Creativity is key

So I have submitted my first assignment for ICT and pedagogy. At first I was unsure of what to do for it, but seeing as I am completing my Bachelor of early childhood, I decided to go with the foundation year and base it on the English syllabus of the Australian curriculum. Its amazing the ideas I can come up with just by reading the content descriptors and imagining the activities the students could do to reflect those. 

As a kindergarten teacher, I remember a while back, before IPads and laptops were introduced into the classroom, how I would incorporate literacy into the kindergarten age group. I remember doing an activity with the children based on them drawing their pictures. As usual practice, when children drew a picture, the educators would ask them about it and often write a sentence to describe what is happening in the picture. From this I came up with an idea to extend on their pictures by creating story boards for them to tell a whole story of their own. The children would draw pictures in each square and once finished, I would sit with them and go through each picture, discussing what was happening. 

Of course this age group may not have been aware of the sequencing process to tell a story but I was sure to say things like, ” Then what happened?” “Or what happens in this picture after that one?” This helped the children to describe their story which we then cut out, laminated and turned into books which were read at story time. This could be seen as an early introduction to sequencing and story telling as well as a piece of work that each child could be proud of.

As I brainstromed my assignment, I remembered doing this and thought it would be great to incorporate into a unit, however instead of the paper story boards, children will do it on IPads which reflects the replacement part of the RAT framework (Hughes et al, 2006). They will use an application known as ‘book creator’ which will amplify the learning instruction through efficiency and productivity (Hughes et al, 2006). The basis for this unit will focus on the ability to sequence and tell a story.

It would be great to see learning instruction transformed where the students sequence for themselves and create their own stories using the book creator app. 

Looking forward to the next assignment.
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/

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