EDC4000 tutorial conversation

Keeping a focus

Your practical goals for the week should include

  • casting an ICT lens across your collection of portfolio artifacts to identify your ICT pedagogy strengths and gaps
  • developing a way of describing how you use ICT for curriculum and pedagogical purposes
  • judging how you well you can demonstrate the suite of either the national dimensions for ICT, or a state set of ICTE competences.

Interactive events

The tutorial is designed as a conversation with you, along with some activities for you to conduct on your own, plus some interactive events. The events you need to participate in are:

  1. One Forum post on Study Desk: What’s in the example? See Activity 5
  2. Second Forum post on Study Desk: How do you measure up? See Activity 6
  3. Completing an online survey to see how you measure up.
  4. A Wimba session: Analysing your units of work for evidence of ICT pedagogy and state or national standards

Plus you need to work through the activities below in the study time you allocate to this course. The study activities help you participate in the interactive events meaningfully. They are short and sharp activities.

Contacts: Michelle and Paul at learningfutures@ozemail.com.au 0418750236


Activity 1: Orientation of the landscape (10 minutes).

Skim through the introduction to the week and dip into the ideas that interest you most at this stage through the links. 

Our messages are that

We have high expectations about USQ graduates are able to creatively interpret their curriculum and pedagogy in ways that extend beyond what is normally seen and done in schools. We hope you will lead the next generation of teachers to use ICT effectively for learning and professional work.

In this assignment and for job preparation, you need to clearly and succinctly communicate the depth of your knowledge and understanding in language and ways your reader will understand

Explicit thinking

What messages or questions do you have that you need answered this week. Take 5 minutes to undertake a PMI analysis.

P: What are the positives of what you expect to do this week?

M: What are minus factors or concerns?

I: What is particularly interesting or intriguing to you?

Keep your notes and make sure that through contact with the guest tutors and through tutorial events, you answer your questions. Be active in pursuing your answers and confirming your beliefs through participation.


Activity 2: Placing ICT into the perspective of the curriculum fit and the suitability of the pedagogy. (15 -20 minutes)

You will need to have a login to the Learning Federation websites to watch the video of this activity and look at the example materials available for preservice teachers to use.

To obtain your self-registration login, which is very quick, go here

Complete the form but use your USQ email address. This will be recognised and access granted. A confirmation email will be sent to your USQ address in seconds (usually) and then click on the link in the email to confirm. Check any junk email folders if you don’t receive the email.

You can test your login here.

Watch this video for 7 minutes.

Our messages are

Technology is backgrounded in the teacher’s explanations of the unit of work.

She has in depth knowledge of the curriculum and can illustrate that.

This is a robust idea for a unit of work

Explicit thinking:

What specifically pedagogical techniques you saw in the video, do you use in your teaching? Practice articulating these by jotting them down.


Activity 3: Understanding the TPACK Model (15-20 minutes)

Using the materials on the Digital Learning Futures website, develop an understanding of the TPACK model.

Our messages are that

TPACK is an acronym for Technology, Pedagogy and Curriculum Knowledge. Use the background material to understand the labelling of the TPACK diagram.

The video talks about Content, Pedagogy and Technology planning. You need to describe what your ICT use is illustrating about you and so the model and language of the TPACK diagram may be useful to explain your intent efficiently.


Explicit thinking: Ideas to develop deep understanding

Practice describing the components of the model. Try and explain it to another person.

Think of a lesson you have developed or seen (or think about the video and maybe even watch it again). Identify characteristics of the unit and write them in each diagram part. Not all units will match all parts of the TPACK model. It is not a checklist but a way of describing what you see or what you intend to do.


Activity 4: An example of TPACK (40 minutes)

Look through the whole package from which this video was taken, dipping in and out of new knowledge and affirming your previous knowledge.

Use the direct link or begin at the TTF website.  Click on the English set and open the Early Years Package. You can of course choose any package but we don’t recommend them all as good examples.

Our messages are

Not all the packages are high-end examples of using ICT in classrooms, but this simple idea is an expectation of how all teachers would use ICTs for learning, at least. We would expect you to use ICTs to help students produce multimodal texts.

We would expect you to develop a better lesson plan than has been included in the package.

The text does not describe the unit of work, as well as the teacher did in the video.

The materials and resources in this package that accompany the main story are excellent.

Explicit thinking:

Cut and paste up explanations and ideas that appeal to you most. Select 4-5 of the most important and write some notes about how you might use them in your portfolio assignment.


Activity 5: Discuss your understanding with others

(10 minutes writing and commenting , checking each time you allocate study time to this course)

Participate in the Studydesk forum led by Michelle and Paul which will summarise what people saw in the package in terms of TPACK components. Be prepared to contribute what was illustrated to you in the package and probe other students for clarification or share other examples of the idea you have seen elsewhere.


Additional activity if you have time. (30 minutes each package)

Select another example package that appeals to you and browse through it for ideas.

We have summarised them and offered an opinion about their usefulness. This may help you select one to investigate or you might disagree with us and want to have a say about that. Email us or post on a forum.


Activity 6: Measuring Up (30 minutes)

Using the materials on the Digital Learning Futures website, develop an understanding of the various standards model, focussing particularly on the set most relevant to you.

In particular download the extract from QCOT. Our caveat is that extracting out the words ICT from the complete set is a narrow view. You can illustrate use of ICT against all the standards statements in broad terms. However we think it is a useful checklist to have an ICT lens across your portfolio.

Download the National Standards for beginning teachers including the ICT elaborations

Our messages:

There are International, national and state standards for teachers. Some employing authorities also develop their own standards. ICT pedagogy standards are often explicitly highlighted in the general standards and some times specific ICT Pedagogy standards are developed to accompany the broader set.

In Australia the national dimensions for ICT are elaborations of using ICT to meet the national teaching standards. They are still in draft form and their future is not yet clear. Education Queensland had developed a pedagogy licence as a way of identifying the ICT pedagogy standards that teachers should meet. The Queensland College of Teachers has deeply embedded ICT and Technology into the Graduate standards. We will primarily use these extracts in this tutorial so you can make judgements about your own progress towards meeting the standards which are the basis of your assessment.

Use the terminology of the various standards systems to describe both what you do with ICT ion your lesson planning and implementation and explain why you made the content and pedagogical decisions you did.

Broadly develop a sense of how well you meet standards and what you might need to do this year to fill in gaps.

Explicit thinking

Use a highlighter pen on the National dimensions to identify the parts of the statements for which you think you have accumulated evidence How does the picture of your highlights look. Any gaps and overlaps?

Use the QCOT standard extract to write notes on what pieces of evidence you have and how that illustrates the standard. Use any terminology from the various standards statements to describe your activity or why it illustrates the standards. These notes can then be used to complete your portfolio.

Share online through the forum how you think you are measuring up. Join into the conversation a few times, so your colleagues can gain ideas from you and you learn. It should become a pool for ICT ideas you might be able to try in schools.

Try the survey out to let us see how you went. We will ask you to do this during a main forum for the week.


The Wimba session

We will be available to talk with students in the Wimba session at the following times. Drop in to one or all. The sessions are:

8.00-9.00 am Wednesday

12.00-1.00pm Wednesday

8.00-9.00pm Wednesday

What will happen?

We will ask participants for an example of a lesson or unit plan which integrates ICT into learning from their portfolio items, previous assessment and prac experiences. We will then help describe them in terms of the TPACK model and which QCOT standards this curriculum idea identifies.

In this way, we are modelling what you need to do when reflecting on your previous work to promote your talents through your portfolio. Have a short description of your idea ready to post up or talk about and we will respond, encouraging everyone present to add comments too. You can get direct help if you contribute your idea, or if your ideas are not ready, you can learn from the process.

Other contact

We are very happy to talk to you in a Wimba room by arrangement or have a chat with you if you want specific help on your portfolio or need to talk about your concerns. Feel free to ask us questions. Email us at learningfutures@ozemail.com.au