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iPads for Education

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Learn about the Victorian iPads for Learning trial. Explore specially selected apps, classroom ideas and technical tips for using iPads in education.
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The 'iPads for Education' is an initiative from the Victorian Government to improve learning outcomes amongst students. The initiative claims that carefully selected apps and classroom teaching strategies have proven thoroughly effective for bridging the gap for low achieving students.

 

In my current career position, I am working with a young man that has Autism and is also non-verbal. Communication with this child is often difficult and as a result he can sometimes become frustrated and unable to deal with the situation he is in. Hoping to seek a possible solution, I went and spoke with the child's teacher who noted that their classroom iPad was a great method for communicating with the child and also, for engaging him with the learning content. This identifies with the initiaitve from the Victorian Government.

 

In my endeavours to purchase an iPad that the child can use whilst in our care, the company that I work for, was signifcantly concerned about the security and safety considerations. Whilst supervision is the key for ensuring the safety of the child, I am also worried about possible implications for the child if he was exposed to unsuitable content.

 

How can we ensure that all technologies used by students are thoroughly safe and secure and appropriate for their developmental needs?

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Technology could help schools reduce paper use and related costs

Technology could help schools reduce paper use and related costs | Technology in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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This article is thoroughly powerful and positively influences the push towards the value of the technology curriculum. Not only does technology impact on the meaningful connections that students make with their learning, but it also reduces a very large concern for schools; money.

 

There is no doubt that technology reduces the use of paper amongst school and now we are welcoming that immersing students in the technology curriculum will also mean that schools can use money traditionally spent on paper resources for other funding opportunities.

 

Having spent a significant amount of time in schools I have seen teachers constantly lining up at the photocopier. This is costing the school  lot of money in paper, but more importantly it is eliminating the students' opportunity to seek, gather and research their own information.

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Solar Energy for Kids

Solar Energy for Kids | Technology in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Welcome to solar energy for kids! Make a homemade solar cooker, see a solar energy diagram or solar energy picture here at solar energy for kids.
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Solar energy technology is a movement towards more sustainable practices in the future. As students in the 21st century, they will be encouraged to adopt sustainable practices into their own education and way of living.

 

The ability to recognise sustainability is a noted component of the Australian Draft Curriculum for Technology and trying these solar power experiments with students is bound to motivate their sustainable mind.

 

I was recently given the opportunity to create solar powered vehicles with my students and the results were amazing. Not only did we create one vehicle, but we ended up making about ten different vehicles that were powered by the sun. Since then I have witnessed the children discussing how else they could harness the sun's energy; with one student suggesting that we should use the sun's energy to power our computers. This demonstrated the student's ability to transfer their knowledge into a new context and consider the implications of their actions for the future.

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Moodle: open-source community-based tools for learning

Moodle: open-source community-based tools for learning | Technology in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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Moodle is a fantastic online resource for connecting the school and home environments. Through using the free Moodle application students are able to continue their learning between the two environments. This would enable students to access curriculum content if they were unable to attend school for a significant amount of time and also creates a portal of communication between teachers and parents.

 

The Moodle community would also benefits the collaboration between educators and enable them to discuss and share their knowledge of curriculum content.

 

As a future educator, I believe Moodle has the potential to provide greater access to curriculum nterpretation by all stakeholders.

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Changing Barriers into Enablers

Changing Barriers into Enablers | Technology in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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I believe that this article is thoroughly important for changing the sceptical views of the value of the technology curriculum. The article is aimed at educators and other stakeholders and focuses on barriers that can easily be overcome.

 

The article details that barriers to teaching the curriculum can be overcome with:

-Confidence

-Subject Knowledge and Professional Development

-Support

-Curriculum Flexibility

-Attitude

 

From these 5 aspects, I belive that curriculum flexibility is thoroughly important for enabling the technology curriculum. From my understanding, a lot of educators are unsure how to implement technology into the curriulum without it taking time away from other curriculum content that they may considered more important: such as english or mathematics. The technology curriculum can be successful if educators are given the tools to create a curriculum that integrates creativity, cross-curricular priorities and other learning areas.

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Learning Clip Maths Assessment for Learning

http://www.learningclip.co.uk Primary Maths Assessment for Learning using technology. School using online maths resources with student handheld devices to re...
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Learning Clip is a relatively new online mathematical resource that offers educators an expanse of interactive activities, eduational clips and printable resources. Basic registration is free, giving additional access to parents and students at home. On the other hand, this resource has been developed in the United Kingdom, which means it does not align with the outcomes of the Asutralian Curriculum. This could prove problematic; however, can be overcome once educators understand the organisation of the content.

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GameMaker: Studio™

GameMaker: Studio™ | Technology in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Fast, cross-platform games development: GameMaker:Studio is the perfect tool to develop casual and social games for iOS, Android, desktop and the web from a single source.
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Using Game Maker Studio, students can create both simple and advance games that explore a wide range of curriculum content.

 

I tried making my own game and was surprised at how user-friendly the progam was and I was quickly able to navigate the appropriate commands and tools needed to achieve my desired result.

 

Game Maker Studio would be thoroughly beneficial across a range of learning areas. For example, students could work as a class to discover angles and directions by collaboratively creating a game that adhered to the commands and tools of Game Maker Studio. The teaching practices would then transfers from explicit and guided instructions to independent exploration, as students attempted to design their own game that demonstrated their understanding of using technology to create angles and directions. Students may also choose to use a different animation program, which allow them to adapt their knowledge into a different context.

 

I urge you to try this program yourself and then you will realise how engaging this could be for your class of students.

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Resources for schools

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This website provides links to resources that Australian schools can use to inform their students about world, social and ethical issues. This is an aspects of the Draft Australian Curriculum for Technology and is thoroughly important to create citizens that are informed and can confidently participate in a wide range of situations.

 

I am particularly drawn to the 'Making Multicultural Australia' website, which provides educators with resources to assist with creating an inclusive environment for all learners. This can be significantly difficult for educators, as students bring a wide variety of experiences to their classroom. I believe that similar resources are valuabe for bridging the gap for ESL learners, as it would promote greater access to their first language, which would allow them to create their own connections with the Australian Curriculum.

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Social Stories

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The Social Stories app is available in a vairety of formats and provides educators with a teaching tool and promotes social responsibility and understanding.

 

Teamwork and ethical responsibility is a key component of the Technology Curriculum and therefore, this app would be thoroughly beneficial with younger learners and learners with additional needs.

 

I have had experience with this app with students with additional needs and have witness the transformation in understanding for these learners. Being able to create a instant visual instruction for the student that was appropriate to our context allowed the student to continue using this knowledge in future practices.

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The relationship between technology and creativity

The relationship between technology and creativity | Technology in the Classroom | Scoop.it
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There has been a great debate that technology stifles creativity amongst young learners; however, this article explores the positive relationship between technology and children.

 

Personally, I strongly correlate with the opinion that technology facilitates a student to make-meaning from the world around them, which then enables them to employ their own individual and creative view of the world. The article also mentions that creativity expands beyond picking up a paint brush and technology allows students harness creativity to synthesis their processes across a range of curriculum areas. For example, one of your students may be struggling in a group situation where they are unable to voice their opinion; using an online forum environment all students could communicate at their own leisure without possible face-to-face conflicts. This is a positive aspect of technology that is identified in the Draft Australian Curriculum.

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Children and Technology

A film project for my Child Development class, including some kids I interviewed and a few clips
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This video clips details an interesting child's perspective of technology in his life. It also explores the trimuphs and areas of concern that technology can provide to education. It is amazing to witness the successes of the Preparatory students with their letter reocgnition due to the assistance of technology. However, on the other hand, the view of possibly exposing children to too much technology may be causing detrimental effects.

 

Personally I believe that the technology curriculum is thoroughly important for 21st century learners, as they endeavour to become active and informed citizens. I have no doubt that technology needs to be used in conjunction with explicit and guided instruction to equip students with the knowledge to engage with technology effectively and appropriately.

 

What are your thoughts: Is technology a valuable resource for teaching and learning?

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Google SketchUp

Google SketchUp | Technology in the Classroom | Scoop.it
Google SketchUp, free download. Google SketchUp 8.0.16846: Powerful yet accessible 3D modeling software.
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Google SketchUp is a fantastic software that is suitable for upper primary students. Users can create 3D art with simple and user-friendly tools. The initial walkthroughs are thoroughly beneficial for understanding how the program works. This software is not suggestable for younger users; however, it would be an interesting software to use with ESL learners to witness how they see the world around them.

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