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Assignment One Web based Artefact completed!

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.

ICT’S

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!

Here is the link http://prezi.com/il7kg-esl97x/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Where did week 4 go?

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!

The SAMR Model

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.

 

Wordle in the classroom!

Wordle is a free useful tool for teachers and students to access.
 
 To create a Wordle all you need to do is type the text into the “word clouds”. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and colour schemes to your liking. The images you create with Wordle are available so you can easily can print them out or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends (Feinberg, 2013).
 
 I found this link  which lists the top ten ways to use Wordle in the classroom!
 
I have spent the evening thinking quite a bit about this wonderful word cloud tool, and some ways I would implement it into the classroom.  I would love to use Wordle as an introduction to a new topic. Asking the students to list all the words they can think of connected to the new topic, Wordle it, then revisit at the end of the topic to see what new information can be added to it. This would also be a useful way to assess prior knowledge and be useful to introduce new vocabulary.
 
 
Can you think of any other ways to use Wordle in the classroom?