Well it’s Sunday evening before first day of prac, and honestly I’m starting to get a bit nervous! I had an opportunity to meet my mentor teacher and the class I’ll be working with on Friday afternoon and it looks like I will have the good fortune to have access to a really wide range of digital resources! Digital resources in the classroom include an interactive whiteboard, two working computers for the children, 1 iPad, and a digital camera. They also have a computer lab right next door to the classroom with 10 working computers in there as well! It’s almost too much for me to think about.. ‘Where do I begin?’ I’ve been asking myself. First off, I’m going to have to learn have to navigate the interactive whiteboard properly before I can implement any effective lessons! Although, I’ve come across a lot of great IWB ideas including concept mapping, interactive game playing and creating presentations. More specifically for me, I will be teaching a science unit, so I found a bunch of great on-line resources that I will be utilizing such as:
Succeeding with Science: ( Changing States-Game)-Changing States has been specifically designed for use on whiteboards for pupils studying materials and their properties.
Metal Munchers (Education Services Australia, 2011): Metal Munchers is a great digital learning object to introduce the concept that different materials are made up of different properties! Students have to protect a spaceship from metal-munching aliens by identifying metals to feed to them. They are able to perform tests on a range of everyday materials to discover which are metals and which are non-metals. This resource was found on Scootle!
Interactive Whiteboard Games (PBS KIDS): I love the way this site is layed out.. SO EASY! Students will enjoy participating in these collaborative, fun and engaging experiences that are divided into age-appropriate themes!
Well, that should keep me busy for the first week, at least! I have a feeling that I’ve only just scratched the surface of what’s possible! A big thank-you to rachelkrogh and Cheyenne Sprange for their respective research and insights into IWB’s!
Until Next time,
Keep fit and have fun! 🙂