Taking some solid teaching tools and making them digital for teachers using Google Drive.
So to celebrate Darryn's awesomeness, I have taken some of the ideas from his strategies book and developed them into collaborative templates in Google Drive. The best thing? All the teachers using Google Apps for Ed at a school can copy them and use them with their students! This not only saves time for the teachers, but adds a whole new online, collaborative dimension to the learner's experience. And this in turn can move the learning beyond the physical classroom, into shared online spaces around the school, state, country and the world! Students can work together to share ideas with ease, can share these learnings on their blogs or class learning management systems and can revisit ideas and refine them with ease. And Google Apps for Ed is free. Brilliant.
Taking Hattie's ideas and making a practical, free and accessible tool for teachers, students and peers to collaborate with
There is much exploration and focus on feedback in schools at the moment - and for good reason. Feedback should be what drives learning and teaching, the direction learning takes and should help refine our practices and methods. Recently prompted to think about this by Assistant Principal and thought provoker extrodinaire Margo Edgar, I got started with these two resources;
From this I established the key points Hattie was talking about;
What type of feedback?
I think it would be great to simplify this model - to make a quick 1 minute format that allows students to provide instant feedback - a Google Form would work but it would need to be simpler - with one click and short text responses. Also using it with learners highlighted the ongoing need to foster understanding of why, when and how we use feedback with students. I am also thinking about developing a 1 page infographic for teachers regarding feedback for those using platforms like Edmodo so they can still apply Hattie's thinking but to a feedback loop they have already established.
USINg padlet to set up collaboration spaces built with learners
So I'm back in Padlet - I know it pops up a lot but it is such an effective tool for collaboration! This time I started with an inquiry question and rather than dictating to the Visual Communication Design students what I wanted them to know, I allowed them to build with me a bank of video, image and written resources around the inquiry question. Not only were they able to showcase their understanding they were empowered to explore ideas and topics relevant to them and to think about what their peers found also.
creating curiosity and problem solving skills using augmented reality in the classroom
In early 2015 I attended a PD focussing on Middle Years readers run by Kate Barletta. I left with so many new ideas and notes I did not want to loose focus of over the course of the year as I empowered readers. Coupled with Kate's PD was my reading of Chris Tovani's I read it but don't get it - a quick read for Middle years teachers about her journey teaching reluctant, disengaged readers.
About half this stuff worked!
I realised a lot about how I learn through completing this task - a task which I still see as being in progress.
To start with I made Keynote slides with each topic on it. The Keynote slides I made were too clean, you need complexity to activate the auras! So then I created the infographic version you see above to give the imagery more complexity.
Partway through I discovered you could make auras using the laptop version of the App found here www.studio.aurasma.com To be honest I found this much easier. Not only did I have greater ability to match images, I also could add greater levels of interactivity such as adding links and actions once tapped or once loaded. I had to turn off auto enlarge as if you scan an image that you don't want to view you had to close the App to get back to the scanner view.
I also discovered the images need to be very high res to be read. To get around this I made the images enlarge if you tapped them. That way even if the App picked up multiple auras on it's scan, students could pick which information set to view. You can only access these settings in the laptop version. I am still working on exporting high res images for all the links.
Linking to Prezi is tricky - but not impossible! For now I have placed another Popplet in the pace of the Prezi. It is possible to link to Prezi using the Aurasma Studio actions button and adding an action which links the overlap to a URL when double tapped etc.
There was hours of trial and error learning that took place with this, but I found this highly engaging and interesting as it was a great way to discover what can be done with AR. One thing that took me such a long time to work out was why when scanned my stimulus using the App it would not work! To view Auras (even those that are public) you need to follow the creator! Simple yet so frustrating when you don't know this! To avoid this happening to my peers I designed a quick 1 page summary of how to get Aurasma-ing in my classroom!
I'm looking for new ideas to create interactive wall displays with, with a focus on essential skills and knowledge and providing the capacity for self-directed learning. I am also keen to look at linking not just images to trigger points, but videos, interviews that students have created. We could also explore the school as a self guided Aurasma tour using pop up videos and files etc relevant to areas visited in the school.
I like public transport. I am that person that sits quite contentedly, swinging my feet as the tram rumbles along the tracks through suburban Melbourne. I like the people on trams. I like the occasional odd one who tries to sell you the half-fried wall heater they got "from a friend" or the loud one who really wants everyone to know "That she is, like, such a mole..." You see I like the ramblings you hear when travelling around Melbourne. And I like to call them Tramblings.
But then I had a thought, why not capture some of the lines I overhear and publish them for others? The odd, isolated and sometimes intriguing comments could be used as seeds for writing and thinking with students - and adults! They could also be a great writing exercise in prediction, creative thinking and contextual connectedness. So enjoy!