"2.6 - Information Computer Technology" - So I talk about computers right?

Focus Area 2.6 of the Australian Professional Standards for teachers, appears to be talking about all things computing.  At least when you take a first glance at the focus areas title.  

Many educators quickly respond to this focus area by providing evidence that their students are using computers in their classroom.  I often see phrases like “I frequently use the interactive screen with my students” or “We are lucky enough to have access to a class set of iPads which we use frequently in our classroom”.  On the surface, phrases like these (perhaps accompanied by a lesson plan talking about using the devices, or a photo of them in use) seem to tick the “Information Communication Technology” box. 

In reality, however, these statements fall woefully short of the actual requirements for this focus area.

It's all about the students NOT the tool

Listeners of this podcast know by now, that the secret to the focus area is NEVER the title.  It’s in the descriptor itself.   In this episode of the Reflective Teacher Podcast, we explore this focus area in detail.  Reflecting on the ingredients that make up its Verb, What and Why (see episode 003 for more on that little gem!).

The word technology means something that solves a problem.  So, if 2.6 isn’t about computers, iPad and interactive screens, it’s about how that tool is solving a problem for your learner.  What barrier to understanding or progress did you identify and how are the features of the app, software or technological tool, you’ve asked them to use helping them to overcome it? 

We explore this question in relation to the recent use of remote learning tools such as Teams, Google Classroom and more.  We delve into why you are most likely to have an oversupply of evidence for this focus area in your portfolio right now AND how you can make sure that when you DO write about it, you hit every single aspect of the 2.6 like a pro.

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