Barriers to ICT in the classroom.

The are teachers I have connected with who struggle with the thought of going from paper to a digital classroom. It all sounds so easy when you read blurbs on ‘How to …’ However, following the ‘How to…’ can be a daunting task.
What are the barriers to jumping on board?
I recently read an article, which like many of them do, described the importance of ICT in the classroom as improving teaching and learning (Bingimlas, 2009).  I wanted to encourage you to think about how you feel towards ICT in your classroom.  Is it a challenge you could do without? Do you embrace the opportunities for ICT in your lessons? Do you feel pressured?  Do you see learning being transferred to higher levels?

I thought I would pop a snippet of what I found interesting on the barriers of ICT use in the classroom here for you to consider and reflect on your own thoughts.

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Protecting digital citizens in the classroom

As I continue to work on set assignment tasks for my ICT subject, I find myself considering the importance of teaching children to be aware of the digital footprints they are creating.Teaching the curriculum and integrating technology, is an important part of transforming learning.

Digital citizenship is what we encourage. It is a powerful enabler of inclusion in social, cultural and civil society.

Today, becoming a digital citizen is ‘part of who we are’ in school and at home. At school, it should be planned for, and addressed, through multiple contexts, including structured activities and whenever there are opportunities to talk and learn about being safe online.

The Department of Education in Queensland (2017),  has developed programs which support teachers to help primary and secondary students understand and remember what they should and should not do on line:

  • use technology appropriately and responsibly
  • behave in ways to enhance their own safety
  • Primary school students—learn about how to protect your digital footprint with the Cyber Heroes
  • Secondary school students—enhancing your digital identity

Take a look at the links above and go to Queensland Government Cybersafety

Interviewing a 5th Grader.


Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak to a Grade 5 student, Belle, who attends a local Primary School. I asked if she would like to participate in a short interview about the types of technology she uses in her classroom. Her eagerness to participate, was greatly appreciated.

The ‘interview’ went like this: 
Do you use technology in your classroom?
A: Yes, I am in an iPad class.

What does that mean Belle?
A: We get to use ipads in the class.

Do you use them in all your lessons?
A: No, we only use them for 2 hours per day. That is our school rule.

What types of things do you use your iPads for?
A: We can go on Mathletics if we are finished our work. We also use them in Science.

How do you use them in Science?
A: We look up power points our teacher sends us. We can look at photos.

Do you have special apps for your teacher to send you things and what type of other things does she send you?
A: Yes, she sends them using Key note. We get assignments, maps and pictures to look at. We also got a poem to read in English and some homework.

Can you tell me about other programs you use?
A: We use Spelling City, Accelerator Reader, English Stars, Doodle Buddy in Maths and Book Creator. We also go on the Learning Place for Japanese.

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How does English Stars work?
A: Our teacher airdrops books for us to look at and read and she can see what work we are doing.We can also take photos using the camera on our iPads and send photos to the teacher. We are not allowed to send photos to each other.

A:That is one of our rules. We aren’t allowed to do that. If we want to do that, we need to have permission.

What would happen if you did send photos to other students?
A: The teacher would know, the iPad makes a noise. A boy and a girl did it and they lost their iPads for 1 week.

How did they do their work, without iPads for the week?
A: They had to use paper like before.

Belle, you have given me a lot of information, we are almost finished.

I want to ask you, do you like having technology in your classroom and why or why not?
A: Yes. School would be BORING and the teacher would have to hand out booklets.

Lastly Belle, what is your favourite thing you like to do on the iPad?      14d396e96ee8127f97d0cc498bdb43f1--i-love-math-math-class
A: I like Mathletics, because I’m really good at Maths and Book creator, you can make your own books and draw with your finger.

Thank you Belle, for telling me about how you use your iPad at school. happy_smiley_face_round_stickers-rbdcd90a58b8e40a9b895e7c2fd1e65ef_v9waf_8byvr_324

A little insight into a Grade 5 students point of view on technology in her classroom.

Available now…Blooms taxonomy in a digital format.

Screenshot 2017-08-17 12.57.39We are constantly thinking of ways to provide students with learning experiences that promotes deeper learning and understanding. There is a myriad of information on ‘Blooms Taxonomy’ original and revised, located at our finger tips and as we search to find the perfect poster, article or web site. However, the message remains the same… in 1956 Benjamin Bloom along with his colleagues, created a framework categorising educational goals on  a multitiered scale for teachers to promote in learning and students to develop higher forms of thinking through these domains of learning.

As we know,  the development of ICT has changed the way students are learning. Not completely, but technology now provides our 21st century students with opportunities to apply new skills and tools to investigate, imagine and explore real world concepts.  Reflecting the shift, Blooms taxonomy now has a digital version.

Bloom's Digital Taxonomy‘This taxonomy is not about the tools and technologies, these are just the medium, instead it is about using these tools to achieve, recall, understanding, application, analysis, evaluation and creativity’ (Churches, 2009).

A pdf version of Blooms Digital Taxonomy is available for you at the link below.

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Educational Origami. (2017). Blooms digital taxonomy. Retrieved August 16, 2017,                   from

Roberts, C. (2011). Digital learning world. Technology integration for 21st century learning. Retrieved August 16, 2017, from


Love a little history… The evolution of technology in the classroom

What is educational technology?

Educational technology is the considered implementation of appropriate tools, techniques, or processes that facilitate the application of senses, memory, and cognition to enhance teaching practices and improve learning outcomes (Dunn, 2011).

Everything has a beginning, and in light of my current studies in ICT, I was interested to know when technology began in the classroom. I was thinking it would definitely be something with big buttons. Maybe I would recognise it as something I had seen during my years at school, (1970’s). Something my Grade 3 teacher, Miss Herburn had used, or Mr Milne, the Deputy at my high school and also my Mathematics teacher in Year 8.
I was surprised when I read, new and exciting educational technology began transforming teaching and learning in 1650!  Imagine how the teachers must have felt having ‘modern’ resources come into their classrooms.
Regardless of the year, when it all began or what we will see in the future, educational technology will still serve the overarching purpose as described above… enhance teaching practices and improve learning outcomes.

     1890 – Chalkboard                 1940 – Ballpoint Pen   Screenshot 2017-08-15 22.13.39.png
Surprised to see a ballpoint pen or a chalkboard noted as technology?
What are your memories of technology in the classroom?

Take a look …The Evolution of Classroom Technology
Not overly comprehensive, but an interesting read none the less.

Dunn, J. (2011). The evolution of classroom technology. Retrieved August, 15, 2017, from



mind map: noun; mind maps:plural noun

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I read where a mind map was a representation of a central idea, place, person or thing. The central idea here is ‘me’. Not sure if I’m ready to publish my personal mind map, however, this is a task set as part of my ICT course… Create a mind map and upload it to your BLOG. Now I can tick, this task as completed.

As a first time ever, mind mapper, I decided to look up a little information, this is a little of what I found:
A mind map:

  • Gives improved learning and clearer thinking to enhance human ability…
  • Looks at information differently
  • Combines Art and Science, logic and emotion, words and images, boring and fun.
  • Is an expression of radiant thinking- a natural function of the human mind.
  • Unlocks the potential of the brain


I did not know; the brain really likes mind mapping. The right side of the brain loves the images and the left side loves the words. I have used both, so my brain is feeling very content.

If you want to read more go to → Mind Mapping 101 .
The What, Why, Who & When of Mind Mapping.


The places we can go…

Background…. over the last couple of weeks, I have been searching for some interesting ideas and uses of ICT to include in my unit plan for a Year 2, Geography class.  The unit titled, ‘The Places We Can Go’, connects children to places near and far away. Students will interview a parent or significant other with questions, they have prepared and discussed, to identify connections family members may have to places near and far. As we experience the wonders of multiculturalism in our classrooms, this unit would additionally provide an opportunity to enhance children’s understanding, acceptance and respect for others.
‘My goal was to transform student learning beyond traditional classroom practices.’
… and there it was …. I discovered GOOGLE EXPEDITION!
 I could now take my students on the most amazing virtual journey around the globe without leaving the classroom.

Expedition allows a teacher acting as a “guide” to lead classroom-sized groups of “explorers” through collections of 360° and 3D images while pointing out interesting sights along the way’ (Google, 2017).
See the faces on the children as Google Expedition
brings to life their learning.

Take an adventure…
In the classroom…
Everyone gets to go…

Oops Barb!

So this week saw me trying to be ICT aware on my laptop. Advice from my husband to delete all the unwanted data and make more room on my laptop prompted me to think I could ‘clean up’ those unwanted files.
Click clickery click… away I went.
‘Mmm, my Word Docs look different, I commented. I have question marks along the bottom and Word won’t open properly or save, I cant open Power Point’. ‘What are you doing’ was my husbands reply.
I was quite happy with myself for trying to be responsible and take care of my own laptop, thinking I was doing the right thing and freeing up space. Until…
To make this a short story, I had deleted Microsoft Office. This meant ‘really important’ documents, including my assignments were at risk. Gone were Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.  Panic sets in, frozen with fear … I realise this is far beyond me.
Help comes from my sons (living in America) best friend, Mitch, in Sydney. He explains, my Docs are still there, I have deleted the ability to read them. He takes over my computer, purchases and reinstalls Office, $179 later everything is restored. Just like that, I am back to normality.  I love having a go to tech guru … thanks Mitch, I am very grateful.

Too sad.