Saturday, August 22, 2009
I have enjoyed this learning journey. The use of a blog to record this journey has been rewarding. I look back over what I have done and feel I have accomplished so much in a relative short time.
I will use and share what I have learnt. I have already used one of my new found skills. I used Flicker as a slide show for children to use as stimulus while making clay insects. During this time children would stop and watch the screen making comments and conversations with peers on what they were seeing. One child yelled at me “Troy blue nama (ant)”. They were able to make connections with the images and their world. This experience was an “active learning experience” the input they are hearing and using language such as body parts, six legs, antenna. They are feeling the clay and seeing the photographs. The process involves making an insect and communicating with peers. The output is the final product should display some of the elements of an insect such as three body parts or six legs.
I used Voki as a whole class experience where children were chosen to work on the Interactive White Board (IWB) to create an avatar. Children sat eyes glued to the IWB. They assisted each other to create sentences which were typed by myself. Further lessons will have the children attempting to type and/or record their sentence.
I am planning on using VoiceThread to have the students record the stories of Elders this would be the ultimate direct meaningful experience. Family is so important to these students and so are their stories. For them to be able to capture this in a way that is not hinged on the ability to use and understand English makes the task even more meaningful.
During this assignment I visited the sites of many of my peer’s blogs. I posted comments on a few after discovering that I had to download Mozilla Firefox to be able to comment on peers blogs.
Adams Centre for Teaching Excellence, (2000), viewed 23rd of August 2009, from http://www.acu.edu/cte/activelearning/howdoes.htm
As for use in the classroom. It would be useful in a mainstream senior class for a resume builder. Anyone got any ideas for its use with Indegenous ESL students?
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
VoiceThread would be the ultimate way for children to record their stories and that of their Elders. Photographs of the past and now could be used to tell dreaming stories, talk about country and teach traditional methods of doing things. This could all be done in first language (Warlpiri).
In a school environment this site would be useful as it also means that large files such as pictures can be stored in Media Fire instead of on the schools limited storage space. Another use is for teachers to easily share resources.
At a class level it would be useful to store items for children to have access to in an ideal environment this would be both at home and school. It would allow students to collaborate on group projects.
These are a collection of my favourite personal photos
At first glance I was unsure as exactly what a WebQuest was. After reading through and examining the examples it became clearer to me what a WebQuest is. It is a scaffolded research tool that gives the participants the chance to answer open entered questions.
I searched the bestwebquests site for ideas of how I could use this sight with ESL children I found the chocolate cookie example which is more at the level of students at my local school. I imagine the time taken to create a WebQuest would be huge. To warrant this effort this would have to be a long ongoing experience for the students. One advantage I can see would be that for those children who attend irregularly they could just pickup where they left off.
As I have previously stated not all students at my local school would have seen the ocean. You tube opens a whole new under water world. Attached is one clip that I will be showing the year 4/5 class.
The use of this site would be fantastic in any classroom. Children would have access to videos from and about the whole world. This site is blocked across NT schools as a sensory measure. The potential to view inappropriate videos is their however isn't it our job as educators to give students the skills required to function in the real world and make judgment calls for themselves?
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
The theme for this term for the year 4/5 class is sea animals. Children could use Wikipedia at school to begin research on a variety of sea animals. It provides opportunity for every child to gain knowledge through the use of text as well as photos and diagrams. The language used in Wikipedia may overwhelm the ESL students but this could be a well scaffolded experience. Children search for preselected articles such as fish, dolphin, stingray and whale. The use of an assistant teacher to translate and the teacher explicitly teaching key concepts would benefit all students. Unfortunately the majority of students would not have access to a computer at home.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Picnik was an easy to use program that allowed me to upload and tweak photos. It allowed me to resize and crop the photo. I also changed the colour. I can see that using picnik and Flickr I could upload class photos for children to view and edit instead of using the schools limited storage
I have observed children looking up Yuendumu on Google Earth but have never looked at the tecnology as a teaching tool. I can see that it could be a source of photos that could be used by children of all ages. From Transition children working together on a interactive whiteboard to senior secondary doing independant project work and utilising the features of the resourse.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Flickr gives you access to images its like an online photo album. You can search for images by categories. I found this program simple to use like all programs I am sure that as I use the program more I will utilise more of its features.
I can see that this would be a useful program to use in the classroom. In my context I can imagine introducing the topic sea animals on the interactive whiteboard using photos from Flickr. It would give some of the students who have not seen the ocean a visual picture of what a beach, fish, turtle etc look like.
Monday, August 3, 2009
I will introduce Flynn to the year 4/5 class at my local school. The class is studying sea animals. English is a second or third language for these children and I believe that the use of a avatar would engage the students.
I had the opportunity to create a avatar with a year 1/2 class on their iinteractive whiteboard. They loved it. It gave them the opportunity to practice making Standard Australian English sentances.
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Saturday, July 25, 2009
My e-learning started last semester with my first university subjects.This subject so far has had my head spinning with all these new programs, ideas and theories. I have spent time over the last few days thinking about my own learning and trying to make the connections about how I learn best and how I can use this to get the most out of my uni courses.