|Posted on 21 December, 2012 at 19:35|
2012 as certainly been an exhausting year. I found myself taking a keen interest in developing my own professional learning which has resulted in myself developing some amazing ICT skills that I can actually use in the classroom as well as to support whole-school initiatives.
Although, new to a faculty, my expertise in other areas and the development of new skills has certainly put me in a very unique and strong place.
The ICT programs at our school now incorporate the National Curriculum and permit teachers who are New Scheme to demonstrate their skills and evidence to both NSW standards and to AITSL standards. They contain a vast range of activities that are new, innovative and progressive. They will also move to begin incorporating the content of other faculties and take on a cross-KLA approach. This will be critically important to our faculty as it support the 21st century learning models our school and State want to see appearing in education.
IPad intergration is something else that I have had a keen interest in using this year. With our school new to this technology and many students not seeing/using an iPad before, many challenges and opportunities were ceased. Through my professional learning via PLANE, I have had the luxury of discovering numerous relevant and applicable apps that I can embed into my programs to support teaching and learning. Augmented Reality has been a keen interest of mine and has certainly played a key role in reengaging students in ICT. So much so, that now I have difficulties in trying to leave my classroom during recess and lunch as students want to stay and use IT resources.
I have many ideas for 2013 including an IT tournament match between students, implementing new 21st century learning techniques as well as new apps that will support cross KLA and national curriculum initiatives. 2013 will be an exciting year with much to develop and report upon.