This week we had to reflect on the 8 themes of learning with ICT. We were referred to the book Decoding Learning, which can be found at http://www.nesta.org.uk/publications/decoding-learning . This books looks at the finding the
proof of technology supporting effective learning, emerging technologies that show promise of impact, and exciting teacher practice that displays the potential for effective digital education.
I then was required to reflect on each principle and interpret it into my own words. So here goes:
Learning from experts: With the amount of information available to students today is endless compared to 30 years ago. The decoding learning book explained that “it is the teacher’s role to ensure that they can support the students to convert this information into knowledge.” The question is how can this be done? Through the use of different hardware’s such as interactive whiteboards, mobile devices, and through the use of audio and visual tools. The only downfall of this is that not everyone has access to this information and the equipment needed to be successful.
Learning with others: It is natural for us to learn from social situations. We gain knowledge through discussions, interactions and relationships with others. What the decoding learning book suggests is that we need to shift towards more of a cooperative peer learning dimension, which is where the learner gains knowledge through common interests. Secondly the network dimension which refers to how students contact one another. Thirdly: participation is when they gain knowledge through shared understanding and practices and finally the performative dimension of how knowledge is gained through learning with others. The teacher is not solely the only educator it is the approach of how everyone is a contributor.
Learning through making: Digital technology has allowed learners to construct anything, whether its 3D story books, animations, games, to name a few. It has provided the individual with the tools and programs needed to construct and make anything. Technology allows the learners to discuss, share, reflect upon and ultimately to learn about construction.
Learning through exploration: Technology has provided the learner with ample of opportunities to find and gain the information they need. It is up to the learner to learn how to filter through all the information and access the more relevant information. Exploration can be either spontaneous or more structured. When a learner is provided with the opportunity to explore them they are more willing to learn and engage.
Learning through Inquiry: Inquiry based learning is when the learner is exposed to think critically and participate in evidence-based debates. The use of technology within the inquiry based learning is invaluable to the learner as it provides: organisation, it also helps them to problem solve and to connect with others.
Learning through practising: Practice makes perfect. Practising allows the individual to learn and to build on their knowledge and understanding. Once they have gained the basic understanding they then need to be able to transfer these skills to other areas of their life. Technology has allowed this to happen by giving the individual the instant feedback needed to know whether or not they have been successful but technology alone will not be the answer to becoming smart.
Learning through assessment: to gain an understanding of the learner, you first need to know what they know and what they understand. Technology has enabled educators to access this through a number of assessments, learning activities and allowing the individual to reflect on what they have learnt and already know. Technology although has allowed this to happen but the approach is more of a summative assessment approach then the formative. More research into how formative assessments can be conducted is being investigated.
Learning in and across settings: We learn all the time and to improve on our knowledge and understanding these skills need to be able to be used across a number of settings. Technology has enabled this to occur over the years with the use of mobile devices that can capture, store, compare and integrate materials together from all different areas.
As I go through each area the one that I find the most appealing is the Learning in and across settings …………… now find out more on this topic