Before this course I would not have considered one single item on this checklist – now it has become my mantra. OK so I won’t let ICT takeover my prac planning and it may not be possible for me to achieve all ten goals but now my mind is aware and open to ICT whereas before it was closed and limited to using YouTube videos as an engaging lesson introduction. Credit goes to Teachthought blog (me before: blog meh, me now: blog yeah!). Again, before this course my mind was closed to blogging now I find myself turning to professional blogs for learning – not just the practical aspects of ICT tools and delivery but the theory and pedagogy of ICT in the classroom. Number 9 has been the successful challenge for me, all credit to this course and I aim to achieve all the others over my teaching career beginning with my very next prac.
Credit goes to World Economic Forum : 8 Digital Life Skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them. (Both of these popped up on my Facebook newsfeed from the group Digital Technologies and Computational Thinking – they came to me, I didn’t have to go looking. Another learning curve : how social media can be educational networks not just about funny cat videos and sarcastic memes). This article directly relates to last week’s lecture which has unlocked a whole new mindset and way of thinking about my roles and responsibilities as a teacher. My mind is afire with so many new concepts concerned with the 21st century, and prac/teaching is oh so much more than planning lessons and managing student behaviour. I feel so naïve about my concerns for undertaking prac in light of this whole new world that has been unlocked.