How is EDC3100 different?

So an apple is an apple, right? And as the saying goes, you can’t compare oranges and apples, but you can compare apples with apples. How does this apply to this course?

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This course is number 20 in my degree so far. I have completed 19 others – each different in their own way and each rather similar – except this one. And yes, I’ll happily admit it, I am not a fan. Not yet anyway.

I don’t really get these ‘books’ that we have to use. We ‘flick’ through them, engage with the content and then we are awarded with the all important little green tick. I just find it confusing and intricate. I feel like I am getting lost in it all.

I prefer to be able to print all of my learning content out and flick through physical paper pages and highlight, scribble notes and leave post-its all over the pages. I have found that I am having to write more hand-written notes, purely in the hope of being to find interesting and/or important information again later.

I do hold out hope though. I am being open to conversion! I will give this a go and try to change my ways – possibly even better myself! After all, isn’t that exactly what I’ll be asking my own students to do in the not-so-distant future?

Talking of the future…. here’s The Education Show Australia’s list of their most popular teacher resources.  Some of these look absolutely fantastic, some are really clever and some are just downright handy!!!

http://www.tesaustralia.com/article.aspx?storyCode=7011809#.VtOukrxqaqQ

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About me…

I am a 3rd year Bachelor of Education student specialising in Primary education. I am also a wife and a Mum to 5 year old and 3 year old girls. I finished high school around 15 years ago, back when we still hand wrote our assignments and had weekly typing classes on electronic type-writers. And boy, did we think we were cool and hip back in those days!

 

My family and I live in a rural area half way between Brisbane and Toowoomba, so I study exclusively online – although I do spend a lot of study days in the USQ Ipswich Library (which is actually where I am right now).

 

I have started this blog as part of my studies in the course EDC3100.  Please feel free to leave comments and questions on my blog! I would love to start conversations about our learning throughout this course.

 

I am looking forward to this course and also the professional experience that it includes. I love the use of technology in all aspects of work and home life and look forward to hopefully learning new ways to integrate it into my teaching.

 

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What does it mean to be tech-savvy? What does it mean to be competent in ICTs?

Am I tech-savvy? Who and what actually defines that?

 

I own an iMac, a MacBook, an iPad, an iPhone 6, an iPod, and an Apple Watch. I am online every single day – from social media, to university study, right down to checking the weather and paying bills. Isn’t everybody?

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I guess that is what makes this course and others like it so important. This IS the way that the world is headed. Our kids need to know this stuff. They need to know what ICT is, how it works, and how they can use it to better improve themselves.

I would almost go as far to say that every single employment opportunity in the future will require the knowledge and use of some sort of ICT component. This is why it’s so important for teachers (and future teachers) to know, understand, appreciate and be able to impart on their students ‘technology competence.

 

Here’s a fantastic resource from The University of Sydney to help beginner teachers increase and improve their knowledge of ICTs:

http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/learning_teaching/ict/skills/