ICT in children’s play

ICT in children’s play

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Children come across all kinds of technologies in their homes and in the local environment and learn, not just the skills of using them but their cultural and social importance. The children also become competent users of devices such as mobiles phones and games machines without formal instruction.

Play is intrinsically motivating and enjoyable activity that is central to children’s learning and development (Corrie, 2000). It is widely known that children have right and need freedom to play, and to explore their surrounding world, as well as to develop knowledge and understanding in their own way. Hence, teacher supports and helps to engage children quality play experiences becomes critical part in early childhood years.

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Reference:

Corrie, L. (2000). Learning through play book 1: curriculum and learning outcomes. Western Australia: The University of Western Australia.

Kidblog

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What is Kidblog?

Kidblog is a safe and simple blogs which enables students to publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. It is designed for teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. teachers use blog to maintain complete control over student blogs and user accounts. With Kidblog, students can write anywhere: from the computer lab, at home, and on their iPad or smartphone. And you can stop lugging around all those paper notebooks!

This article talks about kidblog is the hottest blogging platform for students.

Apart from this, this article also talks about the reasons why students should blog. Do have a look on it.

Thanks.

Reference:

Kidblog. (2012). Retrieved September 23, 2013 from http://kidblog.org/home/

Ten reasons your students should be blogging. (2011). Retrieved September 23, 2013 from http://photomatt7.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/reasons-to-blog/

Bradury, J. (2013). Kidblog is today hottest blogging platform for students and teachers. Retrieved September 23, 2013 from http://tcu.teachercast.net/kidblog-is-todays-hottest-blogging-platform-for-students-and-teachers-by-jeffbradbury/

Youtube support children’s learning

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First of all, I would like to say thanks to Crystal and Shan Yuen for sharing her point of view. I personally agree with them that mentioned about Youtube would help children in learning. Youtube is a video sharing website, it allows users to discover, upload, views and share videos. It also provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.

From the video, children are able to learn better on the educational video. For example: Youtube video on “Learn good habits”. Children are able to look through the pictures in the video and learn about the good habits they should adapt to, to make their lives happy.

This is the example of the video I would like to share. Click it to watch.

Reflection on Week 9 lecture

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After gone through on yesterday class (21/9/2013), the first feeling that struggling me is that I am started to feel worry. My practical is going to start very soon, I can say that it is this is the time for me to do my best before becoming the real service educator.

In yesterday class, lecturer do explain to us what is going to do during our practical, this could be very busy as we are going to teach in the school during the 15 days, continues our blog and assignment as well. Lecturer advice us to start on our assignment 3 earlier before our prac start, our assignment are divided into 4 parts, which are Learning Journal, Preparation, Lesson plan and Evaluation. We should start our preparation part to describe our professional experience context and plan our lesson plan first.

Buddies, let’s work hard in our Practical!!!

Good luck everyone.

Thanks.

Interactive White Boards (IWB)

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Interactive Whiteboard (IWB)….      

Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) is an instructional tool that allows computer images to be displayed onto a board using a digital projector (BBC Active, 2010). The use of the whiteboard enable teacher to use his/her finger as a mouse, and manipulate directly on the screen. The items can be dragged, clicked and copied and the teacher can hand write notes, which can transformed into text and saved it.

Beside that, David had also introduced about Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) on Week 9 study desk. He do talks about Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) is a combination of four components:

  1. A touch screen/board.
    This is the bit that looks like a whiteboard but acts like a really big iPad. It is the main interface you and your students use to interact with the computer that is connected to the IWB. Some IWBs allow this interaction to occur by direct touch, others require the use of special pen-shaped devices.
  2. Computer or similar device.
    Whether it’s a teacher’s laptop or a desktop computer, an IWB always has a computer that is connected to the touch screen. It’s this computer that does all the work. There are situations where you can connect devices like an iPad to an IWB.
  3. Data projector.
    The output from the computer needs to be projected onto the touch screen/board, that’s what the data projector is for.
  4. Software.
    The computer connected to the IWB will require some software called a “driver”. This is how the computer knows how to understand what you do with the touch screen. Some makers of IWBs also provide additional software that has special features that depend on the touch screen, more on this later.

One last common component of the IWB ecosystem are the peripherals you can connect to the computer. Many of these are the same peripherals you would connect to any computer (e.g. a camera, scanner etc.) but there are some which are particular useful in a classroom setting (more on these later).

To know more about the information on Interactive Whiteboard (IWB), please do have a look on Crystal’s blog.

Thanks.

 

Reference:

BBC Active. (2010). What is an interactive whiteboard? Retrieved on September 19, 2013, from http://www.bbcactive.com/BBCActiveIdeasandResources/Whatisaninteractivewhiteboard.aspx

Reflection on Assignment 3

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After going through the materials in study desk, assignment 3 is designed to help us to prepare, implement and reflect on the use of ICTs in learning and teaching in a real context. This assignment is directly related to our Professional Experience in upon to develop the ICT pedagogy.

Below is the overview of the components of this assignment, this assignment contains of 4 parts in total of 40%.

1) Learning Journal (5%)- As per assignments 1 and 2

2) Preparation (10%)-  500 to 1000 words with the description of your Professional Experience context and how you plan to integrate ICTs into the lessons you teach.

3) Lesson plans (5%)- 5 of the lesson plans you taught during your Professional Experience, including reflection.

4) Evaluation and lessons learned )20%)- 1000 to 1500 words to evaluate the ICt integration on your Professional Experience and identifying lessons you’ve learned for next time.

Thanks to Shireen for sharing her view on assignment 3 as well. Lastly, I hope I will have clearer understanding on this assignment on the coming class.

Thanks.

ICT support special needs children

ICT is a great learning tool to support children with special needs. It helps to enhance children’s learning and promote independent learning. With the help of ICT tools, children will longer depend on people’s help and this would be able to increase student’s self esteem.

Apart from this, I have read an article about “How ICT support students with special educational needs.” There are four aspects to the ways in which ICT influences upon your work with students with special educational needs which are:-

1) How you teach ICT to students with special educational needs.

2) How ICT supports your teaching of students with special educational needs.

3) How ICT supports special educational needs student’s learning

4) How ICT supports your professional development with regards to special educational needs.

This article would show you some of the aspects and explanation of “How ICT support students with special educational needs”.

Lastly, I would like to share a video on “ICT Enhances Learning for Students with Special Needs: Bridging the Communication Gap” where I also found it quiet interesting.

Enjoy your video.

Thanks.

References:

Barron, K. (2013). ICT Enhances Learning for Students with Special Needs: Bridging the Communication Gap. Retrieved September 14, 2013 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzyQkySYI60