Choices or confusion?

So having submitted assignment 1, I was out on my long run that is usually 30 odd k long and last between 2 and 2 hours 15. Yes it is a long time out on the road and I inevitably got pondering my unit outline and how I could have done things differently. My unit design called for use of online surveys, a couple of online forums and an online journal but by the time i finished the assignment I found that I had used a Google program for each and every aspect of the unit.
Initially I felt that was somewhat of a cop out on my part as I had a great list of potential platforms for each these components, yet I felt that i had somehow sold short my hypothetical students and limited their exposure to varying ICTs. However, as the K’s clicked by I somehow justified this to myself my arguing that the purpose of my unit was a health aspect of HPE, and not to develop ICT competency. ICT’s, after all are purely an addition resource to achieving a learning outcome. A few more K’s later and I concluded it was fine to use the one platform as it offered students a great level of consistency and transportability of their work and their ideas, yet minimising the amount of new technologies they needed to master and thus maximising their engagement in the actual content of the learning activities.
To reassure myself of my conclusion i drew comparisons with my own experience and what I love doing more than anything else: running. A 2 month block of training actually aligns itself very nicely with a unit of work. Prior to a training block I have very clear goals of the result I want and everything i do on the road or in the gym is focused on that goal, or learning outcome. Next i decide on how i will do it, in what order, how i will track it, and how accessible it is to others who need to see it. So it turns out that I used only two technologies to do all that, and not a single pen or paper is involved. I have a spreadsheet that I do all my planning on that I can easily upload onto a page called Trainning Peaks that both my coach and I can access live. My family can even access it and see where I am planning on being on any given morning or afternoon. All my actual training is recorded through my Garmin watch (another piece of incredible technology) that then uploads all the data and metrics every evening as soon as I walk through the front door.
So all this may seem long winded, but it demonstrates what I think ICT should be doing, and that is making complex and difficult tasks easier. In the long run they should be aiding our students learning, not being the focus of it. After all , how many people do ICTing as a vocation? And many many people use ICT’s to aid their vocation?

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One thought on “Choices or confusion?

  1. Hi Matt
    First of all WOW 30kms is like a normal running distance for you! That is very impressive! And secondly I agree with you In saying that ICT shouldn’t be the focus of the students learning, instead it should aid them and be used as a resource. I guess back in the older days there was no use of ICT in classrooms and they all coped. However, we are very lucky in this day and age to have the opportunity and choices that ICTs allow us to access and you to aid us in our teaching and the students learning.

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