Conflicting thoughts about unit planning

Its hard to reflect on this however, I have come across the first item in this course (EDC3100) that is causing me some pedagogical discomfort. I am finding the Unit planner template hard and confusing to use. Although seeing the situation from another perspective it is good to experience a different way to backward plan a unit of work. It just confirms my preferred pedagogical planning tools. I’ve also found that all is well and good to investigate ICT rich tools for integration into curriculum as an isolated learning activity, but planning for an entire unit (as small as this one is) is far more challenging than I ever thought.

I am looking forward to prac in a few weeks time however focusing on ICTs will be an enormous challenge for me, although I can only do my best with the resources that are available to me and my students.

Testing my PLN – it works!

Very much enjoying a somewhat less intense assessment for Assignment 2. Just about finished Stage 2 and began searching for some big ideas for ICT integration to fit in with a year 6 Historical Community of Inquiry. I remember seeing somewhere throughout EDC3100 a video of a teacher that posted a question/video/picture up on the screen and students were able to reply and annotate with voice, videos and pictures thus creating a collaborative learning experience that prompted higher order critical thinking. For the life of me I could not think what it was called and I couldn’t find any evidence of it in my toolbelt.

I needed to pull out the big guns and opened up to my PLN for help. First I posted on facebook hoping that someone at home studying today would read my post and recognise seeing the tool I was looking for. Within 5 minutes other course participants were sharing their ideas with me. Nicole Hargreaves shared with me a tool called popcorn maker. You can read all about it from Nicole’s blog. I remember watching the video from a link on the USQ study desk however, never really took the time to analyse its benefits and functionality until specifically looking for a particular tool. I then took to twitter and the EDC3100 Diigo group for further assistance.

Finally discovered to tool I was looking for on Study Desk which linked to a wiki called 50+ web 2.0 ways to tell a story. The tool I’m going to use for my big ideas in Assignment 2 is Voicethread. Voicethread is a cloud based web 2.0 tool that designed for tertiary online learning however has been adapted to suit collaborative classroom learning. Whist the process of searching for a lost tool took 4 hours from start to finish, it would have taken days if not for my PLN. Now I’m focused and back on track. I hope that I can repay the favour given to me today by Nicole and assist someone looking for info in the future.

ICTs for Integration not Isolation

Here is an online artefact that I have produced outlining my reasons why integrating ICTs into students learning is a good idea.

Wow! are the only words I have at the moment to express a lot of emotion at the completion of my biggest challenge to date.  When I count up all the obstacles that have been before me this semester I have succeeded.

I hope you enjoy watching my prezi ICTs for Integration not Isolation as much as I have enjoyed making it.

Head Down Tail Up – Assignment 1

I never thought that I would delve so deep into an assignment and use so many tools embedded in the one artifact. I have begun by selecting a reusable prezi template and then began modifying to suit my assignment plan and context. So far I’ve used and embedded iPhoto on my macbook to video an introduction, Powerpoint diagrams converted to pictures to illustrate educational goals, Goanimate to illustrate supporting evidence and youtube as a vehicle for uploading video. Its exhausting just listing them out and I’m not yet finished. I wonder what other tools I can come up with to add diversity and interest to my presentation.

Assignment 1 – Prezi

Assignment 1 is coming along nicely. Yes it seems a little late to be blogging about this a week after the due date however due to circumstances beyond my control an extension will see me through for a bit longer. I was sitting at my sons bedside in hospital when I made the comment that I liked all of the posters and information stuck up on the walls, it was all quite informative. Lightbulb moment! I could make an infographic for assignment 1. So I began researching how to reduce an essay of information into an infographic.

After reading others thoughts on their chosen tool for an ICT artifact I began to overcomplicate the requirements of the task (a bad habbit that I’m good at) and infographic was scrapped. After reading a post by Sheli Smith I’m convinced that a prezi is the way to go.

Full steam ahead now…