Teachers in the 21st century are faced with the enormous challenge of keeping up with the times or being left behind!
Not only are ICT's part of our future, but they are dynamic and becoming more advanced as they evolve to suit consumer needs.
In the 21st century classroom students want to learn using ICTs, they are required to learn using ICTs and to ensure we create valuable employees of the future ICTs are necessary as an integral part of daily pedagogy.
A framework known as "TPACK" (Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge) is commonly used to ensure that there is a balance of knowledge drawn upon from these three key areas. With careful planning and creativity successful integration of ICTs can be incorporated into teaching and learning to facilitate student learning using the most appropriate ICT tools.
The SAMR modelis a framework utilised to evaluate how successful student learning has been and how the planned use of an ICT tool can determine the quality of learning, how the learning might be improved and works from advancing to transforming student learning.
Both models require teachers to decipher what learning has taken place after creating links between what is being learned (content), how it is taught (pedagogy), and the appropriate technological tool to teach it.
I will be completing Practical Experience at a local State school and will be teaching a Year 4 class in the coming weeks. To find out more about how and why I will teach ICTs take a look at the three reasons below by clicking on the links: