The ICT Classroom: 1:1 Laptop

Well, WOW!!!

I have learnt so much about how to use different ICT to enhance and transform student learning. I have now a list of programs which I would love to use in the future with my students:

  • OneNote – this enhances student learning (especially for homework and whole class sharing).  Whole Class sharing – I made a OneNote Maths Protractor lesson for students to learn how to use a protractor, answer questions and then practice these skills. Many students found knowing which measurement to use on the protractor very tricky.  During the lesson I realised just how many of the students were using the wrong measurement so their angle measurement was 165 degrees but the actual “acute angle” was 25 degrees. During walking around the class to assist students I found a student which was measuring and constructing their angles correctly and asked them if I could let the whole class see their work. To do this I opened up the students OneNote on the laptop which was attached to the projector screen for the whole class to see.  From here I proceeded to ask this student questions, regarding how did they know which numbers to start measuring from (inside or outside numbers), how would they know if they used the incorrect numbers (thinking of a right angle as a base (90 degrees) and then knowing the measurement would be bigger or smaller of a 90 degrees. The class appeared to understand a bit more about measuring and constructing angles from their peers explanation, and some students even asked more questions which showed that they were engaged and interested in learning more.
    • OneNote used for Homework – This program is great for homework as I found an opportunity where I can record my voice to step students through the activity while they are at home completing their homework.  I can also differentiate students work by uploading different activities into students OneNote Folders. The student selects their own name and homework activity to complete and when the student gets stuck on a question all they need to do is click on the “teacher’s pre-prepared voice recording” where the student can listen to the teacher as many times as they like to complete the task.  I can make this voice recording very personable allowing individual assistance depending on the student’s needs.  This also allows students to learn at their own pace and not feel embarrassed about asking for help numerous times in front of the whole class when introducing the homework.
    • Also One Note is fantastic to organise my teaching Term, Unit, Weekly and Lesson Overviews, to add notes, resources and websites. (OneNote will also automatically display the reference and link at the bottom of my work).
  • ITALC – This program is great!! You just have to have it!! The program needs to be installed into both the teacher and students laptops.  The teacher can use this at any time to check on students screens, and message any ‘off task students’, or even lock the students computer if needed.
  • Kahoot – This is a great program to either activate students prior knowledge and allows the teacher to understand where to start from when introducing a new topic and/or this program can be used to synthesise students’ learning at the end of a lesson to observe students’ transformation of knowledge.  Kahoot allows me to create questions where the students can answer questions on their laptop or either pen and paper.  Kahoot is played on the projector screen where pictures/images are viewed in relation to the questions.  Students appear to be very engaged and excited about versing each other which also means that during the lesson they need to be engaged to then answer Kahoot questions at the end.
  • Zoowhiz – The ZooWhiz Learning System automatically assesses students’ learning and creates differentiated learning pathways for each individual student. ‘…Zoowhiz includes one-to-one curriculum correlated coverage of mathsword skills and reading for children aged 4 – 15 and enables you to see precisely how they’re progressing…’ (EdAlive, 2016) .
  • Maths Programs
    • SumDog – This program needs to be attached to the school, but is fantastic for students learning together and using mental computations to play against each other.
    • Maths Professor is also a Mental Computation program (but is really just a substitute program and not enhancing their learning). (10 mins per day).
  • English Programs
    • Typing.com – is used to practice typing skills (10 min per day).
    • Language Conventions – is used to practice language skills such as suffix and prefix, adjectives, verbs, adverbs (this also appears to be a substitute program and is not used to enhance their learning through using ICT).
    • PowerPoint – Students used digital cameras to create their own Stop Go Animation. Students uploaded their photos onto PowerPoint and used speech-bubbles, thought-bubbles, captions and typed in their narration in the notes area.  Students also embedded sounds into their Stop Go Animation from the website SoundBible which has hundreds of sound effects to select from.

I am very excited that I have 18 months left of Uni, and (hopefully) in the future be able to use these programs and many more within my own classroom.