The NSW Institute of Teachers’ Professional Teaching Standards includes:
Element 4; Aspect 4.1.5 – Use a range of teaching strategies and resources including ICT and other technologies to foster interest and support learning.
In order to be the best teachers we can be we need to reconsider our methodology. As educators in the 21st century, we need to learn to communicate in the language and style of our students.
This DOES NOT mean changing what is important or redefining good thinking skills.
It means that teachers today need to be adapting materials to students of the 21st century. This way of thinking can be applied to all subjects. It is no longer a question of whether to use ICT and other technologies, but how to incorporate them in order to benefit our students.
There is no reason that a generation can memorise over 100 Pokemon cards and yet cannot learn their multiplication tables or fractions in maths and how power stations work in science.
It simply depends on how it is presented.
If we want to reach every single one of our students, we need to change. It is easy to shrug a shoulder and stick to the usual routines, but is that the kind of teacher you want to be?
ICT and other technologies can BRING CONCEPTS TO LIFE and ENGAGE STUDENTS, which leads to GREATER UNDERSTANDING.
It’s all about being the best teachers we can be for our students and helping them reach their full potential.
I have created the following ICT resources about perimeter and area, with the help of my sisters. It is resources like these that can foster interest and support learning. It doesn’t need to be time consuming, the following are easy to create and can be kept for future use.
IWB RESOURCE – PERIMETER (click on the images to enlarge)
PHOTOPEACH – PERIMETER AND AREA (click on the image)
Click here to start using PhotoPeach.
VIDEO – AREA
GO ANIMATE – PERIMETER AND AREA (click on the image)
Click here to learn about GoAnimate for schools and educators.
These resources can be placed on a class blog where students can freely access them to reinforce their learning independently and in a fun way. Homework activities can also be designed to incorporate revision using these resources on the blog.
Get creative and share your ideas, you just might be surprised with what you can come up with!
Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants. On the Horizon. 9 (5).