Monthly Archives: June 2014

EALD resources

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.

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What to do with 1 iPad?

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.

 

The challenge of keeping up with the kids.

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.

WordPress for Android 2.9 Has Arrived

Just a quick reblog for those who may have noticed this in their reader. You can now add blog more easily with the new WordPress for Android app. Be sure to check out this blog and download the app if you manage your life by your phone.

The WordPress.com Blog

The WordPress for Android 2.9 release is now available in the Google Play Store. This release includes some exciting new features, enhancements, and bug fixes.

Blog Discovery

Blog discovery is a new feature in the Reader that lets you:

  • Find new blogs (based on recommendations).
  • Preview a blog and read posts before following it.
  • Manage your tags and blog subscriptions.

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Publish Icon Button

We replaced the publish icon button with a contextual text button. Whether you’re saving a draft, publishing or scheduling a post, or updating one, this new button will display your action, depending on your current task.

Faster Notifications and Stats Refresh

We updated the Notifications feature to use Simperium technology, which will sync your notifications quickly and efficiently.

We also know you love viewing your Stats, so we improved them to refresh faster than ever before.

Interface Improvements

  • Reintroduction of the refresh button in all refreshable views, along with…

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ICT Resource List

I shall keep my comments short and simple as Mrs Young has eloquently given us plenty of information and tips to satisfy in her ICT Resouce List Blog Well done and thank you. This is a great blog for preservice prac teachers and teachers alike.

Mrs Young's ICT Endeavours

So I thought I would compile a list of ICT resources I used on prac. Over the three weeks I taught English (every day), Maths (x 2 lessons) Geography (x3) Smart Moves (half an hour of outside time every second day) and the vocabulary program implemented within the school (3 times a week).

In each of these lessons at least some element of ICT was implemented. Due to the limited resources and the brutality of getting a booking in the computer lab (you had to beg, borrow and steal) the ICTs I used during professional experience were limited in terms of what I would prefer to do. E.g. reality hit. Too long I’ve been given the chance to ‘describe my own context.’ Each student getting their own laptop (ha) a large quantity of iPads (hahahahaha) and reliable internet connection (biggest laugh of all). But I DID implement ICTs and by…

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ICTs in the Classroom and Professional Experience

This is a very interesting blog and causes reflection on the existence of the digital divide. It has been my experience that there is a great discrepancy between schools in relation to student access to digital technologies.

I know of two schools that are only a few kilometres apart yet may as well be worlds apart in terms of the available technologies. Both are state primary schools of around the same size. The first school has an amazing array of resources, from state of the art library and computer labs to classrooms where each student has an iPad that connects to the Interactive Whiteboard. Increased bandwidth and Wifi. These students access their homework using QR codes.

The second school, contains few classrooms with IWB’s, a poorly resourced library and an old computer lab in which half of the computers are regularly not working. These students rarely get to access online learning opportunities and when they do, their progress is very slow as a result of insufficient bandwidth.

This creates challenges that require novel solutions from teachers and administrators. I am happy to hear any that you can offer.

The Weblog of Amy Vogelzang

While googling using ICTs in the classroom I came across a document written by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development they call it “Digital Deck”.

“The Digital Deck provides a quick overview of the range of digital resources available to schools. It starts with an eduSTAR overview then explores other resources and methods along the ePotential continuum. Each of the 63 resources has a description, advice for getting started and classroom ideas.”

Although many of us are teaching in Queensland and will not have access to the Victorian education department log in, this document still gives you an example of many programs that are available online tody and can be incorporated into the classroom. The quick and colourful summaries are made to be user friendly.  I advise everyone to take the time to look at the Digital Deck resources and think about how you can…

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