One of the most important factors, I believe, when integrating ICT’s to the classroom environment is that of meta-cognition. In this new and emerging digital age, it can be sometimes overwhelming for a teacher to come to grips not only with researching, learning about and employing new media. However, it is just as important to consider the ways in which these tools can be used to create meta-cognition….after all, only using an Interactive White Board as a projector is really a “dumbing down” of the technology.
For myself, I know there is still alot of learning to be done, before I can hope to fully integrate the multitude of new technologies in a quality learning environment, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, and part of that is the realisation that the learning will be continuous. As much as one can learn now about ICT’s available, there will only be more devices, more applications to come, so I feel that it is a commitment to fully enter the digital age that is required for us as educators.
Schools, Teachers and Education systems that try to simply incorporate some ICT to meet standards will be left behind, and indeed, are doing themselves a disservice, as this “new world” is faster, more interactive, and more engaging for students. In my teaching studies I have been introduced to many exciting new media concepts, alot of which really emphasise collaboration, and meta-cognition; however on my practicums so far I have seen little evidence of ICT’s being more than projection, or processing tools. I found the Blooms Digital Taxonomy to be very helpful in equating the different levels of cognition with ICT tools and applications…it seemed to make clear just how these different tools can be used to achieve all levels of thinking, including the higher ones of analysing, evaluation, and creation.The included rubrics were most helpful!!
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