This week’s learning path asked us: What if you discover a new ICT you’ve never worked with before in your professional experience classroom? How are you going to learn how to use it? And how are you going to learn how to use it to enhance student learning?
My first course of action would be to ask the mentor teacher to give me a quick run down on how it works and take notes and then ask him/her how they use it to enhance student learning. My second course of action would be to Google, Google and Google some more…. search terms would include: “name of ICT”; “name of ICT + enhancing student learning”; “name of ICT+classroom”; “name of ICT+teaching”; “name of ICT+primary school”
Thinking about this got me thinking about: What if I have problems using the ICT? How am I going to deal with it and manage the classroom at the same time? Of course I will always have a backup plan in case the ICT fails in the middle of the lesson and there is no fixing it without a more experienced person. I found this post very informative in how to deal with technical problems and manage the classroom with ICTs.
What if the ICT is limited in the classroom? This post talks about the one computer classroom and how you can use just one computer and still enhance student learning, mainly by using a projector (fingers crossed there will an Interactive Whiteboard in my prac classroom).