Where have all the teachers gone?

Reading a recent article from tes.co.uk. Upon reading a recent article from tes.co.uk I became slightly alarmed by the opening paragrapgh,

Last week, PGCE history courses run by some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including mine, faced closure because a national limit for the number of trainee teachers had been reached.

Closing universities because they had reached their national limit? Shouldn’t a greater demand highlight the need to keep universities open?

Further reading of this article has astounded and open my eyes to the world of how education can be repeatedly underestimated in it’s importance and value in society.

However, according to the article there was a

“Twitterstorm” created by those deeply concerned about the threat to these PGCEs, and the potential of not being able to recruit excellent candidates, helped the Department for Education to think again.

This again shows the importance of teachers communicating with each other online can have an impact.


 

Again, another point  which caused more concern was the mention of History and English as subjects once again coming under scrutiny. Again and again history is a subject that is being threatened despite the need for history in our schools today. We need to educate students about the past in order for them to understand how and why the world is the way it is today. Once again, I’ve been left feeling that the importance of history in schools today is being underestimated.


 

Though this article is focusing on education in England it is a concern as it highlights how teachers and subjects are being threatened by the shift in society. Should we in Ireland be conscious of what’s happening considering the recent outburst surrounding Religious Education last week?


 

The concerning article if you wish to read about it: https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/governments-misguided-recruitment-policy-promotes-anti-intellectual

 

 

Good communication in the classroom

 

While researching key tips for communication – I clearly have not cleared cookies recently as each hit I got was on how to communicate in the classroom and how body language can be read in the classroom.

Thus embracing the communication theme – a small blog on how to communicate in the classroom!


 

Most teachers know how to communicate in the classroom. They are fully aware of their presence in the classroom. Additionally, each student sitting in front of them is fully aware of their teachers each movement.

Due to this it’s important to refresh ourselves as teachers how much of an impact our body language and communication skills can have in the classroom.

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Look at this image and decide as a teacher – have you ever held any of these postures in the classroom? If yes, what triggered that reaction? Give a moment to think about the reaction and how it may have left a lasting impact on a student.


 

Reflecting on those postures – sometimes we are react without thinking. It’s our human side coming out. However, we do as role models have to suppress that side to us sometimes.

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We can’t  put our head in our hands when were asked questionable questions. We do have to smile through those moments in order to maintain a safe classroom environment were students feel comfortable in expressing themselves.


 

A single page which helped me through teaching practice and teaching in regards to this!

Teachings tips:  blogs.ubc.ca/educ316/files/2010/08/pdf.pdf


Will continue to update this blog post 🙂

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Web 2.0

What is web 2.0?

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Recently, I have been blogging and updating this blog press but I feel I may have lost track as to what is Web 2.o tools and how are they relevant to education?

Thus I am going to back to basics and going to see which Web 2.0 tools I have been using and how are the beneficial to education!


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Why are we using Web 2.0 in regards to a classroom setting?

Web 2.0 tools allows us to communicate with our students and encourages collaborative learning.

We can share and create new knowledge and information with students.


 

What are Web 2.0 tools I may already know and use without realising?

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Many educators use Web 2.0 tools without realising what they are. You are probably already using many Web 2.0 tools in the classroom already. For example – facebook, youtube, RSS feeds, Yahoo, Twitter, Reddit, Goggle, Skype, Flickr, Wordle, slideshare, etc. etc.

The list is never ending and exhausting! Which is great as an educator that you have so much choice and freedom to choose what suits you, your teaching style and method and your classes.


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One point which I feel must be made in regards to many Web 2.0 tools is that they are free for the majority! Yes you can upgrade for a fee but overall most Web 2.o tools are free and easy to use!

Even looking at the above ‘eco-system of Web 2.0 tools’ you can recognise the top Web 2.o Tools – how do they make their money – Advertisements!  Thus I do recommended if you are using your own laptop in the school – install ad blocker! (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?hl=en)


 

What leg does Web 2.0 have in a classroom? Why should we use Web 2.0 tools in the classroom?

This is a question that is constant considering the reports from the recent OCED report and Digital Strategy Scheme in Ireland. However, there has been a huge amount of academic journals published in regards to using Web 2.0 in the classroom!

These articles were picked by myself and fellow MA students in regards to looking at the varying opinions and verdicts of Web 2.0 Tools in Education!

  1. Bennett, Sue and others, Implementing Web 2.0 Technologies in Higher Education: A Collective Case Study, 59 vols (2012) <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=75168473&site=ehost-live>
  2. Boyd, Patricia, ‘Blogging in the Classroom: Using Technologies to Promote Learner-Centered Pedagogies’, Researcher: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 26 (2013), 85-113 <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=94391334&site=ehost-live>
  3. Byrne, Richard, ‘The Effect of Web 2.0 on Teaching and Learning’, Teacher Librarian. Dec. 2009, Vol. 37 Issue 2, p50-53.<http://web.a.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/ehost/detail/detail?sid=3b3da761-ddfd-4941-8351-c5130bc51e71%40sessionmgr4005&vid=0&hid=4114&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=47500195&db=a9h>
  4. Capo, Berta Hayes, Orellana, Anymir, ‘Web 2.0 Technologies for Classroom Instruction: High School Teachers’ Perceptions and Adoption Factors’, Quarterly Review of Distance Education. Winter 2011, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p235-253<http://web.a.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=5b9cd87b-71d7-4433-86aa-b24761415072%40sessionmgr4002&vid=0&hid=4114>#
  5. Ebner, Martin, Andreas Holzinger, and Hermann Maurer. “Web 2.0 technology: future interfaces for technology enhanced learning?.” Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Applications and Services. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, (2007), 559-568. <http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-540-73283-9_62>
  6. Killingsworth, E. ‘Use of technology in Classroom Testing.Nurse Educator,  (2015) Ktsis, Stacy M, “The Facebook Generation: Homework as Social Networking”, The English Journal 98 (2008), 30–36. <http://goo.gl/wXBBjo>
  7. Koh, Caroline, ‘Exploring the use of Web 2.0 Technology to Promote Moral and Psychosocial Development: Can You Tube Work?’, British Journal of Educational Technology,45 (2014), 619-635 <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ofm&AN=96558443&site=ehost-live>
  8. Kovalik, Cindy and others, ‘Implementing Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom: Four Teachers’ Accounts’, TechTrends: Linking Research & Practice to Improve Learning, 58 (2014), 90-94 <http://search.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=97503703&site=ehost-live>
  9. Luther, Frances D. and Justin Pickering, ‘Using Web 2.0 Learning Environments to Address Diversity: A Diversity-Education Example’, Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 81 (2015), 28-34 <http://search.ebscohost.com.dcu.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ehh&AN=101823315&site=ehost-live>
  10. Newland, Barbara and Linda Byles, ‘Changing Academic Teaching with Web 2.0 Technologies’, Innovations in Education & Teaching International, 51 (2014), 315-325 <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=95304671&site=ehost-live>