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My Final Culminating Statement…

Teaching is all about inspiring, engaging and empowering our children and young people”.

This underpins teaching. Teachers must use their skills and resources available to inspire, engage and empower their students to face society, and I feel technology allows for this to happen.

My original thought of technology was that it only involved word documents, PowerPoint presentations and Internet searches. I had never considered the uses in which this subject had exposed me to. I was not an avid technology supporter, however I believe my opinion has been shifted.

I feel that school communities have developed as classes have created “Class-Homepages” to engage parents in their child’s schooling, which can be seen within Oldfield Brow Primary School. Students are now able to interact through creating their own blogs and class blogs, where students can discuss personal interests and beliefs on intellectual topics. When using blogs, teachers must be vigilant and teach their students about Cyber-bullying and Cyber-Safety, which can be supported by the Governments Cyber-Smart website. Teachers should engage in blogs, and teach of Cyber-Safety, and take that step into the technology world, as a peer stated that it would enhance the students learning.

Technology can be used in many forms within the classroom, such as through the Internet, Interactive Whiteboards and, now, mobile technology, such as i-Pads. Personally, I feel that I gained a lot from learning about these and what it enables teachers to do. The IWB is able to engage student on a practical level, and through experience, this certainly works. Higgens et al (2007) believes that technology should not be used as the focus of a lesson, but as an aspect, and I agree. I used the IWB whilst on Practicum through my Visual Arts lesson to engage the students as well as using it for a Drama lesson, which engage students before starting the focus of the lessons. My cooperating teacher also highlighted using the IWB through Mathematics videos as an introduction to new concepts. I was nervous about engaging in technology, but I feel that it needs to be done to assist our future students, which was supported by my peer.

I feel that students in K to 6 will benefit from using the Internet. Video Conferencing enables students to talk with experts from various fields, such as literacy, as students from twelve schools spoke to author Morris Gleitzman at once through video conferencing. I have learnt that students can engage in once in a lifetime experience. This is done through Live-Streaming. Students can have a personal experience with Polar Bears through National Geographic as well as being able to experience the rare Transit of Venus through the Sydney Observatory, all conducting Live-Streaming.

The newest technological advancement has been the i-Pad. I never thought that it could be used in schools. Reid & Ostashewski (2011) discuss the uses of i-Pads in the classroom, and even though I didn’t get the opportunity to experience i-Pads on practicum, using it during this subject has highlighted its benefit on student learning. I-Pads encourage collaborative learning as well as individual learning, which will benefit students as they are able to learn through different methods.

I always thought that I was able to use technology quite well. Having this skill, I feel, will benefit students as they are able to use the technology available to them as it will enhance teaching and students learning.

The largest impact on me through out this subject was the concept of the “Digital Divide”. As I have stated, technology will enhance education, but only if they have access to it. There is not equality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and I feel that as a pre-service teacher, closing this gap is a high priority. I feel very strongly about this, as seen from my blog-post, and feel localities should not be an issue when it comes to education. The blogger, uksuperiorpapers, highlighted that families in rural and remote areas do not always have Internet access, therefore, students cannot benefit from the gains made in technology. I would love to assist in ‘Closing the Gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian and rural and urban education, as I believe that education must be equal. Those who are passionate about teaching should assist those who have little education facilities and access to technology, as it will enhance their understanding of their surrounds.

Teaching s all about inspiring, engaging and empowering our children and young people. It is about making a difference to future generations.

I feel that with the gains made in technology, teachers should incorporate it into their teaching philosophy and lessons. Technology is new, and unnerving, however we must engage with it. As a pre-service teacher, I am yet to find my “pedagogical feet”, but I am pleased with the valuable information I have learnt and will be able to carry that onto teach the students of the future.

 

 

 

 

 

References: 

A school’s duty of care for students to whom it gives access to cyberspace: Data in (Content Regulation) and Data Out (Privacy). Retrieved May 25, 2012, from www.netsafe.org.nz/Doc…/netsafepapers_grahambassett_duty.pdf

 

A Vision for 2020: Achieve Equity in Education. A Contribution to Public Discussion of the 2020 Summit Idea by Save our Schools – the national independent advocacy group. April 2008. Retrieved April 4, 2012, from: www.valuesineducation.org.au/pdf/sos0804.pdf.

 

Davis, A., &McGrail, E. (2011). The influence of classroom blogging on elementary student writing.Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 25(4) 415-437

 

Flickr (2012). Retrieved June 15, 2012, from:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/iboy/3123487578/

 

Higgins, S., Beauchamp, G. & Miller, D. (2007). Reviewing the literature on interactive whiteboards. Learning, Media and Technology, 32(3), 213-225

 

McCrea, B. (2012). How to Bring Teachers Up to Speed with Technology. Retrieved May 15, 2012, from:

http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/03/14/getting-teachers-up-to-speed-with-technology.aspx

 

Miss Scheuer’s PE3 Blog: Relections on “The influence of classroom blogging on elementary student writing”. (2012). Retrieved March 15, 2012, from:

http://missscheuer.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/relections-on-influence-of-classroom.html

 

National Geographic. (2012). Animals: Polar Bear Cam. Retrieved April 12, 2012, from: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/polar-bear-cam/#

 

NSW Department of Education. (2011). Connecting Leaning in My Primary School. Retrieved May 20, 2012, from:

http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/connected/video/index.htm

 

NSW Department of Education: Careers. (2012). Retrieved May 20, 2012, from:

https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/about-us/careers-centre/school-careers/teaching

 

Oldfield Brow Primary School: Year Five. (2012). Retrieved April 12, 2012, from:

http://www.oldfield-brow.com/classes.aspx?class=Year+5

 

Reid, D. &Ostashewski, N. (2011). iPads in the Classroom – New Technologies, Old Issues: Are they worth the effort?. In T. Bastiaens& M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2011 (pp. 1689-1694). Chesapeake, VA: AACE

 

Sydney Observatory: Watch a Live Stream of the Transit of Venus. (2012). Retreived June 6, 2012, from:

http://www.sydneyobservatory.com.au/watch-a-live-stream-of-the-transit-of-venus/

 

 

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