Sometimes you are lucky enough to teach in schools with a plethora of technologies and ICTs. Schools with reliable internet access (what even is that?), and a variety of technologies available to all students to support their learning experiences.
Unfortunately, more often than not, this isn’t the case. You will instead experience patchy internet, and computer rooms that are not only constantly booked out – but filled with outdated PCs being held together by duct tape.
I walked into a school more like example B than A on professional experience, which was challenging given the assessment task to include “ICT rich lesson”. On the whole, however, the experience taught me valuable lessons about the realities of teaching in an underfunded school, with limited digital resources, and a socioeconomically low clientele.
My own experiences on Prac highlighted the necessity of thinking outside of the box, and tapping into the resources you do have available to you to enrich learning experiences. In a secondary context, student mobile phones can be brilliantly incorporated into the classroom when managed correctly. Particularly within HPE, mobile phones can act as stopwatches, interval timers, step/distance trackers, exertion calculators, performance reviewers, slow motion video cameras, and heart rate monitors. Apps such as Instant Heart Rate and Ubersense Coach can be freely downloaded to student smartphones are incorporated into coaching, biomechanics, and exercise physiology units.
As teachers, sometimes we will find ourselves in situations where we have access to a range of modern, relevant and useful technologies, which can be used to enhance learning experiences. However, as teachers, sometimes we will find ourselves in situations with limited technologies, and only the most basic of resources. It is within these scenarios that we must become adaptable, and be able to think critically and problem solve to ensure that we are tapping into all resources available. So, in the future, remember to keep looking outside of the box, not just within it.