Effective ICT in the classroom

Sarah Hardie made this VideoScribe video in 2014 as part of her university degree to illustrate why ICT is so important to engage the 21st century learner. I wonder if she is teaching now and whether she is implementing her ideas? If she is, I wonder if she has changed any of these thoughts? There are some sound issues with the video but Sarah talks so much common sense and makes some good points and observations . As a young person with fresh eyes on ICT in the classroom and how to use it effectively she has done three things. She has demonstrated a real willingness to master visual communication with quality software. She has advocated for students and then she has looked at ICT from a professional viewpoint and created some sound arguments to support an ICT approach in a classroom not a mere use. The only thing I’d dispute is that students are expert in technology. They are experts in certain sites , apps and techniques but they do not generally have a broad range of ICT capabilities and skills. It is important to update skills , explore different devices and to constantly share what you know with others. People tend to become experts in particular ways of using technology. The constant conversation about the best app, best software, have you seen this, do you know about such and such has to be there . Teachers and students need to form learning partnerships because that is how it works…connecting and setting up a feedback loop so there are constant ICT conversations.

She is meeting aitsl professional learning standards:

1.6 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of strategies for differentiating teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities.

3.4 Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.

3.5 Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement.

3.6 Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning.

4.1 Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities.

4.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.

6.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale for continued professional learning and the implications for improved student learning.

Not a bad effort for one video at undergraduate level. I wonder what grade she received for it? YouTube has given her 771 hits and that is a really sound feedback result.

Hand drawn videos

There is software like Video Scribe and the app Elevator Pitch which will make hand drawn videos for you. Not everyone would create them often enough to make the cash outlay worthwhile , although Elevator Pitch is not that expensive and one I have used regularly.Video Scribe comes at a price because it can produce complex, professional looking presentations for you. What if you want to do it yourself , though? Or your students want to do it? This video gives you the directions and plan of attack and then you need a whiteboard, camera and whiteboard markers. I had a student last year who used to work with her sister at home to produce hand drawn videos. It was a positive, collaborative sibling activity and she used to bring the finished videos to school on her iPad. They used a phone, a memo board and markers and the finished product looked good. The other students gave her very positive feedback, as did I, and so there was a real sense of success with that activity. I had given them the option of presenting their work as a video in any way they chose. It meant she was learning her work as she was preparing her video. It also became an effective tool for teaching her peer assessment group. It went down well we were sharing content and ideas about how to do things. We are connected. We are always looking for ways to share our ideas effectively. Hand drawn videos can be fun but the careful approach means there is an inbuilt learning process for content and technique.

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