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The Exploration of ICT Pedagogy

Tool Belt Theory: Before I Begin

This is a theory that I must say that I have never heard of before.  When I think about making a tool belt for myself I have a mental image of myself as a super hero wearing a utility belt ready for action….

So I decided to do a quick search on Tool Belt Theory and this is what i found….

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So without reading anything more on the theory itself I can now see I am going to enjoy moving through the next few steps on this learning path.  I hope I don’t get lost in the excitement and loose track of the objective….

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Theories and Frameworks I’ve seen before

Ever since the creation of the Early Years Learning Framework in 2009 I have been fortunate enough to be involved with it on a daily basis not only through TAFE and University but also at work.  Over the years I have found many helpful websites and none more than this site published by Early Childhood Australia, where I have found the most helpful resource e-learning videos.  This is great for those who are finding it difficult to grasp the concept of the EYLF.  The Talking About Practice section i have found particularly helpful in the early stages of developing my own curriculum.  It gave myself and other educators I worked with an opportunity to listen to others thoughts and feelings allowing us to not feel so overwhelmed.  It gave me a sense of relief  to know that all of my own ideas and views on how the framework could be implemented were supported by others.

The EYLF also gave me the opportunity to question my own values and beliefs.  It also allowed me to develop a new personal teaching and learning philosophy.  The EYLF takes into count a few different theories and theorists, like Piaget and Vygotsky for whom I had already considered but it also made me think about different teaching and learning theories such as the Backward Design theory which i had never considered to be as useful in the Child Care sector as it was for school aged children.  As stated by Sonia Thistlewaite (2013) Educators were overwhelmed and scaffolding children’s individual learning was no longer the only think we had to consider when designing our curriculum we now needed to scaffold as a whole group which is why the Backward Design theory has worked so well.

This leads me to the questions: Whats your perspective?

Have you had any positive or negative experiences with the EYLF?

What other theories or theorists had you considered or not considered before and after the implementation of the EYLF?

For me the main ideas for future action I have from this reflection are;

How can I as an educator and user of ICTs extend and scaffold my knowledge of ICTs to the children within my class?

What theories are directly related to ICT  Pedagogy?

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Okay! So…PKM, what a fantastic idea! It has taken me a few days and lots of reading and re-reading of Harold Jarche’s PKM website but I think I have finally wrapped my mind around this leaning activity.  Being a online student of course I have heard of “personal directed learning” and “accidental and serendipitous learning” (Jarche, H. 2013) however I have never thought to capture all of this information that I am absorbing and put it into blog form, I usually have a rather unorganised way of organising my online finds which typically consists of me bookmarking a page and printing it off for later use.

This idea of ‘Network Learning’ is going to be a fantastic experience and I am looking forward to getting started with my first full reflective blog…..Theories

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The big bad blog world!

Where to start?

This is a new experience for me and although I feel I am quiet ‘tech savy’ and follow a few blogs myself I have never really attempted to write one myself, so here I go.

My name is Erin. I am a 28year old new mum to a beautiful (I’m just a bit bias) 16 week old girl named Eva.  I am getting married to the love of my life, my rock, my everything on the 9th of November this year and we will be expecting our second little bundle of joy early next year as well.  So my life is pretty full on at the moment.

Currently I am on maternity leave from my job where I am a full time child care educator in Toowoomba. I decided that being on maternity leave would be a good time to finish my university studies so after this semester I will only have 6 more subjects to go. YAY!!! When I have finished my studies I would like to stay at home with my babies for a little longer and perhaps do some relief teaching and see where that leads me.

I am hoping that this course will provide me with some fantastic information on ICT pedagogy and will be a tool that I will use not only for this semester but for the rest of my professional life.

Until next time…