A Teacher of Technology in Education

Here I am, at the final course reflection of the Web 2.0 online course I have explored throughout Semester 1 this year.

Activity 1: Web 2 – eLearning with iLe@rn Model

I absolutely love this way of learning, I encourage this way of learning with my own two daughters, yes they need scaffolding, but as I watch my girls go through their learning, exploring, refining, evaluating journey in their education (they are in middle and upper primary levels) I can look through their actions as to what my students may be thinking, wanting, exploring as well. It is such a great window for me to look through.I really enjoyed watching the video ‘eLearning with the iLe@rn Model’. I will definitely be using this video for further staff meetings/professional learning meetings with staff at my school or with parents. I also believe this video would be perfect to show students in senior primary level.

It still amazes me when my girls come to my husband and I and say things like ‘ wow look at the rainbow, why do we see a rainbow, well I am going to find out….. I have seen a rainbow at  home in the bathroom……’ then my youngest daughter will go off and research on either you tube or ask ‘Google’ to help her find out, next I watch as she tries to get out her own science equipment ( science is big in our family as my husband was a scientist turned computer scientist).  All without me or my husband trying to tell her what to do or how to do it.  She had the ‘tools’ computer, internet, microscope, sunshine, mirror, all ‘tools’ around  her. She just used them in different ways to satisfy her curiosity as to the big question ‘WHY do we see a rainbow….’  It is not about my daughter wanting to use the computer… it is about her wanting to know how things work, natural curiosity in children 🙂

My daughter did use different skills from the iLe@rn model, she

*questioned – why do we see a rainbow?

*reflected – after viewing on youtube she was thinking further about the ‘how’ of how a rainbow is created and why it is visible sometimes

*creative thinking – she looked around at home to see if she could see the rainbow again in the bathroom, what is causing the rainbow to be seen inside, how to replicate that again using a mirror, lights, sunlight

*critical thinking – she then went back to the you tube videos watched them again and had another go at replicating a rainbow at home!

She then wanted to share her learning with her teacher and class mates so she made a slideshow about her learning, printed it out herself, went and laminated it as well and then took it to school! Amazing. This was all due to her curiosity with rainbows from seeing many of them as we travel around in the car a fair bit to see our family!

Activity 2: Web 2 & Bloom’s Revised Digital Taxonomy

The  Digital Taxonomy map is an excellent map and one that I am wanting a copy of to put next to my planning. It would be an excellent document for teachers to have when they plan as well.  I have seen the Digital Taxonomy before but I haven’t seen the  Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy Map before. Thanks so very much for sharing this with us! Is this available for us to use in schools?

I found this great explanation from Bloom’s Taxonomy Blooms Digitally  very enlightening. It has given me a much greater explanation of the ‘low order and high order thinking skills’ and how digital technology fits within. Great reading for all educators!!

By Andrew Churches, April 1, 2008  http://edweb.sdsu.edu/courses/EDTEC470/sp09/5/bloomstaxanomy.html   ‘Blooms Taxonomy’ where he states “In the 1990’s, a former student of Bloom, Lorin Anderson, revised Bloom’s Taxonomy and published this- Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy in 2001.Key to this is the use of verbs rather than nouns for each of the categories and a rearrangement of the sequence within the taxonomy…”

I found the examples for all the categories and sub categories VERY useful. I can look through these as I sit here beginning my planning for Semester Two and where my teaching is geared to… what are my students going to be using… HIGH or LOW order thinking skills?  What an excellent reflection tool to use at the end of a Semester or Term or unit of work ! I can see how these categories and sub categories could be added to our school inquiry planner which would put it at the forefront of thinking when planning units of work for our students!!  I will now go and reassess the inquiry planners that my school use to see if any of these higher and lower order thinking skills are represented or how they could be represented in the future planning?

Thanks so very much for pointing me to this great tool. It is one that will be very useful for me going forward.

In regards to other tools such as ‘Picasa, Second Life or Glogster’ these are all great tools, however in the primary sector I work in, the tool ‘Second Life’ is not one that I would be comfortable to use.  It truly is a High order thinking skill’ as many components of this ‘virtual world’ relies on ‘creating, designing, manipulating’.  Higher order technology skills as well.

Glogster is a great tool to bring together student learning and understanding at the end of a unit. It could quite easily fit in under ‘analysing and evaluating’. I have seen this used by a number of educators on their blogs such as ‘Kathleen Morris’ Year 4 class blog as an evaluation of their Term Two.

Activity 3:  Create a final course reflection blog post

 In conclusion to this Web 2.0 course, I have thoroughly enjoyed working through the different Modules and have learnt about a variety of new tools, reflected on tools I use, revisited tools I have begun to use but have not used in a while.

The main point I have learnt as I worked through this course is how many tools I do just ‘skim over’ touch the surface, dip my toes in, but not in any great depth go into.  I have vowed to get back into using some of the tools I really enjoy using, but get out of my comfort zone and use them indepth in my planning and with my students.
I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting ‘Delicious bookmarking site’,  Glogster, Google Apps/Docs, Blogging, Animoto,Twitter (my all time fave) , Digital Storytelling. I feel now that I am ready to move on in my teaching and learning as I have the lucky role of being the ICT Teacher and the students at my school absolutely LOVE ICT!!

I really like the reflection from ‘Anthony Speranza‘ as part of his school participating in this course, they met regularly through ‘Teckie Brekkie” sessions with all the different teachers who participated in this course.   Having this collaboration, discussion, reflection would be great to model for future teachers in our school completing in this course.  In my school I have had the ability to participate in professional dialogue on all things ICT particularly this Web 2.0 Course with a colleauge completing this course Sarah @sarah_duf . Since working through this course, we have worked through joining VPP (Volumne Purchase Pricing) for apps for our apple products, we have also worked through with the amazing help of CEOM staff Celia Coffa @ccoffa to set up Google Apps for Education.  This is VERY exciting!!
To conclude, participating in this course has given me
*loads of resources,
*links and professional learning at my fingertips
*ideas and suggestions to present to my staff
*tools to revisit and reuse as part of my teaching repertoire
*reflection on where I am currently in my thinking and planning
*re-evaluating my own planning attempting to incorporate tools by introducing ‘blogging’ to my students, through modelling professional writing, scaffolding, sharing, documenting and giving authentic reasons for blogging.  I am starting by transferring my resources from our school intranet web links to my school blog. From there I am introducing my students to the different tools that we will be exploring next Semester. I also want my students to work through a series of ‘Self Directed Learning Tasks’ my hooking them in with ‘the possibilities’ This started at the end of term 2 by introducing students to ‘Google SketchUp’.  From there I will ask students to explore this 3D tool. “The possibilities are endless

I feel invigorated to get going, get moving, get my students going, invigorate the staff at my school to look deeper into the web 2.0 tools they are using or more than likely utilize the skills and tools my students already possess in their “Digital World”. Yeah!! :):)

 

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Comments on: "Final Course Reflection :)" (2)

  1. Jan Hendry said:

    Hi Raff
    You have made it. Congratulations, It has been an amazing course. I have really enjoyed it. I am nearly finished only little bit of Module 10 and Final reflection.
    Enjoy your holidays.
    Cheers Jan

  2. Hi Jan,
    Thanks heaps, yes it has been a wonderful course , I have loads of ideas and plans to move forward in my own professional learning and teaching and to move the students and staff at our school on as well!! Hope you get through the rest of your course. You are nearly there!! The end is near 🙂 Hope you are having a great holiday with your family!
    See you next term
    Cheerio Raff 🙂

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