While googling using ICTs in the classroom I came across a document written by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development they call it “Digital Deck”.
“The Digital Deck provides a quick overview of the range of digital resources available to schools. It starts with an eduSTAR overview then explores other resources and methods along the ePotential continuum. Each of the 63 resources has a description, advice for getting started and classroom ideas.”
Although many of us are teaching in Queensland and will not have access to the Victorian education department log in, this document still gives you an example of many programs that are available online tody and can be incorporated into the classroom. The quick and colourful summaries are made to be user friendly. I advise everyone to take the time to look at the Digital Deck resources and think about how you can adapt this information to work in your classroom.
The Queensland Government has also put out the “teaching and learning ICT placemats” which provide “practical ideas and strategies for providing digitally-rich student experiences.”
Yes it is wonderful to have all these documents readily available to guide you in your teaching and incorporating ICTs but in some schools and classrooms it is not always easy to incorporate these ICTs into all or some of your lessons. I found this out on professional experience, there were only 7 working computers in the classroom and 28 students, and this made it impossible to always use ICTs. The C2C curriculum also made it hard to juggle the use of ICTs, even when it required ICTs be used the resources available made it hard, and the possibility of group work or rotations seemed impossible for the task at hand. I found for most of the ICT incorporation I was the one implementing and using the ICTs, however, students would use ICTs to aide them in their studies. For me sending students all around the school to use ICTs to do a exercise did not seem practical, while the computer lab was only available for 30 minutes a week.
So in conclusion, I believe ICTs do need to be implemented and there are many out there that will grab and maintain the attention of our students but we as teachers need to be creative in the way we present these and implement these within our classrooms.