Finally, after many hours on the computer I have finished assignment one! I am feeling a sense of relief to press the submit button and have a day to rest before starting assignment two!
For my web based artefact, I used the presentation tool Prezi, as previously mentioned in my post from yesterday. I am excited seeing my assignment come together and am happy with the final outcome.
The context for assignment one was from my most previous professional experience of a Prep/One class. My artefact presentation is all about the needs our 21st century learners and how ICT’s are such a valuable tool to use in the classroom.
Are interactive, fun and engaging
Allow students to learn and progress at their own pace
Reward students for their achievements
Allow lessons and activities to be repeated so students can revise and consolidate skills
Can be completed anywhere, at home or at school
Put the learning in the hands of the students
Please check out my artefact and let me know what you think!
The weeks sure do go quickly when you have an assignment due on a Monday!
Working on assignment one (artefact) has been very time consuming but rewarding at the same time. I have researched many articles, books, blogs and websites for resources, ideas and information on why we should use ICT technology in the classroom. The result was quite over whelming!
For my artefact I decided to use Prezi as I had never had the chance to use it before. At first I was getting rather frustrated and annoyed with how to navigate it, but after spending some time going through the tutorials provided and “cheat sheets” I am now in love with the tool!
I have found Prezi’s most noticeable feature is its zoom in and out function which really brings your message to life. Instead of flicking from one slide to the next as you would do in a PowerPoint presentation.
Prezi gives you a chance to explore a canvas of ideas by focussing on minute detail as well as allowing you to see the big picture. I believe it would be a valuable visual learning tool to create maps of texts, images, videos, graphics, etc… and present them in a nonlinear way.
Check out this website that is all about engaging your class through the use of Prezi http://prezi.com/prezi-for-education/ 🙂
Now to submit this first assignment and catch up on the week 4 learning path eeeeekkkkk!
During our week 3 learning activities, I was introduced to the SAMR model “The Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition Model”.
It provides a framework for how technology impacts pedagogy and aims to support teachers to design, develop and integrate learning technologies to support high levels of learning achievement. This YouTube video does a great job briefly explaining each of the stages.
Substitution: Technology acts as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change.
Augmentation: Technology acts as a direct tool substitute, with functional improvement.
Modification: Technology allows for a significant task redesign.
Redefinition: Technology allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.
From researching the SAMR model I came across a blog by Tim Holt that compared the various levels of technology implementation to ordering coffee from Starbucks. This unique post about coffee helped me to understand the model a little better.
The SAMR model can help a teacher evaluate their use of a particular tool, as technology continues to transform the teacher and classroom. In particular, for focusing on what it is your learners will be doing and whether or not that’s the best thing for them to be doing.
Here is some more information on the SAMR model that I found helpful.