Module 2 Reflection
This has been an interesting module. I had not heard of ISTE before taking this course. Understanding and using the standards for educators and students will help me better prepare lessons that will improve how my students learn. The ISTE standards will fit well into the learning environment that I intend to create for my students.
I found the section on PowerPoint to be illuminating. I have used PowerPoint for over twenty years and have never considered using it to create anything but a presentation. I am sure that I will use many of the PowerPoint suggestions such as creating worksheets, screen recording, and making academic posters. Using the simplified methods that PowerPoint provides will save me a lot of time that could be used in other ways to benefit my students and myself.
Learning Skitch was exciting. It’s a simple, easy to learn and use, screenshot tool which allows you to mark up a page. Now that I know about it, I will use it a lot in my classes. It will allow me to create handouts that mark and annotate important characteristic of a work of art. It will also allow students to annotate import thoughts and information about the art that can be later used during group critiques. I am sure that I will find many ways that I can and will use this tool.
Module 3 Reflection
In module three, we learned about copyright, creative commons, and digital citizenship. I also learned how to create digital mind maps, how to filter YouTube materials for creative commons works, and how to use Pixton and Explain everything.
While I already knew a great deal about copyright laws I didn’t know about creative commons. I have been concerned in the past about using anything that I have found on the web for my art and was concerned about using the materials in a classroom. Now I know how to protect myself in the future and can share that information with my students. This will allow me to teach my student how to be better digital citizens.
While I value all of the tools from this module the one I will be utilizing myself and teaching my students will be Mind Meister. They will be able to use this software to create visual representation of ideals and concepts before working on projects which will help them to see and work out problems before they encounter them.
Module 4 Reflection
Module four was about using collaborative and non-collaborative learning to further student’s understanding of materials. As part of this module, we learned about the 12 principles of collaboration, benefits of using collaboration and non-collaboration. Also, in this module we learned about several tools that we could use with both learning methods.
The biggest takeaway from this module is that using collaborative and non-collaborative techniques allows a teacher to differentiate and engage their students in different ways. I believe that using collaborative techniques will be effective for some of the lessons I have planed. One assignment will be to develop advertising for a product.
Some of the tools we explored in this module that can be used for designing engaging activities are escape rooms, scavenger hunts, WebQuest, virtual tours, and Hotlist. You will find examples of a breakout, and WebQuest in the 21 Tools folder.
Module 5 Reflection
In module five we learned about flipped classrooms.
In a flipped classroom students learn the materials at home by watching lectures and other educational videos or doing research online about the subject.
In class students will have group discussion, debates, investigate, and do activities. During this time the teacher will act as a facilitator of information.
Pros: students take responsibility for their learning, is students centered, encourages collaboration, develops problem solving skill and creativity, high order thinking, and builds social skills.
Cons: this takes a lot of up-front time for the teachers to develop, students have to have access to technology such as internet and computer/ table and required the students to be committed to their education.
Overall, this methods while challenging to implement it has many benefits that make it worth using. This method my not work in every class setting and for every teacher, but I believe it is well suited for a visual arts classroom, and i am looking forward to using this in teaching my students.
Module 6 Reflection
In this model, we learned about technology integration and transformative learning.
We learned that technology integration is the use of technology resources such as the internet, smart phones, tablets, computers, digital cameras, smart boards, social media platforms/networks, and software.
Three steps to integrating technology that stood out for me was
· Determine what technology that is available for integrating in and out of a classroom for both the teacher and the students.
· Determine the cost of integration.
· Determine if technology will actually improve the lesson or activities.
Transformative learning allows the learner to use frameworks from their conventional learning to construct and reconstruct personal meaning. It uses task-oriented problem solving and or cause effect relationship to focus and construct meaning for the individual.
While I think that transformative learning is important in the education field it also important to remember that students need a basic framework to begin with to be able to construct and reconstruct meaning.
While most of my assignments will be hands on activates such as painting, drawing, and mixed media, my students will also be utilizing technology to research information's about different types of art, and they will be learning digital photography and editing, 3D art, 3D printing and many other things depending on budgeting.