EDC4000 Tutorial: Demonstrating ICT pedagogy

Shout out “I integrate ICT into learning” and meet a set of standards for integrating ICT into learning

These materials are developed to provide general information to Faculty of Education Students at the University of Southern Queensland. They are prepared specifically for USQ students in EDC4000: Professional Placement and Portfolio and other students preparing portfolio items that they can use in the subject at some time.Welcome to the Tutorial. Good to see you here.

Digital Learning Futures through Michelle Williams and Paul Sutton, is helping the university ensure graduates of education programs are able to demonstrate the intent of the  national dimensions (or equivalent state or international standards) for using Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in learning. This is part of the work nationally across all Australian Universities in a Commonwealth-funded project: Teaching Teachers for the Future (TTF).

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

Read through this page as an orientation to the tutorial. 

Use the Tutorial conversation to direct your actvities this week.

The tutorial will direct you to two forums and a Wimba session.

The menus of the site can lead you to all the resources if you need specific items

Select  Projects - current projects, TTF projects and choose from the pull out menu.

The tutorial conversation and activities


Intent of this tutorial

Help you improve your portfolio and preparation for job applications and interviews

Raise awareness of importance of using ICT in curriculum units and in professional work

Encourage you to be positive about ICT use in schools and to take a leadership role in shaping current and future use of ICT

Help you demonstrate the qualities of your ICT integration ideas, beliefs and experiences

Help you use national, state and international standards to make judgements about your ICTE competence and what you might focus on to improve your portfolio of evidence.

The next generation of teachers needs to use ICT in creative and relevant ways that resonate with ICT-literate students. They were born with it – we need to catch up. Take up the challenge.

Resources for the tutorial

ICT references in the QCOT Standards: This document pulls out all the direct references to ICT or technology in the QCOT standards. It is interesting that each standard has at least one reference, suggesting there is a high expectation on preservice teachers to use ICT purposefully.

One view of the National ICT dimensions in the context of the national standards for preservice teachers

One view of the National Dimensions for ICT as a list.

 Survey which enables you to check if you are on the way to meeting the ICT pedagogy demands of the QCOT standards.

 TPACK Model - general information on the model for describing how you use ICT

Measuring ICTE competence - see how you are travelling on meeting state and national standards for ICT pedagogy.

Inspiration: In this tutorial, the software tool Inspiration was used to collect and organise brainstormed ideas. Inspiration is one of the most valuable concept mapping and pre-writing tools you can use when working with students and for professional work. Download a trial version or make this investment yourself. The web site contains wonderful resources which will inspire your use for curriculum purposes and as a pedagogical tool. Using Inspiration is an easy way to illustrate the TPACK model in action. The Webspiration version of the software enables collaboration of concept mapping tasks.

Good examples (from the TTF resources)

12 examples of ICT pedagogy have been developed by Education Services Australia for the Teaching Teachers for the Future Project. We are going to use 2 of the best examples in the tutorial. We have developed some commentary and description of them all, so feel free to browse through the packages that interest you most. Be aware, that they have some flaws and in some cases, our expectation is that you can be far more creative and develop a better curriculum and pedagogy fit than some of these example packages show. However, the background materials and the resources in all packages are worth dipping into. You will value most, the way the TPACK Model is used to analyse the core ideas in the units of work presented. The Digital Literacy and Hints and Tips sections are excellent resources. They are common to all packages so you only have to read them once.

The packages are stored on a Learning Federation site http://ttf.edu.au/ You will need to obtain a login to see and use the packages. If you have never obtained a login to the Learning Federation before, apply for a login using your usq.edu.au email and you will receive a registration email in that mailbox. It is almost instantaneous and should not slow you down. Just check your junk email if a registration email does not appear in your USQ inbox within a couple of minutes.

Unit example: English early years - developing a multimodal text using digital photos and media elements. It is quite an ordinary idea but it is a solid idea early years teachers would be expected to implement. The videos of the teacher explaining and demonstrating her pedagogy are excellent. It is a good package to gain familarity with the genre of these example packages as well as immerse in the resoruces and background reading. It will take about 30 minutes to explore thoroughly.

Unit Example: Science years 9-10. A unit on Laws of Conservation of Energy using a "skatepark simulation which enables students to explore the relationship between Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy and Thermal Energy. It uses a terrific learning object and has excellent resources and descriptions.

Here is an example of describing a unit of work using the TPACK Model. This document is from a early years unit for using digital camera photos to develop a multimodal text. You may have seen this as you looked at the recommended units. It is a good description of how TPACK can work for you.

Suggestions for your portfolio

Have at least two examples of how you understand ICT pedagogy - as units of work, lesson plans or resources you have made.

Do a Who, When, Where, What, Why and How (5W and a H) strategy to organise your ideas about your use of online community and personal contacts to make the professional network which will sustain your professional learning. Employers told us they can not be expected to pay for all your professional learning. Ongoing willingness to learn is the culture of the profession.

Be sure you have examples of the standards in the QCOT Professional Standards for Graduate Teachers. One item may show multiple qualities. Perhaps use a checklist of the qualities as an appendix to an item or put the standard(s) your resource illustrates on the front cover or in an annotation to your item.

Collect lesson plans and units of work that demonstrate some or all of the qualities of TPACK or which illustrate your competence against some ICT in education standards like the national dimensions or the state standards in the Queensland ICT pedagogical licence. These provide the detail you need to address the broader descriptions in the QCOT standards. (HINT: You can mine these standards for words or phrases to describe your work in ways others will quickly recognise. using the right words can give you the edge you need in a compeditive job search.)

Use your next in-school experience to "top up" your portfolio. Deliberately develop some ICT pedagogy examples, share them in the school and show how you will take a leadership role in shaping what the school does with its ICT policy and practice.

Annotate them as you make them, for that is the time when the intent of the piece is clearest for you. Your reader needs to know how the item illustrates your pedagogical skills and your ICT skills. Use various national and state standards to annotate your pieces. Feel free to copy the standard and just reference which standard number and source. Make it easy for your reader to see the best of your professional work. Be sure your item actually does address what you claim. A short annotation will help the reader skim your work, for the meaning you intend.

Your annotations about your use of ICT should be labelled as curriculum ideas and pedagogical approaches and not desccribed as ICT experiences per se. Employers are looking for good teachers who use ICT - not just users of ICT.  An example below illustrates this, as do the examples we share in the lectures. The terminology from the TPACK model will illustrate this also.

Collect ideas and sample lesson or sites or online spaces and tools in an annotated hotlist in your portfolio. Your educational hotlist will show what you are interested in, what you use and what you are willing to share. All the better if it is on Delicious or some other social or professional space.


Social networking

 Your digital footprint is an asset to you. You can be very sure that your future employer will look across the Internet to see what you contribute online, how your professional work is shared with others and what you do online. If a search of your name reveals your professional work, you have put yourself ahead of the race to jobs.

Your digital footprint can also be a problem for you, if your presence in online communities shows intolerance to others or portrays a negative image parents and children would rather not see of their teachers. Online whingers are easy to find and some employers have dedicated staff to check out the online footprint of potential employees.

In noting this, you should feel comfortable using social spaces for personal purposes, to communicate with family and friends, share personal photos and write blogs etc. Your experiences online develop your professional skills and knowledge. It would be expected every Queensland teacher has indepth experience of the social networks shaping society, workplaces and community even if some employers prohibit teachers communicating with students through opensocial networks.

 This is a good page on constructing a Personal Learning Network using online spaces and communities. This is from a blog by Richard Byrne where he shares lesson plans and free ICT resources for teachers. There are some great posts offering dozens of ideas. Subscribe or follow him on twitter to keep up to date. Follow Kathy Schrock as well, for lots of great lesson and unit ideas and resources.

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