Holly Robertson

http://mypad.northampton.ac.uk/holly/

Vision Statement

Filed under: Uncategorized — Holly at 4:58 pm on Friday, November 7, 2014

“ICT is now an integral element of 21st century life. Whether used for
learning, social reasons or communication, ICT will form a powerful part of the life of the
students ahead.” (Northumberland Academy, 2014).

The statement above is what sums up ICT in this century for me. It is clear to see that ICT is beginning to develop rapidly and that more and more uses for ICT are now being put into place. People are beginning to no longer use pens and paper to write things down, they are sending text messages and emails instead of letters and you can now keep all of your pictures in one place without having to print them off.

Many people think that ICT is not important and that it is just an ‘excuse’ to use laptops, Ipads and cameras. People see ICT as being lazy or just there to make things look ‘good’. When beginning this university course I to did not quite understand why ICT was so important for children and in schools today. It is clear to me now that ICT plays a vital part in the development of children and some of the following factors are why I believe it is important for children to start learning to use ICT in the Foundation Stage and to carry this on the whole way through their schooling.

Within both the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage, there is ICT throughout and since these have been renewed it is clear to see ICT coming through more. This is mainly because the change in times and the advances in ICT. It is now an everyday skill to be able to use ICT and children need these skills to develop further in their learning and also to help them in the wider world, outside of school. Both curriculums talk about how ICT should be cross curricular and used across all subjects – not just the designated time for ICT lessons. Instead of the National Curriculum using the term ICT the section is now called computing. They now expect the children to learn about how ICT works and the uses of ICT as well as the programming that goes into this (DfE, 2014).

ICT can be used to help children develop their fine and gross motor skills. If a child chooses to use an Ipad then they will need to learn to use their fine motor skills in order to have control over what they are doing. Games on the Ipad may require a steady hand or little movements and this can greatly support a child’s development of their fine motor skills. Gross motor skills are also developed through the use of ICT such as using big movements on the interactive whiteboard to draw pictures or move things around. The children will not necessarily realise that they are carrying out these movements because they will be having fun and they are not in a PE lesson where everybody is focusing on what they can do (E2BN, 2008). ICT can also be used for recording children’s physical development. Using video recorders and Ipads are very useful for quickly recording children in PE and Dance sessions so that you are able to go back and look at their progress and development (Sharman et al. 2007). When I go into school experience and my future career I will definitely be using ICT as much as I can to support children’s development as I feel that this is really important.

Communication is a vital part of children’s development and in this generation people are beginning to use ICT more and more to communicate. People now use phones, Ipads, Emails and Skype to communicate as well as lots of other methods. Children will need to begin to understand how and when to communicate using ICT and also how to do this safely to ensure that they know who they are talking to and who can access their information if they were to be using things such as social networking sites (NSPCC, 2013). ICT can be used in schools to communicate with other schools in the same county or even in different countries. It can enable children to experience different cultures and to meet new people from different parts of the world but is extremely important that they know not to do this unless they are with an adult and have permission to do this due to internet safety. Caldwell and Honeyford (2014) suggest that technology can support those children with communication, speech and language needs. It can encourage children to talk about what they are doing and to explain how they have done something which can then go onto build on their language skills.

Digital literacy and story telling is something that is now used widely in schools. This can allow children to listen to stories through the use of ICT and also watch stories being read. In advance to this children are now also able to create their own stories using ICT through many different ICT programs and applications. It also allows children to recreate stories and share with the rest of their class what they have done (Cornell University, 2009). Children are now able to write their own stories and add in their own pictures which allows them to personalise their stories. I think that in my future career I would definitely use digital literacy especially for story writing as I believe it allows children to put their own twist onto what they are doing.

ICT is also very useful for children to search for information both with support and independently. Having the internet allows children to find out information instantly as well as finding out information they may not have been able to access before. It once again is extremely important to think about E safety when using the internet and I have seen schools in my experience have a dolphin icon or something similar in the top part of the screen for children to click on if they see something they do not like or want to see. With children being able to access new information it can expand their knowledge and understanding greatly. When i go into schools I will begin to use ICT and the internet to support children to gain new information as I feel that this is very important for them to do to be able to get good experiences and develop their knowledge to the best of their ability ( Simpson et al, 2012).

My Future Career

In my future career as a primary school teacher, I hope to use ICT as much as I possibly can in my teaching time and to use it so that it benefits the children’s learning. My time at university has allowed me to see many interesting and different ways to integrate learning through ICT into the classroom. I have had the opportunity to look at different devices, applications and programs to support children and myself with their learning and development of ICT. I believe that it is extremely important to use ICT as it will greatly benefit the children. When I begin my career I will do my best to keep up to date with ICT and any new devices or programs that are coming out because ICT is developing rapidly. I want to be able to teach the children in my class using ICT so that they are able to learn and develop skills that they can take through their school and work life with them to support them. By having ICT in my future career I hope to give children the chance to experience many different learning styles and activities to support their learning and development across the curriculum. My time at univeristy has given me so many ideas on what I want to do when I go into school and I really cannot wait to start trying the things out that I have learnt. I hope to not only continue to teach children about the uses of ICT but also my self as I believe that this is so important and useful for the new generations life skills.

References

E2BN. (2008). ICT in the Early Years [online]. Available: http://ictearlyyears.e2bn.org/planning4_108.html. [accessed 4th November 2014].

Caldwell, H and Honeyford, G in, Smith, P. Dawes, L (2014). Subject Teaching in the Primary Curriculum. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Cornell University. (2009) Digital Literacy Is.[online] Available from: http://digitalliteracy.cornell.edu/. [Accessed 4th November 2014].

Northumberland Academy. (2014). ICT Vision [online]. Available: http://dougbelshaw.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/northumberland-ict-vision-final.pdf. [Accessed 3rd November 2014].

NSPCC. (2013). Online Safety [online]. Available: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/. [Accessed 4th November 2014].

Simpson, D and Metcalfe, J. (2012) Creating, Processing and Manipulating Information. In: Simpson, D. and Toyn, M. (edited) Primary ICT Across the Curriculum. (2nd Edition) London: Learning Matters. Pp.52-74.

 

Developing a Vision – Session 5 and 6

Filed under: Uncategorized — Holly at 4:20 pm on Friday, November 7, 2014

Session 5 and session 6 were our final sessions of ICT and we had these put together so that we were able to complete our blog before the deadline which meant that we would have all of the information that we need.

We began by looking at useful websites to use within the classroom which contained a wide variety of activities for children of different ages. The main 2 that we looked at were Education City and Help Kidz Learn. By clicking on the links you will be able to access these websites.

Education city was a brilliant website to use. It is very diverse and has such a wide range of activities on the site for every topic. I tried out some of the activities and they were very simple and easy to use. I will definitely be trying this website out in my next placement.

My favorite out of the 2 websites was Help Kidz Learn and this is because although they already supply you with lots of different activities for supporting children’s learning and development they also allow you to make your own. I did have a go at this and it was very simple to do and made a really good activity to use in the classroom but unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of the activity I created! I also liked this website as it has the chance for children to use ‘switches’ instead of a mouse. This is very good for children with SEN as it does not take as much control and use of your fine motor skills to use the switches. You can use a switch to navigate around the page by clicking it until its on the button you want to select and use the other switch to select what you have chosen. A picture of some switches are below.

After looking at these websites we went on to look at how we can use ICT to support assessment. I had seen my mentor in my previous placement start to bring this in to her assessment and it worked really nicely so I was excited to see how this would go.

We looked at a program called 2 build a profile. There is a youtube video below which outlines how you can use this effectively.

I really like this idea of using ICT for assessment as I believe it is an easier and quicker way to observe children. By using this you are able to take a picture of what a child is doing, add it straight to their profile and then write a comment about it. I really think that this is a more suitable way and it is also very easy to share this with parents.

We then went on to look at Pinterest. Pinterest is a fab way of collecting ideas for anything such as displays, outdoor learning ideas and many more. All you have to do is search for the topic you are interested in and lots of information and pictures will come up on this topic. If you sign up for an account you can then collect all of these together to keep as a log for future reference. I had never heard of pinterest before so i signed up and thoroughly enjoyed looking for ideas for my next school experience!

I found this session on the websites extremely useful and very helpful as I was not aware of these sites before the session. I had fun using these and will definitely consider using these in my next school experience. I really like the way that the activities can be differentiated for children and that they are suitable for primary school children.

Further Reading:

My Outdoor ICT Examples – http://a-little-crafty.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/homemade-i-spy-book.html

This reading was simple but very useful to see how children can use ICT both in the classroom and at home but then also have a physical product that they can look at anytime they want to which was originally produced on an Ipad.

The article talks about how you can make an I-Spy book for children to hold and flick through and read but it is made using ICT resources. The book is made using an Ipad but could also use just cameras or any other piece of ICT equipment. It allows the children or adult to take pictures of anything that they want to include in the book which is perfect for all children to be able to take part in. After collecting together lots of interesting pictures it explains how they can then be either printed out or stay on the Ipad to create a book. By adding simple words or phrases the children then have a book suitable for their ability to sit and read through that they have contributed to.

I think this is a really good way of getting each child in the class involved. If they do not think they are able to write a word or sentence for the book then they can at least take a picture of something that they want to contribute to the book and this will boost their self esteem as they will be able to view the finished product.

Useful Cross Curricular ICT Programs/Apps

Filed under: Uncategorized — Holly at 4:04 pm on Friday, November 7, 2014

Please fill in some ideas on my answer garden about any useful cross curricular applications you have seen!

What useful cross curricular programs/apps have you seen?… at AnswerGarden.ch.

ICT Across the Curriculum – Session 4

Filed under: Uncategorized — Holly at 12:07 pm on Friday, November 7, 2014

This session was based around using ICT as a cross-curricular subject and not just an isolated subject.

We discussed as a group the ways in which we can or have embedded ICT into our own learning and into lesson plans to teach children. It turns out that a lot of us had done this without actually realising that we had.

ICT is used a lot in everyday life now and many children will come into schools with the knowledge on how to use computers, Ipads and other pieces of technology.

We looked at some ways in which ICT can be used to retell or create your own stories which could be a good link for Literacy.

2Create a Story is a very easy and simple to use program that children of all ages can access in order to create or recreate a story that they know. The children are able to add or draw their own pictures on a blank page using different paint brushes and colours from the tool bar down the side. Once the children have drawn their picture they can then write what is happening underneath. I think this is really good as it can be used as an activitiy that can be differentiated really well across all abilities.

Another useful program for story telling is I can Animate. This allows you to take your own pictures on the ipads and put them into a program which then links the pictures together to make them move. It is slightly more advanced but children could work in groups to use this program. 

We also looked at ways in which you could embed ICT into Geography lessons. My favourite way of doing this was by using Google Maps or Google Street View. I think that the children would really enjoy searching for where they live or places that they know and would find it interesting to zoom in and out of the word so that you can also see the satellite pictures. You could ask the children where they want to visit and take them there to look around using street view.

After looking at some of the above examples we were told about a website called Infant Encyclopedia. This website is such a useful website as all you have to do is type in the topic or subject area you are working on and it will bring up different ICT activities for you to try out and use with your class using either the computers, Ipads or interactive whiteboards.

We then went on to look at QR Codes. These are codes that you can scan with a device such as a mobile phone or Ipad. By scanning them they can take you to different places on the internet. I liked the idea of this as I could see how you could use them for independent activities in different subjects. We paired up again and had to choose a topic to create QR Codes on so that the other people in our class could access what we had done. I paired up with Sophie again and we decided to do our QR Codes about Minibeasts. We created the QR Codes using a QR Code maker online and then all you have to do is copy and paste the link into what you want to make your QR Code take you to. We put ours on an A4 sheet in the shape of a butterfly and thought that for an independent activity the children could scan the codes using the Ipads and then take part in the activities that they took them to. We also shared the resource below on the Community Page so that other people could access it to use when teaching.

I think this session was really fun and interesting as it gave me ideas that I had never though of doing before. It allowed me to find out what QR Codes were and I will definitely be using these in my school experience!

Further Reading:

Seymour Papert – 8 Big Ideas

The 8 Big Ideas that Seymour Papert has are:

1) Learning by doing

2) Technology as a building material

3) Hard fun – learning best when enjoying what we are doing.

4) Learning to learn

5) Taking time to do the job

6) You can’t get it right without getting it wrong

7) If you get it wrong try again – give others the chance for this

8) Entering a digital World

I found all of the above statements very true to teaching and very useful. I believe that by reading through the statements it can help you to become a better and more supportive teacher and this is because it has all of the basics to make you teach children in ways that they will enjoy and try their best at. The last point mentions the digital world. Technology is beginning to take over and many children will need the skills to use ICT for their future and therefore it is extremely important that they have these opportunities in school incase they are unable to access these at home.

Creative Computing – Session 3

Filed under: Uncategorized — Holly at 11:36 am on Friday, November 7, 2014

This session gave us the opportunities to look at the new computing section within the curriculum for both Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

I was looking forward to this session as I feel that the knowledge I already had about the computing curriculum was not enough to make me feel confident about going into schools.

Firstly, we discussed about programming and what tools and applications children could use to develop their skills and understanding of computer programming.

It is important to think about the ways in which children use programming in their everyday lives such as giving and following instructions and then having to change instructions if you didn’t get the end result that you wanted to the first time around. We were shown a very good way of teaching this by watching a video of a teacher trying to make a jam sandwich. The teacher would only follow the instructions that his class had given him so it was up to them to help him to make the perfect sandwich. I thought this was a brilliant way of introducing computer programming to children as it can help them relate to something they may do on a daily basis that they can gain an understanding of before having to go straight into using a computer.

Another good way of teaching computer programming in Key Stage 1 and the Foundation Stage is by using BeeBots.

BeeBots are fun for children to use and they can use them to do many different activities based around programming. On the top of the BeeBots are some arrows and a go button. The children have to program how and where they want the BeeBot to move to. I have seen this carried out in my school experience placements where the children had to build a track out of wooden blocks for the BeeBots to follow. They really enjoyed trying to guide their BeeBot around the track by using the controls on the top of the object.

Another app that we found for computer programming was an Ipad app called A.L.E.X. We thought that this program was ideal for getting boys to enjoy programming as it is based on a robot.

This app took a lot of concentration but I think that it would be suited for children in Key Stage 1 and higher up the school years. As you move through the levels the programming becomes more difficult.

Further Reading:

Introducing Programming to Preschoolers (Blog) – http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/02/introducing-programming-to-preschoolers/

This blog post was very interesting. It was discussing the difficulties of introducing programming into children’s learning from a young age. It discusses how programming has it’s own ‘language’ when using specific and more complex programs to create things such as websites and computer programs. This language would be very difficult to teach children of a preschool age and even through to Key Stage 1 which is why it is important to encourage children to begin the programming skills when they are young – for example, using the BeeBots to understand giving directions for a purpose.

I feel that I would find it very difficult to teach programming to children if we just had to use the programming language and I think that accessories such as the BeeBots and various Ipad apps come in very handy to teach the early stages of computer programming.

Finishing Our Story Trailer & Mobile Devices – Session 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Holly at 9:13 am on Monday, October 6, 2014

We began this session by looking at a presentation made using Prezzi. I really liked the programme Prezzi because it looked simple to use but made a good effect to show a power point. By looking at this presentation we were able to see many different apps that could support children with all different areas of their development. These included:

  • iMovie
  • Doodle Buddy
  • Little Writer
  • Play 123
  • Scribble My Story

Here is an example of Doodle Buddy and a video to show you how it can be used and the different features of it.

We had the chance to look at these apps and I found it very useful to be able to see how I could use these in school settings.

After looking at and comparing these apps we went to finish our story trailer from last week. We opened up the Imovie app and looked back at our video. We decided that to make it more effective we needed to add some more pictures and writing.

We went back into the Felt Board app to see if we could create any more pictures. This was quick and easy to do so did not take up a lot of our time. We added the new pictures into our Imovie trailer and began to add captions to talk about the trailer and what will be coming up. After we had done this we decided that some bits of the trailer were a bit too long so we used the snipping tool to shorten these parts.

This is what our final trailer looked like. We hope you enjoy it!

 

We were very pleased with our video and managed to upload it to youtube so that we can search for it and view it at anytime we like. We also really enojyed watching what the other groups had created.

Further Reading:

Learning and Creating with Ipads in Kindergarden

This was a really nice piece of further reading that was suggested to us and we had also had a chance to watch this video within one of our sessions. It shows how the children enjoy and benefit from the ipads that they have available to them. It is really interesting to see all of the information that children have found out about butterflies especially when they have used the Ipads to gain this information.

After finding the information it also shows you how they use the Ipads to store this information and use what they have learnt to create different things using different applications on the Ipads all about butterflies.

It is definitely worth watching this video as it enables you to see from a first hand point of view the benefits of using technology in the classroom!

Year 3 – Session 1

Filed under: Creativity in EY and KS1,felt board,imovie,The use of ICT in Schools,Uses for ICT in other Subjects — Holly at 8:59 am on Monday, October 6, 2014

So here we are in our first session of ICT in our last year of uni! I am looking forward to my ICT sessions this year and cannot wait to find more ways to embed the use of ICT into my lessons during school experience and my career.

We started by talking about all of the different apps that we knew and how we could use them. We went on to look at story telling using different apps and technology such as a light box, green screens, telegami and various different ipad apps.

This was very useful as I had not thought about using ICT to tell stories or recreate stories before. Helen explained to us that we would have to use some of the devices from the starter in order to create a story book or trailer of our choice.

felt board

 

We then went off in groups to create a story using one of the apps/technology that we had spoken about. Me and my  partner Sophie decided to use Felt Board to create scenes from the little red riding hood and then put these into  Imovie to create a trailer for the story. Felt Board is a very easy app to use and it already has lots of different images  that you can select to go onto different backgrounds which then allows you to create a story by selecting different  pages. I think you could definitely use this application witch children, starting from the Foundation Stage as it is quick  and simple to view and save children’s work.

 

imovie

 

 

We then went on to begin to put our felt board images into Imovie to create a movie trailer. We had to select the  theme that we wanted our imovie to be based on and we chose a scary trailer to add our captured felt board    images to.  In the next seesion of ICT we will begin to edit our movie trailer to make it perfect. We will have to add captions to explain what the movie is about and find out how to snip parts of the movie so that it is the correct length.

 

 

 

Also in the next session, after finalizing our story we will hopefully be able to upload it to youtube so that it can be shared with everyone. Keep an eye out for Little Red Riding Hood with a twist!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this first session back and found that i could be very creative using some of the apps that were introduced to us. I would definitely use Imovie and Felt Board with children in schools as I believe they can really add their own touch to a piece of work by using these.

Further Reading:

Play in Education – www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/feb/27/play-education-creative-learning-teachers-schools

I found this article by the guardian a very interesting piece of writing with a lot of useful information. It discusses how whether or not people believe that learning through play can help the teachers to get the children to reach the formal goals that they are required to reach. This could be for example, the early learning goals in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

It goes on to discuss how although there is a lot of play seen in the early years, as you move up through the key stages, play seems to die down and as you move into secondary school there is hardly any play seen at all. From my own experience I can remember that during school once I started to attend my secondary school a lot of the work was through books and if we happened to have a ‘fun’ based lesson that would be the lesson that I would feel I gained information from and learnt from as well as enjoying myself so I personally think that play should not be completely stopped but maybe adapted to the age of the children instead as this can sometimes keep children more engaged.

The article suggests that teachers may not want to take the risks in letting children play as this can put them under stress as they have targets to meet. This can be seen to be true as teachers have a lot of targets and expectations and therefore may sometimes chooses to do things “safely” in order to save time and ensuring the children are learning exactly what they specifically need to know.

My last blog post… for now!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Holly at 4:18 pm on Sunday, March 9, 2014

school

 

I am now at placement and I am looking forward to seeing the ways in which ICT can be used in Early Years settings. I am based in a reception class and so I hope that I will be able to see the many ways in which ICT is embedded into the children’s learning.

I have already seen the children have free access to laptops and interactive whiteboards and have been told by my mentor that the Foundation Stage are going to be the first year group to have Ipads which should arrive whilst I am on placement so I am hoping to see the ways in which the class teacher will use these to help extend the children’s learning and development.

I once again, have learnt a lot from the ICT sessions and will be taking my knew ICT knowledge in to placement and using it when I can! For now, this is my last blog post but I will keep you updated on anything useful that I see whilst on placement!

Uses for ICT in Other Subjects

Filed under: Uses for ICT in other Subjects — Holly at 1:25 pm on Saturday, February 22, 2014  Tagged , , , , ,

So far, in our first and second years of university, we have had the chance as a group to see many different ways of using ICT in all subject areas. I have found a few examples of websites and videos to show how ICT may be used in other subject areas.

 

art

 

I have seen many ways of using ICT in an Art lesson. In our art sessions at university this year, we have looked at ways to use the Ipads when teaching art to children. The children are able to use the Ipads to take pictures of each others work and also their own work as a way of recording what they have done. This also gives the class teacher the opportunity to assess their work using the Ipads. They can also be used to take pictures of objects or areas outside so that the children can come back into the classroom and use different artistic styles to recreate what they have taken a picture of. There are also programs and apps available on the Ipads to support children with their art work. Drawing Free is a free app on the Ipad that allows children to draw using 36 different colours. It is a blank canvas so that children can draw what ever they like. It is a good use of childrens fine and gross motor skills. Another app is Kids Doodle. This app has a blank canvas that children can change the colour of. There are many different pens such as dotty ones, swirly ones and brightly coloured ones.

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ICT can also be used in Communication, Language + Literacy and also Phonics. I have seen many useful websites which have really good games for children to use when learning phonics. Phonics Play is a website with games, resources and ideas for all children to have a go at as it covers all of the phases of phonics. I have seen this website used in schools and it has been very successful. The children are having fun and learning at the same time. The Family Learning organisation website is also very useful as it has a lot of links to different games and activities for children to use and extend their literacy and phonics knowledge. The activities from both of these websites can be used either on computers, laptops and interactive whiteboards. This is a really great way to get all of the children involved. ICT resources such as cameras and Ipads can also be used to record children’s work such as if they were to act out a story or different scenes of a story. It allows the children to watch themselves back and also the teacher can assess them by watching the videos over again and concentrating on each individual child.

 

123There are also many ways to get children playing maths games using ICT. This is yet another exciting way for children to learn. I have seen in many placements, teachers using different games on the interactive whiteboards to get all of the children involved. Click here to see how some schools use ICT to encourage children to enjoy and learn maths.

 

 

 

 

There are so many different ways to use ICT resources in lessons, and I believe that it is important to include ICT in different subject areas as there is more and more modern technology coming out.

Session 3 – Sharing our resources

Filed under: Uncategorized — Holly at 11:10 am on Sunday, February 2, 2014

So, the session that everybody had been waiting for was here, time to show our videos!

Before this though, we had some time to finish recording and editing anything that we needed to.

For my group, it was time to record the final video that we would show to everybody at the end of the session. So off we went, using Puppet Pals.

This application was such an easy one to use and we made our video using these simple steps:

  1. Find the app and open it on the ipad.
  2. Select to create a video.
  3. Choose your characters by either finding them on google images or taking a picture yourself. (we did this with Emma as she wanted to be the Grandma in the story!)
  4. Cut around your character so you only have the face, body or whatever part of the picture that you need.
  5. Select a suitable background. (we chose a lake for ours.)
  6. Place the characters you need onto the stage and press record!

Once recording, you are able to move the pictures around the background by simply dragging them with your finger around the page and on and off of the stage when you need to. Whilst moving the pictures, you are able to talk to record your voice. We had great fun doing this as we each had a character to make up a voice for.

And here is our final video..

I hope you enjoyed that!

As well as making a video we also had to think of an activity for children to take part in that will link with the story and video. For this, our group decided to use the Smart Notebook to create a small and simple activity for children to take part in. Here is a screenshot of what we did…

ugly duck

 

This was a basic background of a pond/lake scene with the characters from the story. The children had to move the characters to where they would live. For example, Ducks in the water and Grandma on land. This is aimed at nursery or reception aged children. To extend this there were also the names of the characters that the children could use if they found just using the pictures too easy.

I really enjoyed this session, and I loved seeing everybody’s final resources at the end of the session. Well done everybody!

 

This session was so much fun! Making the resource was both amusing and useful at the same time. We were able to see how easy it would be to teach children to make a short story or film using apps on the Ipads. Looking at everybody’s resources at the end of the session was very enjoyable and it gave everybody the opportunity to show how much work they had put in, working as a team, and allowed everyone to get ideas for useful apps and techniques to help teach children. I now feel a lot more confident with using different apps on the Ipads and know how to tell if one will benefit what I am trying to do and if it will have the right outcome for what I originally chose to use it for. I will definitely be looking for an opportunity to use what I have learnt from my ICT sessions on my next school experience.

 

Further Reading

iPads/iPods as an observation tool in the EYFS by Miss Leigh

I found this reading interesting as it explains the ways in which Early Years teachers can use Ipads to observe children and track their progress and what they have been doing. The tool that this blog mentions to use is called 2simple Early Years.

2 simple This blog post says that the tool is easy to use and all you have to do to begin with is add each child’s name to the system and a picture of them for their own profile. You are then ready to use this ipad application to take pictures and record videos of the children’s work and what they are doing to add to their profiles and the program will keep all of these. It allows you to write about the picture or video which is good for the tracking of each child. This blog post also mentions that this app allows you to select the age band of the child and the part of the development matters of which you think a particular area of their learning is linked to. By doing this, the statement and picture/video are automatically linked to the child’s profile for the staff and parents to look back at easily when they want to.

If the ipads were to  break then the post explains that if you have paid for the app then the work will not be lost as it is backed up on the system which can then be accessed once you have a new ipad.

I found this reading very interesting and would definitely try using a program such as 2simple Early Years to keep observations.

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