Day, not too sure… they’re all blending into one…. Week 12
With professional experience looming I thought it may be time to reflect upon what I have learnt so far throughout this course and to consider whether or not I am a 21st Century teacher *insert quizzical look here*
This course has taken me on a journey that surprisingly has transformed my idea and expectations about the use of ICTs within the classroom. It has made me look at how ICTs are used within the classrooms that I am a teacher aide in and has made me sit back and think, are the use of these ICTs are transforming anything? Or are they are merely making things easier? Admittedly, I find the concept of transforming student learning using ICTs quite difficult- considering most of the students I have come across are whiz kids when it comes to ICTs. However, that doesn’t mean that I am not going to give it a red hot go whilst I am on my professional experience.
This course has given me a new perspective about assessments and using ICTs to support student learning as well as assess student learning. The incorporation of the different frameworks through this course has enhanced this new perspective by showing me a number of ways in which teachers can plan for the use of ICTs within the classroom and plan the teaching using a backward mapping process.
So it all boils down to the big question of ‘am I a 21st Century teacher’? Well lets firstly look at what it means to be a 21st Century teacher. Teachers who identify as 21st Century teachers possess the same skills that their students are expected to have and must be able to assist all students in obtaining and developing 21st Century skills. How does this relate to me? Well, I can wholeheartedly say that I do not possess the same skills as my students, they have me over a barrel in that department. During my work as a teacher aide I am privy to the assessments that students are expected to complete using ICTs and they are CRAZY! I keep thinking to myself ‘imagine if I had been expected to do this when I was at school’? Yet, here I am- 13 years later- struggling along with ICTs and finding myself increasingly disheartened because I’m not too sure how they work in their entirety. Yes, I understand why we use them. Yes, I understand how to plan to use them. Yes, I understand how to assess using them. No, I don’t know how to use them….
I wish a component of this course actually taught us how to use ICTs. Like how do I actually get what’s on my computer screen onto the interactive whiteboard? How do I make a website? How do I make a study desk? How do I create an avatar? How do I connect a silly printer to my computer???? Arghhhhh!
*Off to night school I trudge*
Wishing all of my followers a fantastic prac and I sincerely hope you all do well on your third assignment! Good luck everyone 🙂