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’?