Hello again EC&I 834 classmates and faithful blog readers. Do not ask me where the last three plus months have went as I am baffled. My sweet little baby is already six months old and this semester is coming to an end. Hard to believe I know. This is also my 8th Masters course coming to an end.
I have gained so much insight from taking this course about online learning, I feel comfortable using many different content creation tools. We have had the chance to explore a variety of online and digital resources that I would have not otherwise know about without the help of Alec and Katia. I think one of my favorite part of the course was evaluating classmates prototypes. Doing the evaluations gave me so many new ideas and different content creation tools to experiment with.
For my Summary of Learning I chose to use a Digital Storybook creation tool called StoryJumper. I came across StoryJumper while creating my module for my prototype. I liked that StoryJumper allowed me to import my own photos or images and also narrate the pages. There are a few different options in term of sharing your book or there is an option of buying it. This storybook creation tool would be an awesome way for students to share their ideas or even to present a final project. The option for printing or buying it would also make a great keepsake.
One of the most iimportantthings that students learn in school is their ABC’s. These simple letters are the foundation of all other literacy and knowledge. I figured the best way to start to share my learning experience was to take it all the way back to the ABC’s. I chose to create an A to Z Digital Storybook of some of the tidbits that came up in class. I planned to upload this song and have it playing in the background. I converted it from Youtube as an MP3 and tried to add it but you can only do that with the paid version of WordPress, they get ya every time. Maybe you think this song is worth a listen, It always puts me in a good mood 🙂
So here is my creation, make sure to hit the play button underneath the pages to hear my narration.
Hello classmates and blog followers, I figured I would present you the final product, My online course that my group developed for this class. Oh yeah and this is also the world’s longest blog post!!I wanted to walk you through information about our prototype, our rationale, curricular links, assessment, and common concerns. I will also provide you links to previous blogs that contain information about how our group decided to go with the LMS Google Classroom and also other elements that influenced our design. Our group came together and rectify a few changes that needed to be done and also a composed a response to feedback. I will end the blog post by providing you the link so you can check out the course if you are interested.
About our Prototype
This blended course is suited for grade 3 elementary students of all backgrounds. It is a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning. For a learning management system (LMS) we choose to use Google Classroom, as well as various content creation tools. Students and teachers will communicate using Google Docs and Google Classroom, through the creation of questions and announcements. The assessments will contain a specific rubrics for each assignment that are aligned with outcomes in grade 3 social studies, arts education, science and English language arts.
We are using the new Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC) treaty education documents to create this course. We are addressing the inquiry question: how have the lifestyles of First Nations people changed prior to and after the signing of treaties? The outcomes and indicators covered in this course are as follows:
TR3.1: Examine the relationships between First Nation peoples and the land, before and after the signing of treaties.
Indicator: Describe the lifestyle changes of First Nations, prior to and
after placement on reserves.
CH3.1 Compare how arts expressions from various groups and communities may be a reflection of their unique environment (e.g., North and South Saskatchewan, urban
b. Share information about an artist working in own community through
individual research or collaborative inquiry.
a. d. Describe how an arts expression tells something about the community
and culture in which it was created (e.g., heritage harvest dances).
e. Describe ways that people of various cultures in own and surrounding
communities participate in the arts and discuss why they do so.
PL3.2 Analyze the interdependence among plants, individuals, society, and the environment.
n. Research lifestyles (e.g., farming, fishing, and logging) and jobs (e.g.,
florist, crop scientist, landscaper, gardener, fruit grower, ecologist,
logger, and nursery worker) that depend on understanding and working
with plants and plant-related products.
RW3.1 Appraise the ways communities meet their members’ needs and wants.
a.Speculate upon various challenges faced by communities in meeting
needs and wants, with evidence gathered from examining pictures,
viewing media, and interpreting stories using a variety of fiction and
b. Identify how individuals and communities meet needs and wants.
c. Describe ways in which communities help ensure basic human needs
are met (e.g., food and water, shelter, clothing, education, safety).
Our assessment strategies include using the Saskatchewan Curriculum Project Chrome extension to create rubrics specific. Formative assessment would be done using EdPuzzle. informal assessment of Google Classroom posts in a forum style is assessed on participation in the area of interactions with other students and the teacher.
We have considerations for common concerns. Low bandwidth is a common challenge for any educator using technology in the classroom. Typically, each student will open up a lesson from their own device, but in the end that could be as many as 30 videos simultaneously streaming on a network that might only be able to handle a few. We have no real solution for a school that has similar bandwidth as the average home, even though obviously there are so many more times people at school as there are at home. Students can have access to devices such as school ipads, personal devices and computer labs during school hours. Since it is online students who are absent can access Google Classroom from home. 1:1 devices would not be required to complete the artifact creation. Flipped classrooms can be used so assignments are done in the school where students have access to programs, and videos can be watched at home or during breaks. We account for differentiation through various levels of assignments in Adobe Spark, as well as audio versions of stories.
Why did we choose our LMS? Google Classroom is used in Regina Public Schools, as well as many other divisions. It is free and is easy to use. It is an LMS that students in grade 3 are able to use with lessons. Google Classroom allows students and teachers to interact. Assignments can be posted and completed on Google Classroom. Student progress can be tracked and teachers can assess on Google Classroom.
Why did we pick our topic? Treaty education is meant to be integrated into numerous subject areas, and is a topic that everyone teaches (or should be teaching). With the creation of new and updated treaty education lessons from the OTC, we decided to work with one grade area to become familiar with the updated format. We developed this course to reflect recommendation #10 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:10. We call on the federal government to draft new Aboriginal education legislation with the full participation and informed consent of Aboriginal peoples. The new legislation would include a commitment to sufficient funding and would incorporate the following principles:
iii. Developing culturally appropriate curricula.
Details about my Module
In creating content for this module a variety of tools were used, the tools are appropriate and easy to navigate for young learners. For each step of the lesson I have tried to be thorough in explaining how students should complete tasks with tutorials for each new medium. For the introduction to the lesson students create a collaborative Google Drawing. I added a brief Screencastify as a tutorial for Google Drawing. I also chose to have students create Google Docs so that they could submit their assignments to me, again I created a Screencastify to familiarize students on how to create a new Doc. I created a Voice Over PowerPoint for students to respond to using an Adobe Spark page. I also made a Screencastify to help students in creating their Adobe Spark Page with instructions about adding open commons pictures. For the extension activity I created a Screencastify to teach the students how to use Story Jumper to create a Digital Storybook. I feel that this variety of content creation tools will enhance the student’s learning outcomes for this unit on Treaty Relationships. After completing module one students will be able to recognize the land provided everything the First Nations people needed to survive.
The Creative PROCESS: Links to my Previous blog post that outline the phases
Overall our feedback was quite positive. Our fellow teachers enjoyed the topic we choose. They commented on the variety of content creation tools we used to bring our module to life. They thought our organization was great and everything flowed together. Our reviewers thought our prototype was a great starting point for them explore treaty relationships. Our reviewers mentioned they could take the components of our modules and would be able to incorporate this resource in their own classrooms.
However, we did find some themes that we need to change such as difficulty level, LMS issues, assessment, adaptations and interaction.
Difficulty Level: One of the concerns addressed in our feedback was around the reading difficulty. Some reviewers were concerned with the amount of text for Grade 3 students. This course is a synchronous blended course that would allow for teacher to facilitate the course face to face and guide students through modules perhaps in a center type rotation. Students will already know how to use google classroom and tools being used such as procedures for the computer.
LMS issues: Another concern that was addressed was the choice of LMS (Google Classroom) that may have not been the most easy to use with Grade 3s. Google Classroom is being used as the central hub for a variety of tasks. Students complete very few assignments on Google Classroom, so in terms of visual appeal, it is meant to be less distracting.
Assessment: The amount of rubrics provided to the teachers for lessons within the modules was also mentioned by our reviewers. Students will receive both formative and summative feedback, and the rubrics are part of this feedback. As this is a blended course, students will have many opportunities for feedback from the teacher.
Adaptations: Some adaptations were not addressed (EAL, attendance issues). Additional screencasts could provide verbal an explanation of the assignment for low readers, perhaps working in pairs would support low readers, also simplified versions of assignments for EAL students. Module 3 involves reading a text, and this allows for differentiation for diverse learners. This differentiation is built into the assignment as is with the books that are listed. Students with attendance concerns could complete assignments at home if needed.
Interactions: Lastly, some reviewers remarked about ways students would interact with others. Teacher-student and student-student interactions can be done on google classroom. With the age of the students, we needed to address also the abilities that they have and the forums that would allow young students to share with an audience. Interactions needed to be controlled and monitored to ensure there were no violations in privacy and terms and conditions.
We did receive positive feedback asking us to expand on our course prototype. We think finishing the whole prototype would be awesome. As we focused on just one of the grade 3 key questions provided in the OTC document, the course would contain more themes if the other three questions were included. If we were to expand on this course, the remaining inquiry questions for grade 3 are:
How were the historical worldviews of the British Crown and the First Nations different regarding land ownership?
How do First Nations and Saskatchewan people benefit from Treaties 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10?
How did the use of different languages in treaty making present challenges and how does that continue to impact people today?
Thank you to those who reviewed and critiqued our prototype and provided us with helpful feedback! If you would like to check out our course, our Google Classroom code is: 9yhj6c
Wow, hard to believe that my course prototype is ready to launch. It is even crazier to think that the semester has flown by so quickly, when it’s over I will have another 2 classes under my belt. I decided that I wanted to finish up Grad School before I returned to teaching in August from my maternity leave. I will also attempt a spring and then a summer course and tada, I will be finee, I will level up with my Masters Degree. On a side note I can’t believe my baby is six months old, where have the days gone.
Aimee, Justine, Rochelle and I decided that we wanted to focus our course prototype on Treaty Relationships. This subject can sometimes become difficult for teachers to implement in their classrooms. I personally think that now is the time for reconciliation because there is so much ignorance and mis-education when it comes to First Nations and Treaties. Also, working in a school that is home to 97% First Nation students is reason enough to explore First Nation culture.
I am looking forward to exploring another groups course prototype in just a few short days. It will be very helpful to receive some constructive criticism about our prototype, this will help us improve. I am not worried about being evaluated by my colleges as we are the guinea pigs for this EC&I 834 course, this is the first time that it was offered by Alec and Katia.
I have definitely learned a lot in terms of how to get a LMS up and running. I had never worked with Google Classroom before and found it very simple to use. I was even more shocked that I could have been using it for awhile with my Division but was never given any training on it or was it even mentioned as an option. My school uses Google Docs and Google Forms quite often but again I was unaware of Classroom. However, my step daughter spoke about using it in her high school. Perhaps, I should have just Googled it and I would have figured it out for myself a year ago. I mentioned in a previous blog about how I was using Google Docs with my students and it was becoming redundant in terms of creating Docs and having them share assignments with me, and basically my email inbox busting from student work. After this course I am very comfortable working with Google Classroom and feel that I will continue to create courses with it.
After we decided to use Google Classroom as our LMS, it was just a matter of how and what I wanted to do with my module. I had a few ideas in terms of lessons and just like my life I tend to overthink it and make it very complicated. My module grew to be something more than one lesson, maybe one lesson with four parts. It just seemed to flow so nicely together, I could not stop. I decided to make a few Screen-casts to familiarize students with Adobe Spark, Google Docs, Google Draw and Story Jumper, as for original content I used a Voice Over PowerPoint. I had never used some of the content creation tools myself so doing screen-casts allowed me to gain more experience in it. After I got the hang of all the new stuff that I was dabbling in, it wasn’t all that terrifying. In fact, I was even excited to use Screencastify, and show off my new learning to my step daughter, she wasn’t as excited as I was.
I think that my group did an amazing job tackling Treaty Education. It will be awesome to find out what other think about it too. If you are interested in taking a peak at our Grade 3 Treaty Education Prototype in Google Classroom send me an email at Chalyn_s@hotmail.com and I will provide you the classroom code.
Oh and an after the fact edit, our teacher information, rationale and rubrics can all be found in the about section of our Google Classroom.
What a title hey? I started thinking about how this course allows for us to have open communication versus having a closed forum, then I though about the door for learning being opened or closed. I like to sleep with my bedroom door open but my husband prefers it closed. I guess that having communication forums closed could be a preference for some people but just like my bedroom door, I like it open.
As a learner I have not had much experience outside of this course in terms of open online space. I appreciate the Google+ Community for so many different reasons. I love being able to post a quick question or even a fabulous article or medium that I feel reliant to our course. Our Google+ Community is so supportive and helpful of one another, I find that just by reading different posts it saves me from running into common pitfalls. So far I have taken eight Grad Courses and feel that a Google+ Community would have been an asset to all courses, it allows us to pose different questions, share insights or ask each other for help as needed. University students are often given information in UR Courses but I think the experience would be so much different if there were a way to allow students to communicate in an open space. I think that our course has really come alive with the use of the Google+ Community. The community can offer us so much more than what is being taught in the course. Allowing students to become each others’ co-teacher. Our blogs have also allowed us to learn from others, Amy mentions that “we learn from others’ perspectives while considering our own”.
I agree with Ashley that we must consider the age of the students when we decide to use an open or closed forum. I definitely think that younger students should have closed forums in order to protect them. Although, I think that allowing parents, caregivers, or even classmates the opportunity to comment or share would allow for meaningful learning. Amiee also mentions that student safety is a valid concern for educators. Shes also points out that students may have already become immersed into social media, but we should still consider that we are putting them into a wide open public space where we may not always be able to protect them in an open forum.
Although, educators such as myself have to realize that students are developing their own digital footprint, this is where we have the teaching moments! I think that teachers can help students understand that there is no going back once pictures or even text hits the net.
Like Ashley, I too have enjoyed the break from blogging and being able to focus on my content creation has been wonderful. My group even had time to meet up last week and go over some of the fine tuning of our course prototype. I feel that my group has made some great strides in getting our course up and running. I know that with just a little more tweeking my module will be up and running.
Have you ever experienced any negativity in using an open forum?
Hi Friends, This week I wanted to give you a bit of a run down on how I intend to facilitate my Blended Course. These are just my preliminary ideas and are possibly subject to changes, as I find I am learning more as I go. Sarah has some fabulous ideas in her blog this week in terms of establishing boundaries and participating for her older students. Although, I think that working with young grade 3 students there is only a need for pre-teaching about “Netiquette” and digital citizenship.
I think for student/student-instructor interactions I will implement a blog. This form will be used so that students can publish their assignments and respond to readings or video’s. I think that once students get the hang of commenting on each others posts they will quite enjoy it. Although I believe that it may be difficult to create a community, this is something that the students have to do for themselves. Elizabeth had a great point when she said “we can try to foster a welcoming, open environment in which students feel a sense of community, but we can’t ensure this in all of our classes”. Image Source
Choosing this form of student interaction is beneficial because grade 3 students are smart and full of great ideas and they will be able to share their thoughts with their peers online. Perhaps there is a way to moderate as the facilitator so that student blogs and comments can be reviewed before being posted. I also like the idea of commenting on students post, they will see that the teacher has read and thought critically about their post.
When facilitating an Blended Classroom I will make sure interactions between students and teacher are genuine. I believe that awarding marks for participation is a starting point for students. By encouraging participation with marks, students will begin to explore using blogs and commenting on their peers work and do so in a appropriate manner. This is the first step in meaningful interactions. Students will gain confidence by having fellow students reading and responding to their blogs. I think that both peer assessment and self assessment have value in a blended classroom. Elizabeth mentions the importance of teaching students to use pingbacks in their blogs as it “further encourages them to read other people’s blogs at their leisure and quote them in their own. It is important for students to read other people’s work, and to know that their work will also be read. This will help them see the value and importance of blogging, and the importance of reading something over before submitting it.” Image Source
I thought that I would check out the hyperlinks that were found in the document Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation for some assessment ideas. I was very disappointed to find out that all the hyperlinks that I tried were broken. I think that it is very important when setting up a Blended Classroom for students to make sure that all links are working. By not checking for dead links an educator can run into a lot of wasted time in terms of having students refer to a link provided.
Well this is my starting point, oh yeah and rubrics. Have you ever used a blog platform in your classroom, which one?
Hi friends, It has been awhile. Reading week has given me some time just to relax and catch up on a few household things, oh yeah and my baby turned 5 months.
I decided with my time that I would ask my group “who would like to take the lead and create the Google Classroom account“? I decided rather than send that email, I would just take it into my own hands. I recalled that as a group we couldn’t use the RBE Google Classrooms because one of our group members is with another division. I decided the best place to start would be to reread the Google+ Community posts to use the to figure out how to use the education.uregina accounts. I scrolled through all the posts and managed to find what I was looking for. Ohh and now looking back, there is a search option at the top. I then went to create the Google Classroom account, all went well, or so I thought. Setting up the initial info was just a matter of filling in a few feilds and a few clicks. I attempted to invite teachers to my class by adding my group members using their email addresses. My first road block was that they were not contacts, so I went back to the Google menu and added them. I then tried to invite my new contacts again, and it wouldn’t work. I then realized I would have to track down their uregina user names. Aimee replied to my email right away and I added her as a teacher, and voila it worked. Now just to wait for the other two gals!!
Tell me if you ran into any road block while trying to get your project up and running!
This week our blog prompt asked us to look at pedagogical differences of various types of media. Like many other classmates, I will be looking back on my experiences as a student. I have always been challenged by reading text. As a child I struggled learning to read, my mom even hired a reading tutor to alleviate my frustrations. Stephanie mentioned that in her undergrad she began to enjoy reading, for me the opposite I struggle reading chapters, my eyes get heavy and it all turns into a blur and I want to fall asleep. I even experimented with Kurzwell, having it read to me, but the voices were too boring and I had a hard time following what was being said.
Roxanne’s post, made me think back to my use of technology in my schooling experience, I recall having Mac computers in elementary school but we rarely used them. I did manage to figure out how to use the Printshop program to make cards, banners and certificate. In high school, I took a typing class but we used a typewriter and created cartoon pictures by following written directions of letters and spacing. Although I do recall, my English teacher had us go on the computer and practice typing with these boxes over our hands so we would learn where the keys were, I remember her saying hands on home row. I did sign up for a Practical Applied Arts in grade 11 and 12; I managed to do all right in the computer class rotation. We had small assignments such as internet scavenger hunts and sending emails. I still use my Hotmail account that I created in that class, and lucky for me it was not dorky like firstname.lastname@example.org my younger cousin had to change his as his first email account was email@example.com. Teachers really did not incorporate much media into their classes maybe a video or a film on the old projector.
After reading the section 7.4 in the Bates text I realize that video is a much richer medium than either text or audio. Video can be used as presentational material. I have always been a visual learner and hands on learner, learning through pictures, demos, videos, and doing an activity. When a teacher can not provide a learning experience for the class that’s when media comes into play. One thing that really stuck out to me is how Bates notes that video can substitute for a field visit, by:
providing students with an accurate, comprehensive visual picture , in order to place the topic under study in context;
demonstrating the relationship between different elements of a system under study
through the use of models, animations or simulations, to teach certain advanced scientific or technological concepts
I automatically thought of how Ms. Frizzle takes the students on an adventure but we the audience learn through media exposure to the video.
I believe that Roxanne makes a valid point that teachers need to be incorporating more technology and media into the classrooms, there is never enough. By allowing use of media and technology in the classroom it gets students ready for the real world and come to understand and explore the internet in a safe guided manner. Like Roxanne and Loraine I use Kahoot for changing up quizzes and assessment, Kahoot allows me to check for understanding while talking through correct answers. The students even asked “can you make a Kahoot” or even to create their own.
As an adult learner in an online class, I am finding that technology is allowing me to connect and create with others who are not even near me. I enjoy everything that Alec and Katia share, I am also forever learning from my peers in the Google+ community.
Well friends please let me know which media type you learn best from! Even better share an media learning experience.