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Why we should care more about who our future teachers will be — Education & Skills Today

By Noémie Le DonnéAnalyst, Directorate for Education and SkillsImage credit: Education and Employers, “Drawing the Future”“What would you like to be when you grow up?” is not only an adult’s favourite icebreaker when speaking with children – it’s also a key consideration for policy makers who truly care about students’ futures. This is especially true…

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Back to blog

So, it’s been a LONG time since I have posted and to be honest, I did not think I would post again. However, I think it might be good for me. Now that I am in my final year of study and completing my GTPA course this semester, much emphasis has been situated around reflective practice. Now in my opinion, blogging just might prove an ok way to participate in this. Admittingly, I probably will not share my professional, critical reflections on this space, but it might serve as an effective ‘reflective practice’ to ensure the sanity of my ‘head space’. 

Juggling full-time study and my high, priority job as CEO of my two children (7 & 6) ensures plenty of rushing, coffee, hugs, lazy hair-do’s, time-watching, yawning, crying, laughing and the occasional glass of wine! (In no particular order) Seriously, my kids are amazing and I am so thankful that they ‘roll with it’ for me. Am so excited to walk across that stage, receive my degree and turn and salute my two biggest fans.

The below quote seems appropriate. Believe me, I never would have imagined that I would be taking this journey towards my childhood dream of becoming a teacher. If you want it, work for it and don’t be afraid to chase it!

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Post course thoughts

I have not posted for quite a while as have been snowed under with professional experience commitments and completing end of semester assignments. Interestingly, over professional experience, I encountered a lot of digital technology practices. Observing the engagement factor was immediately obvious. Especially, with Year 2 students. However, it also soon became apparent the ever-present difficulties with efficiency and continuity in ICTs actually working. Discussing this with many teachers, it appears an ongoing problem. Stable, efficient, internet connection, equipment working properly, these are just a few issues that cause frustration to not only teachers, but also students. The valuable, lesson time consumed by problematic issues, such as these, causes much disappointment. How this can be overcome, I am unsure of. Although, what I am sure of, is the empowerment in learning, witnessed by students utilising ICTs as learning resources.

Perhaps an interesting read for some

by Pablo Fraser Analyst, Directorate for Education and SkillsNoémie Le DonnéAnalyst, Directorate for Education and Skills“What happened in school today?” is a question that many parents across the world ask their children when they get home. Many parents also attend school meetings in order to understand how their child’s learning is developing. They talk with both children and…

via Entering the “black box”: Teachers’ and students’ views on classroom practices — Education & Skills Today

Wrapping up

Well, as I prepare to complete my course work for EDC3100 and assignment 3, I pause to reflect on the challenges presented in this course.

Interesting that our lecturer Chris, has affirmed many times, that this course “was not about teaching us ICTs but how to implement ICTs to transform student learning.”  I certainly beg to differ!

I began this course with much trepidation about the whole technology concept. My knowledge and experience with ICTs was extremely limited, to say the very least! However, through many, exhausting hours, I have researched and discovered a whole new world I knew nothing about. The extensive availability of ICTs for teaching and learning is completely mind-blowing! Through this research, I have challenged myself to simply ‘have a go’ and immerse myself in the EDC3100 journey. Having just completed my website for assignment 3, I am truly overwhelmed with the growth in mind-set and actual ICT experience and talent, I have developed throughout this course. My goal is to test-drive my website in one of my future classrooms!

I believe there is great emphasis on the learning partnership between teacher and student in applying this teaching and learning concept of online learning. Developing the website really encouraged me to think of every learning stage and literally put myself in the students’ shoes. This approach to implementing ICTs to construct and transform student learning will definitely be an asset to my teacher’s toolbox and an approach I eagerly embrace.malcolmx1

Observation

Last week I returned to visit my prac class from last semester. My previous mentor and I built a wonderful relationship and as did the students and I, so it was lovely to see them all again.

Interesting and quite ironic, that I should walk in on some ICT being utilised. Well, allow me to elaborate. Approximately half of the class were using their own devices to complete a history assessment, by producing a PowerPoint presentation. The remaining half without their own devices, were creating a poster presentation, including printed photos and handmade artefacts.

What really astounded me, was in my observation of this activity, I saw many wonderful, exciting, special effects being played with and trialled by those students creating PowerPoints. However, those producing posters, had included far more actual written information and interesting facts. Their application of understanding was increasingly more evident. More information, more thought processes, more skills (drawing, diagrams, creative placement of artefacts) and genuinely more effort was greatly observed by those students without their own device.

From this observation, I pose the question for reflection and consideration. Is ICT use an easy option? Are our students actually gaining effective understanding and importantly demonstrating their understanding sufficiently with the use of ICTs? How do we overcome these ‘gaps’?

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