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Integrating ICT in a Montessori 9-12 year old class

It’s been a while, but I’m back on this subject now that work has taken me into a  grade 4 to 6 class. In these two examples, students have used a mind mapping web based software to plan their own story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have been workshopping how to write more interesting and convincing stories, by adding description where ever possible. The results have actually been amazing.

example 1








My main teaching strategies have been creating  oral stories in small groups,  creating  stories with NO adjectives (pretty difficult and really boring to read), telling parts of stories with little to no description and contrasting them to the same parts of the same story with rich description, listing ways to move, eat, look, etc and using graphic organisers during group oral story creation to prompt students to define the characters, setting, and plot in terms of descriptive language.

example 2


Next up-

annotating photos or other images using preview.

my last lesson from prac, the most valuable, but does it make sense to you?

I am calling on my learning community here…

I learned to multi task my tasks when integrating ICT in to student’s learning. Multi tasking means using what is shown on screen during lessons as a later independent learning tool. Screen shots were the first way I did this and it was a useful tool that covered the three major learning styles, visual, auditory and kinesthetic (Fleming in Hawk 2007) I believe this contributed to the success of that experience. In future I would like to use video or still screen capture and voice over from the lesson. I can also see possibilities for students to create their own analysis of screen shots or videos of their own and others’ presentations. This relates to the second way I see multi tasking. Using the same resources from one lesson to the next to connect learning, when using ICTs this is easy as the ability to manipulate and transform images and other file types is endless. I did this when I used the lemon meringue recipe page to use as our recipe, but also in lessons on what can be communicated via blog and respectful online communication and safety, two different units, same resource, forming ideas about digital citizenship.


Please tell me if this makes sense to you, I am having trouble articulating this last lesson learned. Any suggestions appreciated.


learning from others some more

Digital citizenship and cyber safety seems to have been popular in our course! Which is good because lots of resources are being shared. I found the same site from NSW that Jessica  did. However she found many more useful sights as well. I’ve bookmarked edmodo for possible use on prac. Of course it is common sense to let children develop their skills in using on line communication in a safe environment, before they try it out in the wide world of the internet.


Some one recently said to me, treat digital safety like you would any other kind of safety. For example how may years do you hold your child’s hand as they cross the street before you let them do it alone? It should be the same on the internet. Hold their hand and do it with them for years before you let them use the internet alone. How many years do you take them to the park and sit and watch them play alone or with friends before you let them go to the park unaccompanied? Treat internet and computer use the same way. Those years of valuable modeling are how your child will learn to the dos and don’ts of technology use.

learning from others continued

Fiona Thrift shared a website used by her children’s school in a parent ed night recently. It is well organised and at first glance has some great guidance on cyber safety. It is always good to collect resources for later learning. Perhaps while out on placement I might direct parents here so they are aware of how important cyber safety is. It will link in nicely if I am presenting some things on cyber safety also, which I think I will be.

learning from others, universal design

Glenda Anderson has the most visually stimulating and easy to understand, well laid out universal design break down that I have some across. Thank you to Mrs Poulter  for sharing this resource! I have it bookmarked and will use it in future for sure. I was relieved to see that this fellow student found the same principles that I did. I really started out a little clueless as to what UDL was. I knew I had heard it thrown around as a catch phrase, but I get it now and might even be able to apply it. It really seems that digital technologies make implementing this pedagogical approach much easier. Can you imagine photocopying with all kinds of different settings to try and get the one that was right for a student? What a lot of paper would be used! I just don’t think it would work as well for them to not feel singled out, you’d continually have to consult and change the resource based on their feedback, rather than having a resource with many options that you could quietly customise with them.

learning from others- digital citizenship

Teresa Morgan, fellow student says “Mike Ribble (2013) in his article called Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship stated that digital citizenship can be defined as “the norms of appropriate, responsible behaviour with regard to technology use.”

This was a really great list- check out the full article here, it’s worth a read for sure. She encountered some of the same resources that I did, and just like Teresa, I reckon Ive only skimmed the top of what is out there. However, it gives me some inspiration and direction on practically integrating ICTs in to classrooms.

What I learned about cyber safety and digital citizenship

Do you use the internet to share information about yourself or others, communicate with friends, comment on what you see online, play games, get material for an assignment or buy stuff online? If you answered YES to any of these, you are a digital citizen.


Internet community rules are the same as real community- respect wise

Think critically about what you see and read

choose passwords no one else can guess

use safety mode- make appropriate choices about the content you see or want to see

Harassment is when someone persistently troubles or attacks another. Online, this is called cyberbullying and is commonly seen in text comments, messages and videos.

Access and follow guidelines each community will have them posted somewhere

Be aware of how to protect online privacy and what that means

Plagiarism is the same online  or off- don’t use some one else’s work with out their permission or giving them credit


these are the ones i thought were best


https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1fSjNZo1bZfYFNkTo3bxs5PdUpsHqO-fv2BzXY05__Jo/edit#slide=id.ge222a3d_1_37 privacy slide show





From http://www.google.com/edu/teachers/youtube/curric/ online community has same rules as real community respect is needed and if you wouldn’t say or call some one something like that in real life, don’t do it over digital communication

again respect if you know some one’s password don’t tell anyone, just that person so they can change it

Tips and Advice –

Block Users and don’t reply!

• Delete/Moderate Comments

• Report the User

• Refuse to post or pass along cyberbullying videos and messages

• Save and print out any bullying messages, posts, pictures or videos you receive or see

Stay way from pop-up contests

Don’t click on suspicious links

Use the .com  .mil etc to help you decide if a sight is trust worthy by evaluating type of information that extension denotes and then what you are reading

What does privacy mean when you’re online?

What information would you share/not share online?

How can your privacy be invaded on YouTube?

How would you feel if someone posted personal information or a video about you online?

What can be done to protect online privacy?

How is online privacy different to ‘offline’ privacy?



Teaches children to engage in our digital world responsibly instead of just being let loose

ensures safety or at least goes a long way towards it


The freedom the internet allows and then adult issues it can bring to the classroom



Access to up to date computers and software limiting digital citizenship




think about the skills needed, and teach them in a logical way


This will be put to good use on practical experience as the class I am visiting has limited digital literacy, so cyber safety would be a good place to start I think. We have learned a little about digital citizenship in edc3100 but I don’t remember learning about cyber safety. It is something I hadn’t given much thought to, but this investigation has changed that quite a bit.