Edmodo ….. a teaching resource

(NEA leads educational network, 2015)

Name of teaching resource

Edmodo

Weblink (if web based)

https://www.edmodo.com/home

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

Use with students and families for all year levels particularly at primary school level (R-7).

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

Use for whole class with individual access for students and families. Entries can be shared or private and be used to upload homework, routines and reminders.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

This would support all learning areas within the Australian Curriculum (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, 2012) and the school values particularly around communicating with families.

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

Children develop their technology skills through needing to check their account each day. It provides open communication between teacher and families as well as giving the families an insight into the classroom each day. It is an easy resource to use, upload information and share homework, if any.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

Families not having the technology in their own homes to be able to access the materials and needing to ensure once the commitment has been made for the teacher to upload information, keeping up with this.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

This would continue to be used,  no matter what year level, and throughout the year continue to add resources to it for the students and the families. I would like this to be seen as a one stop shop for students and families with everything to do with the class available in there.

References

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/

NEA leads educational network. (2015). Retrieved from http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/19/nea-leads-educational-network-edmodos-25-million-series-c/

Pinterest….. as a teaching resource

(Tools to measure your pinterest, 2015)

Name of teaching resource

Pinterest

Weblink (if web based)

https://www.pinterest.com/shaagy1/patterning-for-4-6-years-old/

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

Use with children in classes from 4-6 year olds (preschool  to year 1).

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

Use with individual children and whole class depending on the children’s current understanding, level of ability and what outcome you are hoping to achieve.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

This would be most appropriately used in Mathematics, focussing on patterning and algebra Australian Curriculum (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA, 2012).

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

This resource can provide you with a variety of ways of teaching patterning to support and enhance children’s learning to reach the outcomes that you want to achieve with the Australian Curriculum (ACARA, 2012). You do have access to a variety of resources and ideas that other teachers around the world have also used and tried out.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

This resource is more for teachers to use to support their teaching style but can limit you to what you can do if there is not much information available. some of the resources that are available are from other countries, such as America, and may require some adaptation to them before using.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

This resource would be a great place to build a variety of boards to support the subjects in ACARA (2012) and any information that families may also be looking for that  could be kept to use in the future.

References

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/

Tools to measure your pinterest. (2015). Retrieved from https://www.zeekeeinteractive.com/tools-to-measure-your-pinterest-roi.php

Edmodo… great way to communicate

(Edmodo groups, 2015)

Edmodo is an interactive digital resource for students and families to use to be able to communicate with the teacher. This resource allows teachers to be able to provide children with their homework, reminders and communications as well as a place to be able to communicate with their parents.

https://www.edmodo.com/home#/

References

Edmodo groups. (2015). Retrieved from https://sites.google.com/site/hawaiistem/edmodo-groups

Pinterest to support teaching

(five ways brand can leverage pinterest, 2015)

A one stop shop to support teachers with ideas and resources about patterning for 4-6 year olds to enhance the learning and outcomes that they wish to achieve within their classroom. Through this resource it provides other ideas and angles that other teachers and educators have used to engage children and they can be adapted to suit the context in which you work.

References

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Digital fluency

It is hard to believe the amount of changes that have occurred within the digital technology space since I was at school. I remember when overhead projectors were used and the teachers placed everything on a transparency sheet, now students have smart boards and iPads as basic resources in their classrooms. How the digital world has changed over time……..

https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/cartoons-on-digital-natives-and-immigrants/

Developing digital fluency in a classroom with students would be challenging and exciting for many of us particularly as the students that we would be teaching have grown up in the world of digital change.  Jennifer Howell (2012) discusses in her book how some students would be more fluent in digital technology than others due to their exposure in the home. As a teacher this is something that would need to be considered when introducing any learning through digital resources, how do we best support all of the children?

Providing students with the opportunity to explore technologies freely supports them to become ‘technology innovators” (Howell, 2012). As an upcoming teacher reading the information about what children in year 4 would have as basic knowledge makes me realise brushing up on my skills are important too. Research has identified that students in a classroom where technology is used, perform higher than those in a classroom without technology (White, 2013).This really highlights the importance of technology.

http://diginomica.com/2014/10/24/hr-strategy-ready-digital-natives/

For a lot of children, they have had the exposure in the early years to technology, basic as it may seem, it is now the task of the primary year teacher to incorporate this into effective learning while building on prior skills (Howell, 2012). After all, this is the way of the future, basic skills are the foundation for new skills. How do we support families to be involved with technology as well?

Imagehttps://hayleyandsteve1.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/topic-6-digital-fluency/

References

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT; Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne, Vic. Oxford.

White, G. (2013). Digital fluency : skills necessary for learning in the digital age. Melbourne, Vic. ACER.

The digital world in education…..

The digital world is forever growing, evolving and expanding and it has come a long way in a really short space of time. Our children have been exposed to the technologies their entire lives so as a teacher it is really important to ensure that you are up to date with what is happening out there and the best way to teach using these technologies. What is your digital pedagogy? (Howell, 2012).

Within Reggio Emilia they talk a lot about pedagogy and they employ pedagogistas (a pedagogical coordinator) who support in all aspects of the schools. Reggio Emilia has always been so inspired and involved with the children in the digital world, from using projectors to cameras and they move with the technology (Edwards, Gandini & Forman, 2012). The inspiration that I take from Reggio Emilia is that they never once just put the technology in the room for the children, they work with the children to discover together what the technology was about, they use the technology to teach as well as research.

From a workshop in Reggio Emilia.  Light, projection and video camera - materials in dialogue that invite exploration of digital/virtual and multiple/real selves

Light projection – Reggio Emilia (Debi Keyte-Hartland, 2015)

As a teacher I would like to share and expose my class to the digital world and use the Australian Curriculum (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2012) digital technologies subject to support me but i need to make sure there is an even balance between this and text books. We also have to remember that some children may not have as much exposure to the digital world as others and providing them with this can be daunting at first.

Texts and images are transmitted throughout digital media and the internet is the source for so many things. The importance of digital media is becoming more known with statistics such as newspapers declining in sales but Amazon.com selling more digital books than paper books, this then highlights how important the digital world is in education (White, 2013). We need to keep up to date with our own knowledge. Who will support you to do this?

Digital world – expand your world (Expand your world, 2015).

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References

Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). Retrieved from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/

Digital world – expand your world (Expand your world, 2015). Retrieved from http://www.expand-your-world.com/

Edwards, C., Gandini, L., & Forman, G. (2012). The hundred languages of children; The Reggio Emilia experience in transformation. USA. Praeger.

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICTl Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne, Vic. Oxford.

Light projection – Reggio Emilia (Debi Keyte-Hartland, 2015). Retrieved http://debikeytehartland.me/2014/12/10/aesthetics-of-the-digital-landscapes-emergent-lands-of-possibility-and-transformation/

White, G. (2013). Digital fluency : skills necessary for learning in the digital age. Melbourne, Vic. ACER.

My internet identity……………..

The scariest thing about the digital world, I believe, as a parent and a teacher, is who has access to the information? It is too easy for people to be able to connect with your children and too easy for children to be able to access social media accounts just through changing their age or security settings not being established. How do we ensure that our children are always safe in the digital world and are not sharing too much about themselves?

Digital identity (Digital Milieu, 2015)

A multimodal world is upon us and technology continues to grow and develop. It is clear how important it is that educators carefully think about the importance of guiding and supporting children to develop their literacy skills which can then enable them to successfully seek, assess, sift and use information that they find on the internet (Makin, Diaz, McLachlan, 2007). As teachers we need to ensure that the children are accessing materials safely and appropriately.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni6qM-XeISs

Teaching children about their digital stamp and digital identity, can help to keep them safe and for them to think about what they are putting on the internet for people to be able to have access to. Working with the children to set up the security setting for their blogs, Edmodo accounts etc. and explaining to them the importance of not signing up to sites such as Instagram until they are of the correct age, provides them with the information they need to make the right choices and hopefully the safe choices. The more you read and hear about children on the internet the scarier it becomes…..What does the internet say about you?

As a teacher it is important not to overlook the basics of technology, we can’t assume that all children know how to use it or understand it but it is our role to ensure we teach it to protect them in the future (Howell, 2012).

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References

Digital identity (Digital Milieu, 2015). Retrieved from http://digitalmilieu.net/

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT; Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne, Vic. Oxford.

Makin, L., Diaz, C., & McLachlan, C,. (2007). Literacies in childhood; Changing views, challenging practice. Chatswood, NSW. MacLennan & Petty.