What will future ICT look like?

I sat in a class the other day and spoke with another student about what ICT’s could look like in the future; Where could it possibly go? We had no answers and shook our heads because students probably sat in that same classroom 10 years ago and couldn’t imagine the type and use of ICT’s we presently see being rolled out and continuously used in classrooms throughout our schools every day. When I had a look at this blog post from Melissa Sherman, I got a certain picture of where it could be in the near future, but what about beyond that? It is nearly unimaginable. The ‘Bridging the future‘ video that Mel has found and linked in her blog is a very exciting and mind blowing look into the future of classroom education.
 When I watch that YouTube video, there is an element within me that is scared and I do wonder if the divide between those that have access to such ICT’s and those that don’t, is going to become so great that it benefits only the few who can afford it and have the privilege of working with such technology, leaving masses of students, and teachers, behind! What are your thoughts?

PLN & PKM – Two Essentials

There is so much material and so many resources available online that it can also become quite overwhelming. This age of prolific ICT’s requires a new set of skills, particularly the ability to sift through a plethora of resources to really identify the ‘cream’. Thankfully, there are many great people who are discovering valuable resources and posting them for others to tap into for use in there own teaching. I now realise that the process of developing a relevant and experienced Personal Learning Network (PLN), as well as refining skills in Personal Knowledge Management (PKM), are two essentials skills I need if I want to be an effective and cutting edge teacher.

As a part of developing my PLN, I am looking through blog posts from some of my fellow EDC3100 students. I enjoyed this post by Cassie, about the difference teachers can make. In her post, Cassie draws on and comments about this YouTube video by Kid President.  As she said, it does make you smile, but it also inspires you to “Be Awesome and look for the awesome in others”. “Everyone’s a teacher and everyone’s a student”, is another tag line from the video.

At the end of the day, I want to be a teacher who brings out the best in his students; finds the awesome in them; helps them make history. In order to do this, I need to draw on many others who inspire, challenge and resource me for the task. Hence, I need an effective PLN & method of PKM.

Sharing “The Bright Spots”

This blog site looks to contain a huge array of advice, recommendations, suggestions and accounts of where very effective class teaching has occurred. The blog is managed by Shaun Allison, Deputy Head at Durrington High School, West Sussex, England. He uses the blog to highlight and showcase great work that staff in his school, as well as other teachers working beyond his school, are doing regarding education, teaching and learning. My attention was first drawn to a post contributed by a PE teacher at DHS, Lizzie Wolstenholme, in which she reflects on the effective use of ICT’s in teaching PE. When I read her post, I resonated with her first thoughts, thinking that the use of ICT’s to enhance PE could be only as broad as video cameras, stop watches and TV’s to replay the recorded game/activity. As I am discovering, rather quickly, there is a far greater array of available ICT’s that can and should be implemented, including IPods; IPads; Twitter; edmodo (a homework tool); Coachpro; Apple TV; Coach my video; dropbox; and more. Check out her blog post here. Her blog post lists many ICT resources and uses, however, one of the most important statements she makes is that the ICT’s introduced or used must be adding value to the PE environment. They must also not detract from the key objective of getting young people active in the very limited PE time allocated within the school timetable. If they can add value by building on the physical activity and skills development then as she recommends – Use Them!

The ‘Class Teaching’ blog, managed by Shaun Allison, is a very active blog and full of great information to inspire and challenge those already teaching or preparing to step into the fray. Every Thursday, he hosts ’15 minute forums’. This is a brief weekly meeting, based around a scheduled pedagogical topic inviting teachers to contribute great ideas etc. Well worth checking out by clicking here.   

SAMR Model – More than just using ICT’s

Following a brief introduction to the SAMR concept in our lecture earlier this week, there have since been a number of blog posts by my fellow students and I have also searched a little further to gain some clarification for myself regarding this model when looking at ICT usage in the classroom.  I stumbled across this YouTube video, providing a beginners explanation by Mark Anderson, who explains very simply the four levels of ICT use in the classroom.  The SAMR model, first developed by DR  Ruben R. Puentedura is about recognising that ICT’s have and are used for basic enhancement as a substitution materials; for augmentation purposes providing some functional improvement; but more importantly for transformational purposes through modification and redefinition.

For additional clarification have a look at the following YouTube video which is presented by  Ruben R. Puentedura himself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QOsz4AaZ2k

IPAD Ideas for use in HPE

In this YouTube video, Mark Anderson from the UK, highlights a handful of useful IPAD apps that can be utilised in teaching physical education classes, or coaching teams. He makes the point, in his introduction in the video, that these apps are some of the ‘not so well known’ apps that people think of using. The first app he mentions is ‘Noteshelf‘ which enables you to create notebooks with different pages. You can have score sheets, or diagrams of a sporting field or indoor court and write over it or highlight it, similar to the old whiteboard clipboard. The advantage of the IPAD app is that the diagrams/plays don’t have to be erased, but rather can be kept for later reference and further coaching. I found this to be an interesting Youtube video and I plan to investigate these apps further.

Concept map – Reasons for ICT’s

Concept mapping is a great way to clarify your thoughts /ideas about a topic/issue in a way that visually displays links and aspects to be considered regarding the subject matter. There are many tools available to set-out or complete this process, many of them free to access online. I have gone with one tool ‘text2mindmap’ to create this concept map on the topic, ‘Reasons for using ICT’s in the classroom’. Many other students have used the same tool and created great concept maps.  I have included my concept map below but recommend having a look at other examples such as Melissa or Danielle’s blog page, where they have posted their concept maps. Danielle used another great tool for creating concept maps called bubble.usImage