As this is a personal blog, everyone’s style is different. I was surprised that David could only find 4 of my blog entries. I had completed them all. I know I have written over the required 1200 words but I actually culled the blog by 3/4 of what I had originally posted. I love to write and found it extremely difficult to get the information across how I liked it. I am not very good using mixed media for my answers, if I was it would have made my word count a lot lower. I do like the setup of my page, it reminds me of what a Primary class looks like. Referencing is something I am trying to get my head around. It is really something that makes no sense to me. I am not sure about the lack of focus though, I thought I stayed on task. Also was not aware of the punctuation and spelling errors. I speak in “Layman’s Terms” and find I write in the same style. I do not use elaborate wording, if I wouldn’t say it I wouldn’t write it. Overall I agree on the Word count and the Referencing remarks from David.
Once I read Deons’ rubic, I realised I had not looked at the reflective of the weeks I had only concentrated on the activities. I have since gone back and answered the reflective from weeks 3-8. Deon also mentions a lack of focus, I really thought I stayed on task. I had to make a lot of changes to my blog in regards to the word count. I know this will show in my writing style. I really found it difficult to keep the word count limited. I am not sure if this would change Deons’ view on how interesting she found my blog. Over all I do agree with the Rubic Deon marked for me, and I have rectified the areas she pointed out.
Urban Dictionary (2006) laymans terms http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=layman%27s%20terms
Learning is part of our Life Journey. From the time we are born until our last day we are continuing to learn.
Formal Learning happens in a place that is designed to teach.
Non Formal learning is done in places that aren’t designed specifically for teaching.
We also learn Informally through our community, family and friends.
||Labour market programs
||Work experience programs
I have researched many topics and people online in the last few months and played with many different digital tools. This week I used Prezi . A presentation tool that is not only informative but also Fun!!
http://prezi.com/huc6lx46cmtq/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share My Prezi on the Oceana Project.
I am now an official Global Citizen!! I am on twitter, I’ve expanded my online shopping centre across the world not just Australia, and I must say I love Rebel Circus in New York. I have friends online from across the globe too. We are all learning about our environments and cultures.
By continuing to learn and grow our skills through learning we will be able to pass these skills on to our students. Sharing new fun and interesting ways to do things with our students is exciting. Seeing them “get it” and expand their own skill sets is a why I want to teach.
Lifelong Learning Council Queensland Inc (2013) What is Lifelong Learning http://www.llcq.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=12
Prezi Presentation Software http://prezi.com/
Rebel Circus Tattoo Clothing Tattoo Art and Alternative Apparel http://www.rebelcircus.com/
I have always seen myself as not very digital. But in the last few months that has really changed. I now spend time online and am finding myself very comfortable with the process.
Digital Blurring is when what we do in our personal lives blend and influence what we do in our digital world. For example Blogging teaches writing, typing and editing skills. It also offers information to the reader whether it be a personal experience blog or one that shares particular information.
Social networking, we share our personal lives over the internet to let our family and friends know what we are doing in our lives. We take photos too and that teaches us the skill of adding photos and images to documents.
Gaming uses fine motor skills, problem solving skills and if playing against someone whether online or at home in the lounge it is a social tool.
The Web site we explored this week was Sploder. Where you can make games or play other peoples games. They can be as simple or as elaborate as the creator pleases using four different gaming genres. Games are a wonderful teaching tool, the students understand, are involved and get excited about learning this way.
http://www.sploder.com/is a child friendly site set up to keep teachers and parents in the loop about what their student/child is doing and what the whole site is about. This is a great way of teaching students problem solving skills and for group discussions. As a teacher I would collaborate with the class about different genres of games ie: (arcade, puzzles, strategy, simulation and racing) and from there about different awards and challenges the students know in the games and genres. Even asking the students about social issues we face today such as Bullying and getting them to set their game around that. We would watch a tutorial on “How to Use Sploder” https://www.youtube.com/user/splodercast so the students had an idea of what types of games the program offered and how to use it. Setting the task that they have to use a certain amount/type of challenge/reward and a time set of the game play. The students imagination is being used to plan the game and to implement where the obstacles and rewards are placed. Setting a time allowance will implement time management skills. I would then give time to plan what kind of game they would develop. Group discussions giving positive feedback to the game creator. Then the Creator can implement some of the things the players have mentioned then the player attempts completing the game. At the end of the study period the class would come back together and discuss the different ideas they came up with and how the games they developed imitate the issues we discussed earlier. I would set this task as an assignment that the students can do in class over a period of time so they get the full benefit of planning and finishing their games as well as implementing the requirements and collaboration feedback.
http://www.sploder.com/publish.php?s=d0043m9e My Sploder game, have fun!!
Sploder website https://www.youtube.com/user/splodercast
Google Search http://logocreation.wikia.com/wiki/Forum:Sploder_wiki/Logo image Sploder logo
Anonymous (2013) Making Games with your students http://northernzone.global2.vic.edu.au/ Image Sploder
Digital Fluency is being able to use Digital Devices and Programs for what they are made for without inhibiting the outcome of what we are trying to achieve.
I’m not fumbling through Search Engines such as Google, I came across a useful site LEARN THE NET. With an easy to read and understand page on how to optimize your information search. We need these skills to make researching easier and efficient. As well as other skills such as inserting images and audio to our videos and text based work.
Students need to learn these skills to optimise their learning in the class and in society. Having a class blog where the children write what they learnt for the week will help them with their spelling and punctuation. Making videos of activities will help them with editing skills. Displaying the Learn The Net tools will give them a visual on how to optimise their web searching.
This week activity was using Scratch, a site that teaches you how to make “stories, games and animations”. Now this wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, when I started I naively thought “Well I could do this easy!!”… NOPE!! Once I got the hang of it I had a lot of fun. Using Programs like this in a classroom situation would benefit the students problem solving skills, concentration, imagination and even group discussions.
http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/20983254/ my animation
Michael Lerner (1996-2014) Advanced Web Search http://www.learnthenet.com/how-to/advanced-web-search/index.php
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=28ilvh4&s=5#.U3BglijDUoo Image Scratch