I am feeling very frustrated!

The classroom that I will be working in has a StarBoard.

I have not been able to download the software. Hence, I have not been able to explore the resources for StarBoards.

Everyone else seems to be finding great teaching and learning tools.  I am very envious.

I have searched the Hitachi StarBoard blogs and there does not appear to be an answer.

I am thinking that I may have to spend one of my lunch breaks exploring the tools, once I commence my placement.

I guess that is also a good learning experience.  Often as teachers we will be required to use technology that we are not familiar with.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



The Experiences of Others

I am not sure why, but the following two points resonated most with me when I read the comments from previous EDC3100 learners. For that reason, I will ensure that I take them into consideration when I am on my placement.

 Making sure that students have the prior knowledge on how to use the particular ICT you have chosen for the lesson.

As with all learning experiences, it is fundamental that we build on students’ current understanding.  Before I start to plan for my practical experience it is crucial that I develop an understanding of the students ICT capabilities.

Be well prepared- have the ICTs you want to use set up so that the lesson flows, time isn’t wasted and students have something to focus on without drifting off.

As an educator, I must be able to proficiently use the ICTs that I have integrated into my teaching and learning experiences.  I must be well prepared and organised before I start teaching. Furthermore, I should always have a plan B just incase I experience ICT problems.

Thanks for reading


My Practical Experience Context

On Tuesday last week, I meet with one of my mentors.  I will be working in a Year 5 classroom.  I will be working with two teachers that partner teach. They each have certain subjects that they teach.  I will be teaching maths and English.

There are 28 students in the class.  They vary in literacy and numeracy capabilities (like all classes).

The school has great ICT resources.  In the classroom I will be able to work with an IWB (Starboard) and iPads.  There is also a computer lab that I can take the students to.

I would love to hear from anyone else who will be working in a similar context to myself.

I am really looking forward to this experience.


The Pros & Cons to Blogging for Learning

This blog is more a reflection on my blogging experience to date.  As I first time blogger, I was not sure if I would enjoy this experience.  I am very conscious of my online identity and was not comfortable having my thoughts out there for anyone to read.  It has been a mixed experience.

I have really appreciated the comments and sharing of ideas from fellow EDC3100 learners.  I have also had an academic from the US comment and like one of my posts, which I was very surprised to see.  On the down side though, I have a follower that I am pretty certain has no affiliation with ICTs or education.

I am really enjoying this collaborative learning experience and can see the benefit of blogging in a learning context.

Thanks for reading.

Yours in ICT


Safety or Citizenship?

Having three children of my own, I am very aware of the importance of cyber safety, but until reflection on Tessa Miller’s blog “Cyber safety: everyday in everywhere” I had not considered the significance of social media to the formation of the identify of children and adolescents.

After engaging with the ACMA resources I came to an understanding that rather than emphasising safety, the emphasis should be on digital citizenship. Thus, empowering children and adolescents to participate online in a positive force (Slocombe, 2013).  The ACMA resources promote:

Engage positively: Exercising your rights and responsibilities as a digital citizen

Know your online world: Learning new skills and digital technologies

Choose consciously: Taking charge of how you interact online

As an educator, I will be promoting the digital citizenship of my students.

Yours in ICT



Slocombe, J. (2013, August 6). Safety first, but citizenship the goal. Retrieved from

Insightful words

I have just discovered the following quote on a fellow EDC3100 learner’s blog

“The only behaviour I can control is my own…

I have come to the frightening conclusion

I am the decisive element in the classroom

It is my personal approach that creates the climate.

It is my daily mood that makes the weather.

As a teacher I possess the tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.

I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal.

In all situations it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanised or dehumanised.”

Gilliot, H. (1972). Teacher and Child. New York: Avon Books.

I am undertaking an almost daunting task of completing two placements this semester.  Two weeks into my three week placement, I have found reflection on the above quote very useful.  I hope that by sharing this again that maybe someone else will find it useful for keeping a positive mindset whilst on our placement in October.


Digital native or digital immigrant?


Having just read Katherine Dugdale’s “What speed are you?” post, I was inspired to read Ian Jukes and Anita Dosaj’s Understanding Digital Children(2006).

Born in the 1970’s, I am definitely a digital immigrant.  Even though I consider myself to be reasonably digitally savvy, I grew up in a world very different from today.  Growing up, my idea of playing generally involved the outdoors, not a digital device.

Children of today are different.  As a result of digital bombardment, today’s children are neurologically different (Jukes & Dosaj, 2006).  They have grown up with a mouse in their hands.  Research shows that children today are fundamentally different in the way they access, absorb, interpret and use information (Jukes & Dosaj, 2006).  Above all, the way they view, interact and communicate in and with the modern world is different.

As educators, what does this mean for us?

The work of Jukes and Dosaj contains insightful and useful resources for the educators of children in today’s modern world.

I hope you find this as useful as I did.

Yours in ICT


Reference: Jukes, I. & Dosaj, A. (2006). Understanding Digital Children. Retrieved from