I commence my final week of prac tomorrow which also means I commence my final week of Semester 1. It has been great learning about the large variety of aspects in this course, especially learning about what ICT’s actually transform learning.
Before enrolling in this course, I would have always assumed that incorporating ICT’s would just be putting up a PowerPoint on the screen. After reflecting on the RAT framework I now know how wrong I was and what incorporating ICT’s really means for the classroom. After being on prac I have observed a range of ways that the school uses technology, whether that be marking the roll digitally, or using iPads or an interactive whiteboard. I have come out of this course much more knowledgeable about great apps and online teaching resources that can be used, along with what actually counts as an ICT. At the beginning of the course when I took the “Is this an ICT?” quiz, I was immensely surprised by the things that actually count as an ICT (smart light bulbs??) and what doesn’t. I guess I instantly assumed that an ICT is a computer or a smart phone.
I have learned a lot from interacting with my EDC3100 peers online, whether that be sharing links with each other or collaborating over our assignments, I sincerely cannot thank them enough for the support and online interaction we have had for this course this semester.
As for the assignments, as much as they were infuriating at times they were still the most engaging and interesting assignments I have probably ever done. The creation of my learning experiences and website and this blog brought out the creative teacher side to me which was a nice break from the academic uni student side to me.
While on the topic of this blog, I probably won’t be updating it further from here but it was a great learning experience.
This is Kate signing off.