After conducting a presentation of my class site for a university assignment a few weeks ago, I realised that it was time to confront my fear of public speaking. As such, Clarelle and I went to present about digital teaching to a group of Bed (Hons) students at the University of Auckland.
This was quite a daunting idea at first, but I decided to jump in and give it a go. With someone I trust by my side, I was able to deliver my presentation more confidently than I had done before and actually found it quite enjoyable.
I also realised how far I had come in my digital knowledge since the start of my teaching career (only a little over a year ago). Back then I was only just learning to use Google Docs and had just discovered my drive. I also used to really struggle to make videos or engage with multi-media. Now I have overcome these fears and I am using them more than ever - voluntarily filming videos with my class and editing them with ease.
I look forward to seizing more opportunities to share this knowledge and to speak about my journey with others. I think if I can make this much progress (with a lot of support) others can too, and I would love to aid in their digital journeys as well.
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
One of the highlights of my week are my Friday mornings, as I am left with six students while the others go to technology at Tamaki College. It would be easy to use this time for finishing off work, or to facilitate quiet activities, but I see this as a huge opportunity to try out some more adventurous lessons and to offer my learners new experiences.
We are spending this time with technology lessons, where we are following the process of designing and creating new products. The students were eager to start with food technology, and we are currently role playing that we are a company who are tasked with designing new products for Pak n Save. Our tasks are growing more complex by the week, and I would like to end the term by creating a product and its (environmentally-friendly) packaging that can be 'purchased' by our fellow students.
In these lessons I have found a balance of digital learning, where the students conduct research into the products and look at recipe ideas, and practical learning, where we have taste tests and use kitchen equipment. I have found that the digital components have enhanced what I am teaching practically.