Can I get an ‘amen’?
No seriously, if I’m the only one feeling this, I might cry. EDC3100 is living up to its grueling, unforgiving, relentless reputation, and I’m falling victim!
I consider myself fairly ICT-minded. I love ICTs, I love finding mew ICTs, I love using ICTs. I especially love it when I find ICTs that make things easier for me, and all the better when I can generate some kind of data and visual representation because we all know how much I love data!
But. Woah. EDC3100. You are heavy. I’m feeling the stress as I set my alarm for 5am to wake me up before the kids so I can read through the EDC3100 task I have set for the day. My partner says it’s because I have to complete tasks regularly without leaving it all to the last minute (it’s my signature move), and that might be a part of it, but also… searching for ICT, weeding through mediocre ICTs to find the hidden gems, and then learning how to use new ICT is hard.
So why am I doing this? Well, this is a core course, and I don’t actually have a choice. And also, ICTs are important. Making my mind cemented just how important, as I explored the Australian Curriculum learning areas. Technology is a dedicated learning area for all year levels, and then on top of that, ICT is weaved through every other learning area as a general capability. Students are expected to know how to apply social and ethical protocols and practices, investigate, communicate, manage, operate, and create with ICT. And they aren’t just talking about using Word to type an essay. Nope. They’re talking about innovative and creative ways to manage, operate, investigate, communicate, and create. They’re saying that teachers HAVE to teach students how to apply ethical and social protocols when using ICT.
Obviously, this is why EDC3100 is a core course… ICT isn’t optional. It’s essential to know about ICTs. No, not just know about it, but understand it. I need to have navigated and used the ICT. I can’t teach it if I don’t know it. Simple as that.
Still. EDC3100 is time-consuming, overwhelming, and a little exhausting. If I used Twitter, which I generally don’t, my status would look something like this:
EDC3100… #stressed #whyareICTssohard #toomanyICTsnotenoughtime #EC3100shouldbeworth2creditpoints #justsaying