Do I now feel able to:
- Describe “the issues and strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching”;
- Identify your PE site’s existing policies and processes related to the safe, responsible, and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching;
- Describe what ICT skills are required of your learners by your curriculum
Through completing the quizzes at the beginning of the week and working through Week 10’s Learning Path I feel I have a greater understanding of supporting safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching. Danny Clancy’s blog ‘Applying digital citizenship’ comments on his learning of safe ICT use, and like him I feel I do have a greater understanding of this in a school context. Similarly I feel I understand how to use ICT responsibly and ethically in my classroom and I know it is important to teach my students this also. Knowing how to safely, responsibly and ethically use ICT in teaching and learning is of the utmost importance because it is one of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Published by AITSL Standard 4.5 states “Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically,” (AITSL, p. 15). Looking at Victoria Daher’s Prezi also gave great insight into this, her presentation can be found here.
Through meeting with the Deputy Principal at my PE school I know that the grade 7’s and 8’s have iPads and grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 have individual laptops for school use. Through knowing this I can begin to think about lesson plans and ideas on how to use ICT in my classroom. I am working with three mentors for this PE, which I feel will very much advantage me!! In one Professional Experience I can gain feedback from three different teachers that will be invaluable in my learning. I have been emailing my mentors and opening this line of conversation means I can extensively discuss ICT in their classroom.
Knowing what ICT skills needed by my learners is difficult for me to know yet as I am doing my PE in an independent school and I am unsure if they follow the Australian Curriculum but for the purposes of this I will say they do (Once I am at the school I will know for sure). ACARA determines ICT as a General Capability and states that students “learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school,” (ACARA, 2011). Therefore I anticipate that the students in my classes are able to competently use the necessary ICT in their classroom.
ACARA. (2011). Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability. Retrieved 10 May, 2016, from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/generalcapabilities/information-and-communication-technology-capability/introduction/introduction
AITSL. (2011). Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Retrieved 10 May, 2016, from http://www.aitsl.edu.au/docs/default-source/apst-resources/australian_professional_standard_for_teachers_final.pdf