It can be a daunting task to come up with ways to integrate the use of learning technologies into the primary curriculum. For that reason ICT in Education Victoria has designed a professional learning day where you can meet with your colleagues, learn new things, share ideas and make some contacts so that in 2012 your curriculum uses ICT in all the right places.
This day will have two parts. The morning session will consist of two presentations, followed by an afternoon planning session where you will get to work on your own planning documents and develop real ideas about how to integrate ICT into your curriculum.
Becoming literate in a media rich world: Children’s out-of-school experiences and their role in the classroom
Teachers have long acknowledged the importance of children’s experiences in the formative pre-school years in helping develop literacy skills. However what counts as literacy and the diversity of experiences that children bring to school are changing classroom practice as teachers seek to bridge the different worlds students inhabit. Some students may come from homes rich in print material, some may be more comfortable with various screen technologies and many will have had experience with both.
This session will provide practical ideas to help acknowledge and harness students’ out-of-school experiences and build on them to continue to develop their broad understanding of and conversance with literacies. We will walk through a typical day in a Prep classroom and how out-of-school literacies can be incorporated in different elements of ‘school literacies’. While it is aimed at the first formal year of schooling, this session will provide relevant ideas for all primary professionals.
A Tech Savvy Early Years Classroom
Many teachers are keen to embed technology in their students’ learning but don't know where to start. In this workshop you'll be taken on a journey through the day in the life of a primary classroom and how the use of technology can complement excellent teaching and learning practices.
Participants will be shown how all types of technology such as iPads, iPod Touches, digital cameras and IWB's can be utilised to engage students as well as the use of social media and networking such as Twitter. iPads will be supplied for this workshop where you yourself will encounter a hands on experience and leave with a wide range of ideas to utilise in your own setting.
Integrating ICT into the curriculum
The seamless integration of ICT through out the curriculum is a construct that the leader of this session, Andrew Williamson, has been working on for the past four years as Coordinator of ICT at North Fitzroy Primary School. When planning for all domains of the curriculum he ensures that students are given the opportunity to creatively integrate ICT into their learning. Building and designing student-centred learning opportunities lend themselves to the use of ICT.
Your task is to bring along your planning documents, Maths, Literacy, Integrated Topic, etc, and using frameworks such as Technology, Pedagogy, and Content Knowledge (TPACK), we will collectively construct creative ICT into your classroom practice.
All you need to bring is a laptop, planning documents (electronic copies would be best), and a Gmail account.