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.
My Assignment 2 Unit of Work, is for a year 6 English unit. Lego Movie – Constructing a News Story
Students will draw on prior knowledge to recall purposes and impact of multimodal elements in texts. They will build upon this previously developed knowledge, as they learn how text structures (e.g. headline and visual elements) and language features (e.g. high modality word groups, emotive language and subjective language) are used to develop a news story and persuade a viewer to support a particular point of view.
They will engage with a variety of texts, analysing news stories to determine bias and how textual elements are used for different purposes such as persuasion.
Students will be able to select and use relevant ideas and information, text structures and multimodal elements as they plan, create and publish a news story to persuade a viewer, using software to create a multimodal presentation.
- Understand the uses of objective and subjective language and bias (ACELA1517)
- Investigate how vocabulary choices, including evaluative language can express shades of meaning feeling and opinion (ACELA1525)
- Understand how authors often innovate on textstructures and play with language features to achieve particular aesthetic, humorous and persuasive purposes and effects (ACELA1518)
- Identify and explain how choices in language, for example modality, emphasis, repetition and metaphor, influence personal response to different texts (ACELT1615)
- Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions(ACELY1709)
- Analyse how text structures and language featureswork together to meet the purpose of a text(ACELY1711)
- Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting withtext structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose andaudience (ACELY1714)
- Use a range of software, including word processing programs, learning new functions as required tocreate texts (ACELY1717)
The internet provides fabulous opportunities for students to visit places that would otherwise not be possible. One fabulous online resource is the Explore Glacier Works site
This website provides a multimedia tour of Mount Everest, where students can take a virtual trek to the Everest Base Camp. Fabulous video clips and panoramic images bring this site to life. Students can explore change and issues of sustainability. This is a perfect resource to integrate Science and Geography .
It is a great resource for History also as it enables students to explore some of the great historical human endeavours.
I have discovered that the internet provides an abundance of freely available programs and content for use in the study of art. A particularly helpful site I have happened upon is www.crayola.com It provides a program for creating digital images using some tools that would be familiar to young children. It also provides colouring pages (although I am not a fan of template artwork, they are useful for relaxation and colour exploration).
Of particular interest to me as a preservice teacher are the resources for teachers. They have a great selection of lesson plans, some of which are integrated with other KLA’s. If you are interested in visiting this site the link is here.
Please note that this site is heavily branded and I am conscious of the issues of fair competition and am not advocating this site for branding purposes. I would also suggest that teacher’s who use this site for their class have a conversation with their students around the influence of product branding. Finding incidental opportunities to have critical literacy discussions, such as this is I feel, a valuable part of a teacher’s role.
More art and creative fun can be found in this link to a list created by Danny Nicholson, a teacher with an interest in ICT’s.
It seems to me that some of the difficulty in teaching science is related to the abstract or complex concepts that can be difficult for children to visualise. I intended to find some resources to help with this visualisation and concept development. I discovered that there are many, from digital magnifying visualisers that connect to the IWB, to real time video of animals in habitats. I decided for the purposes of this blog, to refine the resources to space science. I discovered a fabulous website: solarsystemscope.com. This interactive site provides students with an opportunity to explore the solar system in 3D and includes useful tools and information. My colleague Erin, in her blog, Space Science – Apps for shrinking the solar system, provides more links to resources for teaching space science and even provides an aligning content descriptor from the Australian Curriculum.