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As a teacher would you still use it to underpin your teaching activities? Why/why not?

I personally like the SAMR model and would most likely use it in my teachings. The SAMR model was designed to help educators bring technology into there classroom and supports teachers design and developing concepts, obviously through technology. As the world is changing and iPADs are used in every classroom with every child, it is NECESSARY that I have support when introducing technology into my class.

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Complete a self-reflection using the follow 3 elements as a guide; 3 things that have inspired you, 2 things that have intrigued you and 1 thing you need to research more.

3 things that have inspired me: This idea of the SAMR (substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition) model allowed me to be inspired when I look into my style of teaching. Before this unit I would have had no clue what this was or the style of teaching it looks into. Linking on from this, this concept of Tpack (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) is also inspiring as it is a framework needed for teachers to allow them to understand and describe different types of knowledge in technology which is introduced in a teaching environment. Finally, in more general terms, I am inspired by my tutor and lectures way of teaching. This is the only class which really explains how to do the assessments. This is due to putting up videos on LEO for students who are having trouble (like myself) to really understand, and I am understanding.

2 things that have intrigued me: I personally love learning about Blooms Taxonomy and Gardeners. I believe it shows a huge scaffold of what each child could categorise themselves into when learning in the classroom. I believe it is simple and easy to understand. These two theories have been made quite cleverly and when completing Task 1 of part A and B, I am able to pour out the information I know about this into my assessments.

1 thing I need to research more: I need to research more into the physical coding side of things. For assessment 1 part A, Lucy was in charge of the coding activity and I have not yet had a chance to fully grasp this concept.


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... environment we researched and discussed in our first Module?


Project Based Learning (PBL) allows students to apply in real life what they learnt in class. It allows these children to indulge in experiences and allows for an extended learning. I believe that when a child is able to practice what they did in class into the real world, this child is prepared for the 21st century workplace environment. When researching in class, all groups were given a different PBL to look into. We were able to follow videos and reports which showed children being prepared for a life also connected to the technology type of world which is very important as the world is again (already stated in past reflections) moving in that direction. Furthermore, we made lesson plans including this concept of:

Assessment Processing:

- know where the learner is

- feedback (moves toward)

- success criteria

- peer assessment

- self assessment

In addition we also learnt,

1. Research

2. Driving question

3. Inquire (stage 1)

4. Create (stage 2)

5. Exhibit (stage 3)

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... directed, guided, independent has been a flow of learning? How did it help or hinder you to learn?


Every week I am involving myself in a learning experience which allows me to continue this flow of learning. I am usually placed within a group to do this which actually helps me more as we all grab ideas of one another to make one presentation.

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... content descriptors in the Digital Technologies Curriculum. Does the content surprise you? What are some of the concerns or challenges you may face? Identify strategies that may assist you in overcoming the concerns or challenges you identified.


When jumping into the first tutorial at 8am on Wednesday morning I was completely overwhelmed and shocked at commencing this subject as I had not done much regarding this topic, particularly the coding. Last year I did quite well in COMM140 but introducing the curriculum has now scared me and I am hoping it will work out and I will wrap my head around everything. I believe going through the curriculum in depth in tutorials will help me and once I have this concept sorted out I should be fine. I however have admitted to myself that I will never be a teacher without understanding the curriculum so I must really focus on how I will understand this.

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– why is it important for us as educators to be aware of the Melbourne Declaration?

As educators, it is important to be aware of the Melbourne declaration, as we are leaders who work hard to make Australian schools better, and are also educators who allow the fundamental importance of allowing students to achieve these goals a reality. We have the capacity to transform a child's life and shape teaching around nurturing each child’s talents. If we do not do this we are not being teachers and are letting down the whole system of allowing these children to seek employment and a happy life in the future. When we are made aware of the declaration we have a procedure to follow in order to create a quality life. (http://www.curriculum.edu.au/verve/_resources/National_Declaration_on_the_Educational_Goals_for_Young_Australians.pdf)

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The Melbourne declaration on educational goals for young Australians explores this concept of improving educational outcomes for all young Australians which is central to the nations economic and social prosperity. This allowing positioning for young people to live out responsible productive and fulfilling futures. This declaration shows future teachers like me how to do this.

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The following blogs will now surround the subject of my learnings in EDTS240 (Educational Technologies).

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Today I will bring you guys my final blog post.

From initially reading this question I can assume most have you will have very strong opinions and thoughts whilst being at an age where generations younger then us are completely spiralling out of control with the concept of technology. This possibly including the obsession with social media, the lacking in ability to even write with a pencil, as typing is the norm these days… or even just reading the news off social medias most commonly used app among teens; Snap chat…Pick up a newspaper!


When thinking of this question in relation to my own life, I remember last night. I was on Snap chat and placed a joint filter over mum and I allowing us to both have a funny warped face. I then sent the photo to my sister who was also situated on the same lounge. She then replied on the chat with “hahaha”. This shocked me. She could have laughed aloud about the photo, however instead she kept a straight face and replied on the chat. I believe it is plain sad that I can or could not watch TV with my family, without constantly having two social media apps open at a time, one being snapchat. It is also disheartening that I could not reach to my sister and show her the photo to interact with her physically... instead I interacted socially through technology. 


Whilst understanding our current youths obsession with technology, there are also serious ethical problems when understanding this driving question. Social media for my first example, is highly dangerous when understanding predators and young girls are severely unaware of the dangers they attract when uploading photos in bikinis (& what not).  It is also evident that teenagers are highly susceptible to receiving mental disorders. This including depression or eating disorders (anorexia and bulimia) from looking at constant photos of "attractive" and "better looking" people whilst their own self esteem diminishes. I personally did not make an Instragram account for this very reason. 


I am personally terrified of the time I reach the age of when I would like to have children and the dangers that technology may bring them. I am terrified of how it will impact their lives, especially their mental psyche. It is almost sickening the obsession with technology that has boomed in the last 10 years. I fear this boom will only increase. Everyday life never used to consist of this…


The images below are confronting and should allow you to understand the impacts that technology has on humans today as well as the ethical issues which greatly affect this concept.



technology | realhonestmum. (2016). Realhonestmum.com. Retrieved 4 October 2016, from https://realhonestmum.com/tag/technology/



Vashti, J. (2012). June 2012. Vashtijasmine.com. Retrieved 4 October 2016, from https://vashtijasmine.com/2012/06/

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