Summary. Of. Learning!!

I find the summary of learning daunting.  Not the summary part – the creation part. The idea must precede the creation and let’s be honest, at this time of year, my creativity wanes; however, I decided I would attempt to capture my “journey” of learning in a song recreation.  I rewrote lyrics, sang and recorded and then created a video to accompany it.  It took WAY TOO LONG, but once again I learned a lot and discovered new tech, tricks and realities along the way (including that the acoustics in a classroom are different than the acoustics in a garage – didn’t think of this – oh well).  As well, I have a new appreciation for video creators, editors, and sound technicians.  Timing is everything!

I used GarageBand to download the song and record the audio.  I never did find the autotune, so what you get is what you get!! That being said, I owe you an apology for my vocal attempt at one of the greats!  I hope you can still appreciate the original.  I used iMovie along with Picmonkey to create the images (I perfectly timed my account to utilize the free 7 day trial – what a teacher move!).   I owe a shout out to google and youtube for being my saving grace as I muddied my way through using this new technology.

Thank you to Alec and Katia for creating an online community, for creating assignments that make sense for our outcomes and for all the support along the way.

Thanks to my classmates for the wisdom, the community, and the inspiration to be a better educator!  I hope to continue interacting with you!

Without further adieu, here is my eci834 summary of learning:


Ecosystems Prototype Complete!

Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 1.06.22 PMWell, I can’t believe we are at the end!   Lindy and I met yesterday to implement a few small changes to our prototype as a result of our feedback.  What a whirlwind it has been from deciding on the topic of ecosystems for our prototype to adding the finishing touches.  Initially we struggled to decide which LMS to use for our course.  We eventually decided to use google classroom which we explained in our course profile.  It was difficult to decide how to best create our content as neither of us are experts in content creation.

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My content video

While I am not sure the time is worth the effort on a day to day basis, it was definitely a good experience to utilize new tools to create content and understand the process.  We did encounter a number of difficulties along the way, but we managed to push through.  There is something to be said for doing something yourself and feeling a sense of accomplishment at the end.  Creating our own blended course has been a very valuable learning experience.    While the course isn’t complete as there were only two of us, I feel as though we have enough vision that I am able to develop it and use it in my classroom.

Our course outline shares an overview of our curricular outcomes, lesson flow, and unit assessment.  Our course profile shares our overall vision and rationale for our blended learning course.

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Photo Credit 

We were pleased with the feedback provided for our prototype.  Overall responses indicated that the course was user-friendly, inviting, and easy to navigate.  The reviewers indicated that the course provided multiple levels of interaction between students as well as teachers.  Our goal of creating an online community within our modules was acknowledged by one of our reviewers!  Reviewers also liked that students worked in collaborative groups with a focus on one ecosystem for the duration of the unit with a culminating project at the end.

We made several changes and additions after receiving our feedback:

  • created and added blog expectations and a rubric
  • created and added pic collage assignment guidelines and an example
  • addressed EAL and low level readers
  • clarified instructions within modules
  • added links to the apps used
  • explained the use of a grade 7 unit in a 7/8 split classroom
  • further justified how our course uses asynchronous/synchronous learning

Other discussion around feedback:

Some reviewers expressed a need for teacher guidelines or an instructional guide beyond our modules and course profile.  Other reviewers noted that the course profile and outline were clear and gave a clear overall vision of the course.   If we were creating the course for teachers rather than students, we may provide an instructional guide for teachers to suggest the flow of each lesson.  Our course provides the shell and teachers are able to personalize it based upon their personality, needs of the students and timeframe.

One reviewer noted that past tense was used in the discussion of First Nation worldview and recommended present tense.  Discussion around First Nation worldview would occur with students.

It was great to have the feedback of colleagues to make our prototype better.  Thanks to those who reviewed!

Feel free to take a peek at our course if you would like.  It is a google classroom course, so you would:

While I haven’t had a lot of time to look at other courses aside from those I reviewed, I look forward to taking a peek into other prototypes.  I am constantly amazed at the skill and creativity of my fellow educators and I always learn from you!  Thank you!

P.S. – Does anyone know if it’s possible to move an entire google classroom (this project) over to my current account??  That would just be so lovely!