Digital reflection, got that covered

The best thing about following peers’ blogs is you can come across some absolute ICT gems. Nicole makes mention of Glogster, a site that helps you create your own multi media poster. Hear that? ‘Create’, that’s higher order thinking using ICT! Tick, tick, tick. Amplify and transform that RAT. Glogster looks to be the perfect tool to tell your class room story and reflect on experiences, providing enormous scope for peer feedback and engagement. Glogster promotes its ability to engage students creatively with knowledge and develop digital literacy skills, which enable teachers to become more efficient by saving time. These are all big ticks in the RAT framework covered this week by Renee, Spil and Lesley. Glogster looks a winner, it’s going straight to the Pool Room for me, aka, the ‘Teacher Resources’ bookmarks.

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Multimodal? My lord!

I guess anyone who has been through uni has had one subject that they keep putting off. I am currently embarking on EDX2170 for a third time! No, no, no, I know what you’re thing …. fail, fail, fail, you knucklehead Mr Clancy, actually to the contrary I have generally gotten off to a good start, then AFL season starts and I need to drop a subject before academic and financial penalty kick in. Cue EDX2170. This time I am prepared and I don’t care is my beloved Hawthorn are smashing all kinds of records, there’s no way I’m delaying this bad boy one more year.

The multimodal presentation assignment for EDX2170 asks that you introduce a children’s book of your choice using software during the orientation phase of a literacy lesson plan. I’ve decided to use Reel Director 2. Reel director 2 is an app for iPhone that allows you to use all three modes required for the presentation; video or photo, music, and voice over. It’s one of very few apps on my iPhone that I have happily paid for. Don’t take that comment the wrong way, by haven’t paid for I mean most apps on my phone are freeware! There’s some examples of what the app is capable of on Nexvio’s site.

I have introduced Reel Director 2 to a teaching friend of mine who used it for a presentation on the story of lent (Easter) while simultaneously showcasing the children’s artwork. If you’re after an app to make yourself look the pro, even when secretly you know you’re could be in struggle street, take a look. If there’s any other app recommendations out there, feel free to add to the discussion.

Where the blogging for kids?

After reading one of Dayna’s posts about blogging, my mind started ticking …. which of my blogs posts are making waves. One of my more popular blogs was about Kiddle, you know that cool search engine that allows you to give some autonomy to students over their learning. It was so popular that my blog post was picked up by a teacher (my mentor’s coworker) at my first prac school, when she introduced a Year 5 Geography lesson whereby all information was to come from Kiddle search! Wowwweee, talk about a PLN Highlight. This got me thinking, if I can reach out to the crowd with a few gags and the odd piece of good information, I wonder how my future students would go blogging? I think it’s something that deserves serious discussion, after all, blogging is tapping into the higher order thinking of Bloom’s digitally. So are there are good sites out there for students to start blogging? Kidblog advertises itself as safe and simple; there’s a couple of box tickers already. Thoughts? Is it worth pursuing, particularly in literacy subjects?

Technology and the RAT

It is with unprecedented interest that blog posts amongst my followers, and those I follow, like tahlianciol, have this week focused on the R.A.T. framework. The R.A.T. framework is an acronym for Replace, Amplify, Transform, and can be measured in unison with the SLIC (the themes of an event, and another acronym standing for Student Learning, Instructional Method, Curriculum goals) model to determine how effective ICT has been in a lesson. The goal of using digital technology successfully in the classroom is to amplify and transform learning. Too often digital technology is used simply to replace what happens in the classroom with ICT when we should be as educators trying to amplify (enhance) or transform what is happening in both the student learning and teaching pedagogy. As I look toward the second chapter of my learning journey in ICT, I was pointed to the RAT app which gives an overall picture of what your lesson might be gearing itself towards. While by no means a cutting edge app that will make its way to the home screen of your smartphone, it nonetheless give you a good perspective of whether or not your lesson really is using ICT to enhance the learning of your students in practice.

A class website

I have seen in my previous prac school the use of weebly to create a class website. I think this is a wonderful idea. Each KLA has its own dropdown menu indicating Term 1, 2, 3 or 4, and each lesson, or a good proportion of lessons are written into the weebly for use during class time, or for a continuation of work at home. The weebly includes links to websites required for Maths investigations, video links of teaching,  online resources used during teaching, and each lesson is dated and accompanied with the required learning outcomes. It is simply maintained by the class teacher for the purpose of her own class. I just think this is a super idea and one that instills professionalism and pride into your teaching. If we can exert this presence in the classroom, it would be hard for the student to not recognize your genuine want for them to be successful.

In promoting their ICT, weebly specifies what it can;

  • Easily create a classroom website & blog
  • Manage your students’ accounts
  • Accept homework assignments online
  • Keep your parents up to date

I’d love to know if there are any other website creators out there, particularly ones that are on par with weebly’s functionality and ease of use.

 

 

We’re in the news!

I came across this beauty ages ago while trying to convince someone that I’d done something that I hadn’t really done. Yes, yes, naughty Mr Clancy. There wouldn’t have been any malice in it, trust me.  It may have been Mum and Dad actually and I was trying to prove that I was making a difference in the world, rather than just partying and wasting money. Fodey is a newspaper clipping generator and allows for you to title your own newspaper, date it, and then add in content and even pictures. Yep, the perfect alibi!  It’s also a great tool of differentiation, in case you don’t intent to use it for the aforementioned purposes, to add a bit of creativity to those literacy lessons that sometimes bring out groans of disapproval in the classroom.Take a second to read the clipping below, which I generated just for the USQ EDC3100 community of bloggers a moment ago!

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Maths Bloom’s Taxonomy

Can I just start off by saying I prefer saying Math, not Maths. Maths is such an awkward word and for a nation made famous for dropping ‘er’ of every noun possible, it surprises me nobody had cottoned on to this shortened variation. Anyway, spread the word and join my revolution! Now, let’s continue talking Math.

Engaging children in Math can be done using a number of frameworks. During University lectures last weekend, we were instructed on the value that Bloom’s Taxonomy offers teachers in tapping into the higher order thinking of children, seen as valuable in ensuring the fostering of critical thinkers and engaged learners in a constructionist environment. While the taxonomy would be nothing new to any of you, a modified taxonomy that encompasses how one might engage students in the digital age or at least engaging students with the aid of ICT was presented to us. Right now I am engaging into the material learned in the lecture through justifying its importance, ironically in ‘evaluate’, one of the higher order thinking skills of Bloom’s Taxonomy, it suggests ‘blog’ as a possible digital verb. I wonder how much students would enjoy blogging? Cue, an opportunity for students to blog on a class blog like wordpress, or blogger awaits. Higher order thinking, check; Engagement, check; Learning Maths, uncheck … it’s Math, check 😉

I love it when we get such amazing literature in schools and I know it will be something a lot of people will take interest in. Take a look at BloomDigital and let me know your thoughts. I for one will be smashing the living daylight out of these from this day forth.

What do you think about BloomDigital?