Introduction to Digital Resource 2: Storify

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I have chosen to use Storify as my second digital resource. This resource is designed as an interactive student resource, whereby the student is able to learn by using the videos and material that have been organised sequentially, to gain a deeper understanding of the topic. I have focused on  the year 8 Australian Science Curriculum addressing the Science Understanding strand, and specifically looking at the Biological sciences sub-strand ( ACSSU149). As per the content description available on the Australian Curriculum website the following content must be covered under this sub-strand :

Elaborations

  1. Examining a variety of cells using a light microscope, by digital technology or by viewing a simulation.
  2. Distinguishing plant cells from animal or fungal cells.
  3. Identifying structures within cells and describing their function.
  4. Recognising that some organisms consist of a single cell.
  5. Recognising that cells reproduce via cell division.
  6. Describing mitosis as cell division for growth and repair

Please find the link to the resource page in the following post.

Introduction – What is a digital World ?

Techmigrant 1

http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=11916330&height=267&width=200

Hello and welcome to my first blog post,  titled ” What is a digital world?” We live in a highly interconnected world where technology is ubiquitous and plays an important role in our lives. It is important therefore, that we as educators re-think how we teach our students, to enable them to develop the skills and knowledge required to be successful in a digital world. Please read my reflection on “what is a digital world ?” and the accompanying material. I also invite you to read my storify page and watch the videos, to get a deeper understanding of this topic.

Please click on my voki link above, to hear my avatar introduce this topic.

Introduction to Participation and the digital divide.

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Hello and welcome to my second blog post. In this blog post I talk about how the digital divide impacts on participation in a digital world. You might be surprised to learn that  despite the rapid growth of the internet in Australia, there are still a significant number of people who continue to be digitally excluded. Please read my reflection, the supporting material and watch the videos to learn more about the digital divide. I have also included my Storify page with curated articles on the topic.

Please click on the voki link above to hear my avatar introduce the topic.

Introduction to Transmedia

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In this post I talk about the concept of transmedia. Transmedia is a regular part of children’s media ecologies, and therefore it is important that we start to consider its role in children’s education. Please read my reflection and the attached literature. I also invite you to watch the videos by Professor Henry Jenkins and Jeff Gomez to foster a deeper understanding of this topic. I have also included a scoop it page with articles that have been curated on this particular topic.

Please click on the above link to access my avatar.

Evaluation Matrix 2 : Storify

Please find attached the evaluation matrix for the Storify Page:

Evaluation Matrix

Name of teaching resource

Storify

Weblink (if web based)

https://storify.com/sushpaddy/a-story-about

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

Year 8

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

This resource is an interactive resource, designed to be used by individual students.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

Science Understanding, Biological sciences (ACSSU149).

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

This resource has a simple, dynamic layout, where the learning material is organised sequentially, providing the students with a logical and meaningful structure(Malamed, 2015). It integrates authentic, reflective, and collaborative learning experiences thus encouraging student-centered learning ( Curtin University, 2015). Moreover, this resource has interactive multimedia, which helps to illustrate complex and abstract concepts, which is otherwise difficult to comprehend (Karim, 2015). For example, a virtual tour of a cell. Finally the multi-modal learning structure will appeal to a range of learner styles.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource.

To use this resource, students must have access to the internet, computers and basic skills in online navigation (Mihailidis & Cohen, 2013). Further, this resource is accessible to the public and therefore can conflict with student privacy rules and regulations (Mihailidis & Cohen, 2013).


Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

This resource can be used to facilitate a flipped classroom. Moreover, this resource can be used by students living in remote areas and those who cannot attend school due to prolonged illness, ensuring that they can remain up-to-date with the learning the material.

References:

Curtin University. (2015). Student – centred learning. Retrieved from https://ctl.curtin.edu.au/teaching_learning_practice/student_centred/student_centred.cfm

Karim, A. (2015). Enagaging learners with video. [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://storify.com/ProfKarim/engaging-learners-with-video

Mihailidis, P., & Cohen, J. N. (2013). Exploring curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education. Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2013(1), Art. 2.

Malamed, C. (2015). The e learning coach. [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://theelearningcoach.com/elearning_design/how-to-organize-content/

Evaluation Matrix 1 : Pinterest

Please find below the evaluation matrix for Pinterest.

Name of teaching resource

Pinterest

Weblink (if web based)

https://www.pinterest.com/sushmapadmanabh/science-for-grade-5-earth-and-space-sciences/

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

Year 5.

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

This resource was made as a teacher resource. It includes lesson plans and ideas that the teacher can use for the whole class.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

Science Understanding – Earth and Space Sciences (ACSSU078).

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

This resource is convenient to use, as relevant material and websites have been curated and organised as per the topic. The visual nature of this resource, helps the educator picture how the resource would work in their setting, selecting aspects that will enhance their topic (Burks & Winstanley, 2014). The videos in this resource will enable the students to virtually travel through space, which is otherwise impossible, enabling students to understand abstract concepts, and engage better with the topic. Finally this resource has material to engage various styles of learners.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

One of the main challenges of using this resource, is the potential for copyright infringement (Dudenhoffer, 2012). Moreover, due to firewalls in schools, one must be aware that videos that have been curated may not work, as it could be blocked by the school server.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

This resource could be used as a student resource. For example, if the students are working on an assignment on space, they could use these pins to collate information and stay on track. The board could be shared with parents, who could download the apps and websites, to further sustain their children’s interest on the topic. It could also be developed into a lesson to be shared with children living in remote areas and students who are unable to attend school due to prolonged illness, to enable them to keep pace with the curriculum.

References:

Burks, H., & Winstanley, J. (2014). Use of Social Media : Primary Schools. U.K.: E. I. School Zone.

Dudenhoffer, C. (2012). Pin it! Pinterest as a library marketing and information literacy tool. College & Research Libraries News, 73(6), 328-332.