Project #1: Static Multimedia Instruction

Attached at the bottom of this page, you will find a short and easily understandable Online Security Tutorial that I created using my Facebook page and personal experiences with it. After the learner views my tutorial, he or she will be able to review and update their Privacy & Security settings on Facebook to protect their personal information. This will also provide the learner an idea of what he or she may want to update on other social networks, such as Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, etc.

For this project, I used a tool called, Clarify. This allows you to take a quick “picture” of what you are viewing on your device and creates a “slide”, similar to Powerpoint, that you can title and add text. It then can be exported as an Adobe pdf and attached to a lesson or blog, such as I have done here.

To create this tutorial, I opened my own Facebook page and took a few different pictures of privacy and security related data and I also highlighted two different links within Facebook that can be used to view and update Privacy & Security settings. These slides were then placed in logical order after I was finished taking pictures. Additionally, I entered comments about the importance of Privacy & Security on social networking, along with a few helpful hints of my own on each slide. Last, I added red arrows and boxes to highlight specific text on each slide to help point the learner in the right direction. Then, I saved my tutorial and conducted a quick spell check. Last, under “File”, I selected “export” and “pdf” to save this on my desktop as an Adobe pdf document that I added below.

The properties of Multimedia and Contiguity are aligned in this tutorial.  The learning objective and overall subject of the tutorial is addressed on the first page.  The subject of each slide is addressed in the text below it, which is not overly explained. Next, the pictures on each slide match the subject of each slide and enhance the overall point of the slide. The overall tutorial is brief, easy to read and makes sense. Last, this tutorial was created using Clarify, which is a great multimedia tool that can be used to create step-by-step instructions for various subject areas. I believe that you will have a better understanding of why it’s important to protect your personal information and how to do so after viewing the Online Security Tutorial.

Online Security Tutorial

 

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RSS in Education

   Good Afternoon, everyone!

   I have created a lesson plan that is intended to teach elementary Math students about earthquakes, data analysis and graphing, while using technology. The technology used will be RSS (Real Simple Syndication) feed, Google Docs, tablets and computers, Google Earth and use of the school’s Wifi, Internet capabilities and smartboards.

   Additionally, students will learn how to conduct research from viable sources online, work together in groups, cite their references properly, compile and display information from their research to support their findings, compare notes with peer groups, and finally present their final project to the entire class.

This lesson integrates Science, Math and ELA, however for the Common Core Standards it addresses, I chose the following: (depending on your focus, you could add or delete standards)

  • Mathematics
    • Analyzing mathematical patterns and relationships
    • Using statistics to draw inferences and make comparisonsS
  • Science
    • 1.2 Understand Concepts and Processes of Evidence, Models, and Explanations
    • 1.3 Understand Constancy, Change, and Measurement
    • 1.6 Understand Scientific Inquiry and Develop Critical Thinking Skills
    • 2.2 Understand Concepts of Motion and Forces
    • 5.2 Understand the Relationship between Science and Technology

I hope you like what I have created and please provide me with feedback if you have time. Thank You!

Instructional Software Overview

For the 3rd week of EDTECH 541, I am writing a bit about Chapter 3 & 5 of the course textbook.  These Chapters discussed different types of software that can be used in education, under what circumstances they could be applied and how it benefits the students using a particular type of software, such as 1) Drill & Practice, 2) Tutorials, 3) Simulations, 4) Instructional Games and 5) Problem Solving Software.

Drill & Practice software provides instant feedback for the student, can be a quick way for students to memorize multiplication tables, for example, and can also track the student’s progress for the teacher and parents.  The downfall that I see with this software, is that it can be overused, which would decrease the student’s motivation to learn or use it.  SuperKids Software Review reviewed the Edventure Software product, “Soccer Math”, which is intended for students who need to practice basic Math skills.

Tutorials present the student with details of a newer concept and are similar to drill & practice, which tutorials can be sometimes mistaken.  Branching tutorials will provide tougher or easier questions that allow students to learn and develop at their own pace, while linear tutorials allow students to learn at the same rate as the rest of their class.  Finding Math tutorials on the web is difficult, and could be due to software being mislabeled or a mix of software types packaged together, which take time to review. However, Khan Academy seems to hold mostly drill & practice software, and displays problem-solving tutorials to the users, if they select it. This would be useful for students who need practice and review of how to solve the fraction problem, for example.

Simulations allow students to solve problems in a virtual environment, safely and much cheaper, using less natural resources and funding than it normally would, but still allowing students to be creative.  Additionally, simulations may be better used after a hands-on activity, such as learning about shape similarities and differences, for example. I found that the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) site had many great lessons for Math, such as the Rectangle vs Parallelogram activity.

Instructional Games can motivate students to learn, because they exercise competition and are entertaining. Additionally, they can be used as a reward, teach collaborative play among students in or outside of the school and help with life skills, such as perseverance and attention. One website that has many great Math games, but provides ad pop-ups regularly, is Cool Math Games. However, the Superkids Software Review site lists many Math games that would motivate kids to learn and has printable worksheets to use with its software lessons.

Problem Solving software assists its users with varied sub-skills for problem solving, such as “metacognition, observing, recalling information, sequencing, analyzing, finding and organizing information”.  Good software should improve a student’s motivation, allow students to discover concepts, and promote visualizing abstract concepts, such as graphing data. Refer to the Favorite Pizza Toppings lesson on the NCTM site.

As with all software, it’s important to do a test-run before purchasing, in order to better understand both negative and positive aspects, before using with your students.

 

References

Roblyer, M.D. (2016). Integrating educational technology into teaching. (7th ed.). Nova Southeastern University: Pearson.