Wow! What a journey!
At the beginning of the Web 2.0 Course, I felt that I had fair amount of knowledge and skills when it came to technology and the Web. How wrong was I!?! I had no idea just how much is out there on the web! We certainly do “live in an information rich age. We have more access to information than any other generation.” (iLe@rn video)
And throughout this course, I have discovered so many different tools. I think what has stuck with me the most would be that there are so many alternatives and options for us and our students.
The video about eLearning with iLe@rn model affirmed my beliefs about the importance of student engagement, as discussed in my previous post – Student Engagement. I have embedded the video below.
I also liked the acrostic that was presented and find that this is a great summary of the concept of eLearning:
- anything, anywhere, anytime
- reflective/responsible learners
- no boundaries
- global and local communities
The video also highlights the importance of skills such as:
- communication and collaboration skills
- questioning skills
- reflection skills
- creative thinking skills
- critical thinking skills
- multi-modal literacy skills
Together with problem solving skills, I believe that these are the most important skills that we can teach our students. In our rapidly evolving world, we have no idea of what the future holds for our students. Rather than our focus being on content, we need to teach skills. Most importantly, skills that are transferrable to a variety of situations and problems.
Having used Bloom’s Taxonomy in my unit planning, I think the Digital Bloom’s Taxonomy Map created by A Churches will be extremely useful in helping me to consider the digital alternatives for learning experiences. As discussed previously, utilising digital resources will help students engage in their learning.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the Web 2.0 Course and feel that it has truly enriched my ICT knowledge and skills. I have learnt about so many new things. I have fallen in love with Google Docs and hope to utilise it more in the classroom. I am keen to further explore Wikis, Google Sites, Delicious, RSS feeds. Through completing module reflections, I feel that the course has helped me to become highly proficient in blogging and hope to continue using this blog for my learning reflections and to collaborate with others.
I have been most excited by the collaborative nature of this course. I feel that I am now equipped with the tools and resources that will help me to create collaborative online communities. I have always believed in the importance of collaboration and have always aimed to do this in the classroom. I now realise that this can occur virtually for my students and for staff.
I think we need to be mindful that web tools, websites and apps will come and go. As I mentioned earlier, it is the skills that we explicitly teach our students that will matter. However, this course has made it clear that there are infinite possibilities for learning. And the Web is merely a gateway…
Course Completion Requirements
Comments were made on the following blogs:
http://lilianasblog.global2.vic.edu.au/ Module 7
http://carolteaching.blogspot.com.au/ Module 2
Wikis are collaborative websites, similar to the process of Google Docs, where a variety of users can add and edit information.
Nings provide a place to share information for members of online communities. There are opportunities to discuss and share ideas using forums. I think many of us would have been a part of an online community at one time or another. I didn’t realise that this websites were called Nings. I assume that Google+ Communities would be considered Nings? These have members and forums. Though there isn’t really a place to edit information. Perhaps not?
It looks as though Google Sites offers a combination of Wikis and Nings. Google Sites has the ability to determine who can visit and edit your website. This is handy for classroom teachers, especially in this day and age when lots of parents fret about the privacy of students. Google Sites enables you to create your own website and in terms of creating and editing the website, I feel that my knowledge of Global 2 will help me. It seems fairly simple in that you can edit it like a Word document as long as you have the little toolbar. I’m sure as one becomes more familiar with the product, you would be able to learn how to make the website more visually appealing for your audience.
I really like the idea of building a virtual learning community and feel that I have already done that through my Class Blog. In many ways, working on the Google Site reminded me of Global 2. However it is great to try alternative ways of doing this. Therefore I did have a go at creating my own Google Site. It is still in its early stages and I hope to develop it further, perhaps in consultation with the Change 2 Team who are driving the initiative.
You can visit my site here: https://sites.google.com/site/feedbackcohr/
I chose to create a site about Feedback as this is a topic that is currently being developed at my school. We are in the process of developing a common understanding of feedback as well as creating and sharing our own tools to help give and receive feedback between a variety of stakeholders at our school (i.e. staff, students and parents).
I’ve noticed that many social networks are set up in a very similar way. Facebook, Pintrest, Twitter, Link-in and Delicious have several things in common.
Each of these social networking sites encourage social networking (duh!) but using a different label – i.e. followers, friends, fans, connections etc. Information is shared via posts, status updates, tweets, pins etc. These sites really do foster the building of online communities.
I like the idea of social bookmarking. Especially as a teacher, Delicious would be very useful to easily find links and resources for various subjects. The tagging function is GREAT and just makes it all that much easier to locate and retrieve great websites for use in the classroom.
I completed this module at school and initially found it difficult to get Delicious on to the toolbar, though I FINALLY worked it out. At present, I have many great links organised in a Microsoft Word document. I would like to add these to Delicious so that I can share them with my colleagues.
I found it difficult to search for friends on Delicious, however I did manage to follow some other educators. I might have to find friends by signing into Twitter or Google+.
I have finally had a chance to log on to some other participants’ blogs. It’s affirming to know that many share my thoughts on the various modules and have had similar experiences and difficulties. It’s nice knowing that I’m not the only one!