marked blog Peer_Criteria_Blog (1)
After reflecting on the peer marking and feedback, I feel that both the marks and feedback that I received were fair and justified. The work that I presented in my blogs was not the finished product, on the day of peer marking I had a handwritten teaching episode but unfortunately it wasn`t presented in my blog and as I only reviewed my blogs in draft form on wordpress prior to peer reflection it was difficult to see and find any spelling or grammar mistakes.
After looking through all of my blogs I was able to identify lots of spelling mistakes and edit them, I also looked at incorporating some of the technology resources that we have used in the classroom and showed ways in which these resources could be used by myself in a classroom setting. I also looked at the links and the photographs used within my blogs to ensure that they reflected on the information/reflections within the blogs that I provided.
Lastly I looked at how the information in the blogs was presented and thought about what I had put in them from another persons point of view. I feel that anyone that views them will understand each topic, through the images and links provided will further build on understandings and hopefully raise questions and encourage engagement and awareness from audience.
solar powered internet cafe
Global Digital Divide
Here is an article about low socioeconomics
Today we are still experiencing a digital divide, this is not just happening in poorer countries but everyday in well developed countries around the world such as Australia. The divide is being created through low socioeconomics with many families not being able to afford what is described by some as a luxury. This means that some children are not having the same opportunities as others and schools are being asked to “bridge the gap!”. High expectations have been placed on the schooling system ranging from the parents, future employers, the teachers delivering education programmes, wider community and government who expect schools to produce students fluent technologically and be able to use and adapt digital and emerging technologies. Students themselves expect digital technology to play a major part in their school life. As an educator this means using technology to enhance learning and carefully selecting learning programmes to enhance lessons, however the use of digital technology can only be effective in a learning environment when teachers know how to use it correctly, unfortunately many do not! Thus still creating a divide.
It is important to know that the internet is the prime weekly source for accessing information, however how do we determine if the reliability of the information we find is true? Information that we acquire is no longer limited to books or single messages, multiple message appear that are hyperlinked have video and /or audio. The set up of false sites are very realistic and are difficult for an adult to determine if the information provided is true or not never mind a child. Therefore we have to remember that when using the internet that there are lots of unreliable sources of information out there. In classrooms it is the responsiblity of the teacher to find safe and secure sites for children to access and The need to question reliability of findings on the internet. When using the internet ensure that you have security software, when online shopping only buy from sites with padlock.
Please click to find some unreliable sites:
I myself only a few weeks ago engaged in accessing an unreliable site, I clicked on a link that a friend of mine shared, whom I know personally had put on facebook about accessing old school photographs fortunately the end result made me laugh but this may not always be the case.
Click to access this site http://worldschoolphotographs.com/pages/wsp.php
During my workshop today I learned how to use pinterest, this is a great way to incorporate individual childrens ideas about one subject in the class, children can present their own work and then the class could work collaboratively to make a class board.
As an educator building skills for children to become digitally fluent they need to expose them to lots of different technologies, for personal skills to improve they need to be given lots of opportunities with a variety of programs and master how to surf the internet with the use of key words. Through consistent use of technologies children learn and acquire new skills through trial and error, these can be greatly improved by the teacher implementing basic practises and providing various experiences such as using technology for different types and ways of learning. The more exposure that children have engaged with technology will undoubtably contribute to their digital fluency. As educators we have to remember that not all children have access to digital technologies at home therefore for some children the only time that they get to experience using technology is whilst at school, this should be taken into account when homework and projects are set. Employers are also digitally expectant. Whether their employees are students doing a part-time job during their secondary schooling or people leaving the education system for the world of work, employers expect them to be able to use digital technologies (Howell, 2012). It is a teachers responsibility to ensure that students are given lots of opportunities to become digitally fluent.
Prezi is a great digital tool which can be used in the classroom for students to work independently or collaborative. This could be used to display individual projects or also for the whole class to use when working on a set topic. This could be used an option for the teacher when trying to accommodate and meet the needs of individual students learning styles and abilities. Students who are not good at expressing their feelings, findings and beliefs by writing them down would find Prezi a fun and engaging activity. It is an easy process to follow, with the end result being creative and professionally set out.
Through digital technology we are contributing to a world of lifelong learners, effective learning in school that is rich in digital technologies will ensure learning longer through life (Howell, 2012). No longer does learning stop when we leave school or university, instead we are being equipped with the skills needed for the careers of today and given the tools to apply them to life. Through the use of digital technology and easy access to the internet we can continue to learn and improve our existing skills, we can find the information we require at the touch of a button and the list of information we find is endless, we make choices on the types of information we need based on what we are looking for, however sites such as youtube allow us to watch video`s giving us the confidence to problem solve on our own. In today`s society if we here someone say ” I don`t know how to do that” the usual response is “google it”! No longer do we have to call professionals to come into our homes to fix things, we just type the question into a search bar and almost instantly answers to our questions appear!. As an educator it is my repsonsibility to provide students with the tools to enable them to succeed in life, this can be done through varied learning experiences and technologies. The role of the educator is to keep up to date with current teaching practises and reflect on own teaching style.