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My personal student perspective of ICT for a trainee teacher ,,,,Sit back, relax and enjoy your journey

Use of ICT in the classroom and the opportunities for interactive learning:

November 13, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Today we looked at the use of ICT in the classroom from a cross curricular perspective:

We specifically looked at the use of podcasts; but we also looked at other forms of technology that can be used in tandem with a computer e.g. ipods/Mp3/4 players.

What is a podcast?

A podcast is a type of digital media that can be either video/audio of PDF which can be downloaded from the web, on to a computer or a series of mobile devices which include the ones previously emtioed e.g. mobiles/mp3 players/ipods etc.

What are podcasts used for?

Podcasts can be used for a variety of reasons, there is no sole purpose for a podcast. podcasts are commonly used to view television programs, or in a educational setting can be used to record lessons or aspects of a lesson.  suggestions made in the class today included using digital media resources to record different parts of a childs education, like school trips or recording special days at school.

We explored a variety of different digital media which also briefly looekd at talking  personal whiteboards. Recordings could be made on the whiteboards. We thought that this sort of resource would be particularly helpful for some SEN and EAL students, which needed help prounouncing certain words the teachers or other students could leave a recording on the whiteboards, or alternatively the pupil could record themselves reading outloud.

Additionally pupils could take home these resources for parents to make recordings in their native tongue, to share with the class and/or to aid the learning of the english language.

last but not least we look at digital cameras and webcams and we got to explore these in a little more detail.

one specific piece of equipment that I got a little more familiar with than the rest was a piece of equipment called the tuff came, which if i remember its name was in reference to its durability. We did test out how tough it was during the lesson on several ocassions and it did pass all the tests with a minor scare towards the end of the lesson.

the tuff cam was a fairly easy piece of equipment to use, but we did encounter some difficulties and this was a common occurence in our class. “Apparently” this was not the case in the last lesson but ‘Hey’ we got there in the end.

have a look at what we did, its not quite a quentin tarantino production but with a few more hours fiddling around with the tuff cam maybe it could have been:



Tuff cam:

Control and monitoring technology:

November 6, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

………. Be right back…..

The use of interactive whiteboards (IWBs) in classrooms:

November 5, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

The use of computer technology in schools and in the classroom particularly has gradually increased in the past 20 years, more so in recent years.

The use of Interactive white boards (IWBS) is more wide spread in classrooms is more wide spread than ever before. It is estimated around 93% of classrooms in London are using IWBs to aid teaching.


I quote; ” A great teacher with a IWB will perform better than a great teacher without an interactive whiteboard.” ( lorraine kaye 30/10/2012 09;30)

P.s  shes my ICT teacher I hope she likes that i referenced her :)


But this is to be expected; IWBs allow teachers to instantly access resources such as books or subject specific tools at the touch of a button which previously may have taken years to acquire.

The IWBs are multi -sensory which appeals to pupils with a variety of learning preferences. It gives opportunities for whole class learning and immediate feedback. And importantly for the teacher it isn’t restricted to just ICT, it can be used for cross curricular lessons.








October 29, 2012 by · 1 Comment · Uncategorized


E -safety is about using the internet in a safe way, to avoid harm to your computer, even more importantly in the context of school ensure that children and young adults are not exposed to anything they shouldn’t be exposed to. With an increasing use of computers in school and in home life children and young adults are at greater risk of cyber bullying and other harmful content on the internet. E- safety is aimed at reducing that risk. It comes in many shapes or forms from videos, to professional led seminars etc

How the ordinary person has benefited from emerging technologies:

October 29, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

what is web 2.0 ?


Web 2.0 is not any type of new technology. Its just another way of using the web, instead of people passively viewing content on the web they can produce their own content.

Examples of web 2.0 websites include social networking sites (facebook/twitter/myspace), blogging sites (edublogs/blogger), video sharing sites (youtube) etc.

With this ability for anybody to produce content on the internet (world.wide.web) caution must be taken when interpreting contents. There is no filter of contents and false facts can be published. To ensure you get the information you are looking for search through reliable sources e.g. BBC, or subject specific websites.