I was working on some learning experiences for the second assignment today and started to feel a little unsure that the learning experiences I was designing were firstly incorporating some use of ICT and secondly the ICT that I have integrated into the experiences where going to amplify and transform students learning. I then remembered back to a section in the Week 7 Learning Path that I thought to be of use for the third stage of the assignment which helped to not only generate ideas for integrating ICTs to amplify and transform learning but also justified why I was using certain devices.
The Technology Integration Planning (TIP) Model uses 5 phases in which the teacher can formulate, implement, and assess not only the plan of the unit but also the degrees and levels of technology integration and the affordances that it offers students (Roblyer & Doering, 2010). While there are 5 phases to this model, my focus point is on identifying and determining the advantage ICT provides to students learning. That is, do the ICT I have implemented into the lesson amplify and/or transform students learning?
When choosing the types of ICT to implement into my unit of work, I needed to determine what (if any) were the advantages of each technology. Some ICT I was able to eliminate straight away, as the devices had no real impact on students learning, that is the ICT did not really enable or improve learning.
Integrating ICT into students learning is more than just having students type up their work on the computer using Word, or researching for information online. And because this is the way I personally have been involved with technology through my learning experiences, I feel that I am more likely to incorporate these types of activities into the unit. However, I now realise that I have to step out of that frame of mind and think outside of the box.
I think what helped me the most through this stage is reflecting on the reason why I had implemented certain ICTs into the unit plan. For example, by asking myself the question “how has ICT been integrated into the learning experience? Does this integration enable students to learn? If so how and why? And, Does the chosen ICT improve students learning? Think about how this is achieved.
I do think that the TIP Model is a useful guide in reflecting on the choices made with the unit of work for assignment two. If I have learned anything in the last few years it’s that reflection is sooo important in teaching, and this is one of many models that can help that process, particularly when using ICT within the classroom.
Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2010). Integrating educational technology into education.