Games and Technology

>> Not merely computer games, is there a game that teaches you a lot of knowledge? What is it? Why do you think it helps?

Computer games are a great way to incorporate learning and fun. A computer game that teaches a lot of knowledge http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths/multiplication/play/ . It is game that is involves science math and reading. It divides the each subject and sets up games that start with simple questions and advance to more difficult questions. The game is rewarding, it allow you to try again if you have the wrong answer and is entertaining; if a basket has 10 cherries and she has 5 baskets how many cherries does she have, it carefully illustrated and amusing since facial expressions are often demonstrated in the game.

>> Why is gaming so popular in 21st century learning and teaching in your opinion?

It is a fun way to learn something without really realizing you are learning. Games offer a motivation to keep trying, and advance to the next level (and next level of learning).
>> How can you use the idea of gaming to help yourself or others learn in 21st century learning?

I can use it many ways, when i need to review for an exam, or need to change things up from just reading and taking notes on the material.

>> If you are an education major, please tell us what you think about gaming before and after reading the materials. Also, will you choose to use game tin your future instruction? Why or Why not?

I can use it many ways, but I will most likely teach my class with video, powerpoint and books, then use the game as  added practice to my lesson. It’s a great way to review, and really reinforce the material. The games might no provide the foundation but can provide the practice a student needs.

20% project–Blog reflection–Social Media (March 7th)

Social media used in my 20% project include– personal blogs, you tube video, linkedin, pinterest.

Personal blogs are the best, because they allow for someone’s personal reflection of real experiences teachers may have on flip learning. Their blogs are usually targeted to parents, administrators or anyone who is confused on the topic. They usually incorporate documents as examples as well as videos. The unique thing about personal blogs is that they include comments that people visiting the blog may have on the topic, accompanied by a careful and thoughtful response from the blogger.

Youtube might be used to get a general idea of flip learning and introducing the topic.

Linkedin and pinterest may be used for links of articles that have often been re-pinned, so that individuals reading the blog might associate with something they have briefly seen or heard about, or use this as a base,  and then I can go into more depth about the topic.

I probably will not ask other to comment on my blog, or blogging on other, because my blog will be a combination of information put together, lacking the “real” experience.

Visual Literacy

    •  Visual literacy important in 21st century teaching and learning?
    • Visual literacy is important in the 21 teaching and learning because it has become part of our culture. Watching and liking a video on youtube is way to which we can all relate and connect. Youtube video are watched by millions and it only makes sense to connect to the students through these means as wells as others. I think that visual literacy is important but should not replace textbooks and readings, they must always be the primary source of information and then visual pictures or videos illustrate the readings and information.Students retain 50 % of what they hear and see , and depends the children’s learning of texts.
    • Visual literacy is so common in our daily lives…Can you give some examples?
    • Examples of visual literacy include youtube, images, or even concept maps and diagrams that can be recreated using technology such as glogster.
    • As a 21st century learner and future teacher, how would you help yourself or others to develop visual literacy? I would research or even ask my students how they prefer have the material given, through video, images…
    • Do you think keeping this blog with different visual representations is challenging? Why or why not? Not at all, I usually picture things before I explain them, pictures help reinforce my ideas.
    • When having a lot of information I usually categorize and organize visually my note, with color coordination. This helps with understanding and memorization.
  • I usually use Venn diagrams or concept maps to develop/compare and understand my material and ideas. Everything is usually color coordinated ( names one color, other topic other color). When taking the test this diagram is what I visualize and remember.

targeted Audience–20% project-Feb 28

Teachers would be my targeted audience regarding any information about flip learning in the classroom. If they heard of the topic and may have some misconception or resentments of the topic, I have to make sure that these are addressed. I also have to come from the perspective of someone teacher who has never heard of the topic, so explaining exactly what and clearly what flipping a classroom is needs to be addressed first.
In order to make my blog easily readable I would divide into different topic, like chapters in a book,  so that individual questions are addressed, and my audience can click to what is interesting to them and ignore the rest. I have to make sure that I present to them real experiences and outcomes of flipping a classroom in order to make my research more credible.
I would also provide links to an actual example, and any other links that may be appropriate. Even though teachers would be my main audience, administrators and parents of students will be interested in the topic as well.
Tags to key words such as teaching, flipped classroom, learning through technology, meaningful learning, visual demonstration, lectures ; would help any  person interested in the topic easily find my blog through the internet world.

My Floor Plan

My Floor Plan

My classroom is going to encourage virtual learning, all desks will have their own computers, so that videos and demonstrations will be easily shared and viewed by everyone. The teacher would have  a smart board and lectern as well to bring the class back together.

The side tables would be used for group projects, or discussions. This would encourage collaborative learning on top of information shared online.  The corner computers would be used as a base if problems occur to student’s own computers.

The side tables to the right would be used for papers, demonstrations, handouts, or extra table space for students. The cork board would be used for visual reminders of the topic we covered.

Side shelves would be used for storage and extra space for books, papers, book bags…

Many windows can be found around the classroom for natural sunlight. There are two doors to access the classroom, one to enter and one to exit.

Many plants can be found in the classroom to encourage the study  and have visuals of plants and nature. This would be a science oriented class.