The Constructing Knowledge and Transforming Knowledge of EDC 3100

Week 4 has introduced us two new terms– Constructing Knowledge and Transforming Knowledge. In one of the Week 4 activities, we are to identify two constructing knowledge content descriptors and two transforming knowledge content descriptors in the Science or History learning areas of the Australian Curriculum, for any level, and then share our findings in the forum. It is actually preparatory activity for our Assignment 2, which is about unit planning. And I have chosen to focus on Year 1 Science learning area for this forum posting activity.

After all, I feel that this activity is not necessary to only apply to our Assignment 2. Although we are the teachers of the kindergarten students in our practicum sites, we are also the students of EDC 3100. Consequently I am stimulated to find out the constructing knowledge and transforming knowledge that this course wants us to know.

I have identified a few, but not sure if I am correct. Please check it out =)

Constructing Knowledge Transforming Knowledge
National and International ICT standards and frameworks for teachers outline the influence on curriculum and pedagogy of historical and current international and national policies
Learning theories and their implications for ICT use for teaching and learning describe, discuss and apply teaching and learning theories and frameworks that inform ICT pedagogies
Planning, teaching and assessing with ICT discuss and reflect upon the role of ICT in the curriculum, learning and teaching
Teaching, values, equity and ethical practices with ICT examine and critique personal beliefs and practices that impact on their use of ICT for learning and teaching
Professional relationships and ICT for teaching and learning develop strategic pathways to continue their learning journey and professional recognition in relation to ICT and pedagogy

 

I have got these objectives and topics (I only pick up some) from 2013 USQ Course specifications from USQ website.

The use of cameras in the classroom

Many of my friends have talked about the use of cameras in today’s classroom. For example, in her blog post named ‘At the lens of the CAMERA’, Kylie Goh has mentioned the cameras as the tool of communication in the 21st century. Unquestionably that I have agreed with her and I did further examine on this topic.

Let’s see what I have found.

In the article named ‘The Use of Digital Cameras to Enhance the Learning Experience’, published by Knowledge Enterprise (2003), the advantages of using cameras in the classroom are clearly emphasised throughout the article. The founder of Knowledge Enterprise, Dr Haddad has also listed down the list of things to consider when the school is buying digital cameras for children’s use. Please feel free to view the PDF file if you want to know more about the list.
Besides computers, I think digital cameras are the most potential ICT gadgets that a school should get, on the subject of the money wise and practicability. It allows children to record down everything that they feel it is interesting and meaningful. It also reduces teachers’ workload in terms of the observation and documentation of the children’s progress. I believe that both children and teachers will appreciate the use of cameras in the classroom.

 

 

 

This photo is taken by me during the birthday celebration of my sister. The boy in the photo is my nephew who is three years old. He knows how to take photos to capture down their happy times, using an Iphone. It shows that children really love cameras. So let’s use digital cameras to enhance education inside and outside of the classroom!

 

 

References:

Knowledge Enterprise. (2003). The use of digital cameras to enhance the learning experience. Retrieved 2013, March 22, from http://www.techknowlogia.org/TKL_Articles/PDF/473.pdf

Ipad VS Paper

(SiceVende, 2013)

 

I have found this funny video when I was stalking in my Facebook (Yes this is my hobby! See my blog post in Week 2; I have linked, have you?). It is actually an advertisement from a paper manufacturer in Mexico (if I am not wrong). In the video, the husband is supporting the use of Ipad, or in general the tablet computers while his wife is preserving the accustomed paper. I have found a debatable matter from this video:

The Pros and Cons of Using Ipad (or other ICTs) in daily life

Pros-

(1)   All-in-one- Ipad can easy access to an extensive library of apps, such as e-book, email, weather forecast, website, online banking and so on

(2)   Convenient- Ipad is small in size and easy to carry to everywhere in any time

(3)   Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – The ‘paper’ in the Ipad can be used for 1000> 10000> 100000> 1000000> times, as long as the Ipad is still functioning but actual paper could only be used for 1> 10> times

Cons-

(1)   Costly- Ipad is definitely more expensive than the paper

(2)   The battery life- Ipad has to charge for battery while paper does not

(3)   Something that couldn’t be replaced- As per the video, there is definitely something in the world that could not be replaced by the Ipad, such as TOILET PAPER   =)

Above and beyond, this matter could be furthered to the extent that is relevant to us, the educators. Wainwright (2013) has listed down a total of 17 pros and cons of using iPads in the classroom in the Teachers With Apps website. Wainwright has done a good job and I truthfully appreciate her efforts.

Here is the summarised version:

Pros

Cons

Children love Ipads Doesn’t support flash
Good battery life No USB port
Apps galore Lack of multi-tasking
The e-textbooks Expensive
Great communication tool Potential to be distracting
Great content viewer Lack of production capabilities
Cater for children with disabilities Not good for sharing
Lightweight and portable Typing is sometimes frustrating
User- friendly

 

For the details and elaborations of all the points above, please feel free to visit the website.

 

References

SiceVende. (2013). Ipad vs paper [Video]. Retrieved 2013, Mar 20, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR4mlLiyjYo

Wainwright, A. (2013). 17 pros and cons of using iPads in the classroom. . Retrieved 2013, Mar 20, from http://teacherswithapps.com/17-pros-and-cons-of-using-ipads-in-the-classroom/