Learning From vs Learning With

Now this is an interesting concept that we all need to be careful of. How are we incorporating ICTs into our unit plans? Are we using ICTs to learn a concept about or are we using ICTs to learn with it? For example, watching a YouTube clip about how to do long division and taking notes is learning from. Why? It is because what you are being taught by the clip is what you could be taught by the teacher. It is the R, the Replacement of the RAT Model.

Black and White Mouse

Are you really replacing when you wanted to be amplifying or even transforming?

What about learning with ICTs? What does that look like? When students are learning with ICTs, they are thinking about what they know in different and meaningful ways. The students are thinking critically about what they’re studying. To me, this sounds more like the A and the T of the RAT model or, if we want to start discussing pedagogical frameworks, the upper levels of Bloom’s taxonomy. 

Bloom's Taxonomy

After much hunting I found a free Bloom’s Taxonomy picture. I just need to attribute it to Vanderbilt University Centre for Teaching

Don’t forget to not only integrate learning with ICTs in your assignment but to ensure it is incorporated into all your unit plans you create throughout your teaching career.

Syllabus or Curriculum?

Perhaps it’s a generational thing, but I prefer the term ‘curriculum’ and do they mean the same thing? I’m from NSW doing a QLD degree and the differences between the two states is huge. Terminology, for instance. I’ve got a few tales to tell (already) about trying to speak to NSW teachers about what I’ve learned in my QLD degree and it’s like I’m speaking a different language. Should I be worried seeing how I plan on teaching in NSW schools?

So what curriculum stuff am I doing for the second assignment? According to the first page of ‘Additional information on Matching content descriptions to criteria from the Standards Elaborations’ Moodle book, it suggests we make a blog post on the learning objective, learning area, and a link to the curriculum you are using for your unit plan.’

Okey dokey…

I’ve decided to do mine on Year 3 HASS. This seemed like a good idea at the time and I had all these cute ideas but it turned out I was making the mistake of planning to teach students about different cultures in their community. What’s wrong with that? Isn’t that what Year 3 HASS is about? Check it out here in the rationale. Turns out I was wrong. Spectacularly wrong. I had it all backwards. I was trying to create lessons based on the rationale and fit the Content Descriptors in to my grand plans instead of teaching to the Content Descriptors with a theme on cultural diversity within a student’s community. I had it all backwards! Oops. So, I’m not the brightest crayon in the pack but at least I’ve got a decent lecturer who was happy to point out my mistake before I handed in something spectacularly wrong. Don’t make the same mistake as me. Children’s futures are at stake!

Crayons, Crayola, Coloring, Color

See that blue crayon next to the orange one? That’s me. Not fantastic, just slightly boring.

I’ve seen some great blogs by other students completing 3100 along with me. This one here is a fantastic blog that is very informative. The author has included some great links that are very useful for this course. Even though she doubts her ICT abilities, I think she’s absolutely smashing it and has a good handle on things. I’m looking forward to her future posts as they help keep me on the right track for this course when I’m feeling so overwhelmed.

If you’ve got a spare 5 minutes, check out this site by Canva. It is an excellent site that is very easy to use for students to create Venn diagrams, column graphs, pie charts and all those good things electronically to add data to their work. It also helps students analyse data, sort and record it which is used quite a bit in the ACARA. Below is a picture of a Venn diagram I threw together to see how user friendly it would be for Year 3 students. This took me less than 2 minutes:

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A very easy Venn diagram from Canva for students to use.

Networking for Teaching

This will just be a short and sweet post as I want to include the concept map I made in Bubbl.us. It’s a straight forward tool and once you’ve worked out what you need to do, it can be done reasonably quickly. So here is mine:


It’s quite easy to see that this is what my network is as a pre-service teacher. I’ve got four main avenues with quite a good support network in each. I’m very lucky that my prac school for this semester is also my children’s school and they’re all very generous with their time. It surprised me that I had quite a large number of teacher friends. The place I train for Karate there’s three other teachers. Perhaps they train as a form of stress relief??

I had to highlight my husband a different colour. It is because of him that this degree is happening. Because of him, I have so much time and support to get everything done. Even when I refused to give up studying during my cancer treatment, he ensured I was always in a position to do what I needed to do to succeed. I truly wish that both our names could be on the degree at the end because it is just as much his as it is mine. Trying to work, look after a house, raise children, go through cancer AND keep at your degree requires a team effort. I wouldn’t be able to succeed without him.

Some basics for creating your concept map in Bubbl.us

When you make your concept map, it’s actually an easy process. Either log in via Facebook or click the white/blue ‘Start Brainstorming’ tab underneath. I just clicked the white/blue tab to hurry up and get things started. You’ll see a little yellow box in the middle. Click it, delete the text in there and add whatever you want to be in the middle of your concept map. There should be three bubbles hovering around the one in the middle. If you click on the bottom one, you’ll get a new bubble attached to your first (you can drag this to any position you want). If you click the right one, it’ll create a new bubble that’s unattached. And the top one is obviously the one to change the bubble’s format. Each layer of bubbles will change colour but you can customise the colours, which is how I got a red one as it doesn’t match the theme I was going with. When finished, you can save your concept map by signing in and saving it to your computer. Then it’s yours to add you your blog!

So that post was a little longer than I first thought. Sorry!