ITS as a learning tool

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ITS as a learning tool

Author: Brodee Callinan

Australian CurriculumThe Australian Curriculum states "Technologies enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally. Australia needs enterprising individuals who can make discerning decisions about the development and use of technologies and who can independently and collaboratively develop solutions to complex challenges and contribute to sustainable patterns of living" (ACARA, 2015, Technologies).The Australian Curriculum has developed a significant outlook to how technology in education all over Australia will build an engaging 21st century classroom. This is outlined by two subjects consisting of design technologies and digital technologies, the Australian curriculum states "Design and Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities" (ACARA, 2015, Technologies). And "Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions" (ACARA, 2015, Technologies). As a future teaching professional incorporating both to these subjects will allow students to engage in any area of design and technologies and digital technologies, that incorporates each students ability to learn and develop skills confidently in ICT. Using the Australian Curriculum to devliver content to students will allow a teaching professional to use a range of strategies and learning tools, but most importantly creating a classroom atmosphere that incorporates learning but also meets a professional standard. Throughout the use of ICT each teaching professional will need to refer to a variety of standards that require certain principles in delivering content. This means for a future educator becoming familiar with these particular standards is crucial. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 will help a future educator in implementing professionalism in the classroom. Professional Standards:Professional knowledge: Standard 1 - Know students and how they learnStandard 2 - Know the content and how to teach itProfessional Practice:Standard 3 - Plan for and implementeffective teaching and learningStandard 4 - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environmentsProfessional Engagment:Standard 6 - Engage in professional learningReferring to all of these standards will allow a future teacher to implement professional knowledge, engagement and practice in a classroom filled with learning individuals that require a set structure of learning professionalism.

Classroom PracticeThroughout the learning process of introducing Information and Communications technologies (ICT) to the classroom, each child will be required to follow a range of learning activities. This means that each child will gain knowledge by a teaching professional implementing a structure set of learning/teaching strategies in developing knowledge and skills in the ICT contnet area. Once a student has applied him or herself to a range of activities they will be intorduced to SAMR and TPACK strategies by a teaching professional, this will outline a range of enhanment strategies to help children understand the ICT content clearly. SAMR and TPACK have a range of learning criteria that a teaching professional will apply to engage their individual learning. SAMR consists of; Redefintion - Use of iBooks, Author creates a range of media rich material, ePub books which can be shared globally.Modification - Camera functions to record oral retells, record the reading for feedback, synthesis of learning.Argumentation - Basic functions of eBooks are used to read to me comments and definitions.Substitution - ebooks are used in reading groups and ipads. TPACK consists of; Content - Learning Areas - Australian Curriculum Pedagogy - How strategies and methods for teaching and learning. Technology - Tools, platforms and software. Throughout the use of teaching and learning practices in ICT a future educator is able to help students connect with the content by applying these classroom practices to help students achieve the learning outcome.

Information and Communications Technologies

ICT as a Learning ToolThroughout the course of understanding Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) I believe I am able to communicate with children in a more engaging and influential way by assessing their individual learning styles. Developing as a teaching professional I was able develop skills and acquire a significant amount of knowledge in ICT, becuase of the clear instruction and structured learning in the course. This I believe is just one aspect of technology I will implement in my classrrom by allowing studetns to learn through a set structure of projects in ICT so they can not only use technology in a classroom but a home and real world environment.

Developing Understanding


Developing understanding in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) has allowed a future educator to apply a range of teaching strategies in communicating with ICT, investigating with ICT, and creating with ICT. Once each child has developed this understanding, they are able to gain knowledge and skills to further their learning in the ICT area. Throughout the learning process of ICT, each child will develop skills and knowledge using a variety of learning tools and resources. This means that the effectiveness of each stage of learning in ICT will allow students to retain as much knowledge as possible, and have them drawing on that same knowledge in future ICT learning areas. Throughout the use of ICT students will become more accessable in a way by communicating and connecting with other students by relating to the same areas of interest. This I believe is a postive for students engagement when it comes to delivering content to students who find it hard to engage in not just ICT but other subjects aswell. For example; having students to engage in reading and writing will allow a teaching professional to implement an ICT component in reading as an enagagement tool. This means that some or all students will be able to use digital technologies to read and write, which essentially will become an advantage in future learning outcomes.

Information and communications technologies is outlined by the way studetns learn, develop and grow as young individuals in a digital technology society. A study conducted by Mid-Pacific, Information and Communications Technologies Centre (MPICT) states "Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) education is basically our society’s efforts to teach its current and emerging citizens valuable knowledge and skills around computing and communications devices, software that operates them, applications that run on them and systems that are built with them" (MPICT, 2015, Technologies).ICT is essential to the future of students development in a 21st century society, were each inidivdual has a different degree of learning and accessability to information that is crucial to learning as a young australian in 2015. I have an opinion that each student will need to develop their individual technology skills to equip themselves with learning tools in the future. This is outlined by a future teaching professional by defining all aspects of life that incorporate some sort of ICT component. For example; using a cash register for a job, using a particular software on a computer and even using a mobile phone device to send a message. All of these examples have a component that involves the use of ICT whether the studetns think so or not, they will need to develop competency in skills and knowledge in the field of information and communication technologies.

All About Information and Communications Technologies

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