FACETIME

FaceTime allows children  to make video calls. This app has huge
potential for collaborative learning. For example, children could
use FaceTime to interview someone who is from another place or country
who could be an expert in a particular area.

In order to FaceTime with someone, they just have to do this by key in their email address.

Integrating Face Time into children’s learning always bring impact as children could see and talk over to the other person no matter where the person is. I have found one of the websites, called LD RESOURCES which talks about using FACE TIME to Teach and Communicate. You may CLICK into it in finding more how FACE TIME could be integrated into lessons as well as how it benefits and maximize children’s learning. 

In one of my lessons during the 15 days of Professional Practice, I did try to integrate it into classroom as the lesson required children to conduct an interview with a mother from Swedish. It was for children to learn more about Swedish culture as well as how families celebrations were celebrated. The interview was conducted in a very wonderful way in the very beginning, however, it was spoiled due to the connection failure of the mother’s area. FaceTime only can be supported when there is a good WIFI connection. Children and I were so disappointed over this.

Lesson learnt for this, as teacher, I should always ensuring everything before the lesson starts, even the connection of the another side of the mother should also be ensured that it would be in good condition. 

Obvious success!

One of the most obvious successes in the implementation of the lessons during my professional practice was the integration of iPads into children’s learning. With the sufficient amount of iPads, children were able access it individually without any problems. In addition, they were highly exposed to the usage of iPads such as the touch screen features at their homes respectively. There were two specific apps that were used, namely, Little Story Maker App and Drawing Free App. These tools were used to assist children in representing and expressing their ideas in a variety of ways. The success of integrating Little Story Maker app into children’s learning about ‘My Family’ could be clearly seen from Lesson One whereby the children created photo stories of themselves from past to present (from baby to preschooler).  From the lesson, it is known that children were given opportunities to apply their knowledge, sequencing and ordering skills that they have learnt and to present it to the rest of the class. The learning outcomes of the lessons were met and the feedback from my mentor was great. In addition, it enhanced children’s learning in seeing the pattern of human’s physical growth from birth to becoming preschooler. This is truly a successful one. 

While browsing through the internet, I have found one great blogpost, named Bloom’s Taxonomy and iPad Apps. It provides us a list of a wide variety of Apps available which matches the levels in Bloom’s Taxonomy. You may check it out. 

ICT Manages Children’s Behavior

After completing the 15 days of Professional Practice, I really can tell that ICTs have the ability to directs children’s behavior while learning in class. One of my friends, Sing Ying actually talked about this few weeks ago in her blog. I totally agree what she mentioned about, that children tend to be more engaged and engrossed in lessons when ICTs are integrated. This simply shows that children love seeing and trying new things. According to Oldknow, Taylor and Tetlow (2010), through integrating ICTs in learning, children’s attention will be engaged desirably which motivates them in learning a particular concept. 

I personally experienced it during my Professional Practice that ICTs could actually draw children attention again and again. With videos especially, could actually stop and cease them from shouting, screaming and even crying in the classroom. Seriously, with ICTs, children’s behaviors can be transformed so fast! 

Sing Ying had tried using computers to manage behavior in children but  I have used iPads to manage their behavior. For example, iPads time was called off due to the misbehavior in children for a particular time and because of this, this group of children would turn out to be good and active in engaging in learning.  

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Children were quietly sitting down on the mat and watching the video played. 

I have found an article from the web which talks about the Effective Classroom Management Strategies for Technology. It has provided us with some ways and method in managing classroom when ICTs are integrated into children’s learning. One of the great example is through pairing or grouping children up into small groups. You may read more on it. 

Effective Classroom Management Strategies for Technology

Reference:
Oldknow, A., Taylor, R. & Tetlow, L. (2010). Teaching mathematics using ICT (3rd ed.). New York: Continuum International Publishing Group.

It’s Reading Time!

Thanks to  Missarnason for sharing with us the  “READING RAINBOW“! It’s a wonderful app which can be used for storytelling in the class. With a slogan of Go Anywhere, Be Anything, it helps the children to read wherever they go and wherever they are! 

I started to search the app in the iTunes App store and I found it and has downloaded it. Besides, I also found a great APP on ESL READING COMPREHENSION. It’s an app which helps children with English as second Language in Reading Comprehension Skills. There is quite a number of my children who are from different countries whereby English is not their very first language. With this app, it can be introduced to the parents so that they can have it for their children at home and I believe that it will help their children in listening, reading and vocabulary skill. 

Apart from that, I also have found a website on the BEST APPS FOR KIDS. You may click and go for it as it provides us a list of Great Apps in helping children to read. 

Creating Stories

Thanks to Miss Kim for sharing with us a great website on which the children are allowed to create stories on their own.  It is a story maker for kids by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. “My Storymaker” was named one of the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association  (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, 2013). Erica, one of my friends actually posted this too last few days ago. She has posted some of the print screen photos unto her blog of the website which helps us to easily understand how it works.  

There is a video in YouTube which clearly explains to you on how to use it and work it with children in class.  It’s really a great tool to allow children in creating a great interactive story and can be useful in so many curriculum on many grade levels.

Happy Mummy’s Day!

It’s been a week that we have started our professional practice. TWO MORE WEEKS to go!  I would say, it’s really exhausting and tiring but it’s FUN & EXCITING to serve the lovely children with a group of wonderful teachers. I’m really so grateful that I have an awesome mentor who is always so helpful and supportive in leading me throughout the last whole week. 

Last whole week , we were all so busy preparing for the mother’s day event which was held on two days ago, 10th of May. I actually came out with an idea in making a short video clip for all the mothers and there was a video named Happy Mother’s Day from Kids in the YouTube inspired me in doing it. You may go and have a look on it! It’s really interesting! 

This was granted by my mentor so within the last whole week I got the children to work together to make it happen. Each child was given a chance  to capture his/her friend’s photo as well as video (what they would want to say to their moms) during free time play and after the snack time. Every child was seemed to be so excited in working with the camera and they were so cooperative and responsive towards this project! 

After taking every one’s photo & video, I gathered & compile it altogether and edited it into a very short video clip. I used Windows Live Movie Maker to edit it as it was easy to use! It was played on last Friday morning for all the mothers to watch and the feedback I’ve gotten from the mothers were so GREAT! It truly made my day!  

The children are taking turn to take photo of one another

The child is taking photo of her work to be inserted into the video.

A series of APPS.

Thank you Emma for sharing a great blog post specifically on the IPAD apps that we can use for young children (Preschoolers)  in the ICTs and Pedagogy Diigo group. You click here to read more of the blogpost by Matt. 

 

 He has posted a list of Ipad Apps that we can use for different areas:

Storytelling: Toontastic, Felt Board, Little Bird Tales, Educreations, Sock Puppets, StoryBuddy 2, My Story, Puppet Pals

Creativity/PlayMy PlayHome, Daisy The Dinosaur, Toca Tea Party, Robot Lab, Where’s My Water,

BooksMonster at the End of the Book, Dr Seuss ABC, Cat in The Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Go Away Big Green Monster, Three Little Pigs

Apps for all areasTeach Me K, Feed Me, Jumpstart Pre, Pirate Phd, Princess Phd

Letter ID/Letter Sound: Starfall ABC, Intro to Letters, Interactive Alphabet, Letter of the Day, Alphabetimals, Alphabet Tracing

Phonics/Word WorkRocket Speller, Alpha Writer, Spell Animals, Sound Sorting, Phonics Fun ( I use phonics fun 1-4), Letter Sounds, ABC Magic 5

Science/GeographyDinopedia, Plants HD, Pocket Zoo, Barefoot World Atlas, Stack the States

MathIntro to Math, Hungry Fish, Counting Board, Math Bingo, Pattern Recognition K, Math Magic, Let’s Make Shapes, Simple Sort

Art/MusiciLuv Draw Animals, Garageband, Drawing Pad, MoMA Art Lab, Kid Art

 

Get to know your CHILDREN

I have selected Google Forms as one of my interest topics! I’ve been using Google for mails as well Google Drive so many years and now only I get to know there is a TOOL named Google Forms which easily helping the teachers in designing an assessment. After reading  Scott’s blog post, I roughly got an idea of what is Google Form. 

Reading from Jennifer’s blogpost, I get to discover Tom Barrett who is a teacher from England has been incorporating  Google Forms into classroom assessment. Here is a link to his blog ‘10 Google Forms for the classroom’ that outlines how he is achieving this great blend of rich ICT experiences into everyday learning and assessment.

Out of ten, there is an example which I want to try implementing it for my children next week. That is “Get To Know Your Class”. It is about gathering some indication from my new class about children’s likes and dislikes, their favorite lessons or their favorite hobbies. I think it will help me to build my relationships with children as I quickly learn more about them.

Things I need..

With the start of 10th week, we are asked to start working on the Part B in the 3rd Assignment which requires us to start planning on which models, tools or approaches that we will be using throughout the three weeks of Professional Practice. 

In the study desk, we can see that the students at Toowoomba  have done a very simple mind-map on “Where will ICT integration into prac ideas come from?” They have actually listed some of the ideas and pathways on where ideas can be come from. This is really useful for me as with these, it enables me to start planning and identifying on which ICT tools or approaches can be implemented in my teaching context.

Candace Merriman and Rachel have come out with a list of ideas which can be found in their blogposts. 

Below are the some examples that I will be using: 

  1. Toolbelt theory
  2. Scootle
  3. Blooms Taxonomy – Blooms Digital
  4. Blogs
  5. Flickr
  6. Google Docs
  7. Backward Design
  8. TIP model
  9. The learning Place
  10. Australian Curriculum
  11. YouTube
  12. TIM – Technology Integrating Matrix
  13. Twitter 
  14. Diigo 
  15. Pinterest 

The Technology Integration Planning (TIP) Model

TIP Model! A brand new thing for me!

Thanks to Roblyer (2006) who developed The Technology Integration Planning (TIP) model. Basically, it is similar with the Backward Design that I have learned in Module two. The model always start with what we want the students to learn and how they will demonstrate their learning. 

Below is the circular process of the TIP MODEL adapted by Mike Wheadon. It suggests that we can start the process at any stage.

1. Deciding the objectives and assessment
2. What advantages does ICT give?

Enhancing – the provision of some form of relative advantage.
Changing- the ability to do something new, something not previously possible.

3. Design ICT integration strategies
4. Organize the learning environment to enable strategies to work
5. What worked well? What needs to be improved?

From above, we can clearly see that  it is always essential to ask questions which keep a focus on why ICT is being integrated into the children’s activities. 

Rachel, one of my coursemates too posted TIP model. She has mentioned the above five steps together with the image of the circular process by Mike. I do agree with Rachel that TIP model is a great and wonderful tool for teachers in integrating ICTs into children’s learning. Teachers can examine the possible problems or issues encountered while teaching through reflecting themselves on a set of questions such as What is the problem I am addressing? and Do technology-based methods offer a solution with sufficient relative advantage?

 

 

Reference: 

Roblyer, M.D. (2006).Integrating educational technology into teaching (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.