It is one thing when students learn from ICT, but it is another for students to learn with ICT. The Week 7 Learning Path highlights the importance when designing units of work or lessons that incorporate ICTs, to ensure that students are not merely learning from the ICT but are instead learning with ICT.
If students are learning from ICT, they are learning the same way they would if the teacher was explaining the information to them directly. For example, in a history lesson, students engage with a clip about Australian settlers. Though the video may provide valid information about Australian settlement, the same information could be sourced from a variety of different sources, such as books.
Learning with ICT is far more complex and is viewed more as a tool for productivity. The expected outcome for learning with ICT is to bring about a change in the way students think and work (Voogt & Knezek, 2008). For example, digital storytelling provides students with the option to visually present information that has been learned. Digital storytelling requires students to think about the content they are going to insert into the presentation and how they are going to draw conclusions. This task requires students to directly relate to their understanding of concepts that have been taught in order to construct the product and display their newly gained knowledge.
Learning with ICT is closely associated with the term “Mindtools”, which Jonassen and Car (2000) describe are computer applications that, when used by learners to represent what they know, necessarily engaging them in critical thinking about the content they are studying… and requires students to think about what they know in different, meaningful ways. The Mindtools for Learning website is wonderful in that it provides some really useful digital tools that can be integrated into lessons in order to not only incorporate ICTs but to also stimulate students learning through critical thinking!
The concept of learning with ICT got me thinking and so I decided to do a little searching around on the net to discover more about teaching and learning with ICT and Voilà! I came across three different Queensland Education based documents that provide support in using ICT in the classroom too well I guess make “Smart Classrooms”. These documents are basic but handy.
Part 1: Teaching and Learning with ICT – Practical Ideas to Support Teaching and Learning Using Standard Software on your Laptop
Part 2: Teaching and Learning with ICT – Practical Ideas to Support Teaching and Learning Using Online Tools and Spaces
Part 3: Teaching and Learning with ICT – Practical Ideas to Support Teaching and Learning in a Digitally Rich Learning Environment
I hope that these resources help you as much as they helped me. I now feel more confident in incorporating technologies into lessons and units of work to enable student to learn with ICT not just from them.
Jonassen, D. H., & Carr, C. S. (2000). Mindtools: Affording multiple knowledge representations for learning. Computers as cognitive tools. Volume 2: No more walls (Vol. 2. pp. 165-196).
Voogt, J., & Knezek, G. (Eds.). (2008). International handbook of information technology in primary and secondary education (Vol. 20). Springer Science & Business Media.