I have stumbled upon another great site. Following on from my previous post about ADHD and ICTs, I sought to discover ways to improve the access, engagement and achievement of students in my class with EALD.
This blog Pebbledash Resources provide a a wealth of information and a fabulous link to games that are of great benefit to EALD students.
My practicum placement was a great challenge as I had a class with a number of students with ADHD. These students were easily disrupted and required a great deal of effort to keep them on track. These students were often reward or distracted with game playing on the one iPad. My challenge was to consider ways in which I could use this resource to engage and enhance learning. I decided to explore the internet for some assistance and discovered that I was not the only one who has sought such help. I came across a blog by mikaelaellis entitled ADHD & ICT which was very helpful. I was rather impressed with my improvement in searching as my search terms were ‘ADHD & ICT’, resulting in this fabulous blog.
Not only does this blog connect the reader with great theory to support the assertions of the author but there are numerous links to helpful sites. The main premise of this blog is that ICTs are very beneficial for students with ADHD, specifically the use of computers or iPads to support and demonstrate learning.
I have found this very valuable and well worth the look especially if you have students with diverse needs in your class.
It can be very difficult for those of us who grew up without technological toys and entertainment to keep abreast of the latest gadgets and sources and technology that have captured children. In my attempts to teach children through authentic engagement, I often wonder whether my selection of ICT related activities and resources are actually meaningful or relevant to the students I teach. It could be that I think they are great but the students are secretly rolling their eyes thinking this is “so yesterday” (or the current equivalent phrase).
In my endeavours to stay in touch, I have stumbled across a fantastic blog which offers a great selection of fantastic resources. The blog Digital: Divide & Conquer not only provides great resources from YouTube clips to the latest game information but it also provides great ideas for classroom use.
I am finding more and more that blogs are great resources for teachers.