Global Digital Citizenship

Through the use of ICT, distance has never been less important. Have a think about it, with a few clicks of the mouse we could be engaging with another person in nearly any other part of the world.

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Image from Public Domain by Dawn Hudson. World People.

In researching for my other assignment (which I mentioned yesterday), I’ve come across this awesome website Global Education Project run by the Australian Government.

Check out the School Case Studies list which gives examples of students collaborating with their peers all around the world. An excellent example is a case study where Year 5-6 students in New South Wales created multimodal texts and sent them to students in a school in Vietnam. Through the use of ICT, this and similar virtual communications demonstrate that common location (or even time) is no longer a factor.

I remember when I was in school, the closest thing we had to global education was if were lucky enough to have an overseas penpal! And then the letters would come only every few months. Amazingly 20 years on and our kids are designing video presentations upon the request of their peers 10,000 kilometres away! Mind blowing!

Where do you see technology taking us 20 years into the future?

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Unfamiliar overlap

I am a part-time student, and during semesters 1 and 2 I usually only study 2 courses. This semester I’m excelling myself and doing 3 – aren’t I lucky! However, the reason I bring this up is I find it really interesting that my 2 courses seem to be overlapping in content! I have never experienced this before. Wow! Awesome! Amazing! And, might I mention, rather handy!
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Image from Public Domain by axelle b. Computer, Notebook, Coffee.

My other course (EDX3270 – Literacies Education) has an assignment due on the same day as assignment 1 for this course. It’s a 2000 word Critical Analysis! 2000 words and only worth 35% – Sheesh!!! Anyway, so as my topic for my critical analysis I’ve chosen to look at the ways in which ICT enhances literacy learning. And I’m finding a world of fantastic research articles and literature through EDC3100 that I can use for my EDX3270 assignment! Yay! But strangely, I feel like I’m cheating!

After completing the learning paths for week 3, I’ve begun to think more deeply about ICT in the classroom and whether or not the students are learning WITH ICT or learning FROM ICT! Which brings me to talking about Mindtools!! These are technology-based tools that allow problem-solving and active learning through the use of specific computer programs that students use. This is more than children learning from watching a video on the IWB! This is allowing hands-on engagement – this is constructivist theory through ICT at its finest!

I touched on this point a little in yesterday’s blog.  I can’t wait to delve further into this subject while researching for my critical analysis! I really believe this may be a game changer for my future as a teacher!

Who is actually using ICT in the classroom?

This week’s learning path has given me (yet another!) epiphany. When we are thinking about ICT use in the classroom we need to consider WHO is actually using it. Students simply watching the teacher use an IWB doesn’t mean they are engaging with it, the teacher is!

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Image from Public Domain by Ian L. School Students Using Apple Mac.

 

Upon reviewing the Decoding Learning Report, it’s given me so many new ideas on how to integrate ICT into my future classroom. ICT that the students are using NOT the teacher!

Need some inspiration for yourself? Check out this blog post by Alice Leung. She is a Teacher at Merrylands High School in Sydney and she helped a group of her students create a game in which new Year 6 students completed a series of tasks during orientation that helped them find their way around their new school. Absolutely awesome!! Very inspirational!

Copyright….. CopyWRONG…. Help!!!

After reading, and re-reading, and then reading some more I am still confused! The learning path from Week 2 in regards to using resources appropriately has got me concerned! David (our lecturer) said that we had probably already breached copyright laws in our blog posts AND HE WAS RIGHT!

Now the question is…. What can I use? I want my blog to include images, gifs and videos to keep it interesting, but the copyright issues are just a mine field. And even referencing the resources isn’t enough.

I’m not alone in my concerns. Fellow student blogger teachingwithfletch has resorted to creating her own images for her blog post just to ensure she’s not breaching copyright. That is one solution.

The University of Sydney has created this great resource as a Copyright guide for students. This gives some guidance on this issue, but I’m still looking for clear definitive rules for using images on my blog posts, and that will require more research.

For now, I think I’m safe in using the image below. It is in the public domain and therefore I’m not obligated to cite the owner of it. However, in the spirit of things, I will anyway.

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Image from Public Domain by Dev Made Easy. Binary Code.

Why use ICT in your pedagogy? Why not!!

I have never really thought about the specific reasons for including ICT in my lessons. I believe it’s just a given. As a part of this weeks learning path we were asked to think about, and write down the reasons we believe ICT should be included in the classroom. These reasons were then turned into a mind map or concept map.

Why not

It was a very interesting task for me to actually put down some solid reasons for using ICT in lessons. I didn’t actually realise there would be so many different motives – and not just for the benefit of the students, but also for me as a teacher! If it wasn’t built in to your everyday planning as a teacher, what a wasted resource!

Here is my concept map answering the question: “Why use ICT in your pedagogy?”. It was created using a handy little website called Text 2 Mind Map.

Mindmap - Why ICT

Too much of a good thing

I’ve been toying with the idea of being “too connected”. Photographer Eric Pickersgill has developed a series of photographs which show people in everyday situations, with their phones removed.

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As my fellow EDC3100 student Abigail points out, schools are now filled with interactive whiteboards, computers and tablets, and students with smartphones. So I guess the idea is to find some sort of balance between technology and life. Relationships, conversation, nature, art, the smell of freshly cut parsley, all of these exist beyond the backlit screens of our smartphones. We must ensure to not get too immersed in the world of knowledge available at our fingertips.

As I was scrolling through my facebook feed this little masterpiece came up. It’s very interesting, very controversial and very far-fetched. I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Is it a case of “Scared of the Unknown”?

As a part of this week’s learning path I’ve reviewed the course barometer from EDC3100 for the week 1. And to my relief, most people seem to be feeling the same way as I do. Worried, rushed, confused yet interested.

I’ve been thinking about why I feel this way and how can I be proactive and change my negative feelings towards this course. And it seems I’m not alone, my fellow student Tameka is also looking to improve her attitude and mindset.

My story starts around 12 months ago, end of semester 1 2015 and a close friend of mine was completing EDC3100. We had gotten together for a study date and she was just about pulling her hair out: “Too many bloody learning path things”, “I don’t understand the value of using Twitter”, “My internet download limits are through the roof”, “Too much coursework and I don’t have time for my other courses”.   I guess I didn’t have much to look forward to when doing the course.

This made me think about how to instil positive attitudes in my future students. Do I want to have a class of students that feel worried, rushed and confused? Particularly about something that they may not have even experienced for themselves. No! Check out these great ideas for building Positive Attitudes in our students.

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After all, there is no use in wasting energy on bad thoughts and ideas over something that might not actually be that bad.   And how is this going to change my semester? I’ve had a think about it…. I already use Twitter, I’ve always wanted to Blog, and I’ve come to be pretty proficient at Feedly over the last 2 weeks. See?! Not so scary after all! So lets just jump on the rollercoaster and see how many positive learning experiences we can have!