ETAC Emerging Technology Across Curriculum Nausheen Anwar Beaconhouse School System Jubilee Campus
Conduct a practical enquiry that examines the use of ICT in teaching and learning
Benefits of online collaboration for learners’ learning.It enhanced learners’ expressions, language skills andunderstanding of the world by:Engaging them in discussions and dialogue on common issuesand those related to their cultureCollaborative projects brought the learners together across theglobe using full range of ICT features includingnewsgroups, email blogs and sharing of learningLimitations:Bandwidth/browser limitations restricted instructionalmethodologies. There were video files and PowerPointpresentations which took time in uploading and it frustrated mylearners and affected my time management.
Engaging learners towards responsibility and creativityusing any medium of expression.Limitations:Occurred with regional language teachers as there werefewer projects for Urdu Language to integrate it with thecurriculum in meaningful projects.
To anchor all learning activities to a task, teachersneed to look for the following areas:Learning must have a purpose beyond, "It is assigned."Design the learning environment to support andchallenge the learner’s thinking.
It provided a platform to my school in developing:A culturally diverse community of supportiveeducators.Cross –curricular links with all subjects and arepresentative across the globe on concerns like energyconservation and global warming on Earth Day.
Activities that incorporated reflection & criticalthinking are as followsProjects ended with a presentation or product thatdemonstrates learningLearners with various strengths and inclinations hadopportunities to explore their talents in a variety ofways
Digital Citizenship and Responsibility enabled theteachers and learners to:Be sensitive to others .Learn as much as you can about the other cultures youare working with to avoid cultural and languagemisunderstanding.
Identified issue: Cyber BullyingRelevance in Planning: I have integrated e safety lesson plan with a Geography lesson on People and Resources where learners have todevelop critical-thinking and decision-making skills related to computer usage and ways to protect them from inappropriate behavior online.Potential Benefits of ICTResource: Multimedia, iEARN collaborative project on “Bullying”ICT Features: Interactivity, Information handling and facilityPurpose: The Bullying Project is chosen to help my students to deal with the issue of bullying within a safe, positive and supportiveinternational community.They communicated with people locally and over distance quickly and easily and presented their learning outcome in ways which wasaccessible to audiences.Production: This lesson was designed to help learners to identify and avoid situations that could threaten their safety. As Safer InternetDay, on the 8th February 2011, my aim was to help learners develop awareness regarding essential skills and safe social networking. Learnerswatched the video taken from Teacher’s TVDelivery: Following areas were consideredHow many learners have created their personal profiles on social networking site with false age ?Can they identify what information and images are safe to post online?Have they effectively evaluated their newly-acquired information by comparing their initial thoughts with their final ones in the evaluationforms?Involving ParentsParents consent form assisted me in assembling their awareness regarding the consequences of cyber bulling and its affects on their child.The guidelines parents acknowledged their appreciation to the concerns shown by the school.
This implemented a learning session with my learners to advocate and practise safe, legal andresponsible use of information and technology.The objective of this learning session was to enable my learners to exhibit a positive attitude towardthe use of technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity. With the help of clearinstructions, they were able to articulate basic norms and etiquette for digital communication andcollaborate appropriately in a digital communityLearners were given the liberty to use from a variety of ICT presentation tools to differentiate the taskby resource and to exhibit their learning according to their developed ICT skills.The identified group created cartoons using toondoo.com conveying a message on safety measurewhen working online Through presentations, learners learnt about the importance of safe internetbrowsing and avoiding the possibilities which can lead to serious consequences.To build critical-thinking and decision-making skills related to computer usage and to protect mylearners from inappropriate behaviour online, they talked about their learning in the post activitysession. They shared their awareness about the learning session and the contributions they made toreflect their learning on safe and secure browsing of internet
MANAGE THE USE OF ICT IN TEACHING AND LEARNING
Following ICT resources were integrated in the lesson.Website for online quiz for instant feedbackVideo Clips from youtube for visual experience and interactivityInternet – wireless connection for uninterrupted net browsingDigital camera for Provisionality of resource and communicatingLCD Projector for information handlingSpeakers for effective listeningPCs for hands-on activityData card reader for file transfer from digital camera tocomputer.
To articulate web.2 tools in the lesson, following ICT resourceswere used.Computer generated classroom layout was shown to learnersusing multimedia Projector to organise the learners accordingly.Before assigning the task, learners were shown a videodemonstrating the safe use of digital camera and an instructionsheet was provided for further assistance. Moreover a folder waskept on the desk top for following the instructions if needed.Through networking I shared a folder on step by step guidelineson each computer
E mails played an integral role for me to critically assess my learners learning outcome by:• creating a supportive learning environment• encouraging them towards a reflective thought and action• enhancing the relevance of new learning• facilitating shared learning• making connections to prior learning and experience• provide sufficient opportunities to learn• inquire into the teaching–learning relationship through e-mailsConducting a formative assessment and integrating this activity with e-mails enabled me to assesstheir potential. This process is interactive and it created a reflective approach in their learning .Once their assignment was completed, I published their portfolios online which, enabled the learnersof other sections of the same grade to access and gain enhanced meaningful learning.
Peer assessment turned out to be a key strategy toinvolve learners in taking more responsibility for theirown learning. While the benefits were not initiallyobvious to learners, this process offered a means ofenhancing the learning experience and developing keycapabilities in them. When introducing this strategy, Iwanted to be sure that learners become aware of thebenefits for them.
TO EVALUATE AND EMBED THEUSE OF ICT IN TEACHING AND LEARNING
While sending me e-mail,, giving feedback on peer assessment orreviewing my feedback on their assignments I ensured the followingaspects for my learners to review:Take particular care when transporting personal information todifferent locations (including passing data to other organizations).Always encrypt the data and ensure that physical devices cannot beaccidentally lost, for example, by using special delivery post or by notleaving the device unattendedTake appropriate security precautions if you take any informationabout people home with you. Make sure it cannot be accessed bythieves or accidentally viewed by visitors or family members. Forfurther information see the guidance on home workingChoose a password that is not easy to guess
•Site PCs where the screen cannot be seen by unauthorised staff or the public.•Lock your computer, if possible, if you are leaving your desk for more than 5minutes.•Delete personal data as soon as it is no longer required•Ensure that your deleted items are actually deleted – simply deleting itemsdoes not always remove them completely from your computer. For example, inMicrosoft Outlook when you delete e-mails they are moved to and stored inyour ‘deleted items’ folder and you must also delete them from here. Similarlyin Windows when you delete items from your computer they will often be sentto the ‘recycle bin’ on your desktop, from where you must delete them again•Never share passwords and write your password down. If you must write itdown then don’t store it in an easily accessible place Send someone’s usernameand password in the same e-mail or document, send them under separatecover.
Evaluating the appropriateness and effectiveness of video conferencingturned out to be an important aspect of integrating current technologyin to students learning.The use of a non-ICT resource was therefore never a real possibility. Theentire event could be accessed by parents and school group heads andhead office of Beaconhouse.The entire middle school comprising of 600 learners were inattendance watching the entire segment of the video conferencingwhich by extension enabled them to reflect and be aware of the safetymeasures that they must be taking while going online.
The key of my practice was to help my colleagues reflect upon and develop a number ofimportant issues.First the relationship between my colleagues and me which needed to be based onmutual trust and respect.What is said must be scrupulously fair. The colleague whom I observed is a Scienceteacher. The growth of competences and expertise in classroom teaching is clearly crucialfor any professional growth and for the effectiveness learners’ learning.
Elements of Digital Story•Point of view•Dramatic Questions•Emotional Content•Clarity of Voice•Grammar and Language usage
Contribution to Students’ Learning• helps to create and share original work•Helps to interact, collaborate and publish their work and assess theirpeers’ work as well•Promotes cultural understanding and global awareness•Improves creative writing skills•Helps to use writing process, visual literacy
Current Practices SuggestionsCoordination Lesson Plans Using Google DocsTime tabling Using software like: fine time tablingStudents’ attendance Biometric Attendance systemLearners’ Feedback Online password protected feedback, e mailsCirculars for Students and teachers School social NetworkingCoordinating with parents•Printed Newsletters •Online News letters•Printed circulars •Online School Blog/Parent Portal•Sharing students’ progress during •Sharing e= portfolios with limitedParents Teacher Meeting access
Resource Silent Features Rationale for(Hardware/Software) Recommendation •Engaging and motivating. •Incorporates additional •Provides opportunities to useful skills into theMultimedia Projector try new things. curriculum. Allows for showcase of •Heightens project-based student work. learning opportunities. Benefits audio/visual learners.
Resource Silent Features Rationale for(Hardware/Software) Recommendation •Collaboration in projects •Skype in the classroom is That connect with other a free, global community toSkype teachers internationally help teachers and students.Audio and Voice •Enables to discover newConferencing software teaching inspiration •Find experts, get •Free of cost inspiration and collaborate on projects.
Resource Silent Features Rationale for(Hardware/Software) Recommendation •Record a live presentation •Record PowerPoint or lecture and give presentations, websites, students a rewind button webcams, and software for class. Help them learnCamtasia demos easily at their own pace…or catch up from an absence. •Produce your video in many •. Teachers can easily create formats, or share to YouTube software tutorials and or Screencast.com demonstrations in Flash and streaming video formats for your global audience.