Using the RAT Framework and Bloom’s Taxonomy

The RAT framework plays an important role when it comes to my choice of ICTs in my planning and how I will use them.  This is another great framework in helping me reflect on what ICTs I am planning to use and are they really a benefit to the child’s learning or am I just including it because it fulfils the ICT general capabilities?   Read more about the framework:

A fellow student shared this article on Bloom’s Taxonomy, which has helped greatly when thinking about moving from the simple to the complex when planning in assignment 2.  The article also offers ideas of ICTs that can be used to enhance student learning in each of the thinking skills.


Unit Planning Troubles

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Well I have been working on assignment 2 for the past week and I am finding it hard to put my thoughts in a logical order….it is frustrating. However, it seems that I am not alone in this area as you can see here   and here, which is a comfort!

There are two things that I have been thinking about:

  • Knowing what year 2 are really capable of doing in Mathematics.
  • What does the examiner want to see when marking my planning?

It’s all very well planning these lovely unit plans and lesson plans but in the real classroom things will be very different and the planning might not go as desired.  This has been the case for me on occasions in the past! However, I am a person who likes to be well prepared so I will always have a plan of some sort!

Which leads me to what the examiner expects.  I can’t help but feel that I am producing a piece of work that is moulded around what the examiner wants to see.  During my studies I have learnt that I shouldn’t be a teacher who has a fixed idea of what I think is an appropriate or correct answer (in my head) when I ask students questions, nor should I only accept the answer that I was thinking about as the correct answer.

Fixed or Growth mindset?

After my blog on video games I came across this article by Vinay Patankar “How Playing Multiplayer Video Games Help me Develop a Growth Mindset”.  He was inspired about this idea after reading a post from Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy about fixed or growth mindset.  Where a fixed mindset stops you from taking risks in attempting new challenges and a growth mindset sees you taking risks and having success and failures in your learning journey.

Viney  believes that video games can give you confidence and that you can learn and grow and develop a growth mindset.  Take a look at this video; Can video games make you smarter?

If you are like me and are more inclined to have a fixed mindset, read this article to help you move to a growth mindset or just play video games ;).

Wii video games

Tassia Yeo shared this link in the diigo ICTs and Pedagogy group “Integrating ICT into mathematics”.  It captured my interest for assignment 2 and from post I found a section about using the Wii to teach counting on and counting back for addition and subtraction here.  A very interesting way of bringing a real world activity (bowling) and mathematics together. Unfortunately, how many schools will have a Wii as part of their resources?  I can see this as being a great warm up to a mathematics lesson but is this really something that we can introduce into the class as an ICT that will extend a child’s learning?

Now back to that website to see what else I can see…..

Resources for assignment 2

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Christine blogs about “Smart classroom strategy” when using ICTs in the classroom with some interesting links to a number of websites.

Kimberley has shared some interesting teacher blogs.  I have managed to pick up from Primary Tech blog, information about “fotobabble”.  And from the Down under teacher blog some posters that I can use in my own classroom about the “CAFE” reading strategies.  I experienced this on my last practicum and would definitely recommend it for literacy. This is however a non ICT example!

I would like to share Alison’s blog which I stumbled across through a Facebook group that I am a member of “PYP in the early years”.   I was doing a search about the use of technology within the Early Childhood classroom and Alison shared her blog in a post.  Check out her great selection of online resources and iPad apps :).  I am particularly interested in the math resources to help me with assignment 2.



Ted talk by Conrad Wolfram

I enjoyed accessing and watching the Ted talk by Conrad Wolfram in the week 5 learning path.

In particular, his story about his daughter who likes to make laptops out of paper.  He told her that this was something he never did.   When asked by her father (Conrad Wolfram), “Why do you think I didn’t make laptops out of paper when I was your age?”  Her reply was “no paper”.  This story highlights the fact that our world is changing and we need to change and teach our children what is relevant to them now and when they go out into the workplace.

We have and are continually moving to a paperless society.  For example, from the use of cash and cheques to credit cards, from using textbooks in class to downloadable applications or software to computers, from picture books, novels and non-fiction books to eBooks.

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Conrad Wolfram tells us from his ted talk that we should leave the computation of math to computers.  While I have to agree with him that a lot of school math remains in school and is not something that a majority of us will use in our real world lives,  I’m having a hard time believing that it is good that we allow computers to calculate everything for us such as this addition slide rule I found on his website.  See this demo below:

Addition Slide Rule from the Wolfram Demonstrations Project by George Beck

(Browse other topics available here).

Does this mean that one day we will not need to teach certain core academic knowledge of math such as mental math for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division?  I do always reach for my phone (calculator) to make calculations!

I can see the benefits in Wolfram Demonstration Project, where the learning occurs because the children are interacting, engaging, visualising and exploring math concepts.


No time for a holiday…..yet!

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I am working on catching up and hopefully getting slightly ahead over this break and it is so nice to see the feeds, emails and forums slow down for the holiday.  Time to catch my breath!

I see Anita Thomas was looking forward to the break, if you can call looking after “130 crazy but beautiful children” a break!

Like Ashleigh, I am thinking about my practicum placement that is coming up very fast.

I have not had a meeting with anyone at my placement school yet but hope to very soon.  I want to ask my mentor teacher what ICTs she is currently using (if any) to get an idea of what goes on in the class.  On my last practicum the children used iPads in the technology class with a specialist teacher only.  I am getting excited but nervous about practicum … all at the same time!