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ITI Journal #11: Vision for 21st Century Classroom

I don’t think I have ever actually put into writing my vision for the modern classroom. I am relieved to read that it is not something that ever is completed because it will continue to evolve – that’s good because just in the last year or so I can list a number of things that have become quite commonplace in my own classroom. For example – YouTube became valuable to me in the last year as I ventured out looking for different ways to get my points across to my class. And because it was through a medium the children could relate with, the children responded quite positively to it. Another example is wikis – I set a very basic one up just merely to be used as a base for me to put resources (such as the youtube videos) so that the students could access them at their own pace. I also created a webquest which I posted on the wiki as well.

Essentially, I like to reinforce one main point to my students: You don’t need to know all the answers, you just need to know how to find them.

Considering how technology is a means to process all this wealth of information put to society these days, it is important to me that children from the earliest age are taught problem solving skills and introduced to appropriate mechanisms for finding information they need, so that they can ultimately find solutions to their own problems – problems that are relative to their own lives and situations.

This by no means is complete. I feel the need to put a bit more time and thought into something so important, however it is the basis of anything I would develop further.

ITI Journal #10: Further reflection and the Trust model

The trust model is essentially key to the way I would like to think those I work with think about me. Especially in the area of ICT the wrong kind of person can become a bit cocky and maybe even arrogant. I believe this is the biggest fear our other staff have – initially they are predisposed to the idea that “we” know a lot – probably a lot more than they will ever comprehend – hence the fear of technology and/or lack of skills. I believe it is important to proactively convince those around us this is not the case, and indeed we do show the different elements shown in the trust model.

In regards to my peer coaching last semester, I believe I could have been more proactive in getting things done. Time was essentially a large element of why my own progress in this project was limited, and also with clearer actions in the beginning I may be able to claim more success than what I actually do. Having said that, I worked closely with 2 members of staff, and we did complete some smaller-scale elements of peer coaching. I hope to be able to further develop this when we return to school in September.