I attended the first Tech Angels meeting and came away very impressed and inspired. It is clear that the use of technology is a tool that has huge potential to revolutionise the learning environment. I had a brief discussion with colleagues after the meeting and I came away with a number of observations and challenges.
- Many akonga have skills and talents that are often not ‘exposed’ or ‘tapped into’ in the traditional learning environment.
- It is interesting to note the learning environment that can evolve when akonga are given ownership, choice and responsibility.
- The topic or context around which learning takes place hugely impacts on the learning environment. i.e. relatable, relevant, etc.
Challenges (So what?):
- How do I conceptualise learning and the learning environment? Is it very ‘traditional’ or do I allow akonga to explore, connect and develop ideas freely? Do I challenge them to think or do I ‘feed’ them the knowledge?
- How can I incorporate the use of devices in the science lab to revolutionise the learning space and really become a facilitator to learning, rather than a driver or director of learning?
- further what impact could this have on akonga ability to self manage and develop intrinsic motivation?
- Can my classroom become paper free? Is this a good idea? Are there negative impacts on learning for this?
- How do I effectively use devices in the classroom for learning when all akonga have different levels of ability? And how much time can I spend teaching this when, as a science tech teacher, I have limited amount of teaching time with akonga?
Next steps (Now what?):
- Begin an inquiry around digitalising the science curriculum and the impact on learning.
- Research other science teachers who have effectively digitalised their curriculum.
- Continue to attend Tech Angels meeting (and others) to further develop my own skills and knowledge.
- Read some of the research around MLE that constantly use devices and identify the pros and cons.
- Check the availability of suitable devices for use in the science lab. Do I have enough?
- Begin to plan how I could digitalised the science curriculum.
Criteria this relates to:
4 – Demonstrate commitment to on-going professional learning and development of personal professional practice.,
5 – Show leadership that contributes to effective teaching and learning,
6 – Conceptualise, plan and implement an appropriate learning programme.,
7 – Promote a collaborative, inclusive and supportive learning environment.,
9 – Respond effectively to the diverse language and cultural experiences, and the varied strengths, interests and needs of individuals and groups of akonga.,
Code of Ethics
3 – Responsible care – to do good and minimise harm to others
4 – Truth – to be honest with others and self
2 – Relating to others
3 – Thinking
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