In my final blog am I going to focus on some models we talk about during this course.  We learned that there are 3 important models you can use when it comes to technology: The TPACK, SAMR & Digital Literacies models.

TPACK                   Teachers                      Integration
SAMR                     Materials                     Enhancement –> transformation
Digital Literacy        Students                     Remix literacy

TPACK: Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge
Helps teachers on how to use technology in the classroom to support their lessons.
Actually has 7 components, but since I’m only going to give you a short introduction to this model am I going to focus on the 3 primary forms: Content (CK), Pedagogical (PK) and Technological (TK) knowledge.


Content: Language construction
Pedagogical: Know how to teach your subject in the right pedagogical way
Technological: Ability to make use of ict to simplify your subject.

I have used this model in one of my lessons that I had to create for this course. I think it is a good model that is relatively easy to integrate in your lesson. And like the description said: It helps you to simplify your lesson.

SAMR: Substitution Augmentation Modification & Redefinition
There are 4 technological avenues:
1. Visualization and Simulation
2. Social Computing
3. Digital Storytelling
4. Educational Gaming


I haven’t used this model myself, yet! So I can not really talk about my own experience here.

Digital Literacy:
How to effectively make use of the technologies at our disposal.
Not just the technical skills, but also the social skills. So that you know how to connect with the world around you, while using technology of course.
It has four areas of focus: See picture.


I have used this model. I especially love the digital storytelling. It allows you to tell a story to the students in a more creative way. While you are talking, pictures related to the story and music, will be shown behind you so that the students can really get into the story. I will definitely use this more often.

So this was my last blogpost. I’ve enjoyed writing about different subjects related to using technology in the classroom. It was very educational and fun to do.
Who knows, I might keep on blogging, but then on a different subject.

And this wouldn’t be my blog if I wouldn’t put another cartoon in this blog so this is my final cartoon on technology in the classroom!




Last Thursday we went to the iXperium in Arnhem with all the second year English students. The iXperium is an organization that offers workshops, training and courses to educate upcoming teachers in their use of ICT during classes.


We were going to be divided in 4 groups and each group was going to follow a certain workshop. I was in the group: Collaborative learning using the Interactive Whiteboard. In this workshop you were making use of the IWB to try to find useful classroom activities, NOT for presenting new input of a grammar structure.

Me and my group experimented with a couple of websites and in the end we chose a website called: Blendspace.
This website allows you to create a lesson plan on which the students can comment on each slide and tell the teacher if they like or dislike certain slides. You can also make a quiz, which you can let the students take by adding them to the lesson. You can also add information from different sources, such as youtube, google, flickr, educreations, upload pfd’s, word files etc. This website is fairly easy to use and I believe it is more fun for the students to look at it, because you can add so many different things to it.
The other thing I like about it is that is it very easy for the students to create one themselves!

The day was very educational and it was great to hear about all the ideas the other students had as well and if I have the chance I will certainly use this website in one of my lessons at my placement school.


After school I tutor a couple of high school students. I almost always use the iPad to show a grammar explanation, do some online exercises or show them an pdf where a worksheet is on. 2 of the 3 students I tutor have iPads, from their school, were their books are on. One of my tutor student actually asked me if I knew the app called Showbie and maybe if we could start using it as well during our tutor sessions.

So first let me start by explaining what Showbie for app is: Showbie is an app that allows you and your students to get more done in the classroom with iPads.
– You can unlock your classroom creative potential.
– You can open and save documents directly from thousands of creative apps.
– Fast and simple classroom workflow.
– Quickly and easily assign, collect, review and mark up student work
– Give rich feedback in an instant
– Add annotations, voice notes and comments directly onto your students’ work

41.-PaperlessThe easy way to go paperless at school

Which I believe is great! Because my opinion is that we are wasting to much paper in school, not just my placement school, but also the school I go to. And by using apps like this one we can reduce paper waste.
Just make sure you don’t overdo it though!

In case my opinion about this great app wasn’t enough, down below you can find the opinion of a woman who is a 5th grade teacher and using the Showbie app in her classroom.

Elevator pitch by Ellen & Delailah

So we were asked to come up with an elevator pitch about why technology should be used in the classroom. Me and Delailah decided to pair up and make one together.

We thought this would be an easy task, but it actually took more time and patience than expected. We decided on using moovly, because a couple classmates used it already.  So first we had the trouble with finding the hand to write it, because we really wanted that hand in the animation!vr_cartoon
After finally figuring that out we had some trouble with adding the animation in certain time frames. So 1 hour later we gave up and decided to do something else and try again the following day.

One day later….:

We started rested and clear minded on the moovly clip again. And it actually went pretty fast this time. We just had a bit of trouble with uploading the music.

We are very happy with the end result of our elevator pitch and we hope you like it too!

Smartphone usage

Here I am again talking about smartphones, but you know the thing is that we start using our smartphones almost subconsciously lately. Well at least that is the case with me. I can not even count how many times I look at my phone per day to see if I haven’t missed a whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, snapchat post, email etc. etc. A lot of times me and my friends joke around about the fact that we would be lost without our phones, but I actually believe that that would be the reality for a lot of people, including me! I totally rely on my phone for a lot of things. For example I use it as a dictionary, to stay in contact with people around the world, as a watch, to make the time pass faster by playing a game, look at funny pictures on 9gag or when I need to look up something  for school etc. etc.

I think these pictures really show you what I’m trying to tell you.

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And it is not just the case with your smartphone, think about a tablet and your computer as well! It is actually really sad if you think about it.
How did people survive a couple of years ago without the smartphones? They had to look up information in books, not on the internet. If they wanted to share a funny story they didn’t post it on social media, but they just told each other and laughed about if together and didn’t just reply with a LOL or a haha.  If you wanted to meet with somebody you would call and ask and not just send a quick text message or you would just show up at that persons house and ask he do you have time to chat now?
What happend with the old fashioned doorbell? Nobody rings it anymore. We all just stand in front of the door and text: Hee I’m here, could you open the door? Even though the doorbell is like one step to the right. It is really crazy if you think about it.

Now the question might be, but how is this related to using technology in a classroom? I believe that students feel the need to stay in contact with the world through their mobile phones. They do not know another way. To be quite franky, I am the same way. So the thing is, if I can’t stop checking my phone every time I get the opportunity to do it, how could I ”punish” my students for doing the exact same thing?


"I never recommend suspension for students. Why reward poor behavior with time off?"So we have been talking a lot lately about how to handle the behavior of the students during the lessons. Do we punish them? If the answer is yes, in what kind of way? How do we reward students? To what extent? What could come to mind first is using stickers to reward students or give them candy or something. But now I started wondering, how could we do this with technology? Is there a way to use the tablets, or even the smartphones of the students to improve the students’ behavior. Now I have found this funny app called Classdojo. I’ve put the link of the demonstration down below.


So what this app basically does is that the teacher sets up their class, giving each student an avatar. Using your mobile device you can easily reward student behaviour, task completion and homework.  ClassDojo allows you to save, analyse and print reports on the class.

But is this really doable in a classroom with 30 students which you only see 1 hour a day? You might have 6 different classes on 1 day. This means you will have to give 180  students feedback on 1 day. I like the idea behind the app, because it really gives each individual student feedback on what they did and how they did it during the lesson. Plus, they don’t have to share it with other students if they don’t want to. I just believe it is not manageable as an high school teacher, but maybe for an elementary school? Where teachers see students for an entire day.

Smartphones/tablets in the classroom

A lot of high schools are starting to use tablets, especially the iPad, in the classroom. The books are on there and they can use the internet during the lesson to look up information, related to the lesson. But are the students really using the tablets for the right things? How can we as teachers be sure about that?

Example: I was walking around during one of the lessons I was giving at my placement school. It was a 1st year vmbo-t class and they where supposed to make their homework. But soon I started to notice that some of the students where getting distracted by something on their ipad. I can’t really walk around all the time to make sure that every students is doing what he/she is supposed to do, so how can I make sure that they are using their tablet the right way?

This article For Schools Implementing iPads, the Importance of Being Patient tells us that we need to be patience about using iPads in a classroom. It is equally important for school leaders to acknowledge and say out loud that the road is bumpy and it is supposed to be bumpy, and uncomfortable at times. The article gives us 10 guidelines for successful use of tablets and I believe that besides following those 10 guidelines, we just need to trust the students that they will use the tablets for the right reason during the lessons.

Another article about how to go from toy to tool with an iPad

And what about smartphones? At my placement school do the students have to turn their phone off and put it at the table in the front of the class as soon as they enter the classroom.tell cartoon smartphones
Yes smartphones can cause a distraction, and you can never really be sure about what the students are doing on their phone, just as with a tablet. But there are also a lot of positive things when it comes to using smartphones during a lesson.
It gives a window of opportunity to do something different, it is more fun, gives variety to a lesson and can actually relaxed the students more if they can have their phone on the table instead of in their pockets of in front of the classroom.

I’ve just read an interesting article from Jesse Brown: Why using smart phones in the classroom makes smarter kids.
Article Jesse Brown

According to this article are changes to the way we teach and test our kids long overdue. Using technology in the classroom is seen as a natural transition for the students, but painfully hard for the schools. In this article you can read a couple of different views of different people on the use of smart phones in a class.

For example: Teachers who are already experimenting with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) speak ecstatically of students’ reactions—how engaged and enthusiastic they are about learning. Traditionally, schoolwork has been a one-way conversation between child and teacher, but with BYOD, students are encouraged to post their work on learning blogs and collaborate through apps that let many hands edit a single document.

The article tells us that solving a problem with the help of technology is not seen as “cheating” now a days. It’s how just about everyone, outside of school, solves just about every problem. Problem solving with the help of a smart phone requires critical thinking, multiple literacies, the ability to analyze information from different sources and some basic tech know-how.

To graduate a student without these abilities is unconscionable.

A fool with a tool is still a fool!

Like I said before, I’m writing this blog to keep track off my progress in my TELL course. My expectation for this course is that I’m going to learn different ways to use technology in a classroom. I do not have a lot of prior knowledge about using technology in the classroom. We didn’t have smart bords when I was still in high school. And I haven’t really seen a lot of positive things about using a smart bord during my study to become an English teacher. A lot of our teachers still don’t really understand how to use one.
I have written a blog before, but that was more for my family back home to keep them up to date with what I was doing in my year abroad than for me. And I’ve followed travel blogs from other people.

In the first lesson of this course did our teacher start the lesson with: A fool with a tool is still a fool!

Now the question might be, how can we as upcoming teachers relate to this?

During my internship at a placement school last year, did I get a lot of comments from the students such as:

Ma’am you need to turn on the speaker first before we can hear anything.

You need to ”calibrate” the bord first, otherwise it won’t work.

Can we watch a youtube clip today miss?

You might say that we as upcoming teachers are still fools, even though we have the right tools to create a fun lesson for the students. But if we don’t know how to use the smart bord, how could the students take us seriously?

Knowing how to use the smart bord is one of the things to start with as a upcoming teacher to use technology in a classroom. But there are much more things we could do such as showing clips, flipping the classroom, use the cellphones of the students during the class etc.

I will talk more about things like this later in another blog post.

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