Reflection

Throughout this assessment task I grew an appreciation for teachers who do their best to remain digitally fluent, keeping up with trends and new digital software. Digital technologies trigger a different relationship between teacher and learner (Beetham, 2013). It is imperative that educators do their best to adapt to 21st century styles of learning, finding time to explore the digital world as I did during this assessment task (Rose, David H, 2002).

For the visual summation I decided to use the digital tool “Padlet”. We were shown how to use the application in a Tutorial and I enjoyed how simple and user friendly it was. I am not very artistic so attempting to make this part of the assessment visually appealing was a challenge. I decided to attach links to images and video in my Padlet to help further express my idea’s in regards to our digital world. I hoped that by incorporating a repetitive pattern of colours along with video and images, I would provide an appealing platform for both visual and reading/writing learning styles. This balance of visual/text is something I would need to be mindful of as an educator as I will always have a class with mixed learning styles and I must do my best to accomodate for both (Turnbull, 1995).

Recording the auditory summation was a fun task. I experimented with Garage Band, iMovie and Audacity before finding a tool called “Simple Recorder” in the app store. This hands free application made it easy for me to read from my script confidently. I decided to upload the mp3 file into Soundcloud and attach a URL in a blogpost on my website. I am proud of myself for exploring multiple audio tools rather than choosing one at random- providing poor sound quality. This process of trial and error relates to teaching as it is important to trial various digital tools with a class before deciding which they enjoy the most.

 

References

Rose, David H, Meyer, Anne. (2002). Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development: Alexandria, VA.

Turnbull, Ann P. (1995). Exceptional Lives: Special Education in Today’s Schools (Blog Post). Retrieved from

https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED396487

Beetham, Helen. Sharpe, Rhona. (2013). Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age: Designing for 21st Century Learning. Taylor and Francis: Third Avenue, New York.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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