Planning – Backward Design

Preparing for assessment 2 has also been a focus for this week.  I have enjoyed learning about the planning that is required to complete assessment 2.  I am actually familiar with backward design, it formed the basis of another university assessment piece for the course Assessment and Reporting.  I thoroughly enjoyed that subject and am hoping to draw on my prior knowledge from that course and use it in this course.  I thought it best to revisit my knowledge of backward design and take a short refresher course on the topic, as it will be forming the basis of my assessment 2 and my professional experience.  While on this learning journey I found some interesting items that assisted my with my learning, I have included these below if you would like to also further investigate backward design.

Backward Design 101

What is backward design

Backward Design in 9 minutes


This week we looked at frameworks and other models for teaching and learning.  The Dimensions of Learning was very interesting and got me thinking about what framework I shall use while on prac.  As I looked investigated, researched and pulled on my prior knowledge of frameworks, I feel confident in using Bloom’s Taxonomy, 5E’s, or TELSTAR.

Bloom’s Taxonomy

  1. Understanding
  2. Remembering
  3. Applying
  4. Analysing
  5. Evaluating and
  6. Creating

5 E’s

  1. Engage
  2. Explore
  3. Explain
  4. Elaborate and
  5. Evaluate


  1. Tune in
  2. Explore
  3. Look for information
  4. Sort the information
  5. Test
  6. Act and
  7. Reflect

All these frameworks have their positives and negatives and all have elements that work well for me, my personal philosophy and teaching context.  Before I go out on prac I suppose it will be one of my tasks to ensure I have decided upon a framework and prepare myself for the learning journey ahead.  I must say that I am having mixed feelings about prac at the moment, like Mrs Poulter, preparation for prac ahead of time can be a great asset.  Even if you are unsure of where you will be going (although it helps to know) preparing your mind and your tool-belt with ICT’s ready for prac can still be very daunting.  I am feeling excited and nervous about my prac, but can not wait to be back in the classroom.  I LOVE IT!!

Primary Connections has a great summary of the 5 E’s

Bloom’s TaxonomyI found this great Pinterest site where a fellow member  has pinned teaching and learning ideas for Blooms, there are a tonne of great ideas.

TELSTAR – found this wiki page that not only summaries TELSTAR but other frameworks


Integrating ICT’s into my teaching

Wow, it’s finally finished.  I have really enjoyed this assessment, I love playing with programs and seeing what they can do, I also loved the fact that I could let the photographer in me free (if I wasn’t studying to be a teacher, I would be making photography my full time career) so all images throughout all presentations are my own images, they were taken by me and then edited and placed into the different mediums.  I feel I have identified my context and the schools ICT practices (where I’ll be going on Professional Experience) and outlined my 3 reasons for integrating ICT’s into the classroom.  These were Creativity, Multiple Intelligences and Authentic Real World Learning.  Programs used were Sliderocket as the platform, embedded into Sliderocket was a Prezi – Technology, Animoto – Creativity, Popplet – Multiple Intelligences, Teachers Blog and Smart Classroom document – Authentic Real World Learning.

My only issue is I would of loved to of added music, but with the reader leaving the page to go to other sites throughout the presentation I was worried this would create confusion and interrupt the flow of the presentation.  I would be extremely happy to present this presentation to a group of teachers, in the hopes of convincing them that integrating ICT’s into their daily program would be of benefit to their students.  Not only enhancing students creativity, supporting their multiple intelligences and offering authentic real world experiences, but in many other areas of students learning.

I feel quite confident with my schools policies and practices on ICT, that I will have no worries in being able to integrate ICT as much as possible throughout my experience.  Although time will tell, I am really hoping not only to implement elements I have learnt so far from this course, but also learn some hands-on practices while on prac from my mentor.  So here it is ENJOY!

ICT and Pedagogy: Why and What

ICT success and Integration

This week we were asked to think about how we would measure the success of our ICT integration, so far, and then again at the end of the course.  My response was Success will depend on whether I have used the appropriate tool for the learning task and that it has meet the students needs.  Has the ICT I used enhanced and supported my students learning.  Also have I managed to excite and build interest from my students for them to want to further engage and explore using ICT’s.  As I read through other students posts, many were similar to my thinking (which is good, good to know we’re thinking along the same lines), but others had great insight into measuring ICT success.  I loved students responses that were more specific about reflection and evaluating your lesson, deciding what worked and what didn’t, whether resources would be used again, did they suit the purpose of the lesson, what could be done to make the lesson more of a success.  Catering to students learning needs, ensuring all learning styles are met and was there a need to go in search of a new learning tool that would be better suited to this lesson, and try again with a new tool.  Study desk thread – other students thoughts.

Well it’s been an exhausting week, still getting over the flu and assessment 1 is due is 4 days, so my time now needs to go into finishing off the assessment, no rest for me, off to complete the task at hand.

Resources you may like, ENJOY!!

71 Ideas for ICT’s in the classroom – YouTube video

ICT in fun in Learning – YouTube video


Can I just say that I LOVE Blooms.  I have done countless lessons that have all revolved around Blooms.  Blooms helps us to target our teaching and learning that will provide the best learning outcome for our students.  Blooms allows us to engage our students in the higher order thinking skills, students need to be able to draw on these skills (that can be taught through Blooms) and apply them to all situations.  I feel that if students are taught higher order thinking skills and given opportunities to engage in these skills, then they are learning skills that will assist them for the rest of their lives.  We are getting them to think, to think outside the box, students are problem solving and applying critical thinking skills that are not only assisting them in the classroom, but in all aspects of their lives.  I have included a few resources that you can check out, if you want more information on Blooms.

Teacher vision 

YouTube Video – Andrew Johnson

Australia Your Standing (PDF) Blooms and Multiple Intelligences

Stickman Activity

Had a play around today with this website today as part of one of our activities.  It’s called, it was pretty cool.  I loved the way my little man came to life and then proceeded to carry out the task of defeating the dragon, and other complications as the activity went on.  Students would love to engage in this activity, to see something you have created come to life.  This then got me thinking that this would be a fantastic introduction to a lesson, to engage students in creating and presenting their own work in any medium they wish that showcased their work.  That sense of WOW, that’s something I created and there it is for the whole world to see (well, definitely the class).  I think of the feeling I got from doing this activity and it made me think of the feeling I would like my students to feel when they create something using ICT’s and have success, a sense of pride and accomplishment, while also understanding that learning can be fun.  To me this needs to be done in ways that are relevant to students lives, we need to get them excited and engaged in learning and ICT’s will help us to do that.

Assessment 1

As this week comes to an end, can I just say what an extremely horrible week it has been.  I started the beginning of the week feeling energised and excited about all things ICT.  I completed all tasks early by Tuesday of this week.  And then the FLU hit, for the 3rd time in 6 weeks.  And it’s come back worse than ever.  This just isn’t fair!!! BUT I’m pushing through it and have been focusing on that fact that assessment 1 is due just around the corner, and it’s not going to get done on it’s own.  I have been having self confidence issues in my ability to present this assessment the way I want to.  I keep changing my mind, going from something really catchy and engaging, but not providing (what I think) is enough base information (theory).  So I have added elements together, I have created a Weebly and have included my catchy and engaging videos and other presentations into this website.  I am now just hoping that I haven’t sacrificed the creativity I was trying to get across by putting it all in a website.  The creative elements are still there just in a different way.  It’s so hard! I really enjoy doing the creative ICT’s just wish I could find the perfect platform to project everything from.  I’m planning on sticking with the new changes as I don’t feel there is enough time to be mucking around and making too many changes so close to the due date.  I’m just going to keep breathing (through a blocked runny nose and sore throat, while I cough) I’ll get through it, and come out better for it in the end, hopefully with some amazing new skills and tools that I can use again.  Many other students have been commenting on their journey so far with assessment 1, Kinder Bytes and Mrs Poulter, please drop on over to have a look at their progress and their thought regarding their ICT learning journey so far.

Mrs Vellacott  has posted in a blog about how there should be a register that allows you to see what all particular ICT’s can do, what files can be embedded etc, as yes tonnes of time can be spent searchng for just the right medium to present your work.


This week we were introduced to TPACK.  Really fascinating stuff!.  TPACK stands for technological, pedagogical and content, knowledge.

CK – Content knowledge: what you are teaching

PK – Pedagogy: teaching and learning pedagogical practices

TK – Technology: tools and resources to support teaching of content.

This is my short summary of TPACK.  But wait, there’s still more!!

PCK – Pedagogical Content Knowledge

TCK – Technological Context Knowledge

TPK – Technological Pedagogical Knowledge

My understanding is that TPACK provides teachers with a framework, this framework should be implemented by teachers to effectively use ICT’s in the classroom.  My fellow pre-service teacher Mrs L Drury  has also this week given her thoughts on TPACK, I found her post very interesting and informative.  And over at My Personal Learning Network, elliegoat also gives her thoughts about TPACK this week.  To further assist in TPACK understanding I have included a short video.

YouTube video on TPACK


Through my preparations for the first assessment for this course, I have been looking into the different types of mediums that I may be able to use for the multi-modal presentation.  I have researched many different types of programs such as powerpoint (I know that one), Animoto (I have used before), Prezi, Popplet, Weebly, Aurora 3D presentation, PreZentit, 280 Slides, Zoho Show, and Brain Shark.  These all have positives and negatives, and it was fun playing around and experiementing and creating short presentations with these programs.  Then I found Sliderocket, I had used it years ago for an ARTS subject I did for university designing a presentation with a creative feel to engage students in the Arts curriculum.  It has been a few years and the program has totally changed and is sooo much better.  Technology does change and advance, I had to learn the program all over again, changes have been made and new features have been added to the program since I last used it.  But I love it!!!  It’s an amazing program to work with that allows you to be imaginative and creative with the ideas you have, while getting across all your important information.  Have a play with this program you won’t be disappointed, or click below to watch the video on Sliderocket.


Week 2 involves becoming familiar with The Australian Curriculum and ICT. I have been studying for a number of years and I feel very confident about using and engaging with the Australian Curriculum.  In saying this I have proved myself wrong, I did not know about Scootle.  All these years of engaging with and using the Australian Curriculum and I did not know about Scootle.  How did this happen? Why? All those pracs that I could of saved myself the hours and hours of searching for interactive activities that were OK to be used, but didn’t completely fit in line with the Australian Curriculum and what was being taught in the school.  You know when you find a resource and you think great, I can use this, and then it turns out it can’t be used because an element of it is not relevant to Australia, to QLD.  Can I just say how happy I am to of found Scootle.  And of course I’ll keep searching for resources, as there is a world of knowledge (and resources) out there just waiting to connect with.