The ICT Tools, an example: Beethoven's 5th Symphony
You find them all over the web; all these fantastic tools which can open doors and show more ways into curiosity, understanding, and creativity. Viasual and auditive - fascination. But how do we fit it into the curriculum? What is the purpose of an element like this video (above)?
And does it reach more than just music?
1 - The students learn how to "read" music (watch, listen and understand).
2 - The students learn to express their views (oral and / or in writing)
3 - The students can see patterns (cross subject relevance; mathematics)
4 - The students can create in Soundation or in NoteFlight ("write" their own music)
5 - The students use ICT as a natural Tool in LEARNING (skills and attitude)
Five elements that should be the platform for every school activity. And all 5 acitivites can be evaluated if you describe the expected outcome of each of the 5 elements in the session (project) ahead, together with your students.
Then comes the ral challenge: How to stimulate and guide throught the process in a way that gives the students an academic output AND at the same time stimulates to endurace and individual further research and activities. Even at home. Basics for LifeLongLearning.
If you know the basic use of Word you have come along way, and if you are on FaceBook even further. And if you use your smart phone not only for speaking but also to share images as well you are close to being an expert. WHY?
Because you already know different kind of digital tools, and you have experienced the prosess of being curious about a service that a friend have shown you, and you have sat down and learned to do it yourself. And that is what ICT is all about. Finding the right tools for the the right job, and make the most effective mix, for you and your students. The only real "skills" you need is to be curious and search for sources that motivate and stimulate both you and your students. That is why ICT is more an attitude today than actual technical skills.
On the web you find all kind of resources, both for your students and for yourself. The 2 big questions are: "What do I want to know more about" and "What do I want to learn today"?
We believe the students know more about ICT than we do. The fact is they know other services and programs than we do. Based on their needs and interests. What they don't know is how to use their skils and positive attitude towards ICT as tools in learning, in their own intrest. To integrate their ICT skills and attitude in their school work.
If we can help / assist our pupils / students to see HOW they can achieve better results and higher scores by combining the book, the blackboard and the WWW, based on the teachers pedagogical skills, we do what is needed today: Facilitate learning instead of desperately trying to further on what we already know.
We talk about flipping the classroom and flattening the classroom and believe that every teacher has to provide all the resources him-/herself. That is not the case. BUT: You have to know WHAT you present, and point to workflow and overview, to train your students to hav the necessary overview and control in their own individual learning processes. On their way to reach the benchmarks. On their way to develop their personal skills and talents. We used to have the control through the index pages in the book, and from the curriculum. Today we need to trust both ourself and our students as they learn to organize and produce in a way that seccures the basis for Life Long Learning. Based on fact and on the curriculum, but with an approach that streches beyond what we already know.
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