Reasons V2

After reading Aspens concept map (from designed to present her reasons for using ICTs for learning and teaching I wanted to add it to my blog, mostly for my personal benefit so that I can easily refer to it as a way of extending on my own concept map of my reasons for using ICTs for learning and teaching.

I found Aspens concept map so easy to follow and read as it was organised and sorted really well and her reasons were detailed and very thought through. She did an amazing job creating her concept map!


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Scootle is a ‘one stop shop’ that provides teachers with access to more than 20,000 digital curriculum resources in the National Digital Learning Resources Network which is managed by Education Services Australia (ESA). Scootle provides easy ways for teachers to find, organise and use the digital resources.

The digital resources available to teachers nationally include:
•interactive, multimedia resources
•audio, photo and video resources that result from partnerships with national private and public cultural and collection agencies
•open-ended tools for teachers and students to create learning resources
•interactive assessment resources
•work samples
•collections of curriculum resources
•teacher ideas and units of work.
These resources are easily selected and can be annotated with teachers’ comments and descriptions.This flexibility helps teachers meet the individual learning needs of each student.

Teachers can browse the Australian Curriculum at the content descriptions and elaborations level. The matching digital resources are quality assured and include activities for students, teacher support materials and interactive assessment resources.
Teachers can create collaborative learning paths that students can access within secure collaborative workspaces where they can:
•use secure chat facilities
•upload their own digital materials
•gather digital curriculum content from Scootle and add this to the space
•create a wiki-like response to teacher questions by adding their own text, re-ordering and editing the existing material in the space and posing their own questions and comments
•receive individual and group feedback from the teacher.



I have found this great blog post about using facebook in education I strongly recommend taking a look as it relates directly to what we are learning in EDC3100 at the moment.

All information below is extracted directly from the link listed above.

Benefits you may harvest from your effective use of Facebook with your students :

•Relaxed, friendly and inviting atmosphere which encourages students participation and engagement
•Students feel comfortable learning through Facebook because most of them use it everyday
•Facebook can promote collaboration and social interchange between participants
•Students get engaged about their learning outside the classroom

Here are some of the ways you can use Facebook for educational purposes :

  • Create a group for your class and strengthen the communication between you and your students. Check this handout to learn how to create your class group on Facebook.
  • Schedule events for the entire class  .
  • Use message utility in Facebook to message your students about unexpected absences, rescheduling of exams…etc.,
  • Share multimedia content like videos, photos, clips and more with your entire class .
  • Post class notes for students to review in case they were absent
  • Try to involve students who are normally shy in the classroom
  • Facilitate classroom connections through letting students know each other more. This is particularly helpful in large classes.
  • Use Facebook to send reminders, announcements, upcoming due dates or any other classroom news.
  • Sharing online content with students such as interesting websites, blogs, wikis, and more
  • Add educational applications to your Facebook group. Scroll down for a list of such applications.
  • Encourage students to post content of their own such as videos, images, news stories and other media that relate back to their lessons.
  • Look for other classrooms online that are willing to collaborate on educational projects, assignments and discussions.
  • Use the events section to remind students of the upcoming field trips

Facebook Groups for Teachers and Educators

Educators using facebook : This is one of my favourites. Join this to keep in track of what other educators are sharing and talking about.
Facebook for educators : This is where you can learn about how to use Facebook with your students
Education : This is also another great group for educators and teachers
Educators network : this is for teachers who teach young learners
Have fun teaching : This is an excellent resource for teachers
Teachers- sharing ideas and resources for the classroom :  This group is for primary and secondary teachers and is full of great resources.

Google Docs and Forms

Google Docs is a freeware web-based office suite offered by Google within its Google Drive service. It allows teachers and students to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users in which documents can be shared, opened, and edited by multiple users simultaneously. Google Docs combines the features of Writely and Spreadsheets with a presentation program incorporating technology imported through the web interfaces via email. Documents can be tagged and archived for organizational purposes.

Kelly Jordan demonstrated how she used Google Docs with her grade 2 students in a lesson about dinosaurs which can be viewed via this link. She states “I set up a Google Doc with a series of questions about the dinosaur Cretaceous Period. Students worked on different computers to answer these questions using an information website. Their job was to find a question, locate the answer on the website and type in the answer on the Google Doc.”

She found the following benefits from this activity-

– Students learnt new technology skills to navigate and operate Google Docs.

– It is a great way to demonstrate research skills and strategies.

– Students worked on their own computers but collaborated together.

– It is an authentic method of teaching students about not believing everything you read on the internet.

– Students transfer their knowledge in various subject areas.

– Students experience the power of collaboration and it allows them to break down geographical barriers.

Google Forms has been added to the Google Docs suite. Google Forms is a tool that allows collecting information from users via a personalized survey or quiz. The information is then collected and automatically connected to a spreadsheet with the same name. The spreadsheet is populated with the survey and quiz responses.

“Comet2011” on this website suggests incorporating Google Forms into the classroom by allowing students to create their own questionnaire about a unit of work. This has the benefit of extending or strengthening their understanding of creating effective questions. Students can then complete other students quizzes to boost their understanding again.



Feedly is a feed reader which is an application that brings all the new information you are interested in into one place. It makes it easier for you to track everything that is happening. It makes it easier for you to sense what is going on.

As and educator Feedly would serve as a great time saver as everything is in the one place, no need to continually be logging in and out of many different accounts to keep track of new information.

Web Log (Blog)

A Blog is an online diary or journal and is an important resource for reflection. Reflection is also a key component of my Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)

Blogging helps me as an educator to reflect on my pedagogy and continually improve my skills, management and organisation.

Blogging also helps to enhance the quality of your learning by following and connecting with other people.

Kelly Jordan is the teacher of 4KJ at Leopold Primary School in Victoria. She uses blogging in her teaching for the following reasons-


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Kelly links to Kathleen Morris’s blog post on The Benefits of Educational Blogging which goes into much more detail describing the benefits on this page. Her blog is a great example of how this wonderful ICT can be used in the classroom and you can view it by following this link.


Diigo is a social bookmarking site which can be used for many purposes such as sharing of resources or comments and annotations on any web page.

As an educator it allows me to benefit from the useful resources found by others. This information can also be reused and shared in other ways. It also allows others to benefit from being able to view my bookmarks which serves as a time saver in that we don’t have to start from scratch to find good useful sites, I can search through useful websites others have already found. It also allows me to save websites and resources to view or re-visit later and to organise bookmarks and access them from any computer.

Diigo can be extremely handy when teachers are using Web sites with their classes. If the teacher displays a site via projector and then highlights a passage or inserts a note, those changes will remain for future classes. Students also can view the altered Web sites via Diigo. Teachers can also research / Inquiry – share useful links, collate favourite classroom games, professional development (Curate favourite websites) and join Diigo education groups. I am having some trouble finding an online example of Diigo being used in the early childhood context, but I will endeavour to continue searching and hopefully find a link.