The General Capabilities
of Ethical Understanding, Personal and Social Capability and Critical and Creative thinking, are in accordance with expectations of General Capabilities
Additional resource for the Digital Technologies unit plan
Students will investigate the components of a flashlight and create a flashlight of their own, using recycled materials.
from the Australian Curriculum.
The Design and Technologies
resource will use Content Descriptions of Knowledge and Understanding (ACTDEK013)
and the Processes and Production Skills (ACTDEP017)
The General Capabilities
of Personal and Social Capability and Critical and Creative Thinking, are in accordance with the expectations of Australian Curriculum
Like Aaron, music was a success. We didn’t use the IWB, we used the CD player. The students had 6 picture symbols to choose from and were able to decide which music they would like to play their instruments too. Pop music, Australian Indigenous, African Indigenous, Instrumental, Classical and Rob’s music (their music therapist on CD). The students had made digeridoos, clackers and pasta drums in previous classes. Along with these and a variety of other instruments they would choose their song and their instrument. At times we sat, other times we wiggled and other times we marched around the room. The really enjoyed themselves. While the IWB may have been a good source of digital technology, the good old CD player did the trick.
Unfortunately, I have two catch up days ahead, so prac isn’t quite finished yet.
Like all of you, I have another subject on the go. I’m sure many of you have two or three other subjects on the go at this time. What I am really looking forward to doing is the Functional Assessment required of my other subject, as part of my assignment. The ICTs are interesting to incorporate, but looking at the function of behaviours are equally interesting. Today, the child I intend to focus the functional assessment on has been wonderful. I used the Yes/No button app, during the maths lesson and it went down a treat.
Like Erin, I have been intrigued by the new Pedagogies. I was surprised how easily something can move from being a strategy to a pedagogy, to suit the situation. Of course, its not as simple as ABC, but it is interesting how things can fit depending on the way it is used or the approach to it.
I have been trying to think outside the square with ICTs, how to really make it my pedagogical approach? I find it is such an engaging approach to teaching and learning, so how else can I use it? I found a yes/no app. I have downloaded it onto my mobile phone and will use it when asking “Do you want a turn?” The child can tap either yes or no and the app will say the word for the child. I only wanted it to say either yes or no, not all of the alternatives to yes or no. I discovered, that when you go into settings I could change the setting to suit what I wanted. Will try it out tomorrow.
Like, Erin, I have found ICTs are best implemented as a whole group. Even the example I am using, the students will be sitting as a group, although, they will answer individually.
This may be the pedagogical approach to teaching and learning at the moment but I much prefer seeing children engaging in small groups, in/outdoors learning.
I found some free ebooks and a comic ebook you can create. I was hoping to find something I can add photos too, for the preppies, at this stage I haven’t. It does seem to be a good resource to have up one’s sleeve though.
Like S.Croft, I find feedback invaluable. I really appreciate the approach some mentors are taking i.e. a couple of points for warm and cool feedback. I find I need the encouragement as well as the cool feedback. For me, something that has come through in the last couple of pracs and is still coming through, is improving my behaviour management skills. I really see the importance of being able to manage a class well, to create a safe and educational learning environment, and really, at my age, I thought I’d have it down pat, I sure do in the home:). So, just quietly, that is the goal I have given myself to really work on. Aiming, to hear consistent warm feedback in this area before my times up.