Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Start Off Presentation

While preparing the course for the next session, I thought I would prepare a presentation to start with on Day 1. First of all, it will explain what the teachers are going to cover during this session. Secondly, this will be an introduction to one of Web 2.0 tools. I hope that  Prezi will interest the teachers and keep them motivated throughout the day.

Here is my presentation.

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Bringing it all together

Some of discussions in forum threads this week got really long and somewhat difficult to follow.

However, Bev summarized “Bringing it all together” and it became easier to follow.

The questions posted by Elvina were:

We can see that there are a number of issues that affect how successful forums are, such as knowing how to keep a discussion on track, when to draw a discussion to a close and how best to do that.
Some questions for you:
  1. When might a moderator summarise a discussion, and when would they weave?
  2. What are the advantages of summarising and weaving, and are there any possible risks?
  3. Are these activities which are only relevant to the moderator? Explain the rationale for your answer.
Bev’s summary on Prezi:

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Lurking Summary

To summarize the topic of lurking, Elvina used Mindmono, a great tool for creating presentations.

Here is the summary:

I find the summaries useful because participants can refer to them at any time after the course to refresh the discussions in their minds.

Scheduling a Meeting

A great Web 2.0 tool that allows you to collaborate with others anywhere in the world to schedule an online meeting,

A video tutorial for the tool.

E-Moderator Roles

Elvina prepared this summary for us after Unit 2. Very useful to see all the ideas in one place.

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Patterns of Participation Prezi

My Prezi on Patterns of Participation

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Huang on Constructivism

The pre-course reading was mainly understandable but there were a couple of things that caused some confusion.

One was self-directed approach where an adult learner is supposed to be setting his goals, looking for resources, decide on learning styles and evaluate their progress. What is the role of the teacher here then? It seems to me that if an adult can do all this, then maybe a teacher is not needed either.
Experiential learning (similar idea to pre-authentication) was another one, and this one suggests that teaching an adult should be based on the adult’s experience. So if you are teaching someone presentation skills and the person has never done it before and never worked before, what prior experience can we base it on?
Another one was the evaluation of the learner. It said that the evaluation of the learner is time consuming and it is not easy to evaluate learner’s learning outcomes. “For Dewey the quality of the experience is the starting point never the result. So what do we test? Why do we create quizzes?
Another thing I do not really agree with is the fact that learners can participate actively in the course design, including course objectives, prerequisites, grading scheme and teaching materials. It does seem to be connected with the first point and it does seem to me that the role of the teacher is diminishing. What is the teacher going to do?
However, I read a couple of articles which helped to understand this a bit:

Digital Tools – E-Book

The last task of this year’s EVO Digital Tools was to create and publish an eBook.

To be honest I started the task just to see what it is like working with the tool and I liked it. There are so many things that can be done with it in the classroom.

This is what I have at the moment:

Web 2.0 Tools – Moderation Skills

There is a lot of reading to do this week, but unfortunately I haven’t got round to it yet.

At the moment I would just like to archive the links in this post to come back to it, when I have completed the tasks.

Top 10 moderation Skills –
The E-Consultants –
Salmon’s research –

Digital Tools – ReadThinkWrite

I am impressed by the lesson plan we were supposed to analyze this week. Very creative! It has also been very handy as my students (Advanced level) are going to finish reading The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini soon.

I would actually like to use some of the plays by Shakespeare in the future  but at the moment I would like to choose The Kite Runner as this is the book my students are reading.

I have asked my students to write out the names of the characters and the main events of the story. When looking through the lesson plan, I found the Stapeless Book tool, which allows students to create an 8-page book.  I thought this would be an ideal tool for them to keep all their notes there. (Although I like the Plot Diagram too, I think the Stapeless Book will allow them to compile all the required information in one place)

When their books are ready, I will ask my students to swap their Stapeless Books with other students and check if any important information or a name of a character is missing. In case of missing information, it is added and the book is returned to the owner.

Next I will send them the link to the Drama Map and ask them to choose first the Conflict Map to write about the conflict and then the Resolution Map (here I will go with the idea in the lesson plan) to decide on the turning point, change the decision taken by the main character and give it a resolution.

Then the students can compare their ideas and choose the best one(s) and give feedback to one another.

I think I still need to think this through to make sure that everything works well. So I can call this a lesson plan draft.

I will do the suggested reading and will also examine the Ideas for Happily-Ever-After Presentations more thoroughly and then post a final lesson plan.

Comments and suggestions are welcome! 🙂