This week we took a deeper look into ICT enriched learning experiences that we may include in our assignment. We were posed with a list of questions to enable us to evaluate the ICT learning experiences and share our reflections and ideas on our blog.
My thoughts around the ICT that I will include in my unit plan always came back to the RAT model. It is not as easy as you may think to determine if the ICT to be included is transforming the student’s learning. One of the points that I have taken so far from this course is not all ICT that a teacher places in their classroom has to be transforming. Yes, at some point it must be transforming but, to enhance a students’ learning through amplification can also produce positive and engaging learning experiences (and makes the teachers day a little bit easier – usually!) Some questions I have asked myself around the ICTs I have included to evaluate if it is transforming are: Does it create and develop new thinking processes? Does it facilitate collaboration in an out of the classroom? Is it used to engage students in the content and does it support curricular goals and learning objectives? (Rao, 2013) These are just a few questions. There is so much to consider to ensure the ICT integrated in the lesson is just not a replacement.
Rao, A. (2013). What’s the Difference Between “Using Technology” and “Technology Integration”? Retrieved from https://teachbytes.com/2013/03/29/whats-the-difference-between-using-technology-and-technology-integration/