Already behind . . . .

its only the second of this half of the semester and I am already falling behind on the learning path material. And it is beyond frustrating . . . I hate falling behind! But what’s going to happen on prac when I still have to blog 3 times a week!? 

So this weeks plan is to keep my head down, and my bottom up and catch up . . . With assignment 2 due next week, I need as many points as possible to keep my grade up. 
Yvonne from EDX2190 has helped me to understand a better way in which to write and complete assignments. And it is because of this that I am feeling somewhat more confident about completing both a history inquiry and the next ICT assignment. And despite my obvious frustration with the workload in ICT, I am finding the unit plan itself interesting to complete, maybe because I am on track!?
I, funnily enough, look forward to the writing of the assessment tasks for the remainder of the assignment, and hope that my confidence in this assignment, and my ability to complete it well is not unfounded. At first, I did find it a little bit daunting to try and incorporate the Australian Curriculum and the Queensland Elaborations together, but think I may have grasped how to do it. I guess the only hope is to snag 10 or 15 minutes with Vickie Farwell in order to check my progress and hope to receive some constructive criticism.

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It’s building!

After backtracking over powerpoints from the last week before holidays and this week, I’m finally understanding what my direction for the second assessment is and how to get there. I’ll admit that at first I was panicking and slightly worried, but now I’m actually, dare I say it, enjoying myself!?!? 
It’s nice to finally see the overlapping wi the courses we are currently doing this semester, and how each course can support and enhance others. Up until now, it all seemed disjointed and messy, even if they were all necessary! As progress through this assignment, I cant help but notice it aligning itself with the second assessment in literacies. I have found this website incredibly helpful when talking about the use of ICTs in classrooms to support, amplify and transform lessons, activities and the learning that they result in.
As the semester rolls on and my 3rd professional experience looms, I’m starting to get excited agin. Pray reminds me why I chose to study teaching, and after the last few weeks Ive had and how disheartened I’ve felt about this degree in general, I’m so glad to have some excitement creeping back in!!

Return . . .

So it’s the first week back after holidays, and unfortunately I am not as refreshed as I had hoped I would be. Most of the first week of holidays was spent trying to get a headstart on my next 2 assignments, and the 2nd week was spent trying to cram in some family time.

Now that we are entering the 2nd half of Semester 1, it is my hope that prac will reinvigorate my desire for uni. Unfortunately I have been thrown a few curve balls this year (and it’s only April!), and with the workload that is ICT, I can’t help but feel somewhat flat and disinterested . . . and I hate that feeling! I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember!

But now that I have vocalised those feelings, I am going to put them behind me and move on! The rest of this semester will be better . . . I’l make sure of it! And if i struggle, I need to remember some words i found on this website.

The next generation . . .

Previously my husband purchased me an iPad as a birthday present. As we have a 5 year old son and a nearly 4 year old daughter, who already fight and bicker over the use of hubby and my iPhones for games, we made the decision that neither would be allowed to use my iPad.

I had successfully ‘hidden’ my iPad from them for 2 days, until the moment I was using it for research and my son spotted it. He knew what it was straight away, ‘mummy, you’ve got a tablet!’

He then proceeded to ask me for games. When I explained to him that there were no games as it was for uni, he proceeded to problem solve in a way only 5 year olds can. ‘That’s ok mummy, you just need to go to the app store and get me some.’

My jaw hit the floor and I couldn’t stop laughing. Something which i’m still learning to navigate is a natural language for his generation. the world of apps, games, smart phones and tablets. It frightens me a tad to think if this is how far technology has evolved in the last 10 years, then how much further will it evolve? How will it have evolved and changed by the time my children are having children and I’m a grandma?!

Relieved to say the least!

5 weeks into the first semester of this year and I am breathing a huge sigh of relief. To say it has been intense is an understatement. Due to assignments and what not, I have fallen behind in my blog posts for this week. But I can see, from blog posts of Kaylene and Brianna I am not the only one relieved to have assignment 1 submitted.

And now I have discovered that whilst blog posts are not required for the 2 weeks of holidays, they ARE required for the 3 weeks of prac. What fresh hells this?!?! Am I the only on that thinks ‘How on earth am I going to accomplish that?!?!’ With my husband leaving in the next few weeks for work, not to return until later this year, an emotional son in his first year at prep and a daughter at kindy, the realisation that doing 2 pracs by myself was daunting enough. Now to realise I have to blog?!?! Got to be kidding!

In all honesty, whilst I have already learnt white a bit of new information and I am enjoying the discovery side of this course immensely, I’m beginning to think the work load is unrealistic.

Where do i go from here?

TA – DA! Here it is!

My first . . . a coupe of firsts actually!

My first EDC3100 assignment,

My first website,

And now it’s submitted.

For me, the link between the curriculum, classrooms, ICTs and cyber bullying seemed like a natural link to be made. After all, it is both a social and educational problem that is on the rise throughout society. And it is not confined to just one age group, culture or religion. It, like the World Wide Web, is a global issue that needs to be approached din an effective way.

This issue and it’s place within the classroom, I believe, speaks to parents and carers of young and old students. What parent isn’t concerned about their child’s well-being? And in an ever advancing world of technology, computers and ICTs in general, it is the responsibility of parents, carers and educators to be up-to-date and ‘ahead’ so to speak, in order to protect and educate students from the evil that is cyber bullying.

Something missing?

Am I missing something? I have pretty much finished my artefact and considering the ease in which i have reached this stage, I’m beginning to wonder whether I’ve missed a crucial element.

So back to the task sheet, the forum and the rubric I go! And after reading numerous posts I can’t find anything! So that brings me back to what I discovered last Thursday in the tute. I’m overthinking it!

So between now and Sunday evening, I am not looking at the artefact again, save to show my husband to get him to check and review it. Just to make sure ALL my links, buttons etc work and to check for spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors. And once he’s reviewed it and I’ve left it for a bit, I guess I’ll have to go back and check it again before submitting.

This site holds some handy hints on where to start with editing my work. And whilst it is geared towards essays, I believe the same principles will apply. Happy assignment – ing everyone!

Decisions Decisions

Originally when I began building my website for the first assignment, I was going to embed a video from YouTube. But as I became more proficient and confident with the building of my artefact on Wix I realised that this was perhaps too simplistic an option and rather lazy of me. So I decided to make my own video on Powtoon, upload that to YouTube them embed it on my website. By doing this, I hope that i have shown some technical abilities.

But now there’s a spanner been thrown in the works. I have heard (and it’s just a rumour so don’t go having fits people!) that using Wix for this assignment is sometimes viewed as ‘simplistic’ and ‘not pushing yourself’. I highly hope that this is not the case, because put quite bluntly, the majority of ICTs taught in this course are ENTIRELY new to me, so that fact that I have attempted to build my own website in less than a week, is a huge advancement for me. Rumour hopefully?!

Artefact

It was very hard for me, at the start of this semester, to wrap my head around what was required of me for this course. My first issue? Changing the way I thought of the word artefact. For me, an artefact is something from history. But in ICT its taken on a whole new meaning and upon checking this site for the traditional definition, I find that I have been looking at the word artefact incorrectly for years.

So now I finally know what an artefact is, where I am going with this assignment and what direction I am taking it in. And it feels wonderful! Wix seems to be quite simple but effective to use, so I have fulfilled my criteria for this assignment in attempting something entirely new, without pushing myself too far.

This week’s job is too sit down with my research and some blank paper and organise my thoughts onto paper so that I can create a well structured website that flows. Because what’s worse than a website that’s hard to navigate?!

Here We go . . .

So I think I’ve finally made some head way on Ass 1.

Curriculum area? Check!

Content Descriptions? Check!

Direction for my 3 lessons? Check!

Reasons as to WHY ICTs are important in schools? Check!

Now I just need to decide what kind of artefact to do. And honestly? I have no idea where to even start . . . And with the due date only 10 days away, i really need to figure it out, ASAP! I’m hoping that Week 3’s moodle books will help. If they don’t, then I could really be in trouble.

But then, as I found out in yesterdays tutorial, I was overthinking the assignment which is why it seemed like so much work for such a small percentage. So I’m hoping that i’m doing that again. Wix, here I come!