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Linking some digital pedagogy theory to practice…

It’s one thing to use technology in the classroom, it’s another to use it appropriately to scaffold learning, provide support of thinking processes, and to support the individual needs of the learners. For example, there exists ‘Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy’ which maps the different levels of the 1990 revision of Blooms Taxonomy to ICT resources that can be used in the classroom. However, an inconsistency in the digital taxonomy is the use of a different tool for each level. Why can’t a single tool be used for two, three or even four (or all!!) of the stages? Well, it is possible!

Using PowerPoint, students could:

  • Remember: List / describe what they know about a topic
  • Understand: Use an interactive PowerPoint to classify different animals
  • Apply: Create a PowerPoint based on a set of requirements
  • Analyse: Collect online news article clippings on an issue and compare, outline, and de-construct them
  • Evaluate: Create a prototype for an kiosk interface and have potential users evaluate it
  • Create: Students could create a multimedia presentation to support their proposal as to why a dump should not be built in their neighbourhood.

Now, I’m not saying these examples are great, but at 8:45 at night, after my brain has been absent for the last half-hour, I was able to come up with these ideas as to how to use one tool across all the blooms taxonomic levels. I know in a discussion with one of my lecturers a couple weeks back we managed to traverse three levels using a wiki whilst working on the one topic, so why couldn’t PowerPoint do the same or more?

Netiquette? Why should I bother?

Was reading the blog of another student who’s currently doing Managing E-Learning @ CQUniversity at the moment, and liked this blog post he made:
“What is the most important thing to remember about Netiquette?” … “Remember the Human”
btw, for a great breakdown on netequitte, have a look at this Lifehacker article.

Source: Petes Blog

Glogster… adding interactivity and colour to your blog/wiki/website

Below is a sample of a Glogster EDU document. Glogster allows you to easily combine images, video, sound and text using an online interactive environment. When you’re finished, you can then link to your finished creation, or insert it in its entirety into your blog or wiki (as I have done below). You could use it for creating multimedia presentations or encouraging collaboration in the classroom. The uses for this tool are endless.

btw, if your want to see the Glog better, right click on it for share, print and full-screen options.

http://edu.glogster.com/flash/flash_loader.swf?ver=1280311728

Don’t eat gingerbread men or women!

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Week 2

After last weeks overly long post, here is a shorter one to make up for it and to discuss the content for this week. btw, I was only about to see about 3/4 of the lesson, as I had another class to attend. In the lesson, Wendy

A major part of the lesson was about ethics, and netiquette (appropriate internet communication behaviour). For example, you wouldn’t publicly complain about parents not playing for a student to go on a field trip, so why should you behave any differently on your blog. And you wouldn’t go into a music store and steal a music CD, so why would you put a mp3 up on your blog to everyone else to download? Along with this is the idea of attribution, and appropriate linking to other websites and content… it’s ok to link to sub-pages of other websites if you have the author or website administrators permission, otherwise you should link to the main page, as that’s what contributes to their revenue.

The second half, which I only saw part of, was about using a wiki to make a higher-order thinking activity, using de Bono’s six thinking hats. Click here if you want to see what I was working on…

Finally, just picking up on something that was mentioned in last weeks lesson, I’ve also uploaded a podcast to demonstrate how easy it is to create podcasts. 5 minutes (3 of those were recoding the podcast itself), a usb headset (optional, but gives better sound) and MyPodcast Recorder and the podcast was done. Then about 1.5 – 2 min to create a new entry and upload it to podbean, as mypodcast.com is not a reliable as it used to be, and the job was done!

Managing E-Learning: Week 1

I sat in  on the first tutorial for E-Learning, and found it very interesting. As I said to course-coordinator, Wendy Fasso, it’s one think to be familiar with or competent with technology, it’s another to be able to use it effectively in the classroom to support learning, rather than just use ICTs because they need to be used.

Anyway, this series of blog posts are intended to be a reflection of what was covered in each weeks lesson, and a deconstruction of the different tools and technologies that Wendy is introducing the class to in each session. So, in this weeks lesson, Wiki’s (www.wikispaces.com), Blogs (www.blogger.com), concept/mind maps (www.bubbl.us & www.text2map.com) and online bookmarking (www.delicious.com) were covered. In addition, the use of tools such as Google Maps and Microsoft PowerPoint were also discussed.

I found the use of Microsoft PowerPoint very interesting, as it demonstrated use of it that I had never considered by using it simply for it’s drag ‘n drop capabilities. In doing so, it’s possible to use it to reproduce concrete manipulative activities, i.e. when teaching multiplication, you can give students a PowerPoint with a load of pineapple images on it (or have the students create it), and then drag the pineapples around to answer / help soft the problems.However, my personal preference for this form of activity, unless the goal of the lesson is to teach ICTs AND multiplication at the same time, would be for the students to use concrete (real) materials, such as plastic fruit, etc.But this also demonstrates that I am critically thinking about this use of technology, and choosing to not use it as it may not be the best tool for this particular learning activity.

Next up, blogs. Blogs have become quite popular over the last ten years, due to their ease of use, permanency, and ability to present a wide range of multimedia content, be it video, sound or pictures. But in reality, a blog is simple a more up-to-date diary or journal, which can also be publicly viewed and commented on, if the author so desires it to be. A blog can either be private, and therefore remain a personal journal, can be viewed by an authorized individuals, and therefore could be used for business / industry without the concern that unsavory individuals or the general public would have access the material n the blog. It can also be made publicly visible, there for the whole world to see. In addition, the author of a blog can choose to allow people to comment to the entries posted to the blog (the blog author/administrator moderate them to ensure they are relevant and suitable for public viewing before being accepted, and remove unwanted or irrelevant comments). This process allows for an individuals process or learning to be assessed as they progress through a unit of work and reflect on what they have learnt, and for the other learners to comment on this and respond to any questions or misconceptions the blog author has.

Wiki’s are an interesting topic. They are a perfect place for a group of students to either individually or in groups to document their learning. Wikis like Wikispaces make it very easy for students to make a site, add new pages or topics, and collaborate on a task. But the idea of a wiki goes back further than that, as the basic concept of a wiki is a place where it is easy to create a series of interlinked web-pages using a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor that removes the need for the author to know HTML code.For example, if I were making a wiki about e-learning, the words ‘blog’, ‘wiki’, ‘online bookmarking’ would actually be links to other pages, which expand on this concepts in further detail. So I suppose that wikis could be considered a interactive dictionary when they are used to document or explain a topic.

The next area, concept/mind maps are a very interesting area, as this requires learns to construct  frameworks in order to be able to use this tool. In doing so, it is possible to use these tools to identify common topics, and to organised and categories information. They are also commonly used ti aid in planning, and ensure that all aspects of a project have been considered. What online concept maps bring to this is the ease of creation, the easy of duplication, ability to collaborate rather than just one person work on it at a time, or each person work on their own different one, the ease of modification as well as the ability to work as a whole class.

The final tool that I will talk about is online bookmarking. The idea of storing your bookmarks online might a first seem strange. But when you stop and think about the benefits, you will quickly change your mind and wonder why you didn’t do this sooner! Firstly, there is access – when you’re not using your primary computer, you can still access all your bookmarks. So when you go to school or work, when you need that website you bookmarked last night at home, you don’t go without. Then there is the ability to share bookmarks. When you want to give somebody a link, you can just tell them to go to your bookmarks page and click on the link, or save it to their own account. Then there is the ability to search. If you like a particular site you’ve bookmarked, you can see what bookmarks that other people who saved the same page liked, and you might find some other great resources. But the primary reason that most people go to online bookmarking is simply for access to their bookmarks 24/7, regardless of if they’re at their own computer, or at a internet cafe or a friends. And you can also save new sites you come across when you’re on the go, so you never forget that site you saw on a colleagues computer that would be just perfect for tomorrows lesson!

Well, there you have it. That’s a brief overview of some of the tools and technologies that can be used in education to aid in teaching. How they can be used really varies from subject to subject and teacher to teacher, but in future entries I hope to give some examples and ideas on the uses for these and other tools to get you started!