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So Unit 5’s task includes writing our opinions on an article released in 2010 by the OECD titled ‘The Top Five Actions to take in Education Today.
Well firstly lets list the points;
- Teach to think, not to regurgitate.
- Commit to education as a public good and a public responsibility.
- Focus more on creating a long-term love of learning and the ability to think critically than teaching to standardised tests.
- Ensure all children have the opportunity to discover their natural abilities and develop them.
- Ensure that children from disadvantaged background and migrant families have the same opportunity to quality education as others.
Now, im not exactly a teacher, just a library technician so im not sure how valid/valued my ideas on these would be. I do agree with all the points – especially point 3. I think a long term love of learning is a far better outcome then just having the ability to answer test questions well. And i think just simply ‘testing’ children rather than fostering abilities places far too much pressure on them.
As for my opinion on the place if technology in the schoolroom – i think it is a welcome addition! Please note i said addition and not ‘replacement’; sometimes i fear people get these two words confused.
I think technology is very beneficial to the classroom- it can make learning fun and can help children who may not learn in a traditional way. However i don’t think technology can replace teachers or books. It should simply be aid them.
For example – we are currently doing Poe’s work with year sixes. The teacher is reading The Raven aloud to the class (reading quite poetically, setting the mood, pausing in the correct places, adding rhythm to the story) while they follow along reading it in Ibooks on the Ipad. If they come to a word they dont understand they can simply select the word and use the dictionary function.
Together the teacher and the Ipad can help the student better understand the poem better than they would individually.
My name is Bec and i am a library technician at St Pauls Anglican Grammar school Traralgon (K-10).
I don’t exactly have a long history as en educator, I’m a member of generation Y and have worked as a library technician for Monash University and started working full time for St Pauls this year.
I am enjoying the challenges presented by working K-10, Its a world away from working an a University.
What can i tell you about Me? I love reading, Movies, English humor and my Pug called Everad (Evvy for short). I find Alexandre Dumas ponderous Douglas Adams witty and Terry Pratchett to be a god. I believe Samuel Johnson clearly had too much time on his hands and that Robert Jordan illustrates the necessity of either writing faster, dying slower or investing in a tape recorder…
I think I’m quite comfortable with using Web 2.0, though i don’t really think about it too much Ive grown up with these sort of tools as commonplace and have integrated them into my everyday life. Social Media plays a daily role and is instrumental in connecting with my friends and organising any sort of function, I can’t go on a road trip without mapping it out first on the web and sharing it wirelessly with anyone else tagging along. I have used Blogs previously to share and comment on work, and read RSS feeds on my Ipad.
However having a quick read through the PLN up to week 9, i do see a couple of sites mentioned that i haven’t used before and i look forward to expanding my knowledge.
My current Learning Network consists of Susan (the teacher Librarian at St Pauls) and the lovely Librarians at out Warragul Campus. I also currently work for Monash University and provide some tech support for a local company. All of these workplaces challenge and encourage me.
My goal this year is to fully settle into my new role here at StPauls and expand my knowledge exponentially to become a better Library technician.