I signed up for the course, because I was hoping it would be practical as well as theoretical, and that it would help me to pull myself up out of the quagmire of mediocrity that we can often become stuck in if we get sucked into using digital technology as substitution and augmentation rather than transformation. Well, is it ever working!!!
Our latest assignment had us working with a tool I'd never heard of before -- Thinglink -- to apply our understanding of Mayer's Multimedia Learning Principles, and evaluate an image according to a few of said principles.
I chose a Biodiversity image that I found online, since we're just finishing up that unit in Science, andhere is what I came up with as a first go. (Clicking on the image below will take you to the interactive version I hastily created of the image in an attempt to muck about with Thinglink.)
on the topic of "flight" and birds...
One idea I have in in health, where we are talking about "Healthy Eating" currently (contrary to popular belief, the revised health curriculum in Ontario is not all about sex!!!) is that after we look at a poster about healthy foods and discuss a variety of healthy food choices from different cultural backgrounds, students can take a photo of a meal in their home, and create a Thinglink telling 2 links (in green) about what makes it healthy, and one link in red telling what would make the meal even healthier.
Another thing I am thinking of is having them take a photo of our classroom, and creating a thinglink that outlines their favourite areas in the classroom as well as highlighting some of the learning tools in our room that they find most useful. These can then be shared with family so that parents can see our classroom.
I am SOOOOO excited about this tool!!! : - D