We all know how great the use of ICT is within learning experiences for both educators and students, but do we know what sort of digital technology is beneficial and what isn’t? When educators are considering implementing the use of digital technology in learning episodes, it is essential that the technology chosen is simple and can be effectively utilised by students to encourage higher order thinking.
A great tool to assist educators in selecting effective digital technologies for learning is Bloom’s Taxonomy for the digital world. Courtney Green stated in a recent blog that “Bloom’s Taxonomy for the digital world provides the initial phraseology of Bloom’s Taxonomy’s six levels, beginning with knowledge at the lowest, then progressing through comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation” (Green, 2016).
This concept of Bloom’s Taxonomy for the digital world can be further investigated on the Open Education’s website.
Are your students bored? Not paying attention in class? Lack motivation to complete set activities within your learning experiences? Then I am here to help! It seems in contemporary society that students require some form of ICT (digital technologies) interaction, whether it is through how educators present and teach content or by how students undertake set activities and assessment pieces. More and more recent studies highlight that the inclusion of ICT within lesson planning ultimately enable educators to establishing teaching objectives as the employment of digital technology increases effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of instructional practices, for both learning and teaching methods. Such studies that analyses the effectiveness of implementing ICT within learning practices includes recent work of Professor Shyamal Mujamdar, Ph.D. Furthermore, Courtney Green discusses how it is beneficial for both students and educators to demonstrate the use of ICT within learning opportunities as it enhancing and transforms students learning experience.
As educators, we all have to plan and prepare unit plans for various year levels and subjects. In order to establish amplified and transformed learning experiences, numerous elements must be complied together, which was highlighted in Courtney Green’s recent blog post. The purpose of completing unit plans is to assist educators for long term planning. The curriculum is a great tool used to guide the construction of unit plans, alongside create opportunities for educators to utilise ICT (digital technologies) in a creative way during learning experiences. Employing ICT, either for learning activities or just for visual representations, ultimately encourages students attention as learning tasks become interesting and exciting for individuals. A create online resource that will enable individuals to create their own exciting, fun and motivating learning activities can be found on this website.
Having trouble implementing ICT into your pedagogy? Having trouble determining if the use of ICT will enhance your lesson plan? Well look no further! I have the app for you!
When analysing your lesson plans, the RAT model should be demonstrated, as it is highly effective for educators to implement to determine if their pedagogical approach will benefit overall student achievement. An application that can generate an assessment against the RAT model, ultimately to further enhance your lesson plan with ICT, functions by offering a range of questions about a particular instrumental event; your lesson plan.
Therefore, by answering some questions, this application will generate an effective learning instrument for you. Further information can be seen on Courtney’s blog or directly on this website.
The whole purpose of ICT is to enhance teaching and learning; not to replace certain aspects, such as using an Interactive Whiteboard to highlight an article instead of highlighting a piece of paper. Over the years, research has been undertaken to examine how the implementation of ICT within pedagogy has influenced educators teaching practices and student achievements in a positive or negative way. Research has concluded that the establishment of digital technology within classroom curricula has been proven to be effective for both educators and students.
One journal article that discussing research undertaken on this ideology is written by Professor Shymal Majumdar, PHD, titled; “Emerging trends in ICT for Education and Training.” Fellow blogger Sophie has also highlighted this particular article in relation to the positive impact ICT has on education.
Are you frustrated? Sick of using ICT? Having a mental breakdown because nothing is working? Is ICT working against you? Then let’s be friends!
Currently I am undertaking a University course, EDC3100, and nothing seems to be working for me! During this course I have to complete multiple blogs with hyperlinks to numerous online resources and fellow blogs written by students. However, I always seem to stuff up some how in the smallest way possible, making me the most frustrated individual. For example, when I’m linking to another student’s blog I find myself stuffing up by simply using the incorrect URL, making the hyperlink not useful and irrelevant to my blog.
So today I am writing to let out my frustration with digital technology and how it makes me upset. I know I’m not the only one out there that feels the same way as me, as many individuals find themselves to be upset and overwhelmed when using ICT. Maggie Steven’s blog highlights the similar emotions to me when having to use ICT.
Education evolves and adapts, just like the human race. This means educators must evolve and adapt in their way of teaching, ultimately their pedagogical philosophy modifies. In contemporary society the implementation of digital technology within classroom curricula is becoming more and more popular and demanding, resulting in pedagogical philosophies to adapt and adjust to these rapid changes.
To enable educators to accept these modifications and employ them in their pedagogical practices, Universities are embedding ICT based courses so that pre-service teachers can comprehend the effectiveness of the use of digital technologies when teaching. EDC3100 is one course offered that highlights the significance of ICT and Pedagogy. One theory and practice that it advocates is ‘The Big Three’ reasons why “an increasing number of countries include ICT in the curricula of initial teacher training” (p. 105).
The big three reasons are:
- ICT can help prepare the next generation for the future workplace.
- ICT can make schools more efficient and productive; and are meant to make any number of tasks more efficient and productive.
- ICT can reform and innovate learning and teaching by enhancing and transforming learning and teaching.
Overall, it is evident that these University courses are beneficial for educators and use of ICT within pedagogies, which can be demonstrated in Maggie Steven’s blog.