Computers Have Arrived in… MY Classroom, HELP! Sue Sneyd SACC-ICT for the Swan Service Area WHY ???? Brings world to the classroom Takes the students out into the world while maintaining a safe environment You can learn by doing – it actively engages
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Computers Have Arrived in…
MY Classroom, HELP!
SACC-ICT for the Swan Service Area
Why ??? cont.
If this is correct , we need to change the emphasis in our planning from a software focus to a learning focus.
“Technology in education is about changing the dynamics, methodologies and outcomesof learning for students”
From Sven Bikerts (1994) “Reflections in the Gutenberg Elegies” Faber & Faber, London
“ Simply choosing a medium of instruction cannot guarantee a learning increase or decrease. It is the instructional method that really make a difference.” Kobus 1997
(If it won’t don’t be afraid to use another tool to enhance the learning.)
Highlight possible ICT connections as you work
Establish access strategies and expectations. Games and drill programs are good to use during this time. They allow you to concentrate on the access strategies.
Plan Classroom program
Select the ICT activities, which are manageable in your situation. (Think carefully about an access strategy)
Check ICT skills needed by the children
Develop exercises, which will develop skills as they work towards the planned outcome.
Present the activities to the class.
Prepare instruction sheets your self as a self-tutoring exercise. Use screen dumps to make them easier to follow without large amounts of reading
Prepare any necessary templates
Here are some ideas which have been used in some classrooms.
They are for you to consider and modify to suit your own classroom.
Whatever you do, aim to keep the technology busy!!!
Classroom management changes
with computers in the room so it is worth considering these ideas as you plan.
Idea 1: Get more students around a single computer
Idea 2: Move the computer off the wall.
If students know they will get their turn and they feel it is fair they are less likely to crowd the computer.
Names in pockets
Names on pop sticks
Names on coloured sheets
Always allow some “Just in Time Access”
Organise the Computer
SoftwareHow do we know what to use and how to use it ?
The only skills everyone needs to learn
-how to open a program
-save to a program
-locate the work they have saved
-print their work
Other skills will develop as they work through authentic tasks on a need to know basis.
Please …A little TLC goes a long way.
The computer monitor’s duties are;
1. Turn the computers on and off every day
2. Ensure that the roster is working smoothly but don’t stay at the computer when it isn’t their turn.
3. Keep the computer area tidy
4. Cover the computer at the end of the day
The monitor for this week is:
The Key to using computers effectively in the classroom is
Teachers who adopt the new technologies find it:
To work with a computer in your classroom you don’t need to be an expert all you need is;
A conviction that ICT will improve the learning environment and a willingness to learn along with your students
Technology is always changing, so all other skills will develop as you experiment and ‘have a go’.
A quote to keep in mind
“The business of schools is to produce work that engages students, that is so compelling that students persist when they experience difficulties and that is so challenging that students have a sense of accomplishment, of satisfaction - indeed of delight - when they successfully accomplish the tasks assigned.”Schlechty (1997) Inventing Better Schools
With many thanks to the teachers and students at
Westminster Junior Primary School
Greenmount Primary School
Cartoons used with permission from Jamie McKenzie and the FNO website
Clipart from Microsoft Office
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