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19/03/15

What do we really need to teach? Samantha raises this very question! 

A computer?  An abacus? Or just a space and some students?

An IT lesson teaching computer programing is likely to need a computer, a photography class my need a camera or two and English of course a book and a pen may be required for a lesson here and there. With drama however I could teach this on a field, a beach or an empty classroom.

I love the fact that I don’t need anything to teach with, I can explain and model tasks, give verbal feedback and visual assessments. I do however every lesson use a power point display with the lesson objective, starter task and tasks clearly on view and often with pictures. I have come to rely on this piece of technology as a key part of my teaching.

The same goes for YouTube. How many times shave you found a clip that explains just what you want for you. I am almost inclined to say that if we choose to we could teach our whole lessons via YouTube clips. I mean the Open University boasts some amazing statics without a student having to sit in a lecture hall once.

“81% of OU undergraduate students were found to be in employment six months after they graduated and 92% of postgraduate students were found to be in employment six months after graduation, according to the most recent survey.” – The Open University

Of course adults have their own motivation to learn and will do so of their own accord, this ‘home learning’ approach would be unlikely to be as affective of secondary school students. However I do believe that there is a lesson here for all of us. Why do we keep exhausting ourselves creating new ways to teach the same skills when there is a nifty online video or podcast waiting for us?

Using resources resourcefully is my aim until the end of the year. I cannot explain the sinking of the titanic as well at the national geographic YouTube video can so using it is a clever teaching tool and I plan to find as many technologies as I can to lean on. We don’t need resources but they do make our lives easier. 

Do you have preferred teaching resources? Would you like to share them with our online community? Contact Megan for more information. 

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