On Friday, Lydia and I met up at uni to start brainstorming ideas for our assignment. I found that we achieved a lot and have gained a clearer idea of what this assignment is asking of us. We have decided to do natural disasters as our topic. To make this decision, we looked on Scootle and clicked on the Science link that showed us a number of resources for different topics. We found natural disasters interesting.
Our brainstorm included deciding on how long the project would run for, which types of technologies the students could use and whether it was an individual or group assignment. We have decided on a 6 week program, youtube, blogging and general internet access as their technologies and completing the assignment in a group. Our teaching group will be years 6 and 7. We worked out the teaching group by looking on the curriculum council app that I had downloaded on my phone. The image I have included shows how the app looks on my phone. The year 6 and 7 curriculum allows the students to explore why something happens, rather than just explaining an event.
We also began breaking each week down to work out what the students would be doing each class. We did not get very far with this because we had not worked out WHY learning about natural disasters is authentic and relevant and WHAT they will learn.
We will all have to now work out what the students will gain from doing this project.
In Tuesday’s lecture we discussed Task 3. We have been instructed to plan an authentic learning project that students can do where they will use technology of some kind to create a product. The technologies that the students can use could be anything! From movies, to websites, to digital storytelling, photo collections and presentations. The number of technologies that can be employed in the classroom as learning tools is amazing! We discussed some major points that must be addressed in this task. The target audience is not the students, but the teachers! We are providing advice to other teachers on how to include technology in the classroom. The task that we set for the students must extend over several lessons and it must be Authentic. An authentic task is a task that has real world relevance. Where a child can complete the task, and make connections that are relevant to them and the world around them.
In our groups in the tutorial on Wednesday, we had to decide on a teaching area of interest, like we did in Task 2. I am in a group with Grace and Lydia. Grace was not at the tutorial but Lydia and I have chosen to do Science. We are in the same groups as we were for Task 2 and have chosen Science again. I have been in contact with Grace to inform her of our choices. We are yet to decide on an educational topic of interest within the topic of Science.
For this week, we are all going to brainstorm some ideas for what we could do for our topic. We then plan to meet up next week during the teaching free week to begin working on this task.
In the tutorial on Wednesday, Helen recommended that we register with Scootle. Scootle is a website that provides teachers with digital curriculum resources. Each subject in the curriculum is covered. It was very easy to register. Once registered I can access any resource that is on the site. I clicked on Science and it came up with a number of different topics. Click on this link to see what I have been looking at. http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/browse?topic=Science. I have also been to the AppStore on my iPhone and downloaded the Curriculum Council App. On the Technology Toolbox website, there is a link that also takes you to the Curriculum Council website.
I am quite excited to work on this assignment in my group. I think it will be a great way to get some ideas on helpful and fun technology can be when used in the classroom.
Yesterday I redid my screencast. As I had previously mentioned in my other blog posts, I was not happy with the quality of information that I had included in my first screencast submission. I managed to embed my video on my webpage but as you can see from the image I have included in this post, the format is too big and so the viewer will be unable to see the full display of my screencast. To counteract this problem, I have also included a link that goes directly to my screencast where the viewer will be able to see the whole display.
Overall, I have enjoyed exploring the technologies of EndNote and screencasting. I will be sure to use EndNote throughout my studies at Murdoch.
In today’s tutorial we discussed how the peer reviews were going. In our group, we have had a lot of problems with peer reviewing within our group. My group members are Grace, Lydia and Ashli. Ashli emailed me on Monday and told me that she would not be able to complete the assignment as she was in hospital. With this information, I emailed Helen (Tutor), and asked for advice on how we would be able to complete the peer reviews. Helen replied and said that we would be joined with another group. Somehow, Grace was swapped with Amy-lee, so she was no longer in our group. Lydia and I have now had to review eachothers, Amy-lee’s and one other persons. Today we finalised and sorted all this out and I have completed all 3 of my peer reviews.
The photo I have included shows my screencast being downloaded to a http format. In my last blog post, I wrote about not being able to embed my screencast video onto my zoho site. I decided to try and add a annotated hyperlink on my site as well. I clicked on my sun at the top of the screen, clicked history, clicked on the ‘eye’ icon which allows me to view the screencast, and then clicked on the ‘share via screencast.com’. This downloaded and opened up a window with a http:// web address that I could hyperlink onto my webpage.
At this point, I will be making another screencast as I am not completely happy with the quality of the video.
This is the small sun that appeared at the top of my screen after downloading Jing. When you move your mouse over the top of the icon, there will be an option on the left called ‘Capture’. I clicked on this, selected the area that I wanted my viewers to see, clicked on the ‘capture video’ icon and the recording started within 3 seconds.
From there, I began creating my screencast. I found it very difficult to get it right the first time. I think I attempted about 4 times before I settled on my final screencast.
After completing the screencast, I found that there were details that I had forgotten to mention. These included changing the setting to APA 6th edition and mentioning that EndNote automatically puts an end text reference at the end of your document. I will need to redo my screencast to make sure I am completely happy with the standard.
I did experience a little bit of difficulty when adding my Jing screencast onto my Zoho website. Zoho has an embedding tool but I was not sure how to use it. I looked at Sample 1 on LMS and found information that pertained directly to working out my problem. Jenni had included information about a SWF element for embedding Jing videos. I completed this successfully but the video has extended out of view. I will add a link that explains why this occurs. http://jennip98eportfolio.zohosites.com/Researcher.html.
I have chosen to use Jing as my screencasting technology. I was looking at using Screenr or Screencast-o-matic but found them hard to download as it was saying that I had not installed Java onto my computer. This confused me, so I tried using Jing and found it very easy to use. I downloaded Jing onto my computer and small sun appeared at the top of the screen which gave me the option to create a screencast at any given time. I have not yet made my screencast, but have completed writing a short script as a guideline for all the information that I need to include while entering a webpage type reference into a word document using Endnote. I will now do my screencast and embed it onto my website. Zoho sites has an embedding tool which I discovered while fiddling around.
Yesterday I did a lot of work on my website. After going to the lecture on Tuesday morning and reading through my feedback for Assignment 1, I have tried to make sure that I include anything that I missed out in Assignment 1 as well as try and improve on areas that I was not happy with. This mainly includes adding more appropriate and relevant images to my blog posts and I might change my picture on my ‘About Me’ page. Although it is not inappropriate, I do not feel it is professional enough. I have included an explanation of what Assignment 2 entails, information regarding my teaching area, group members, and reference type. As well as the name of my resource and further information explaining what it is about. My research technology (Google) has been included with a brief description of why I chose Google as well as a hyperlink to the original site of the article.
I have managed to find my resource! Making the Most of Wikis in Your Science or Math Classroom is an article that focuses on the use of wikis in the classroom as an education technology while teaching science. The information supplied in this particle article is valuable to students and teachers as it includes suggestions for what information could be put onto a wiki and how that may enhance a student’s learning. It is written by David R. Wetzel who has created a website that includes a variety of information for teacher’s in the field of science and math.
After finding this article/website, I have written my paragraph that briefly summarises and explains the overall purpose of the article in a Word document. I am happy with the length of this summary and the information I have supplied in it.
From this point, I will be working on my Screencast!