Go Noodle-helping students to use their noodle

One of my uni friends the other day was telling me about this great onlince resource called Go Noodle. As an underwhelmed pre-service teacher with little prac experience I am always keen to hear about what other students experiences are like and the resources that they got to use in their prac settings. So It’s a gven these days that virtually every classroom has an IWB and internet. Go Noodle is an interactive digital resource that is aimed at getting children moving for a few short minutes between lessons, transitions or to help calm students if they’re a little rowdy. View this catchy tune with actions to get the idea:) Thanks, Fiona.

Musica Viva Digital lessons

I recently attended a Musica Viva professional development workshop on campus. It was an engaging hands-on workshop run by music teachers wanting us to get on board and to like their nation-wide series of digial music lesson resources and with an option to invite musica viva musicians to come to your school for personalised student workshops.The idea of having Musica Viva digital resources for primary school classes, is that it helps to make music and integrating music into the mainstream classroom a stress-free learning experience, as the resources are self paced and can be catered each grade and for individual learning. Plus its a great way for non-musically trained generalist teachers to integrate authenitc music lessons into the classroom. The programs offered are created by music teachers and are also aligned with the Australian curriculum.

Thanks, Fiona

Online teaching resources

This morning I recieved a message from a uni friend with a link to something called Simple K 12. She said I could participate in one of the  online professional training courses offered for free!  Theres a 7 module training package over a 3 week period to train teachers how to use ipads and how to use the many free apps to incorporate ICTS in our teaching and learning. Simple k12 is an online forum, training and for sharing valuble teaching resources. Its a little like teacher starter or teachers pay teachers, where you an sometimes access free reources, but it mostly costs money to access the resources. In having said that, there are some free seminars to view and I am interested in signing up to acess the 7 modules to teach me how to better utilise an ipad for teaching and learning.  Like fellow student blogger Selina, I am also looking forward to using all these resources.

Thanks, Fiona

Google slides for collaborative presentations

Just recently as part of one of my other Uni courses, I was placed into a small collaborative group  for the purpose of working on a group assignment. Our assessment was to complete a power point presentation and then to answer questions posted by fellow students about our presentation seminar. Our group decided to use Google.docs to work collaboratively on the power point presentation. I particularly liked the fact that we could all work on it simultaneously and there was a messenger/chat option to talk to eachother. I also really liked the fact that there was no ‘save’ button, google/slides auto saves all your work! Using google.docs saved time and worked efficiently as we could all access via out gmail accounts on any of our devices. I think its an excellent tool to use collaboratively, especially for group work in the future! Fellow EDC 3100 student blogger Crystal is also in aggreeance and talks about her experience using google slides here.

Thanks, Fiona

PCK V’s Khan Academy

During week 4’s learning path, we were introduced to the Khan Academy. I agree with Linda’s thoughts that this interactive resource can be useful for students wanting to learn content knowledge, (or constructed knowledge) which are concepts and facts at their own pace. I can also see the value in using it for teaching and learning subjects such as methematics in the primary years. Yet I do agree with Journalist Valerie Strauss’ view expressed in her article that content knowledge alsone isn’t adequate for providing a quality instruction -see her post here. Valerie goes on to expain about PCK, Pedagogical Content Knowledge. She goes on to say that “Pedagogical content knowledge is an important foundation for planning lessons and for decision making during a lesson”. So does the Khan Academy actually really teach students learn? I lean toeward thinking that  it is just another useful tool to be used in addition to PCK, which can only be delivered by a professional educator.

Thanks for reading, Fiona:)


Ideas for year 1 History

With the next assignment never too far away from my thoughts, I searched for some History ideas for a year 1 class. It was through the online seach that I came by a possible unit of inquiry called “Feeding the family- Kitchens, Milk and picnics” by the National Museum of Australia. There is a brief video for teachers to view that outlines the key historical skills for introducing history inquiry to year 1 and 2 students. What is also so great about this resource is that it aligns to the Australian Curriculum: History. I also had a look at the sample of year 1 history assesment portfolio to gain a better understanding of what a summative assment looks like which can be viewed here.

Thanks, Fiona

Unit plan

Back into full swing again at Uni after the mid-semester break. Now it’s time to begin working the second assignment, a unit plan running for approx 5 weeks. My “somewhere” will be a year 1 classroom setting, as I already know that my prac will be with a year 1 class-lucky me. Thinking about incorporating ICTs to transform learning will be challenging for me though. I find that because I am specialising in early childhood, the level and usage of ICT’s used in general in the early years is quite basic and low on the ‘transformative’ end of the teaching and learning spectrum. In year 1, the students will need to be taught how to use the technology (constructing knowledge) and that in its self is quite a learning curve!  I do not yet have a firm plan or subject area in mind to ensure transforming knowledge. I do know that having an assessment at the end of the unit plan that uses a line of inquiry is going to assist the students towards transforming knowledge. I came by fellow student Jacqueline who is going to base her second assignment unit plan on a year 2 class teaching a unit on geograhpy. Tt would be great to follow another student who is working with and planning for early primary years!

Thanks, Fiona