Resource Kit - Digital Technology

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Part 1 - Research Task

First Learning Technology...

Chosen Learning Technology:

Make Beliefs Comix website (www.makebeliefscomix.com) – for creating your own comic strip, using the templates and characters provided

Educational Level:

Prep – Grade 4

Educational Value:

Creativity and imagination, reading and comprehension, writing, storytelling, language structure, vocabulary in context, teamwork and collaboration, foreign language study, social behaviours/skills scenarios, ICT skills and emailing, expression of feelings, daily comics diaries, life skills practice, public speaking practice, conflict resolution skills, classroom theme tie-in, fun reward activity

Step by Step Instructions:

Once the student has an idea of what their comic strip will be about, they can choose a name for their story and type it in to the box at the top left of the panel windows. Then they type in their name in the box at the top right.

Next, the student should choose their first character by clicking on one from the box entitled “Our Diverse Cast of Characters.” The character will appear in the selection window, and the student can choose an emotion for the character by clicking on the red arrows below the selection window. Each character has four different emotions shown by facial expression and body language. Once the appropriate character and emotion have been selected, click on the character in the selection window and it will appear in the first box of the story panel.

Repeat the previous paragraph if the student wishes to add another character to the first box of the story panel. Characters can be edited further by utilising the tools in the left-hand menu, such as Move, Scale, Bring to Front and Flip.

To get the character or characters to talk or convey inner thoughts, the student can add a talk or thought balloon. Click on the 8 Talk Balloons or 8 Thought Balloons icons at the bottom, and select the appropriate size and direction of the balloon by clicking on the red arrows below the selection window. Once the appropriate balloon has been selected, click on the balloon in the selection window and it will appear in the highlighted box of the story panel. The student can then type the thoughts or speech directly into the balloons.

Continue with the same steps in the subsequent story panel boxes. The student can also add coloured backgrounds and/or objects, background scenery and panel prompts to enhance their comic strips. Once the student has finished editing his or her comic strip, he or she can click on the NEXT arrow to the right of the story panel. From the next screen, the student has the choice of either printing their comic strip, emailing it (to the teacher or a friend), or going back and making more edits to their comic strip.

This is an excellent learning technology that is free to use and available online or for the iPad.

Second Learning Technology...

Chosen Learning Technology:

A Maths Dictionary for Kids (www.amathsdictionaryforkids.com)

Educational Level:

Grades 3-10

Educational Value:

Provides simple and clear definitions of maths terms, visual aids and diagrams for students who are more visual learners, examples and activities for students to try for themselves, dictionary use can be student led or teacher led, printable content from dictionary and related maths charts page, explains maths concepts and assists with maths vocabulary comprehension

Step by Step Instructions:

On the home page, the student should select ENTER HERE to go to the Maths Dictionary (select MATHS CHARTS to go to the printable charts page).

Click on a letter on the far left menu to see a list of all maths terms starting with that letter of the alphabet. Or if the student has a specific term to look up, it can be found in alphabetical order by selecting the letter of the alphabet that the term starts with.

From the list of terms shown in the large white box on the left side of the screen, students can click on the term that they would like to know more about or better comprehend. Once the student has clicked on the term, the definition and example of that term appears in the large white box on the right side of the screen.

All definitions are accompanied by an interactive activity, visual example, or quiz. There are over 600 maths terms to choose from. Selecting the PRINT icon at the bottom of the page will print the content on the page.

There are also over 200 maths charts available on the Maths Charts page, suitable for interactive whiteboards, classroom displays, math walls, student handouts, homework help, introduction and consolidation of maths topics and other reference needs.

This is another excellent learning technology that is currently free to use and available online and on the iPad, iPhone, and iTouch.

Part 2 - Produce Resources With Non-Verbal Cues

Here I have created five short videos using ScreenChomp on the iPad to help meet the needs of a student who requires additional support for learning. These videos are adapted for a student with Autism. I believe that these resources are suitable for this area of learning support because in the videos I am explaining how to use the Make Beliefs Comix program using clear language and visual prompts (circling areas of the screen that I'm referring to, etc.).

I also created two short videos using ScreenChomp on the iPad to help meet the needs of a student who requires additional support for learning. These videos are adapted for a student with Autism. I believe that these resources are suitable for this area of learning support because in the videos I am explaining how to use A Maths Dictionary for Kids using clear language and visual prompts (circling areas of the screen that I am referring to, etc.).

Part 3 - Forum Participation

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