Activity 8.2 (2015) Reflection

What I have learnt

In relation to digital learning technology, I have learnt that teaching something is not all about just giving people the content they need to learn. It’s about providing students which the knowledge and means for them to find the content themselves. This allows students to be more independent and learn the way that they want to learn. Another point is that not everybody learns or retains knowledge the same way. Some people are visual learners and other are kinetic learners (that is, they learn by doing things rather then watching or listening). This has drastically changed the way the classrooms are run over the past decade or so.

The information or content that is given to student must be presented in an non-bias manner so that everyone has equal opportunities to learn.

Ubiquitous teaching and learning has become a major part of todays education. The ability to learn anything from anywhere at anytime, means that students have huge academic advantages over earlier decades. Now in saying that, this can also be a huge pitfall for some types of learners. Some learners will still need some direction to keep them on track. It is also a lot easier to veer off on a tangent when teaching yourself, believe me, I know.

Inline with digital technologies, the ability to use technology to broaden the spectrum of people that can view or attend your classes is immense. The use of streaming technologies can mean that traditional class sizes are no longer an issue and you can teach as many people as you want, or as many student that want to attend, it’s all boundless.

Things I liked about this course

This course has given me a broader view on education. I like how it has opened my eyes to all of the tools I can use to boost my knowledge in specific areas and learn more efficiently. I also like how the tutor of this course, Michael Veerhart, has pushed the boundaries of technology to really demonstrate to the students how well, or not well, some technologies can work. An example of this is his use of adobe connect. Every class Michael streamed his class using the abode connect technology. This allowed people who weren’t able to make it to class physically, attend online. Some times this would work great and everything would go smooth. Other times, not so much. This is true testament to Michael’s abilities to teach this course.

Things that could be improved in the course

Faster computers in the classrooms would definitely improve the quality of the course. Sometimes it would take up to 20 minutes for the computer to boot up and be fully functional for Michael’s needs, it is a little bit embarrassing for EIT.

The use of the wiki educator is a good idea I think it’s just implemented wrong, if you could somehow embed the wiki pages into the eitonline course, that would be good. Then all of the information is in one place and it would be easier for someone to find the information that they need.

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Activity 6.1 (2015) Electronic Portfolio

An electronic portfolio, commonly known as an ePortfolio, is a repository of a persons academic and real world achievements, put together in the digital space. This repository contains electronic proof of a persons ability to work and complete a job.

An ePortfolio is a great tool during a persons academic life. Adding works and deliverables to an ePortfolio makes it a lot easier to obtain a job when that person is finished their studies, because the work they have completed is on showcase, which gives employers a better understanding of someones abilities.

My Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=283240484&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

My Google site: https://sites.google.com/site/magrantnz/

Activity 5.1 (2015) Personal Learning Networks

How am I dealing with information bloat, with getting the right information streams for me, with filter bubble?

I get a lot of information through Facebook and Youtube. I like pages on Facebook and subscribe to channels on Youtube that have relevant information and content to my current learning topics. This ensures I only get relevant information and am not overloaded with useless information that can somewhat confuse me.

Am I covering all aspects of my PLN? The conversation and the information streams, as well as having an appropriate place to file things and to show my portfolio.

Currently I do not have any presence in online educational discussion forums, however this is something that I would like to get involved with. My current online presence is only on a social level and I feel like broadening my spectrum into more academical and educational streams will benefit my learning immensely. I do have a Linkedin account which has a more professional outlook of me.

How do I balance use of my PLN with actually getting things done?

If I need to do something, that I have limited knowledge of, I will generally google search for an answer, as most would. This can lead into watching Youtube videos on the subject matter and even reading forum threads. This seems to be an efficient way for me to learn and expand my knowledge of subjects.

Before this paper I never really thought about my personal learning network but now after understand how helpful it can be, I can use many tools to improve my learning. Being connected to all the most important information sources for my particular learning subject will give me a huge edge with finding information that I actually need.

Learning doesn’t stop after my degree either. Staying on top of the ever growing industry of technology is not an easy feat. But with the right information streams coming to you, it make it a lot simpler.

MichaelGPLN

Activity 3.3 (2015) Skills for teachers

In this day and age, teachers need to know how to use technology to enhance the content they are teaching. A lot of students now, do not engage themselves in learning by listening to their teachers talk for hours. They want to use technology to learn.

Here is a list of skills for teachers, broken down into three experience related categories.

Basic:

  • Use Social bookmarking to share resources with and between learners
  • Use video content to engage students
  • Be able to detect plagiarized works in students assignments
  • Curate web content for classroom learning
  • Understand issues related to copyright and fair use of online materials
  • Find and evaluate authentic web based content
  • Use note taking tools to share interesting content with your students

Intermediate:

  • Create and edit digital audio
  • Use blogs and wikis to create online platforms for students
  • Use infographics to visually stimulate students
  • Use Social networking sites to connect with colleagues and grow professionally
  • Use polling software to create a real-time survey in class
  • Use digital assessment tools to create quizzes
  • Use digital tools for time management purposes
  • Use of online sticky notes to capture interesting ideas

Advanced:

  • Exploit digital images for classroom use
  • Create and deliver asynchronous presentations and training sessions
  • Compile a digital e-portfolio for their own development
  • Create screen capture videos and tutorials
  • Use and provide students with task management tools to organize their work and plan their learning