As I continue my learning journey through ICT and pedagogy I am learning so much about it! I used to think that ICTs were for teaching or research to add to the education of the children and I didn’t really delve too deep into trying to understand how embedding ICTs influence teaching and learning.
As an early childhood teacher I do use ICT’s in the kindergarten room for learning purposes, however I have never really reflected on why I have used it or the process of children learning through it. It was just there.
I recently watched Dann’s tutorial (Week 2, 2017) on the RAT (Replacement, amplification and transformation) framework that was introduced by Hughes et al (2006). This model was generated for the purpose of teachers evaluating their own use of ICT and pedagogy. Hughes (2006) suggested that consideration of three broad themes are important for teachers as it ensures that all aspects in the instructional activity where technology is embedded are covered. These three themes include: student learning process, instructional method and curriculum goals.
Upon reading and listening to this, it made me think about my practice in the kindergarten room and how I have never really considered these three themes before. I had never thought about the process of how students learn through the ICT tool we use. I used it as more of a learning enhancer rather than an actual process. The instructional method used through experiences was more about visual learning, repetition of sounds. The children never physically interacted with it, unless they were taking photos on an ipad we used. There were always goals for the children to learn but I never considered ICT being embedded into it.
This has definitely got me thinking about ways I can improve my pedagogy using the RAT framework.
Dann, C. (2017). Conceptualising ICTs. Tutorial, week 2. EDC3100 ICT and pedagogy. University of Southern Queensland Retrieved May 31st 2017 from study desk: https://cloudstor.aarnet.edu.au/plus/index.php/s/1ZP3qNCEA8mYfQX
Hughes, J., Thomas, R., & Scharber, C. (2006). Assessing Technology Integration: The RAT – Replacement, Amplification, and Transformation – Framework. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber, & D. A. Willis (Eds.), Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2006 (pp. 1616-1620). Orlando, Florida: AACE. Retrieved from http://www.editlib.org/p/22293/