How Foundation Phase teachers around the world are using technology in their classrooms

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  • This is definitey the age of professional development in your pajamas. The Internet is totally amazing in my opinion – one of the greatest inventions ever made – and we can have facts at our fingertips. W can learn so much in the privacy of our own homes – more than ever before.
  • Our most recent chat was on the topic of Do new technologies in the classroom change pupil behaviour?"
  • Flatten classroom walls and link with classes all over the world. Karen’s rhino project, flat rosy project
  • And of course, there is a move away from having a computer teacher in a school but rather having a technology integration facilitator who helps the teachers introduce technology into their own classrooms and there are quite a few schools around the country who are doing this.
  • I originally planned to make this talk only for Kindgergrten teachers but when natalie told me Foundation Phase teachers in general had booked I decided to just start in Kindergarten. Why did I want to start in Kindergarten? Most of the revolutionary changes have been around for a while in kindergarten. Now is the burning questions. Is technolgoy essential for good teaching? Or does it simply good teaching better. make f
  • She discovered that chidren start very young with technology these days. Many start with technology long before they get to school.
  • How Foundation Phase teachers around the world are using technology in their classrooms

    1. 1. How Foundation Phaseteachers around the world areusing technology in theirclassrooms’by Fiona Bealfiona@schoolnet.org.za
    2. 2. Gotta share – the musicalhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=soAk3F0wX9s
    3. 3. Outcomes for todayI would like to:• show that times are changing for teachersin South Africa• find out what teachers in the FoundationPhase around the world are doing withregard to using technology• draw a conclusion about technology andteaching
    4. 4. 1. So what is changing forteachers in South Africa?
    5. 5. Free online courses and webinars are rifehttp://schoolnetsa.blogspot.com/p/free-short-online-courses.html
    6. 6. Twitter and Tweetchats for teachershttp://www.edchatsa.co.za/@schoolnetsa
    7. 7. Pinterest boards
    8. 8. TeachMeetshttp://teachmeet-southafrica.wikispaces.com/
    9. 9. Tablets and BYOD (Bring your owndevice) in the classroom
    10. 10. Free classroom motivational programmeshttp://www.classdojo.com/A review: http://lachhull.blogspot.com/2012/02/classdojo-school-approach.html
    11. 11. It’s the era of global projects
    12. 12. Tons of amazing free tools on theInternet (http://www.pil-network.com)Microsoft’s Songsmith Microsoft’s AutocollageWindows Movie Maker Photostory 3 for Windows
    13. 13. E-books are so easy to create and read
    14. 14. Skype and mystery Skype conversationswith global classrooms
    15. 15. 2. How are Foundation Phaseteachers around the world usingtechnology in their classrooms?
    16. 16. Flickr photo ‘Kindgergartenkids ‘by Jeffrey Kehrig
    17. 17. “Everything I learned abouteducation I learned in Kindergarten”playcreatesocializediscoverexperienceexpressmoverelate
    18. 18. Children are starting young these days(What digital natives want from their library)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_zzPBbXjWs&feature=player_embedded#!
    19. 19. Matt GomezKindergarten teacherhttp://mattbgomez.com/‘My hullabaloo’„Kindergarten have only ever known thetechnological world.‟
    20. 20. http://kindergartenaroundtheworld.blogspot.ca/p/sign-ups-project-description-faq.html
    21. 21. Grade R Gleanings…From Matt Gomez…• Get the class writing short sentences on theclass Twitter account• Learn about the world in real-life terms withclasses across the globe• A blog can hold everything together for ateacher• Participate in a Twitterchat called #kinderchatto learn more from others
    22. 22. Kathy CassidyGrade 1 teacher,Canadahttp://mscassidysclass.edublogs.orghttp://kathycassidy.com‘Mrs Cassidy‟s classroom blog’
    23. 23. Twitter in the Grade 1 classroom videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GfbKwpsH9RA
    24. 24. Skype in the Grade 1 classroom videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3BH2r6tk1MM
    25. 25. Blogs in the Grade 1 classroom videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=01Wav6WdGeY
    26. 26. Other Grade 1 examples• Pam Roberts – Somerset House, SomersetWest - ebooks• Carrie Sorensonson – USA – Learnist Boards• Orge Karaoglu – Turkey – animate pictures
    27. 27. • Learnist boards
    28. 28. Before the advent of the Internet, classrooms were forced to be isolated learninghives. Now, those hives can all be interconnected as classrooms can easily link withother classrooms and experts to ask questions, compare experience and learn together.Tools suchas Skype, Twitter and blogs make connecting and collaborating with classroomsfrom anywhere a possibility.Gleanings from Grade 1 teachers• Before the advent of the Internet, classroomswere forced to be isolated learning hives. Now,those hives can all be interconnected asclassrooms can easily link with other classroomsand experts to ask questions, compareexperience and learn together.• Tools such as Skype, Twitter and blogs makeconnecting and collaborating with classroomsfrom anywhere a possibility.
    29. 29. Before the advent of the Internet, classrooms were forced to be isolated learninghives. Now, those hives can all be interconnected as classrooms can easily link withother classrooms and experts to ask questions, compare experience and learn together.Tools suchas Skype, Twitter and blogs make connecting and collaborating with classroomsfrom anywhere a possibility.• Instead of just writing in a classwork book…getthe class writing short sentences on the classTwitter account, or create blogs• Use Skype to enhance the classroomexperience• Start learning about digital footprints whilethey are young. Digital portfolios• Keep your own resources online so that youcan share with others
    30. 30. Grade 2 examplesParklands College - Dinosaur research
    31. 31. Research in the Grade 2 classroom videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVOENJfztfo&feature=player_embedded
    32. 32. Grade 3 examplesLinda Yollis Grade 3 blog, USA
    33. 33. http://www.pppst.com/
    34. 34. Gleanings…From Grade 2 and 3 teachers• Develop storytelling which can then developinto good writing skills• Learn information in innovative ways
    35. 35. 3. Conclusions about usingtechnology in the FoudationPhase classroom
    36. 36. The all-important question…“Is technology essential oreven necessary for goodteaching to take place?”
    37. 37. “If children do not learnthe way we teach then wemust teach the way theylearn.”
    38. 38. Before the advent of the Internet, classrooms were forced to be isolated learninghives. Now, those hives can all be interconnected as classrooms can easily link withother classrooms and experts to ask questions, compare experience and learn together.Tools suchas Skype, Twitter and blogs make connecting and collaborating with classroomsfrom anywhere a possibility.• Technology should not just allow us to dotraditional in a different way; it should allowus to do things that we thought were notpossible.• e.g. Drawing a picture. With technology you canpublish it, animate it, share it etc• When you write news or do some research – totake it further integrate it as an ebook• By sharing their artifacts digitally, studentsinvite the involvement and support of theirparent, grandparents, and anyone who seestheir work.
    39. 39. • What technology is NOT – keepingstudents occupied, used for the sake ofit• Why not try some of these ideas foryourself and share your ideas withcolleagues – not only in your own schoolbut on a wider scale.

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