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I found this great link in Leesa’s blog that has a list of useful educational apps! had to share with everyone.

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I got in early and made sure I did all of my blogging before and during my prac.  However this does not mean I will stop blogging I have found that I love blogging.  Although, just like everything else in my life it is finding the time to do it.  Everytime I find a cool thing I want to share or want to have a sharing moment about my learning experiences I try and find time to continue to blog about it.  I have not told many people that I am studying to be a teacher in case I fail, so this is a great place for me to share my experiences.  Tonight I want to share a great link I found that has 84 I pad apps (mostly all free), for school.  Simply click on the ‘Apps’ picture above to check out the link.

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This week in our learning path we worked through four modules found on the website Connect.ed. The purpose of the modules was to grasp a better understanding of safety online and cyber bullying. I have learn t many new techniques that as a teacher can help guide my students to safer with the internet and incorporate it into my curriculum and teaching. These modules are effective on informing me different ways as to how I can support my students to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts but also I believe it would help them to relate their learning to real life experiences.

Some of the statistics and facts that were brought up through the modules really shocked me and openend eyes to see how dangerous the internet can be especially for children who are not prepared to use it properly. Young children are growing up faster and faster as the years go on and are gaining more and more access to the internet so it is of vital importance we protect our students by informing them on how to be safe with the net.




On connect.ed I completed a survey answering how much I interact with different ICTs. I wanted to share my results.

Survey complete

  1. I use my computer for: (please select)
    Item Response
    Searching the internet Every day
    Emails Every day
    Instant messaging/MSN Every two weeks
    Webcam chat Never
    Social networking (Facebook, MySpace) Every day
    Watching online video – YouTube, etc. Every day
    Word processing/PowerPoint Two to three times a week
    Playing games Every day
    Finding out information Every day
  2. I use my mobile phone for: (please select)
    Item Response
    Searching the internet Every day
    Emails Every day
    Instant messaging/MSN Every two weeks
    Webcam chat Never
    Social networking (Facebook, MySpace) Every day
    Watching online video – YouTube etc. Every day
    Word processing/PowerPoint Every two weeks
    Playing games Every day
    Finding out information Every day
  3. The social networking sites I use are: (please tick)
    • Facebook
  4. On my social networking site, I have: (please tick)
    • My first name
    • My mobile number
    • My last name
    • My school’s name
    • A photo of myself
    • My birth date
    • My sporting club
    • Photos of my friends
    • Friends I know through other friends
    • Friends I only know in real life
    • My relationship status
  5. I use a game console for: (please select)
    Item Response
    Playing games Two to three times a week
    Accessing the internet Every two weeks
    Online shopping Never
    Chat Never
    Viewing movies Never
    Listening to music Never

Planning a Lesson

For one of the activities in this weeks learning path we had to think in depth about what thinking process you might go through before planning a lesson. These are are some of the key questions I ask myself before I begin planning a lesson that I feel best suits the needs of my particular students.

When planning a lesson the key questions I ask myself consist of:

  • What will my students be learning?
  • Are they capable of learning it?
  • If not what must I teach them first to get there?
  • What must I plan to be most beneficial ?
  • What Resources can I work with?
  • Is there a certain structure I must follow when teaching this content?
  • How can I make it more Enjoyable?
  • What worked well with my students last time?
  • How can I Improve?

The Tip Model

This week in the learning path we want more in depth with the TIP Model and how it can benefit me whilst I am on Prac. Wiencke and Roblyer  describe the TIP model in a way that is clear to understand. The Technology Integration Planning (TIP) Model was designed to give teachers a systematic way to address the challenges involved in integrating technology into teaching (Roblyer, 2003). By carrying out the steps in each of the model’s five phases, teachers perform a set of planning, implementation, and assessment activities that help assure their technology use will be both efficient and successful in meeting the needs they have identified.

After taking a look at this definition it is suggested that the TIP model in correlation with some of the frameworks can effectively support you to design an effective ICT rich lesson.

How to be a good Teacher

This week in our learning activities we explored a little more deeply into the nature of what makes for good teaching practice. Both in general, but also with the integration of ICTs.

Instead of learning about one way of teaching, what a good teacher knows is which concepts and processes they can use to underpin their teaching practice that will support the range of students in their classes and the range of activities they need to be able to access. These concepts and processes should be underpinned by:

  1. Understanding what effective planning to teach is and how this can support better teaching;
  2. Using a range of tools from your toolkit to help your planning and teaching, such as how to use pedagogical frameworks to sequence your planned Learning Experiences;
  3. Knowing about your learners by ensuring you have planned for their prior knowledge and embedded signposts along the way in your unit planning that enables you to use assessment for learning;
  4. Understanding how to differentiate, which means not only knowing how to scaffold for different learners within a group but also how to build choice into the activities you design; and
  5. Utilising a range of strategies and tailoring these to suit the learning students need to achieve.