It was after reading a post by fellow course member Vivien Clark about using different ICTs with different year groups that prompted me to reflect on the different ICTs that I used during prac. Before attending prac I thought I would be one of the lucky ones who’s students had access to a variety of ICTs including chromebooks. Boy was this to come back and bite me.
Day 1 of prac: While watching from the rear of my classroom the teacher sat the students down and instructed them to engage in silent reading. Interestingly he told them they can use their chromebooks for online reading. To my absolute horror not one person actually did any authentic reading during that session. A group of boys down the back spent their reading time googling images for their desktop home screen. Girls were watching One Direction on youtube, many others were trolling through online catalogues deciding on which book to read while most engaged on online chat between other students in the class.
The online environment offered too much selection and the boundaries weren’t clear enough, let alone being able to exercise the code of conduct that they all agreed to and signed when they received their chromebooks.
Definitely in my classroom there won’t be any antics like this and I’ll make the boundaries explicit. A dashboard on the teachers computer would stop this behaviour pretty quick.