An ICT learning Journey

I have connected with fellow students and read about prac experiences associated with integrating ICT – successful and not so successful.  At least they are giving it a go and I intend to be just as brave now.   I have learned that it may not be as difficult as I expected. Children of today have more knowledge about how to use devices and applications probably better than I will, so they will be my go to in many ways to see where they are at in terms of prior experience.

This course has taught me that it is essential that my mindset develops in this area of ICT in the classroom and how it transform learning for students.  I did not expect to find so many Apps and amazing things that can be done with them that enhances not only the learning, but also the social interactions between students and sharing of information in a different way and perhaps more efficiently than ever before.

I have made costly errors in my first assignment and even more in my second assignment to not overdo ICT and cloud the learning areas.  Big Lesson learned.

As this course comes to a close, for me only the course as I have been so ill I haven’t been able to commence placement, I will reflect on what I have discovered about ICT, but just as importantly what I have discovered about myself and what I have been able to achieve.

Who would have thought I would be able to make a website.   It took me many days to develop just the shell, editing a website is certainly different.  It gives me much more confidence to even try this in the future.





Learning about the body with Curiscope Virtualitee app.

Hi All,

I am amazed firstly what year 1 students are learning about and how well they articulate their understanding even from the first time I met them.  Learning about the human body and better yet to be able to relate directly to your own body brings anatomy to life for these children.  I’ve found this.  Please watch.

The App Seesaw is actually free and the T Shirt costs $29.95 each.  All a school would need to purchase is One class set of shirts from Amazon to rotate round year 1 classes rather than each class to buy a set each. So for less than $900.00 all year 1 and year 2 students could make good use of this.  Great for all ages though, even beneficial for respiration, blood flow and digestion discussions.

Here is the Blog page to Mr P’s ICT blog read about the App and T shirts. resource.

I hope you all are enjoying your placement.

I am also joining some Facebook Groups for Teachers and also a member of the Early Childhood Educator Network.  The Recent ones I’ve joined are;

  • Relief Teaching Ideas
  • Beginning Teacher (Personal Learning Network)
  • Teachers Resources for using ICT in the Classroom



Mr P ICT Ltd (2017, October 12). Learning About the Human Body In Year 1 [Video]. Retrieved October 15 from

Shared Resources

What a great website from the Department of Education and Training shared by Barb in our EDC3100.  Building relationships with young children is so important. I noticed my Year 1 Mentor Teacher speaks to the children with excitement tones in her voice, is expressive and responds to all their efforts. These interactions are motivating and engaging, playful and challenging, spontaneous and important and involve challenge and support. (Department of Education and Training, 2015).

I am very excited now with only a week to ago before professional experience.



A cheatsheet to Help Teachers Evaluate Educational Apps

Hi everyone,

I have always wondered about what are the best educational Apps to use in schools and at work.

Apple’s Apps in The Classroom cheat-sheet features a number of interesting criteria to help teachers evaluate apps to use with their students. The following visual capture some of the main evaluation criteria teachers should consider when assessing apps.

With so many Apps to choose from these days, this information gives the appropriateness, structure, accessibility and whether it is motivational for particular age groups.
G Suite by Google Cloud (2017, August 3). Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. A Handy Cheatsheet to help Teachers Evaluate Educational Apps [Feedly web log message]. Retrieved from

Hi everyone,

Education has changed so much since I was at school in the 70s and early 80s.  I spent lots of time in the school and council libraries looking for inspiration.  Yep, that long ago. The video below came up on my Diigo, and so wanted to share.   It’s done by a group of school students explaining the benefits of using platforms such as Twitter, Diigo, etc to gather data on air pollution in three different countries for a science project and other projects – science was popular.  One male student thought of Twitter purely for entertainment until he realised that he could connect with professions around the world on Twitter to gain knowledge and information.  Also using YouTube, one student welcomed the feedback on her YouTube clip, she made another one.

So have a look if you like.


Sessa, R. (2012 June 21). A Tempting Trio: Using Diigo, Twitter and You Tube in the classroom. [Web log message]. Retrieved from

Resource ideas for the classroom

Hi everyone,

In preparation for my professional experience, I’m doing some searching for ICT tools that may be possible or already in use in primary schools, particularly year 1.  I would consider factors such as available resources (hardware and software) accessibility and usability for both teachers and students.  It is important to ensure that the ICT tools used are relevant for student learning in the curriculum areas being taught.

I visited my host school last week and spent time in the classroom.  I’ve just discovered “Drawing Pad” for tablets and thought about the usefulness of this for students who were sketching an outline of the Virgin Mary’s portrait in Art Class last week, and colouring.  Have a look;

Students can save their finished drawings onto a photo library and can also print, email or share these with others, teachers or parents.  I’m thinking about these being saved into a digital journal like the one I saw the teacher has on each student in the class.

Of course this could be used for many subject areas including, maths, English and science.

If you would like to check out some more resources, I found them here;



The use of ICT in the classroom

I read an interesting post from a fellow student (McK EDC3100) about an observation she had made while rejoining her old professional experience placement once again for this semester.  She explains that half the class had the use of devices and were preparing and assessment tasks using software (PowerPoint) and the other half of the class without devices were creating posters, and tactile artifacts and was far more detailed and student understanding, much more evident.  Her conclusion was a question as to whether ICT was really beneficial in a classroom setting.

I visited and spent a morning with my professional placement school – year 1 last week to introduce myself to my Mentor and the children.  I was so impressed with the setting, Teacher and Teacher Aide, Work Experience person from a nearby school and a group of year 1 students who were all so involved in their work is a positive way through open communication and expression well role modelled by the Teacher.

First class was Art –  students layed on or sat on the floor, were shown how to sketch a side view of the face of the Virgin Mary, then use shadowing techniques and finally colour.

Second Class was English – student read a passage given to them on a brochure formatted piece of paper.  Students displayed comprehension skills to recall and write answers about the main characters in the passage.  Student were then to create a story Page about the environment in the passage.  Another piece of work was where they drew one of their peers and wrote some descriptive words that best describes their personality.

My observations during these classes were that students were engaged in relaxed environments, engaged in reading, hand writing, drawing and erasing tools, had conversations with others, followed demonstrations, listened to points of view, viewed and helped each other by offering ideas, and sharing resources to complete tasks and produce their stories.  These were Summative assessments, end of term pieces of work.

The teacher engaged with students about interesting daily events and interesting stories she had recently read for students to thinking about, discuss and perhaps prepare for more research next term.

The teacher told me that they do have iPads for the children to use.  She has each student’s avatar on a program where she records student’s work by photographing progress and achievement inserting them into each student’s profile.  This is then shared with the student and family, and kept as a record of learning and assessment.

I am looking forward to observing how the student use ICT, their current skills, how effective ICT is while used in the classroom and the level at which students continue to interact with others during learning.

Thanks so much McK EDC3100.

I responded to McK EDC3100 on her blog 22.9.17



Classroom of students on computers [Image] (n.d.). Retrieved from

McK EDC3100 (2017). Observation [Web log message]. Retrieved from