I have successfully managed to complete assignment one. I opted for a website creation as I felt that I could use my creative edge to produce a clear cut, educational website that provides a variety of evidence to support the use of ICT’s into grade 5 classrooms.
The URL for my website is:
I used a variety of programmes that I felt were relevant and useable to relay my argument about the use of ICT’s in the classroom. I would also like to briefly discuss a couple of interactive programmes I found while researching that I believe my fellow classmates would be interested in reviewing.
The following programmes were used in my artifact:
Story bird – to discuss the use of this tool for to create imaginative texts that display and understand social contexts.
Prezi – this was used to present my argument for the use of digital technologies in the field of science. My reason for using technology in science was to show ways in which to display projects and present data. I feel this programme effectively conveyed this message.
Studyladder, The Mint and The Money Smart Teaching – these were all examples of how to use technology to teach finance literacy to grade 5’s. I have to mention that this reason was the hardest to research as there was little to no evidence to support the use of technology in teaching finance. I am worried that this part of the assignment will let me down.
Animoto – I discovered this tool while researching for this assignment and have added it inas a way to describe my reasons, rather than typing out a scripted paragraph. I enjoyed creating video’s with this programme and have signed up and paid for a 12 month subscription as I am confident that I will be using it during my prac placement, during further subjects and in my personal life.
Bugscope – this is an interactive lesson used for primary school aged children. Classes send off insects that they find to a laboratory. The lab loads the insect into their system and makes an appointment with the school to have an interactive lesson. Students can then ask the scientist questions, discuss facts and inspect the insect all through the internet. This is a great interactive teaching tool!
Weebly – I briefly included the benefits of using websites and blogs for creative writing.
That is pretty much it. Now I sit patiently (more like nervously) waiting for the results. I do not feel confident about a top result but I can confidently say that I am wiser and more excited about using technology in the classroom. This assignment has a been a huge learning curve for me!