I am struggling to find new forms of technology or different way to use it, however, my parents aren’t. It seems that what seems common place can be such a distant idea for my elders. It was today at lunch when my mother wanted to know the netball scores so I thought I would just see if there was an app to check the scores. There was. It was hard for my mother to comprehend how I knew there would be an app for the netball. She couldn’t understand why I would think there was an app and why I would just search it. My mother is pretty up to date with her technology use and yet this strand of thought hasn’t developed yet. Weather this is due to her experience with apps or her embedded thought process that is yet to have changed, I don’t know. Just an interesting insight into thought process’ of a different age group.
I remember hearing about mathletics, yet have never looked into it. That is until now!
Mathletics is an online learning portal for students from age 5 to 18 and offers a variety of learning opportunities at any time. The program has over 10,000 school involved and over 3.5 million students. It’s huge! The reason why this website is so popular is because it allows students to progress at their own pace in their own time. It uses thousands of activities with instant feedback to keep students engaged and aware of what they are doing correctly or incorrectly. As my second teaching area is mathematics this could be an extremely helpful tool if a school was willing to get onboard. It would take the tediousness out of homework with instant feedback and interesting activities. It would also save an enormous amount of time trying to check homework during precious class hours.
Go onto their website and watch their video on why mathletics works! http://www.mathletics.com.au/
Today I was scrolling through some YouTube videos and got onto some old EDC3100 videos! Web based artefacts from previous and current students are there to be seen and shared. It is good to see how other students took a different outlook on the same assignment and the strategies they used as there is not one correct way to use ICTs effectively in the classroom.
Here is one from last year that I have looked at. Very different to what mine looked like! I suggest you YouTube search EDC 3100 and take a look at the different ideas people have used
ICT uses in a year 9 HPE classroom
This gives an insight into how ICTs can be effectively used in a year 9 HPE class. It uses informative videos and pictures to explain how and why they will be used.