The future

Here is a youtube clip about future ICTs. What they will look like and how they will work. I think ICTs are developing and advancing at such a fast rate that in the next decade life will have changed a lot because of their input.

 

A few to go

Almost there, only a few days to go and the course is over. I have found that I am a few blog posts short of my required amount. So the question, what do I write about. I was looking through some other students blogs for some inspiration and came across one of Blake’s posts were he mentioned he had the same problem. He came up with the idea of posting some forms of ICTs that were new to him. Blake had some awesome footage of cars drifting that was taken with a new camera lense. I will try and think of and search the net for some interesting uses for ICTs that I do not yet know of and then share them for my last few posts.

RSA animate

While I was on prac my mentor got me on to some RSA animate clips that were very interesting. I started with the ones that related to education and teaching, but found myself watching a few more. The are put together very well and cover interesting topics (including education) all by using illustrations over a voice. Here is the link – RSA animate, if you get time to have a look.

Developing my knowledge

ICTs have never been my strong point, but this course has given me such an insight into the world ICTs that I would not otherwise have had so much to do with. It has forced me to face up to my hesitations of using ICTs and helped be become a little more knowledgeable with them. I will continue my journey feeling a little more confident the I can use ICTs to benefit and engage students in learning. Although it has been challenging and very stressful at times and I am glad it will be over soon, I think it is of great benefit to my future as a teacher.

This is a great picture

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I think it visualy discribes how many of us in this course feel. Including myself.

Farkry mentioned in a recent post about observing students helping out teachers with the ICT technical problems; the teacher being taught by the student. This is something I have also noticed in my experiences in the classroom. The ease at which students appear to use and navigate social media, technology etc…. like it is not something new or foriegn – which i suppose, for most of society’s teenagers, it is not!

Although I appreciate ICT’s and have come to value the use of ICT’s in education (i’m doing a degree via ICT!!), i’m still not convinced that i would enjoy using ICT as a ‘hobby’ or an activity that I engage in for pleasure….like most of ou rhigh school students do!

The footprints we leave!!!!!

This course has got me thinking more about the digital footprints we leave behind when using technologies such as computers…..footprints-sand2

….In particular my own digital footprints. With all the new trends in ‘blogging’, sites such as ‘Freedly’ and other accounts that I have activated recently as part of my learning in this course, I feel a little uncomfortable about who will be able to see my activities. I know this sounds paranoid, but I have never been one who likes to put things out there for the world to see.

I think this is an important issue that needs to be explored in high school, and students need to understand the potential implications.

I read an interesting article about this in the Age Tread very carefully … you’re leaving digital footprints. Students often don’t think when using social media and other ICT’s; they act on impulse and emotion and post things on the world wide web that they may later regret. Of course, then it is too late – even if a post, blog, photo is removed, it is still accessible in many aspects.

ICT and students

I just finished reading a blog that Rachel posted about students being comfortable with using ICTs. I would be confident to say that most teenage students these days have advanced knowledge of ICTs (facebook, snapchat and researching the internet) compared with teenagers 10 years ago. For this reason, it would be a mistake not to encourage this skill and try to incorporate ICTs into the classroom. I’m sure most students would be as, if not more proficient navigating around the technological world than most teachers. So by developing ICTs to use for learning in the classroom it is tapping into something the students are already familiar with and engaged in. Why not use student’s strengths as a method of learning?

Thor