Investigating with ICT

Includes resources that help teachers and students:

  • define and plan information searches
  • locate, generate and access data and information
  • select and evaluate data and information

Define and plan information searches –

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Name: Edmodo

Website URL: https://www.edmodo.com/

Description: Edmodo is an educational website that empowers teachers to build relationships with students and parents. Edmodo allows the sharing of ideas, schedules, lesson plans and concepts in a social network environment.

Platform: All – available online and app version.

Cost/Licensing: Free, just need an account.

Age/Stage: All Stages

Explanation: Edmodo meets Capability 2 “Investigating with ICT” as it works as an online classroom where teachers can create content for their students to explore based on their desired content and learning paths.

Critical Analysis: Edmodo offers a secure online school-based communication platform. This teacher-moderated resource is able to afford students the opportunity to communicate, share ideas and plan/organise information searches for collaborations or assignments. The important area is teacher-moderated, as Beauchamp & Kennewell (2010) suggest – only when ICT was sufficiently embedded in teachers’ pedagogical knowledge does the technology contribute positively to learning. Edmodo is an easy to use platform, it is very similar to main social media layouts, enabling easy cross-over skills.


Locate, generate and access data and information –

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Name: Ted Ed

Website URL: https://ed.ted.com

Description: The youth and education version of TED (talks). TED-Ed has a resource library of animated videos and learning plans.

Platform: All – available online and app version.

Cost/Licensing: Free.

Age/Stage: Caters to all.

Explanation: TED-Ed reflects Capability 2 “Investigating with ICT” as it allows teachers to create interactive lesson plans – by locating, generating and accessing information.

Critical Analysis: TED-Ed is a fantastic resource that promotes creativity, organisational and problem-solving skills. This form resource because a valuable tool in students learning as it can enable students to better retain information, gain specific content knowledge and develop multi-model literacy skills (Morgan, 2013, p.51). I use this site myself, as it always provides valuable resources aimed at the stages I teach. The resources are developed with students learning styles in mind, which aid in the delivery of the content.


Select and evaluate data and information –

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Name: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

Website URL: http://www.abs.gov.au

Description: The ABS is the national statistical agency that provides and collects data about the Australian population on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters.

Platform: All

Cost/Licensing: Free

Age/Stage: Stages 5-6

Explanation:  The ABS  resource meets Capability 2 “Investigating with ICT” as student’s are able to select and evaluate data and information from the ABS knowing they have accurate details of that area.

Critical Analysis: The main criticism of the ABS is its lack usability and interactivity. The site provides valuable and credible statistics that can be used in classes (e.g. within the PDHPE curriculum for researching health trends and statistics). Students are able to collect these statistics and evaluate the occurrence of any potential health risks, or sport related statistics. However, Roblyer & Doering (2014) acknowledge the importance of data mining, suggesting that students need to be able to look for hidden patterns in a group of data. This is seen as understanding the power of information “pictures” or relationships among bits of information that may not have been visible previously.


References:

ABS Education (2008, May 5). Overview of Census at school. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/tyHRaTYAZtM

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2017). ABS logo [image]. Retrieved 2017, May 20 from http://www.abs.gov.au

Beauchamp, G and Kennewell, S. (2010).  Interactivity in the classroom and its impact on learning. Computers & Education. Learning in Digital Worlds: Selected Contributions from the CAL 09 Conference. 54 (3), pp. 759–766. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/science/article/pii/S0360131509002760.

Edmodo (2016). Edmodo logo [image]. Retrieved 2017, May 20 from https://www.edmodo.com/

Edmodo (2016, September 6). Introduction to Edmodo. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/-n7E2iyWRG8?list=PLSliTVtCXnYvlPqKuRLHsOAEZxukLpsNj

Education Services Australia (2017). Scootle logo [image]. Retrieved 2017, May 20 from https://www.scootle.edu.au

Education Services Australia. (2014, September 9). Scootle – curate, connect and find content aligned to the Australian curriculum. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/jxXCXZb6m8I

Morgan, H. (2013). Creating videos can lead students to many academic benefits Childhood Education.Vol. 89.1 (January-February 2013). pp.51-53Retrieved 2017, April 29 from http://go.galegroup.com.ezproxy.csu.edu.au/ps/i.do?ty=as&v=2.1&u=csu_au&it=DIourl&s=RELEVANCE&p=EAIM&qt=SP~51~~IU~1~~SN~0009-4056~~VO~89&lm=DA~120130000&sw=w&authCount=1.

Roblyer, M., & A. Doering. (2014). Integrating educational technology into teaching: international edition. 6th Edition. Pearson. Great Britain. United Kingdom.

TED Conferences. (2017). TED-Ed logo [image]. Retrieved 2017, April 30 from https://ed.ted.com

TED-Ed. (2012, March 12). Introducing TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/FfJ5XG5i2aw

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