During our second placement we have the opportunity to carry out a short research project in our chosen specialist subject. We have lots of great areas to choose from and while I know that I would enjoy working on an aspect of science education, my heart is set on getting the chance to explore the cross-curricula use of ICT.
We’ve been asked to state our reasons for choosing a particular specialism. This is a chance for us to think about the choices we are making. What better place for me to think about my use of ICT than here? I have so many ideas that I want to try, I can see that I am going to need some help to narrow my focus and decide what is achievable during my second placement. This is a great opportunity to explore, take risks with my teaching practices and try some of the wonderful ideas I’ve been hearing about from my personal learning network. Could I…
- give children the quad-blogging bug with other schools around the UK and the world?
- capture their imaginations with movies?
- harness by PLN to give wise answers to smart questions and investigations from children?
- make ICT commonplace in the classroom so that the children can make informed choices about which tool would best suit their needs?
- investigate peer feedback and collaboration through google docs?
- use Skype to connect to classrooms or experts across the world?
I’m spoiled for choice and it will be difficult to decide. What I have no problem deciding is the fact that whatever I choose to do, it needs to be for one reason: to engage children and enable them to extend and develop their learning by becoming less dependent on me as a teacher to supply answers to their questions and more independent in finding and making their own questions to ask of the world. That is what technology has given me and I would the opportunity to observe the effect it could have the children I work with.