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ICT... It's as easy as ABC.
Transcript of ICT... It's as easy as ABC.
By Rosaria Bonomo
A little about me!
My name is Rosaria Bonomo and I am studying a Bachelor in Education (Early Childhood). I currently work as a Director at a Child Care Centre.
This presentation will illustrate why it is necessary to integrate ICT's into children's learning, with specific reference to Year 2.
Although I have not undertaken Professional Experience in a school setting to date, important considerations may need to be taken when integrating ICT's into Year 2 learning...
- ICT is an Australian Curriculum Capability.
- The diversity of the learners.
- Access to resources.
- Socio-economic area.
- Motivation of students.
- Level of truancy.
- Previous ICT experience.
So why integrate ICT's into the Year 2 classroom?
1. ICT's engage and motivate children to learn.
2. ICT's develop and support English and Mathematical understandings.
3. ICT's support personal learning paths
Maths and English with ICT.
In order for children to be successful in school, tertiary education and participate in society and work, English and Mathematics skills are essential. Learning with ICT’s support and enrich English and Mathematical understandings. Learning with ICT stems from learning in the constructivist and social constructivism paradigms. Bringing literacy, numeracy and ICT together creates complex tasks requiring higher-order thinking, collaboration between learners and a sense of adventure in learning. Integrating ICT’s in key learning areas like English and Mathematics arms children with a tool for problem solving, conceptual development and critical thinking (Koh, Lim, Lim and Tay, 2012).
ICT's = Engaging and Motivating.
Children learn best when they are interested and engaged. Using children’s interests as the basis for curriculum decision making helps to ensure that learning is not only interesting but also significant and relevant to children (National Quality Standard, 2012). Something that interests 21st century learners is ICT. ICT’s play a leading role in children’s everyday lives. iPod's, iPad's, computer games, just to name a few, can be found in most households. Existing and emerging technologies support experimental learning, promoting and improving motivation and learner engagement (Bocconi, Kampylis, and Punie, 2012).
The children in this video were learning about butterfly metamorphosis and used an iPad to record the fascinating process. It is evident that being able to record the life cycle of a butterfly first hand engaged and motivated the children. Would this experience has been as successful using a textbook?
This example is from a Year 2 class. This child used a literacy tool called Storybird to create an art inspired story called 'My Friends'. This is a fun and creative way to develop storytelling skills.
ICT and Individuality.
To ensure inclusive pedagogical practices, it is imperative that educators strive to create a flexible environment that offers a range of activities and modes that encourage participation by all children, regardless of their age and ability (Australia. Dept. of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations & Council of Australian Governments, 2009). Inclusive practices are essential in order to provide each and every child with equal opportunities to succeed (Abawi, 2013). ICT supports individual learning paths by allowing children to choose a strategy that suits them: by making available a range of vastly different tools that can be used in the same environment; and by allowing the adoption of different approaches to the same topic using a single tool (Forcheri, Molfino & Alfonso Quarati, 2000)
This example is from a Year 2 class who created wanted posters. Children were encouraged to engage in the task in a way that suited individual learning styles. Most of the children used word document to create their poster and some used various tools including clip art, boarders and shapes.
Abawi, L. (2013). Planning for learning. <Power point slides> Retrieved August 10, 2013, from http://usqstudydesk.usq.edu.au/m2/pluginfile.php/115574/mod_resource/content/0/Lectures/Lecture_03_AP/index.htm
Australia. Dept. of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations & Council of Australian Governments. (2009). Belonging, being & becoming. The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.
Bocconi , S., Kampylis , P, G., & Punie, Y. ( 2012). Innovating learning: Key Elements for Developing Creative Classrooms in Europe. Retrieved August 10, 2013, from ftp://ftp.jrc.es/pub/EURdoc/JRC72278.pdf
Forcheri, P., Molfino, M T,. & Quarati, A. (2000). ICT driven individual learning: New Opportunities and Perspectives. Retrieved August 10, 2013, from http://www.ifets.info/others/journals/3_1/forcheri.html
National Quality Standard Professional Learning Program. (2012) Interest- based learning- Using Interests, Not Just Following Them. Retrieved August 10, 2013, from http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/nqsplp/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/NQS_PLP_E-Newsletter_No37.pdf
Koh, J,H,L,. Lim, C,P., Lim, S,K., & Tay, L,Y. (2012). Pedagogical approaches for ICT integration into primary school English and mathematics: A Singapore Case Study. Retrieved August 10, 2013, from http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet28/tay.html
Question Marks [Image]. (2013) Retrieved from http://www.aumethodists.org/faith-questions/
School Children [Image]. (2013) Retrieved from https://www.strathcona.vic.edu.au/learning/early-learning-centre/
Switched on ICT (n.d) Recording the butterfly lifecycle using iMotion. Retrieved August 10, 2013, from http://www.switchedonict.co.uk/recording-the-butterfly-lifecycle-using-imotion/
Think Outside the Box. (2013) ICT @ Saint Roberts. Storybird. Retrieved August 10, 2013, from http://strobertsict.global2.vic.edu.au/2013/07/22/storybird/
Think Outside the Box. (2013) ICT @ Saint Roberts. Wanted Poster. Retrieved August 10, 2013, from http://strobertsict.global2.vic.edu.au/grade-2kt/
"The kids are the ones who drive technology use; we have to be open to letting that happen."