_When I was a student there was very little use of ICT as a learning tool. The only use of ICT that I saw when I was in primary school was when we had to use the computers to type up a project, or to research something on encarta, I can't remember much use of the internet. We also used it to play games during wet day timetables and free time. In high school we used the computers to research, to type, and when we were taught IT in year 7 and eight we spent alot of time on Mavis Beacon learning how to type and making spreadsheets on excel. The only other use of technology that I regulary saw was the use of the projector and many of the older teachers had no idea how the technology worked at all and had to get the students to help them, simple things like turning up the volume could be baffling. Actually I lie there was also a system that allowed teachers to make a quiz, all the students would be handed a remote and then they could answer the questions like in a game show.
I enjoy my classes at Uni, I really do. I also really enjoy helping out in the classroom, helping students and observing the teachers, seeing how they teach, deal with problems and what activities they do to help the students learn a particular topic. I believe that this is really valuable to me to be able to go to a school outside my proffesional placements and gain this experience.
During the second semester of my course one of the classes was about Mathematics. Before the first lesson I was extremely apprehensive; I was never really good at maths and I certainly did not like it. However that first lesson and tutorial made me feel ten times better about maths- teaching it and doing it myself. Over the course of the unit I learnt alot of things that I wished I had been taught when I was in Primary school or even high school.
I have to admit that the thought of going to a school even if it was just for observation was a little nerve wracking but after the end of the day I was over that feeling, in the end I felt that it was really no different to when I help out at the local primary school. My first observation placement was in a primary school. It was a bit confusing though being thrown out into schools during week three when we had hardly even started the semester, I had no idea what I was supposed to be looking out for or doing so I wrote allot down, anything that could be important, or what sorts of questions I was supposed to be asking.