all teaching principals and works irrelevantly of the technology of choice. I like that it understands that there is teaching outside of technology use and that there are some areas of teaching which may fail to cover all 3 aspects at once. As this is […]Read more "ESC407 Week 9 TPACK Pt 1 of 2"
It seems that every tool can be used for good or evil, and not even the internet could escape it. Roblyer & Doering (2014) points out the many ways that primary students are targeted and the danger of online predators. There are however many tools which can be used to protect children online including the […]Read more "ESC407 Week 8 Classroom ethics of technology"
A few good tools were suggested, my favourites being Google Search Education and Ngram Viewer. Search Education has a few “google a day” challenges which helps to test students ability to code break the question and work out what they need to search for to give the answer. It also has lesson plans to help […]Read more "ESC407 Week 7 Web-based learning"
As an individual that was heavily bullied in primary school which then rolled on into high school my stance on bulling is that it’s not on! I would encourage any students to seek out my help if they need someone to talk to in the classroom whilst making them aware that in serious cases I’ll […]Read more "ESC407 Week 6 Cyberbulling Pt 2 of 2"
There are a few smaller resources that I would use (Resources Portfolio) but I think the main ones are still going to be YouTube, Blogs and Class Wiki pages. YouTube will allow them access to a large pool of knowledge on a topic if they need to learn more visually that I can offer in […]Read more "ESC407 Week 6 Web 2.0 Pt 1 of 2"
There are several issues I can see with technology integration once we get past the supply issue including, function and purpose. “Technology used for teaching and learning should be considered an integral part of instruction and not as an object exclusive to itself.” (Okojie, Olinzock, & Okojie-Boulder, 2006) This I see as being the biggest […]Read more "ESC407 Week 5 Technology Integration Pt 2 of 2"
I originally thought that you’d always want to have the most powerful hardware available to teach with and software to match it. After reading the text book and dealing with the curriculum from other assignments now, I would argue that in the junior years access is what’s more important. All the information is there that […]Read more "ESC407 Week 5 Technology in the Curriculum of Science Pt 1 of 2"
Bring Your Own Device has changed the way that teachers and students interact with the content, “Today’s students have never experienced a world without internet and have only seen technology becoming increasingly engaging over their lives” (Swan Christian Collage, 2012, p.4). BYOD allows students to take part in the choice of which device they want […]Read more "ESC407 Week 4 BYOD Pt 2 of 2"