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This is my very very first post. It is the night before the semester starts and im trying to make sure i have a few things organised as my week is always busy with working four days a week and doing three nights with dance fitness and i also do twice a month kids fitness classes that i take to long day care centres.

This blog is part of my final subject for my Early Childhood Bachelor and i cant wait till im fully qualified and able to put the study behind me.

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Day one of practicum

Well I officially survived day one of prac and I have to say the day went very slow. After being in the long day care industry for the last fourteen years and loving a fast paced environment so today was a big adjustment and a chance to step back and observe.

It will be a long three weeks I feel and so far the only time the teacher used any ICT equipment was when she marked the roll in the morning and put up a picture of a kitchen for the children to write sentences for there English subject.

I am hoping during the week we incorporate more ICT’s and on Friday we have a computer lesson and can’t wait for that.

Hoping everyone else’s first day went well. Fourteen days to go ūüôā

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Storypark – Sharing application for Parents in the Early Childhood sector

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As an ECT our centre uses Storypark as our best form of parent involvement and documentation for all students progress throughout their time in a long day care centre. Not only can parents see what their child is up to each day but the parents can also invite other family and friends to view their child’s page and the best part is they can comment on the story that is published so this is a great way to get community/family input into the centre as this is always a tough way to get feedback on a regular basis.

Storypark is a great application for use on the IPads the centre uses and is also available by using a laptop so adjustments can be made. There is also a section that teachers can do teaching plans and document and link any stories or observations relating to the unit plan the class is using. Attached is my current unit planning with the links to each of the stories/observations we published for parents to see.

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These stories/observations are printed and placed into each students learning journal and given to families at the end of the calendar year. ¬†The best part i love about Storypark is that parents are also able to add stories to their child’s page and this can then be shared with the whole class making the experience for all to share.

Storypark is one of the best ICTs applications i have seen in a while in early childhood centres. I can’t wait to see what my experience will be like on prac when i participate in a year three class room.

I’d love to answer any questions anyone may have on this application (and no i don’t get paid from Storypark to promote this app ūüėõ ).

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Running Records Calculator App

An awesome application i was put on to by my lovely friend Robyn was a running record app called Running Records Calculator. This application can help teachers keep track of students progress throughout the year. It is split up between the four school terms so it is easy to see any progression or difficulties students may be having over the year and these can be used to help scaffold each students learning. It gathers all the information from each running record and calculates the information for the teachers.

Unfortunately the application isn’t free but for the low cost of one dollar it is cheap as chips so it’s very affordable to use. I believe this would be a helpful ICT addition to any classroom and would be beneficial when it comes to report cards and evaluation of each students¬†progress throughout the year.

Are there any apps that you consider you could not live without or any you have heard of that you consider will be helpful in a classroom environment?

Application is available for use on IPads or IPhone. This app was developed by fellow teacher David Martin for teachers.

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Assignment two reflection

Well i’ve done it. I finally finished assignment two and submitted it so i can move on and breathe a little easier for a few days till the reality of assignment three kicks in and the horror of it all starts up again.

I really struggled with this assignment as being in a long day care worker for the last fourteen years i really struggle to rewire my brain with different learning ways like we have at USQ. I never planned to work in the state or private school system as Early childhood education is my love and my life and i couldn’t imagine teaching older children. After getting a 11/19 for the first assignment i had to really knuckle down with the study but even this i felt didn’t help after receiving feedback from Craig that i still was not on track and having to start from scratch again.

I found it hard to focus on the content descriptors and not focus on the ICTs as the main part of the assignment.

I have fingers crossed i have done enough to pass this assignment and with one to go and our three weeks prac just around the corner (which im quietly freaking out about) i can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and am for one looking forward too no more studying EVER AGAIN.  Fingers crossed i do enough to graduate and can give the uni life a good earned break.

I’d love to hear how you all felt about this second assignment and your thoughts on prac which is right around the corner. How much longer do you all have till you graduate and what are your plans after uni?

 

Michelle xoxoxo

ICTs in a Prep Christian School environment

I recently took my Kindy age children too a Christian School prep orientation class for a morning session so they can see “How the big kids do it’ at Prep. I was armed and ready with my questions not only for my own classroom environment on how to ensure my Kindy age children are well equipped to cope when they transition to prep in 2018 but also to help with this ICT subject. So when i got a few moments with the Prep teachers my questions came firing out and my note pad and pen was taking notes like i was Flash Gordon.

My first question was “How do they incorporate ICTs into the classroom? They use an Interactive whiteboard (IWB) and also have access to IPads that they borrow from the office for at the same time each week for all computer classes. All students have class once a week with the IPads where they have a full 45 minute session where they plug in their ear phones and participate in learning apps which they do at their own pace. The Prep teacher said the whole class participates at the same time and the class is completely quiet as they immerse themselves into the program. They use the IWB daily in their class room but try not to rely on it for all aspects of the students learning.

My second question was “What training do staff undertake to ensure they are able to assist students in using IPads and the IWB” their response was they have some training but their are ‘younger’ and more trained up staff that can help assist the students if they are unable to work out what went wrong.

I can’t wait to see how ICTs are implemented in the classroom i do my prac in as i am a little excited to see how far classrooms have come since i was a student myself.

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The use of ICTs in the classroom

I have just read a great article about the use of ICTs in the classroom and i wanted to share with you all.

The Use Of ICT In Your Classroom

Most schools and teachers make the same journey when the move from an analogue classroom to a more digital one. ITL Teacher Survey from 2011 contains a chart showing this journey in one picture below:

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Most teachers that are new to using computers in the classroom starts by using Internet as a source of information, using the computer to share content (from teacher to student, the other way around or both ways) and as a substitute for pen and paper, just as is shown in the chart above. There is nothing wrong with using computers this way, but this is not what computers excel at. Todays computers are really, really good at calculating huge amounts of data almost instantly as well as creating simulations, animations and multimedia. The next level for using computers in the classroom should be to start using tools for these ‚ÄĚhigher level use of ICT‚ÄĚ shown in the chart above in the classroom.

Sourced from https://elearningindustry.com/time-level-use-ict-in-your-classroom

Definition of ICT

A great definition of ICTs.

ICT stands for “Information and Communication Technologies.” ICT refers to technologies that provide access to information through¬†telecommunications. It is similar to¬†Information Technology¬†(IT), but focuses primarily on communication technologies. This includes the¬†Internet, wireless networks, cell phones, and other communication mediums.

In the past few decades, information and communication technologies have provided society with a vast array of new communication capabilities. For example, people can communicate in real-time with others in different countries using technologies such as instant messaging, voice over IP (VoIP), and video-conferencing. Social networking websites like Facebook allow users from all over the world to remain in contact and communicate on a regular basis.

Modern information and communication technologies have created a “global village,” in which people can communicate with others across the world as if they were living next door. For this reason, ICT is often studied in the context of how modern communication technologies affect society. (Sourced at¬†https://techterms.com/definition/ict)

What other ones have you found since starting EDC3100?

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