The integration of digital technologies in the primary curriculum is today emphasised throughout the Australian national curriculum. Particularly, within the English learning areas there are many opportunities for primary teachers such as yourself to embed ICT teaching strategies in primary school.
One of the main reasons why this is so important is that this sector of education is concerned with four levels of progression in the ICT Capability Learning Continuum.
ICT capability is another term used to describe and recognise the integration of digital technologies in key learning areas.
For many years now, primary school teachers have been benefiting from the expertise that they gained about ICT teaching strategies for a primary school that develop ICT capability.
This accredited online workshop delivers effective teaching strategies for primary school teachers that do not come from my own experience, but from ICT capable classrooms around the world. This has become evident from teacher evaluations that the workshop received.
“Students have increased in confidence in their ICT capabilities.” 5 out of 5 Rating
“I think it has helped me as a teacher to know what I do well and where to go next.” 4 out of 5 Rating
So what are some of these innovative teaching methods for primary school that develop student ICT capability?
The foundation of any kind of ICT integration in the classroom is to first understand how students learn with technology in the classroom. Participants in the workshop for primary school teachers begin to comprehend the key elements of learning theories that underpin the way ICT supports learning.
Building on this knowledge is the learning of what is ICT capability. This was an important part of the workshop for primary school teachers as it laid the groundwork for the remaining sections to be learned. It comprises of 5 core elements that together constitute ICT capability.
Throughout the workshop for primary school teachers they build their capacity as a teacher to develop ICT capability whilst integrating digital technologies as a result of implementing these ICT teaching strategies for primary school teachers.
Building your capacity as a teacher that effectively develops ICT capability in key learning areas is significant as it enables you to fulfil the national curricula requirements that:
“Teachers are expected to teach and assess general capabilities to the extent that they are incorporated within learning area content. State and territory education authorities will determine if and how student learning of the general capabilities is to be further assessed or reported.” (ACARA)
What you will see in the next few paragraphs is what I consider to be the best teaching methods for primary school teachers today. In the Australian Curriculum, primary education needs to ensure that progression through the Learning Continuum occurs for ICT capability, that is more than just exposing students to technology in the classroom. The following teaching methods at primary level will allow you to go beyond just teaching ICT techniques to students. Read on to learn more about what I am talking about.
Supporting teachers with primary school teaching strategies with technology focuses on key principles such as:
Developing ICT capable students – a student has high levels of ICT capability if they can:
- Use ICT to support their learning in all subjects.
- Use common ICT tools.
- Take responsibility for their own learning, developing strategies to help them learn how to use unfamiliar ICT tools, and work collaboratively.
- Use current hardware and software and understand it potential and limitations.
- Understand that using ICT affects the social process.
In other words, ICT capable student is someone who has the disposition to construct ICT solutions to problems situations that are relevant and appropriate to the context and are based on knowledge of the opportunities and limitations of the technology available.
Developing ICT capable teachers – if your school is to improve the level of student ICT capability, then it is through the work of its teachers and other staff who support learning that it will be achieved. An ICT capable teacher or teacher ICT capability is not just about acquiring ICT techniques. It is about developing an understanding and judgement about how to use those ICT techniques appropriately through the use of evidence-based pedagogies in ICT.
Developing ICT capable classrooms – this is a combination of teachers who are prepared to use technology in the classroom as a model for students, even if they don’t know everything about it and; students who are capable of meeting the criteria discussed earlier. Then there are the ICT tools and resources in the classroom itself or a nearby resource area.
These are just some of the best teaching methods for primary school today considering that learning progression in ICT capability is a key focus. As a primary teacher, you can embed these teaching methods at primary level with ease when you make instructional decisions to teach literacy with ICT.
Examples of the ICT teaching strategies for primary school that is encouraged in the workshop for primary school teachers enable its learning outcomes to be achieved by you and cover the following:
- Understanding how students learn with technology in the classroom.
- Boost your competence and confidence in ICT integration.
- Build your capacity as a teacher to embed the best ICT teaching methods for primary school that develop ICT capability.
- Initiate a whole school approach.
- Manage student transitions.
- Effectively facilitate capabilities in ICT.
- Select the appropriate ICT tools used in classroom teaching.
- Enable the progression of capabilities to occur.
- Create an inclusive classroom.
- Support ICT capability across key learning areas.
Included in these learning outcomes for teachers are innovative teaching methods for primary school teachers such as being able to:
- Comprehend how exposure to ICT will not be sufficient to teach ICT capability.
- Maintain an appropriate balance between the factors according to the objectives of the activity.
- Plan and seek to develop each component of ICT capability.
- Focus on the concepts behind the ICT techniques.
- Use a range of ways to support students.
- Build on students’ home experiences of ICT.
- Stimulate and structure learning.
- Organise ICT in the classroom effectively.
These ICT teaching methods for primary school are all explained further in detail throughout the accredited online workshop for primary school teachers.
Each of these teaching strategies for primary school teachers is aligned with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) and is endorsed by both NESA and TQI in Australia.
Completing this online workshop for primary school teachers will contribute to 4 hours of PD in 2.6.2 and 3.4.2 of APST towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW, Vic, Qld, and ACT.
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