Possible tools and techniques for my ICT project @orunner

Now that I know which school I will be going to on my second teaching placement, I’ve been thinking about what tools I might want to use with the year 4 class I’ll be teaching. I could use any of these to support the teaching I’m doing, the trick will be finding one that I can develop into a research question. Given that Action Research involves:”Emphasising the individual nature of action research, Jack Whitehead (1985) puts forward a simple representation of how the process feels:

1. I experience a problem when some of my educational values are negated in my practice;
2. I imagine a solution to my problem;
3. I act in the direction of the solution;
4. I evaluate the outcomes of my actions;
5. I modify my problems, ideas and actions in the light of my evaluations.”
from Whitehead, J. (1985) An Analysis of an Individual’s Educational Development: the basis for personally oriented action research, in: Shipman, M. (ed.) Educational Research: principles, policies and practices, Lewes, Falmer. See http://www.edu.plymouth.ac.uk/resined/actionresearch/arhome.htm#INTRODUCTION

I need to look at what practices are currently in use in the classroom before I can choose one to change and monitor the impact.

Exciting times 🙂

From Evernote:

Possible tools and techniques

Resources I could use for the ICT project (or for any teaching on TE2):

  • ScoopIt http://www.scoop.it/ to collate resources, or provide pre-filtered links for research online (start one for the Tudors or other topic work?)
  • Toontastic on iPad http://launchpadtoys.com/toontastic/ for creating cartoons, in particular effective sequencing and story boarding using the scenes and settings.
  • Spelling city http://www.spellingcity.com/ as an alternative way to test spellings (could compare before and after, levels of use at home)
  • Using voice recording (clicker software if school have it, or voice memos or speech recognition software?) to get ch to look at drafting and redrafting? Textease for re-reading writing.
  • myebook http://www.myebook.com/ to promote writing, including sound, online.
  • collecting and presenting information – scoopit, bookmarking, diigo, google forms, textease
  • games: Machinarium to promote problem solving and team working http://machinarium.net/demo/
  • exploring patterns : using flickr to look for images? symmetrical patterns on iPad using Sym Lab Basic
  • using wall wisher or primary pad to collate feedback or ideas during a lesson, compare to other methods of feedback?
  • blogging with the feb 29th leap year day http://feb29th.net/keyboarding exercises – BBC dancemat – check out blog with them all on for typing games or use 3×3 links for IT start up  or at home (like Simon Haughton’s links?)

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