Host: Matt Moore.
Session Title: How have you brought technology into your everyday teaching, and what impact does it have?
My first time hosting the Ukedchat, so I was nervous to say the least. Sat with a hot water bottle and a Lemsip as I typed bravely battle off the man flu, and trying to have 48 different conversations at the same time!
The discussion was based around the idea of bringing technology into the classroom on a daily basis, and looking at the impact it has on a lesson and learning. I wanted teachers to think about the stuff they do every day, the things they bring into all subjects they teach because they work. Some great ideas were shared, and some fantastic resources that people love to use.
The idea and thought behind the session was quite divisive for some though. Like in any school there were people who would tell you to forget the notion of SMARTboard and stick to the whiteboard. I think plenty of us have had the experience of the internet dropping, or the batteries running low just when we need them! However, it was great to see those of us who have to battle on through, and still encourage those who have encountered failure. There really was a great and broad selection of people taking part in the chat, with input coming from all sides.
The people who caught my eye were those who saw the benefit of having tech in the classroom, but also understood it’s place in the learning and didn’t allow it to take over. Some of us have a tendency to run with something for the sake of it, and push teachers to use systems that really don’t work. And that’s the key, they don’t work. By the end of the session I think everyone was in agreement. Yes, there were some fantastic ideas and resources, but don’t just use them for the sake of it. Use it if it will have an impact on the learning.
Notable Tweets from the Session:
The Hectic Teacher @HecticTeacher
@AlwaysComputing Random name picker on my tablet. Kids love the graphics and don’t actually mind not choosing groups or answering questions.
@ukedchat @AlwaysComputing airserver for allowing me to move freely anywhere in the class #ukedchat
Nursery Nook @NurseryNook
What doesn’t help is our Ict strand in EYFS does not challenge. Chld can use I-tech at 2, but curriculum puts that at the 5yo lvl. #ukedchat
Lesley Dancey @LittleL2011
@ukedchat @AlwaysComputing reliable, fast WiFi access to allow real learning to take place in real time. #ukedchat
@tmeeky @AlwaysComputing #ukedchat Far too much time wasted, esp whn LA server fails at least once a day and internet goes down. Grr!
Tweet of the Week:
Nursery Nook @NurseryNook
@AlwaysComputing Definitely, the point is the tech should supplement, like it does in everyday life. #skillsforlife
About the host:
Lead ICT Coordinator and E-Learning enthusiast. I have been in the classroom for 4 years now and I have worked in primary and a very rare middle school. In the past I have presented my work at BETT (nerve-wrecking!) and at national learning forums. I work closely with other schools in my LA to try and develop a wider community of learning.
Always looking for new and innovative ways to enhance learning in primary schools. For (almost!) daily updates follow me on twitter alwayscomputing
I hope to share good practice, great resources, and a few things to brighten your day! On a more personal note I am based in Yorkshire and live with my heavily pregnant wife of 3 years, and my dog Stump. Love getting out and about over the Moors on a weekend, although it is sometimes difficult to tear me away from my laptop or Xbox!