Let’s put them all together

We have learned about a lot of frameworks and models so far in EDC3100 so I thought it was great that one of our tasks this week was to fill out a table describing each of them as this will not only come in handy for professional experience but also for Assignment 3. Here is the table:

Theory Purpose Application to Assignment 3/Professional Experience
CLEM Model Help understand how to learn about a new ICT and how to use it to enhance student learning. Stands for Community Literature Example and Model If there are any new ICTs you need to use it might help your explorations.

Hence might be useful as a part of the planning process for Part B.

TPACK framework Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge: it is a combination of what the students are learning, how we can teach it and what tools (ICTs) are available to teach it in order to amplify and transform learning and teaching. This is something I hope to bring with me to professional experience and build on and improve while on it. Combining these knowledge’s will be beneficial in lesson planning to transform student learning.
Backwards design Deciding on the learning objectives and assessment first before planning the learning experiences. This will be very valuable to lesson planning on Professional experience which will then contribute to our assignment 3.
SAMR Model Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition… similar to RAT framework… it is a model that ensures you are integrating ICTs that are redefining learning rather than just acting as a substitution for a previous non-ICT method. Keeping an example list of this in my professional experience folder will help when I am planning lessons and therefore contribute to Part B of assignment 3.
TIP Model Technology Integration Planning model has 5 phases aimed at ensuring technology is integrated effectively into a lesson/unit. When lesson planning for professional experience and trying to integrate ICTs effectively which will therefore be important for Part B of assignment 3.
The 5Es Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate is a teaching sequence that can be used for lesson and unit planning. Help to plan lessons on professional experience and therefore help in assignment 3.
WALT & WILF WALT: We are learning to

WILF: What I am looking for

Child friendly ways to share to students the learning objectives of the lesson/unit and criteria needed for success.

These will be important to remember to say at the beginning of each lesson or unit whilst on professional experience.
Connectivism A digital age learning theory. The theory states that because of technology learning happens in different ways, correct information needs to be chosen, learning is ongoing and staying connected is an important part of the learning process. Having the knowledge of this theory on professional experience will help when we are developing ICT-rich lessons.
Bloom’s taxonomy Six taxonomies aimed at promoting higher order thinking. The aim is to move from remembering facts (rote learning) to analyzing and evaluating them. This is always important to consider when lesson planning… for this professional experience Bloom’s digital taxonomy will be very helpful to ensure ICTs that incorporated will be bringing students learning to higher orders of thinking.
Postman’s 5 things 5 things/ideas to know about technological change. 5 ideas are technology and its impact on culture and the need for balance. Important ideas to keep in mind throughout professional experience.
Toolbelt theory/TEST framework Toolbelt theory: everyone needs a range of tools and know how to use them in order to survive.

TEST: Task Environment Skills Tools: helps when choosing the best tool for the job.

When lesson planning and teaching on professional experience I’ll need to use the TEST framework to help me pick the best ICT tool.
PKM Personal Knowledge Management: What do you want to know? (based on your interests and abilities). Know how to process information in order to act on it. The journey from a learner to skilled in your chosen path and to then share your knowledge. Throughout professional experience when lesson planning I will be constantly engaged in PKM and blogging to share my knowledge.

CLEM framework

Surprise, surprise, another acronym… what you thought they were over after the last post? Well , nope we still have CLEM. The CLEM framework is what to use when we come face to face with a new ICT. It’ll help us implement the new ICT in a way so that it can enhances student learning. CLEM stands for: Community, Literature, Examples and Models.

Who are the community of teachers using the ICT and how active is this community?

What literature is there about the ICT to enhance student learning?

What examples are there of the ICT being used to enhance learning?

How does this ICT work?

This framework will be very helpful when lesson planning on professional experience and when faced with a new ICT.

Signing off,


I’ll be packing my TPACK, how about you?

Well it seems we didn’t have enough acronyms already with TK, CK, PK, TCK, TPK, and PCK… we had to add one more, Introducing TPACK: Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge. This is basically a combination of “what is being learned, how it can be taught and the tools you have available to teach it”

If you have all this knowledge working together and working together well then you have a very sure chance of amplifying and transforming learning. However it is all dependent on the context i.e. the environment, resources available and the people involved. Like this diagram shows the context matters and the interweaving of all the knowledges are needed to  have a truly effective TPACK:


Confused? Yeah I was a little too. Check out this video which explains a little more… however if you are more of a reader I found this great article (although a tad long- 11pages) which not only explains TPACK and its implications to teaching but also gives a great description of all those other acronyms I mentioned! Want to read something a little shorter? Click here to go to a one page site on TPACK. But if you really want to know everything, and I mean everything there is to know about TPACK go to tpack.org.

Signing off,


What if?


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).

Signing off,


It’s getting so close… panic mode setting in

Only a week and half left until Professional Experience starts and to say I am freaking out is an understatement. I am usually pretty nervous before starting placement but this generally subsides after I’ve met the class and my mentor and settle into a pace. Still this doesn’t help with the beginning fears… like:

  • Will my behaviour management strategies be enough for the class?
  • Will the students like me and respect me?
  • Will the mentor be nice and helpful?
  • Is there going to be sufficient ICTs available to incorporate ICT-rich lessons?

The worst thing is I don’t even know where I am going yet. We’ve been told that we’ll find out on Monday 11th, just one week before our start date. I already know I will be unable to meet my mentor before starting (unlike my previous placements) because I am going to be visiting my brother in Sydney next week. So I will email him or her and try and get as much information as I can.

Now I just have to remember to breathe, relax and just enjoy myself! Well, after I’ve caught up on all my uni work that is.

Good night,



So I just completed four modules from the CyberSmart website. The Connect.ed program aims to teach teachers about the importance of cybersafety within schools and how important it is to teach students about cybersafety.

I found the modules to be very informative with great tips on how to prevent negative cyber behaviour such as cyber-bullying with a whole school approach and effective policies and procedures. I was particularly surprised during the simulations in module 1 and 2 which had me pretend to be a teenager with a social networking account and the constant onslaught of peer pressure and bullying that can occur because of the immediacy of the internet. Although these behaviours can occur with or without technology, technology certainly makes it easier for harassers to bully and pressure people. Without the correct education in what to do in these occurrences students may choose the wrong approach and therefore teachers need to be aware of this type of behaviour to identify it and take action when necessary.

After finishing my course I received a certificate which will be great to add to my teaching portfolio. I was also happy to discover the resources and lesson plan page which I am sure will come in handy during Professional Experience.

Signing off,


What does your digital footprint look like?


Before even starting this course, I would sometimes Google my name… not because I’m so into myself I have to see what’s out there about me but because I want to make sure that there isn’t anything out there that I do not know about and could be portrayed negatively (Turns out there is a NBC TV presenter with my name so most of the information is about her!). By ‘out there’ I’m referring to the internet (or World Wide Web), where everyone who knows your name can find out information about you if you have ever put it out there before. Everything you put on the internet contributes to your digital footprint.

Like Amy I have tried to minimize my digital footprint in the last few years. Mainly because I am on my way to becoming a teacher and I don’t want anything that will reflect poorly on my character to be out there for any of my students or colleagues to find. Unlike this U.S. teacher who thought it was okay to post almost nude photos of herself on the internet, I would prefer my life to remain private.

Because I’ve kept my life relatively private over the years I think that is why Take This Lollipop didn’t reveal anything about me (that or it just didn’t work). If you are curious about your digital footprint you can try taking the lollipop yourself here.

Signing off,