Time Invested & Lessons Learned in Creating my E-Portfolio for the M.Ed program at UOIT
Week 1: Mon. May 4 - Sun. May 10
1 hour 30 minutes in class
1 hour looking at portfolio examples and taking notes on what is expected for the portfolio and looked at other examples (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ra8m31BCpyD8eyHgeyKkGYQ3Ie9PlUpN3IkIJmxLEGk/edit?usp=sharing)
added notes about the other examples
Spent additional 35 minutes looking at more examples
What I learned form this experience is that it is very effective to make one's portfolio simple, clean and neat.
Avoid overloading the viewer with too much information and detail on the websites. Also, have limited amount of information. In other words, be clear, concise and detailed. Lastly, ensure the files are visible and I like the professor Dan's website with the banner sliders.
Week 2: Mon. May 11 - Sun. May 17
1. Invested 1h 30 minutes in class.
2. Noted feedback from classmates and noted new ideas for concept mapping using popplet. I intend to change the terms that I have currently used in my mindmap.
3. May 14 - Starting to get clear on the main themes and sub-themes and adding artifacts.
4. May 15th - searched for and put in my padlet about 26 artifacts that I might want to use. I scanned a program called Bento where I stored pictures relating to my teaching practice and applying the knowledge of this M.Ed program since I started this program.
5. Looked through the pictures and decided which I should choose for my artifacts and then started the pre-writing process by writing a bit about artifact.
What I learned is the importance of preparation in advance and organizing the information.
Luckily, I spoke with someone at the m.ed program and started preparing using Bento, since the start of my enrollment in this program.
That process of searching for and getting the 26 artifacts took an investment of 3 hours and 44 minutes
Week 3: Mon. May 18 - Sun. May 24
1. I am investing 1 hour 9 minutes to start my concept map using popplet for the portfolio proposal. Started the rough draft of the proposal and added the headings and focus points. Also, reviewed course notes and noted feedback I need to change to make my portfolio better. Reviewed what I need to include in my proposal and looked at examples of learning logs and started this one,
2. 37 minutes invested writing up the proposal adding in artifacts and explaining what I learned. 27 mins spent changing my concept map based on feedback from Daphne of taking out the word IMPORTANCE from the beginning of each theme
3. 2hours today - checked email for feedback, updated and changed my concept map. Went through my artifacts to choose 12 artifacts and ensured that I have one to represent each course. Added in the new mindmap with artifacts detailed as well. Continued proposal and added details about each portfolio artifact. Created deadlines in the wunderlist to help me break down this big task, manage my time and help me focus.
4. Today I Invested about 1 hour doing the following things: I looked at the feedback comments given by Daphne on my proposal, changed the titles to be more simple, did a write up to explain what multimodal means, and found a book on the topic of Multimodal to help me and changed the theme title of personalization to Feedback.
5. It also took me about 15-20 minutes to set up the new website, it looks simple and awesome. By writing, I am getting clear about my main mission and values as a teacher and created a tentative manifesto: http://yadvinderthind.weebly.com/index.html
1. I learned that this is tough work and I might have to go back and review my courses and see which courses I am leaving out work from.
2. I learned the importance of making decisions and being selective.
3. 20 minutes going into and finding the tae kwon do principles of learning video. I am learning and getting a refresher in terms of the amazing ideas I learned in the Principles of Learning course about theories relating to imitation and the zone of proximal development.
4. I am learning that there is power in planning out the portfolio in advance and using the concept map is a wonderful tool that is helping me get clear and organized for making a plan of action.
5. What I learned is that it is good to do mindmaps to help me figure out the next small steps are to take and then to take those small steps, breaking things down to small parts works well for me.
Also, I think that writing out the meaning of multimodal was helpful and found a really cool new book on this topic and also FEEDBACK as a theme is awesome because it is talked about so much and with the tools I have been exposed to in this M.Ed program I feel I can really help give good feedback to students to help them improve and grow.
Week 4: Mon. May 25 - Sun. May 31
1. spent 22 minutes getting clear by mind mapping the next steps to create the summaries of the theories and what new additions have been made in this field. I am feeling overwhelmed by some of the suggestions I am receiving; however, I really like the suggestion of starting with focusing on one artifact at a time and summarizing what I learned and relating it back to the articles and then seeing what new additions have been made in the field. That feedback really helps me because it breaks the big task of the write-up into into chunks I can manage.
2. I am wondering, does she want a summary of the research for each major theme and subtheme?
3. Spent 146 mins, writing what I know about dialogue and then looking into Bandura, Vygotsky and Wenger.
4. Is it a good idea to look at meta-analyses
5. Olson & Dweck (2008) have awesome facts about feedback and how it impacts kids to have a fixed or growth mindset.
6. 2hr 52 mins invested looking at the new trends in both social learning theory and social cognitive theory as well as summarizing the classical articles in these areas,
7. Today in class from 6pm to 8:15pm: I watched the other's presentations and when I presented I was given the suggestion to change one of my sub-themes to Multimodal communication. As well as to maybe combine multimodal and engaging learners with technology. Also, I need to include more research papers and assignments that were completed in class as that is what most of my peers are doing. Warren did an excellent screen cast to explain his concept map in detail, I want to create an adobe voice for my concept map.
8. 2h 15 mins for being in class today
9. I need to also change my concept map to include collaborating instead of synergizing
10. 19 minutes - went over and prioritized everything that I need to do in order to be prepared to meet with Daphne on Friday June 3rd. I am feeling less stress when I write out each small step that I need to do in a prioritized sequence, it makes it more easy to do and realistic, I was feeling overwhelmed at first.
11. 19 minutes spent on making changes to my theme 1 synthesis. I am going over and now am defining the term cognitive dissonance and searching my notes/readings for the definition.
12. 6 mins deciding if I should include observation in the dialogue piece and yes for sure i need to include it.
13. 2hrs writing about what I learned about engagement and the new additions to this field
14. 30 minutes writing about engagement.
15. 20 minutes for typing up my rough draft
1. I think this mindmap process is helping me create my model of practice like Lafortune (2009) is talking about which is that a model of practice shapes my decisions and practice.
2. I learned a lot about the importance of working together with people to learn and the importance of others. We need speech, we need to observe each other and we need the guidance of those who are above us in abilities to help us reach higher levels
3. I learned that there is a difference between the two, the Social Learning Theory (SLT) is more detached and you watch where as the Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) is more involved and reflects contact and dialogue and zone of proximal development. I learned that when a child is ready to learn something then you should teach then and with some assistance they can do more than they are capable of doing alone.
4. I like how Angela added focus questions after her major themes to focus in on her subthemes like How can dialogue help.... how can technology engage learners?... how can tech be used to personalize feedback (I want to add this element in as well). While, looking at Ryan's website I like the way when you hover over a main theme, the sub themes menu bar comes up! He said he would show me how to do that and there are videos on this. I wish I could include this feature in my portfolio as well.
5. I need to track changes I am making based on class suggestions to report to her for next class. Also, I need to create my about me page to tell about myself and my goals. Can't wait! But I need to remember that this is not a resume.
6. I am amazed by reviewing the material on the importance of showing students material in different ways like visually, auditory and written. It is also important for learners to practice, write, reflect and apply what they learn. It is important to helping learners find content that is relevant and also reward them. Lastly, try to increase their competency and also help them feel satisfied more too through feedback such as rewards, feedback and praise.
7. Found Dr. Bill Hunter's article and found proof that it is good to teach a concept with multiple examples and to also have social interaction as well and to focus on one thing at a time. Also, we should also include stories, jokes and make connections to other things. In addition, we need to get and be active to stimulate the brain. Lastly, I found a newer article in this area of brain-based teaching which is stressing the importance of social interaction and intellectual stimulation as well as being physically active as well. This article also stresses the importance of using games to get kids moving.
8. While looking at what different theorists are saying about feedback from my Authentic Assessment class notes, I am learning that we should not have too much emphasis on giving students multiple choice tests. Instead, we should give narrative comments and also feedback to help them increase their competence. Another good idea is to use rubrics with written comments. Wiggins (2015) is saying that instead of stressing kids to be successful for the world he is stressing the importance of transfer which is to be able to apply ideas and knowledge in new and different context.
9. 60 minutes - Wow! Learned so much about assessment from Kohn (2012). He says that instead of giving grades and numbers to show learning and how well they have learned, we should conference with students and write written comments and track those written comments to show their progress and growth over time. The purpose of this approach is so that they would start to enjoy the process of learning. exploring and trying to understand ideas at a deeper level. He says that they should want to work collaboratively, and to work on self-directed assignments and projects. Kohn (2012) suggests we forget about this focus on grades which brings about competition and scarcity mentality. Instead he suggests that portfolios are good to show learning but not if they are used to justify grades. I love this idea of portfolios instead of grades. In summary, I think it is wise to do more portfolio plus comments and descriptive feedback. Second, we need to let them share and show their learning like keeping a journal and videos not for a grade or number value. Third, have rubrics or assessments that they self-create and for a purpose they decide but not for a grade. Lastly, if you want to do grades let them have to justify it based on presenting their portfolio
10. I think Cognitive dissonance is the key element of learning, so glad to have found and realized this. I think this concept of Cognitive dissonance is the biggest element of learning!
11. While doing my prewriting, I agree with the ideas of Kohn where he suggests having students keep a journal, portfolio, conference often, have them journal and keep either a video blog or blog their learnings and finally no grades.
Week 5: Mon. June 1 - Sun. June 7
1. 15 minutes - Added constructivism from the wiki in principles of learning to my dialogue writeup.
2. 46 minutes - I combined the subthemes into one subtheme because they both deal with engagement and added in orly's suggestion about multimodal communication. I had a challenging time cutting out text to make it 2 pages, learned that i could add in the other details later to the other sections.
3. It's hard to cut things out!
4. Then I found the twitter article and embedded it in tackk.com found my improving vocabulary with tech paper.
5. https://files.slack.com/files-pri/T04P541T1-F056CDKFK/img_0769.jpg (Breaking tasks down on paper)
6. 93 minutes spent on portfolio - learned how to cite a wiki post from the principles of learning wiki, defined the growth mindset.
7. 11 mins - editing the feedback part to focus on importance of journaling, learning and dialogue about progress and remove grades and have students keep portfolios.
8. 26 minutes - Added in two artifacts from class one was a change paper I did about how I went from extroverted to introverted and learned about the role of people and discussion.
9. 30 minutes wrote about servant leadership.
10. 45 minutes + 15 minutes afterwards - Met with Candace (UOIT Student Learning) to help me manage my time and task load. She helped me prioritize the tasks that I need to do for the portfolio and set aside time for each component as well.
11. 30 minutes - spent conferencing with Daphne. She suggested that by next friday I need to redo and send her my about me page, take out the headings especially for the My Hopes part. However, I need put it into paragraph format, but she said I could leave the impact on my practice and role as a teacher in bullet points. I should avoid bullet points because then it makes the portfolio seem like it is just a place for my rough notes. She said to take the strategy of having two separate references. One final References is for all the general writing I am doing around my artifacts like in the major themes and consolidation. However, for each artifact I use, I need to have an internal references page. Next time, I should send her a Google doc of what I want her to look at. Even in my essays I need to take out the headings. By the June 19th, the goal is to have most of my artifacts done and maybe a couple left but do at least one in each of the themes!
1. Learned about how it is so important to interact socially to learn things. I learned how to put all the text and titles into the Tackk.com which is such a simple way to help me organize all my portfolio items and what I have learned all in one place. This is all thanks to seeing Tyler's presentation where he used this platform. I learned that being a connected educator is so valuable! Tackk.com lets me add pictures, titles and text all in one place.
2. 1h 18 mins - spent today breaking down every single task I need to do by the june 19th. This helped me out as I learned that I was feeling swamped. As a result, I noticed that I kept procrastinating, but when I broke the big task into small steps, I was more focused and took some action steps in the right direction!
3. I learned about the button feature using tackk.com. It looks really nice and can even link out to a google doc. I am thinking to maybe stick with tackk.com as my e-portfolio, I think this is an awesome platform because it lets me easily add pictures, videos, website links, tweets, and lets users leave comments and I can even chat with them too!
4. I loved writing about the Naam Nidhaan artifact. I am realizing how much of its development resulted on what what I learned in the principles of learning course. Doing the pre-write helped me remember that one of the key purposes of learning is transfer. Another big idea is that when learning a concept, we need multiple examples of a concept before it sinks in. Lastly, it is also very important to first see the person's preconceived notions! This term means what the person already knows and includes their beliefs about the topic or concept they are about to learn. 5. I learned about the power of giving narrative feedback. Today, I started giving feedback when I went to supply teach today. After a student presented to the class about how to wear a life jacket, I gave him descriptive feedback about what he did well. I like giving descriptive feedback to the learner, instead of just giving a score or a grade. In return, I noticed that the student was happy after receiving my feedback,
6. I looked at my artifact write-up about Naam Nidhaan and while editing it, I learned about the importance of transfer of learning to new situations and how experts organize their knowledge around core concepts and ideas. I also got a refresher on the power of operant conditioning and the insight that whatever I choose to reward in others what will likely be increased and happen again. Also while doing my pre-writing on my about me page, I learned about how Canva.com can be used by getting a graphic and adding text. I chose to show my growth using a mountain and added the names of the courses along the mountain to symbolize how as each course I took I was making my way to the peak of the mountain. Also, a key insight I have learned is that, just like when climbing a real mountain, there are many obstacles,that must be faced and overcome. Similarly, I also had to keep going in this program such as the time when my wife and I chose to purchase and move into our first home, I wasn't sure if I could financially afford to continue doing this Masters program; however, thanks to her support and the support of my family, I was able to continue and follow my father's advice to me as a teenager to never give up.
I also learned about how the process of my personal transformation was influenced by these processes: Reading, attending lectures and interacting with a more knowledgeable other played a key role in my change process.
The presentation that I did with Rickesh and Micheal reminded me about how apps can help develop key competencies that learners need to be successful.
I learned how transformative leadership involves talking to team members at a personal level and trying to help them. I feel this is the way I need to be in order to improve as a teacher.
Week 6: Mon. June 8 - Sun. June 14
1. Started making the changes as requested by Daphne: Took out the headings and made it into prose.
2. Continued to make the about me post into prose.
3. Planning what I need to have ready for this week.
4. Adding in what my vision and key values are.
5. Started prewriting for the curriculum unit plan artifact.
6. Edit this artifact so that I can put it in my tackk.com e-portfolio.
7. Starting to write about the artifact on problem based learning
8. Add to my e-portfolio, the problem based learning artifact.
9. Typing up this Success Secrets book Artifact post
10. Editing the Sikhcess Secrets post
Overall, I invested 7 hr 16 mins - In making the changes based on what Daphne suggested last time we met. I was taking out headings in the about me section and also made it more like an essay. I also made a plan of what I need to have done and ready for this week, and included my vision and values and added in the curriculum unit plan.
I added the Success Secrets booklet and learned how this e-book can be transformed by adding in hyperlinks to include audio and video and make it more multimodal. I think this is way better than just printing the book out in text form because of the interactive features of having it online instead such as including links to videos! I think this process of me writing this booklet is an example of authentic assessment in my own life where I am showing what I am learning by doing an authentic task which is relevant and can make an impact on others I care about.
I learned the importance of reflecting, evidence, keeping track or progress and then added the artifact on problem based learning. I learned the power of problem based learning where the teacher starts the lessons by presenting scenarios and letting the learners identify their questions and problems. There is such a rich learning experience that results and there are so many skills that can be developed through this technique of problem based learning,
I really feel passionate about the Punjabble artifact. It relates to what I learned in the Social and Cultural Context of education about the importance of one's language and traditions. Punjabble helps keep the language and traditions alive of the Punjabi culture. I am shocked at what happened in the Indian Residential Schools.
tackk.com is a great tool because it lets me break up the post into pieces and easily insert videos, links to the actual google form in the post, links to the website and educanon video! I learned that one of the instructional design principles is to have graphics close by to the text and tackk.com lets me do this! I even found about about the app Flowvella which I learned about during the learning tools course and I plan on using for my presentation on wednesday!
Week 7: Mon. June 15 - Sun. June 21
1. Invested 3 hr 30 mins today on the portfolio. I planned the next steps and then decided on the next 4 artifacts
2. 25 mins - started portfolio presentation prep 3. Mind mapped my next steps: https://files.slack.com/files-pri/T04P541T1-F06MCQSSY/portfolio_goal_for_week_of_june_22.png
Wrote out all the feedback that I got from last class and need to work on. I prioritized it by sequence to help me get focused on what I need to do, I work way better when I break down what I need to do into many ministeps, can't wait to get started !)
Learned about a website called www.issuu.com that lets you upload docs such as pdf files and easily share them with others. It transforms your document into an easy to read e-book/e-magazine style document.
Week 8: Mon. June 22 - Sun. June 28
1. Breaking down the next steps into a pdf document file: https://slack-files.com/files-pri-safe/T04P541T1-F06ME65J6/goals_and_steps_for_june_22_to_july_17.pdf?c=1437122558-a2dfd fa512ad6baf8691de9131b939ea985786f1- That process took about 40minutes of writing the steps and deadlines
2. 13 minutes invested in putting all the references from the main themes at the end. The document is looking nice. I am wondering what goes first if the same author but different year (Learned that the earlier work goes first). I am using the evernote app to organize the questions I need clarification on from Daphne.
3. 15 minutes - put the papers of mine in issuu.com. The documents look so good on Issuu because it makes it easy to read like an e-magazine.
4. 18 minutes - created a screen cast on Punjabble and how it creates cogntive dissonance and is in alignment with the socio-cognitive prespective.
5. 10 minutes - while adding the screen cast and references I mentioned improvement and looked for a video to support that and found a Carol Dweck video.
6. June 19th - 90 mins invested in class and learned about how to do the consolidation and how to embed website inside a weebly. As a result of seeing my peers' work, I feel that I also need to add more graphics and screen casts like Rob with quotes.
7. 1h6mins - Created a screencast using screencast-o-matic. It easily let me upload to youtube.
8. I have some cool ideas for next artifacts: Foundations of leadership Portfolio I created for the Foundations of Leadership course, Principles of Learning final papers to help explain the Tae Kwon Do prezi, The Wiki I created for the Social and Cultural Context in Education class. Also, the Ted Ed lessons on leadership, padlet lesson would also be great artifacts because the padlets help me see what the students already know and give them feedback at an individual level. Another idea is to create new tackk and add papers from courses through dropbox and blackboard!
9. For the reflection dialogue sub-theme I want to include the action plan I created using the buffalo.io blogging platform! I can then also talk about Lafortune (2009) and the importance of reflection.
10. 22 mins - Added the animals graphic where they all are being evaluated by their ability to be able to climb a tree.
11. The older version of my model of practice: https://files.slack.com/files-pri/T04P541T1-F06RV6QHK/screen_shot_2015-06-25_at_7.26.54_pm.png (Now I want to make it better and say it is my model of practice instead of mindmap)
12. Newer version of my model of practice modified by taking into consideration the feedback I received: https://slack-files.com/files-pri-safe/T04P541T1-F06RV7CQH/updated_overall_current_model_of_practice_based_on_the_master_of_education_program_at_uoit.pdf?c=1437122839-60a0d805d6a82dfe96940888b5a1f2d226ec1453 (created an awesome new model of practice which is using what I learned in the curriculum planning class of creating a model of practice which changes with time and impacts my decisions and practices (Lafortune & Lepage, 2009).
13. 58 mins - booking appointment with Catherine Lee for writing assistance (UOIT Student Learning Centre).
I also acted on Angela's feedback to provide a mini picture for each major theme which is zoomed in to the relevant part on the concept map before I start sharing artifacts on each theme on my e-portfolio. For example, I want to provide a zoomed in picture looking at the feedback portion of my model of practice before I start sharing the artifacts related to Feedback in my e-portfolio.
14. 1hr 34 mins today was invested adding in my curriculum unit paper on change.
15. 1h 28 mins - was invested in writing up about the lesson I did where instead of the basic calendar routine I had the students use ipads to solve problems and questions like what is the weather and temperature?
16. 63 mins - Reviewed authentic assessment notes to add citations to my artifact reflections.
I learned about Carol Dweck's idea about the power of saying YET.... it is like saying i am not good at punjabi YET meaning if i put in the effort i can get very good at it! isn't that really awesome just three letters but it is such a powerful term!
When installing the screencast-o-matic software, I really don't like the feature of it forcing me to accept they can upload videos to my youtube account! This is the consequence of free apps, they want to be able to do post videos on my behalf and view the videos I look at, I want to delete my screencast-o-matic account as soon as possible because I do not want that company posting videos on my account.On the other hand, I learned that its really easy to make screen casts with this tool! Love the pause feature and record feature!!
Week 9: Mon. June 29 - Sun. July 5
1. 1h 38 mins - what i did and learned? I put into drive the artifact on my change story and the presentation I made to the staff on the Educreations App.
2. Curriculum planning and implementation - 57 minutes - I added in the curriculum unit plan for running and also the final paper
3. 30 mins - I added the social and cultural context notes to the Punjabble game artifact
4. 2h 11mins - I reviewed my research methods notes and then wrote out the key ideas and then opened a google drive document and then wrote out a rough draft in paragraphs using the Topic, Point, Explain and Evidence (TPEE) method and then I edited the paragraphs and added a rough draft of the references and put it in tackk.com
5. 98 mins - Spent in reviewing my learning tools assignments and typed it up
6. 132 mins ( 2hours 12 mins): Reviewed my foundations of Leadership Papers and the wiki and website to find out the key authors and researchers of leadership theory. Noted down the main points and then looked at the artifacts and started adding in the relevant evidence to back up the points.
7. 2:45-3:50 (1h 5mins) - Learn with Technology- I reviewed my notes and created a google drive doc and added in the main things that I learned and then started adding this to the artifacts.
8. July 3 - editing the writing for the artifact about the screencast about twitter
9. Edited the Learning with Tech artifact about calendar time took out the key insights to add into the consolidation part and changed the wording around
10. Edited the paragraphs about the problem based learning scenario where the students were asked to help the children who wanted to make a house but needed lots of shapes in the blueprint. Posted all my notes in the consolidation section of the google drive and the tackk.com of what I learned from the Learning with Technology class.
11. Created a new google drive doc for the principles of learning class and brought in the relevant artifacts.
12. While writing about what the concept of transfer in my reflection for the dialogue post, I used the principles of learning wiki for what the definition of transfer.
14. Added the pictures of chance cards to the tackk.com of naam nidhaan game. Added more references too to the naam nidhaan post. I learned that you cannot upload unlimited amount of pictures to a slideshow. I love how tackk.com lets you upload pictures and creates it into an embedded slideshow!
15. 1h 42 mins: Wrote a consolidation of what I learned in the principles of learning course. Added to the artifact on how making the game naam nidhaan was influenced by the the principles of learning.
16. 3h 30 mins: Reviewed my principles of learning notes, added authors to my artifacts, added to my consolidation what I learned in the principles of learning class. Added my posts to the tackk and then added pictures of me getting help from my under who was a More Knowledgeable Other (i.e., has more knowledge about the Sikh Religion) and a picture of the key concepts on the game board. I started the iMovie introduction video for my portfolio .
17. 15 mins - mindmapped the next steps for the portfolio
18. https://files.slack.com/files-pri/T04P541T1-F076VQ7LP/screen_shot_2015-07-04_at_6.16.44_pm.png (Next steps mind-map) Calculated how much time was spent on portfolio up to Sunday July 5th : 74 hours 43 mins
I learned how to cite wiki posts from this website: Transfer (2010). In Principles of Learning Wikipedia. Retrieved July 3, 2015, from http://wikis.apa.uoit.ca/wikis/EDUC5001-SEP10/index.php/Transfer
I learned that for change to happen, it can be triggered by a crisis situation that makes peoples routines and norms change. Also, for the change process to be more effective, we need to focus on change at a group level and to change their daily behaviours, we need there to be a support system to help them with the change process. Another key aspect that influenced me in my personal life as well is seeing respected individuals who are already doign that change as models. Lastly, it is helpful to communicate the relative advantages of the change and also an important process to be engaged in for change is the cycle of reflecting, planning, acting and evaluating.
What I learned is that as a teacher it is very good to lesson plan with the learning goals and objectives first and then include active and passive learning experiences along with chances to observe and reflect alone and together. Throughout this process, it is helpful to use technology such as slack.com and buffalo.io I learned the power of support and dialogue and also the importance of buy-in from upper leaders and that getting their support and buy in is crucial if change is to be implemented and maintained.
I learned the importance of keeping one's culture and first language alive and valuing it as being important. I also found that it is important for older men to model for younger boys the process of enjoying literary endeavours because an article in social and cultural context in education was saying that some young boys, while growing up, only see females engaged in literary activities and think that those activities are associated with females and tend to avoid them.
Also, I learned that vocabulary is very important for conversation, for comprehension, and for success in school. Technology such as the iPad can help because it provides the chance to use new words, make connections, use pictures, add in sound, video and audio. Another benefit is that you can repeat it over time. Lastly, it is also good that it can help in scaffolding by providing definitions and reading it aloud for learners who have a hard time decoding so they can focus their energies on comprehension instead.
I learned about the instructional design principles and what makes a good WBLT. The main big ideas that I got from reviewing this material is that it is very import to interact with other people especially those who have more knowledge than us. Second, I have learned the importance of rewarding others and teaching them what is relevant to them and what they think is important. Third, it is important to help students feel like they are improving and getting better. Fourth, it is important to model one's thinking by engaging in thinking aloud and it is important to observe others as role models. Thus,interaction with people is a key factor in learning.
The main things that I learned is that great leaders care about people, show individualized consideration, they challenge the status quo, persist, take initiative, are helpful and want to contribute to the community and make it better, they want to create leaders, they do what they say and believe, they are action oriented, they complete tasks as well.
The main things I learned were that teachers need to facilitate learning by having students first express what they already know (i.e., preconceived notions). Then, the teacher presents other views and ideas to get them in a state of cognitive dissonance which can lead to changes in their old ways and potentially take on new ways of thinking and behaving to settle that cognitive dissonance. Next, I learned the importance of creating community of learners and critical communities where ideas are criticized openly to the point where they get better and better. The value of collaborating with others is to work through ideas to solve problems to make society better. One interesting idea that I intend on applying in my own life is to arrange information and knowledge based not on questions but on problems.I intend to create a wiki and create pages based on problems that are relevant to me and start adding the appropriate information such as how to get rid of a scratch on top of my car that is starting to rust.
I also learned that transfer is really important and doing anticipating applications is effective in transfer where you talk about when and how you would apply an idea. In addition, I learned that it is important to see what the learners already know and then connect that to the new learning. I applied Warren's suggestion of adding in a purpose of the portfolio statement at the beginning of the portfolio before the mind map.
I learned how to make an iMovie with pictures and instrumental music and a voice over. Reviewing my notes on principles of learning I learned the importance of having students first express what they know to figure out their misconceptions, and the power of working together and connecting what you are now learning to what you already know, and the importance of transfer in that you should help learners understand the key big ideas, main key concepts and principles as well. Finally, that we should work together and create a community of learners where they each post to a wiki or blog
Week 10: Mon. July 6 - Sun. July 12
1. 26 mins - Wasn't able to successfully upload my intro video to youtube, tried again and now looked online and seen it. July 6 - I sent an email request to meet up with Daphne, and asked a friend for the name of the instrumental in the background to use for my next video.
2. Trying to ensure I have at least an equal amount of final papers as artifacts like Daphne mentioned. I realized that I have 18 artifacts! Do I have each class covered? Yes, I got all the classes covered.
3. Created this mindmap to see which artifacts I have and how many i have to help me create an editing goal and steps list (https://slack-files.com/files-pri-safe/T04P541T1-F078JDSD8/portfolio_artifacts_july_6_2015.pdf?c=1437123954-3b37762f6f2dd5db68f862bb9c4ba1b105143792)
4. My plan to edit the artifacts: https://files.slack.com/files-pri/T04P541T1-F078K52C9/img_0869.png 5. Found the Scardamalia paper and the reference
6. 2 hours- I wrote the goal of showing Daphne an artifact and then did a mind map to figure out which artifacts I have and need to do and learned that I got them all. Then broke it down and put it in my ipad app wunderlist, also did a planned breakdown for doing my references (edited)
7. 90 + 14 + 8 mins - mindmapped to explore what other learning tools I could use to make it more rich in terms of media, and then came across thing link and added that into my tackk and then used moovly Creating the moovly video (https://files.slack.com/files-pri/T04P541T1-F078RU0NM/screen_shot_2015-07-06_at_6.36.22_pm.png)
8. Starting to edit my consolidation.
9. Creating a thinglink for the naam nidhaan game board going to add a link to the video explaining how to play the game and to explain the core concepts and how the game board works.
10. Changed picturn in punjabble post to include a pic with one elder and some youth and added how we can interact and hear stories to learn more about our culutre and expand our vocabs too!
11. making sound cloud (https://files.slack.com/files-pri/T04P541T1-F07AD9QNT/screen_shot_2015-07-07_at_6.10.14_pm.png) - Excited to use sound cloud to record an audio explaination my model of practice
13. Opening iMovie to create a video on the pbl lesson and benefits learners receive/
14. I am using the same picture but using the ken burns feature to focus on different parts of the same image
15. 64 mins - Created an imovie for the pbl lesson and instrumental added and then added pics and then also I added lots of the same pics and used ken burns,
16. Adding my video to tackk that i made in vimeo now will be looking at Warren's feedback he said soundcloud media is not loading, even the prezi doesn't load what is going on with that? I added a note to the reader to refresh the page if the prezi does not show up.
17. Fixed spacing in my references
18. While looking over Warren's portfolio, I learned that it is awesome that he added graphics for a lot of his posts and text and videos too; however, some are very lengthy. I like how he even included a popplet and embedded them in his posts! I also like that he added twitter and explained why he included his twitter stream.
19. Wrote this feedback for warren: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P8UY1uGmUnEB-1OJ1OfV8567WJmXPFtEs_-Wo5j6SYU/edit?usp=sharing. Added a thinglink of exercising to my tackk but the logo covers the positive sign!
20. Created thinklink for punjabble box now - https://www.thinglink.com/scene/675399435563302914
21. Added references to the problem based lesson (pbl) video now
22. Learning how to cite this report by Professor Roland https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/ and learned that the problem formula is in this report too!
23. Invested about 1 h 36 minutes doing and learning the following: Added vimeo to tackk its awesome to include the video and explain. It is heavy on images and audio low on text like I learned in one of the instructional design principles! I learned that sound cloud was not working for warren will need to send it to another person and see if it opens up there. I found the Desjardins report which included the problem formula, awesome!
24. 64 mins editing Success Secrets booklet: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e4UcZv86d4Xh9geP1UC84G6cwFa_ZCz3Ob588I0-SB0/edit?usp=sharing 25. 43 mins - Edited my consolidation and sent it to Susan for editing
26. 27 mins - Edited my naam nidhaan artifact and learned the importance of getting out our preconceived notions and having others around us act as more knowledgeable others
27. 90 mins created a document for all the artifact references, made a simple button link under each artifact linking to this one references document based on Warren's feedback that the spacing was off, editing the curriculum unit plan artifact, and punjabble one too.
28. 1h 19 mins - put the good versions of my write up on to tackk.com, edited my change
29. Started editing the Tae Kwon Do post and having a hard time to find a reference for more knowledgeable other maybe will need to stick to the class wiki for the definition.
30. 30 mins Edited the tae kwon do post
31. Editing my artifact reflection on the Success Secrets booklet
32. Cropped out the picture of Sarika because I don't have her permission yet
33. 2h 6 mins - I organized what I needed to ask and show Daphne for today's meeting, edited my Success Secrets book artifact post
Learned that we should form learning communities and organize knowledge based on problems and keep on criticizing ideas to make them better and the focus should be on building knowledge
Found the citation for the Bereister paper, I think this is one of the best papers on ideas for building knowledge!
I learned how to use Moovly software and add in objects and it draws while you record and talk. When I published it the first time, I made a big mistake of choosing the wrong size so you can't even see most of it and had to redo it. I teach others that we learn best by making mistakes and it was time for me to take my own medicine. It was so frustrating because of the amount of time it took to process the video, but it was well worth the wait. Here is the first version with the incorrect sizing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q6MqmW9eCQ
I am learning that with the thinglink.com feature through tackk.com, I can add a link to the Naam Nidhaan game video and also link tags of each Sikh concept. I can also share my own thoughts and link to a better definition for the visitor to get more details.
I learned that key skills according to NCTE (2013) are to collaborate, be technically competent, create work for the world and vanOostveen et al. say that working together and communication are important skills for success in the workforce today!
I learned that the audio recording cuts off if the picture length is not long enough in iMovie. I adjusted the picture length so that the recording could be completed, and will need to put it in vimeo not youtube because I am not able to export it to youtube through iMovie.
Learned how to replace the static pics of punjabble and chance cards with the awesome thinglink to make the pictures way more interactive.
While looking at past articles, I came across an awesome visual talking about how graphics and visuals can be very helpful to learners. Also, in another article, I learned the benefits of technology as it can increase engagement.
Editing my curriculum paper post helped me remember that reflection plus action plans are the key to change and thus I notice that when I plan my day using my paper and pencil time schedule system, I am much more likely to take action on tasks versus if i did not. I have also restarted my habit of journaling each night to reflect on the day thanks to this wisdom!
Week 11: Mon. July 13 - Fri. July 17
1. Created a menu based on Daphne's feedback
2. I am just breaking down each button link and writing some text about it to explain it clearly
3. Adding the vimeo introduction video to my portfolio menu. I am going to embed it to avoid having the visitor keep leaving this page which can confuse them.
4. Creating a new tackk just for my model of practice. I need to figure out the exact same colour scheme and fonts to provide consistency
5. Creating a tackk about me page (This is a lot of work!)
6. Creating a new tackk for the first major theme of dialogue.
7. Creating a new thing link for the exercise pic learned how to use publisher to put in the picture and leave white space around it and then screenshot it: https://educ5302.slack.com/files/yadvinder/F07HW99L3/screen_shot_2015-07-13_at_3.20.23_pm.png 8. Found a way to get the logo out of the way!
9. I am numbering the artifacts that I have in each major theme now, and making the headers smaller.
10. I added a better picture to show my transformation.
11. Noticed that a lot of my artifacts are papers and I took Daphne's advice to add in more papers and assignments.
12. Book cover is way too big need to figure out how to reduce its size. It looks better having the small mini cover for the book.
13. I really like using the Issuu.com format because it makes the documents look like an e-book and its all on one page!
14. learned that Padlet is awesome to save pictures for access later, I easily found the pictures from a presentation. http://padlet.com/yad_thind12/zxxhlpcqtuku/wish/35420317 15. learned how to add white background frame! 16. Need to change things, realized I used the same artifact of the research paper in two artifacts need to make some changes.
17. For the Steps to Sikhcess Magazine, I think I need to add more than just the picture of the cover to include the problems that were featured in the magazine.
18. I love how tackk.com makes it so easy to embed pictures like a slideshow and add captions and text around it!
19. When I added an extra layer of grey at the bottom of each picture, then when the caption came on it, it was readable whereas when it was just white on white it was hard to read.
20. Invested 282 mins = 4 hours 42 mins - Prioritizing what I need to do next, made a menu page, started a new dialogue tackk, found a way to get rid of the thinglink logo added white space, added punjabble pics, added links to the bottom of each of the tackks created, started theme 2 tackk page, got clear pics to replace the blurry ones. Had to find pictures of me presenting and crop out people i didn't hear back from for permissions, had to edit the two artifacts with both mentioning the research methods paper. I added the problem based learning picture of the calendar routine, added the sikhcess steps magazine. While I am now making these screen casts, I am learning that it takes time to load and make them and am so excited but hope it will not be too long!
21. Adding music to my audio voice recordings and learning how to lower the volume of the music and raise the volume of my audio recording so people can hear my voice in iMovie.
22. Removing the extra spaces in the reflections.
23. Now it is my intention to start the tackk for the theme 3 feedback
24. Added the main feedback write-up, now adding and have to find the model of practice picture only on feedback
25. Decided for this mindmap to include the header explaining that this is my model of practice, should I do the same for the other ones?
26. Added the references and picture of the gurmat games corner and the links as buttons now instead of just text links, this looks much better!
27. Deciding if I should include the links at the end of each post?
28. 22 mins I feel good starting this new tackk for the feedback theme, added in the first paragraph and model pic and then added references and everything. I learned that it takes a lot of time and effort to achieve and learn.
29. Added the foundations of leadership website and found that wordle picture of my understanding of leadership.
30. Using toggl.com to track my time and tasks!
31. Also, I am using desktop timer to track the activities that I am doing.
32. Since the thinglink logo is covering some words in the punjabble stars post will need to redo it.
33. Add main menu link at the top of each tackk as well which might make navigation more easier
34. Added main menu link at the top and bottom of the tackks adding links to and from other pages like the model of practice page too
35. 23 mins creating links to and from the tackks 36. Creating one single document for all the references but need help with coming up with subheadings, is this even a good idea, is it apa?
37. 18 mins creating the consolidation tackk 38. added all the references to the document
39. 14 mins - tested out and added links at the bottom and top to increase the flow and make it easier for users to use and navigate, it is good but i noticed it opens a new link at the top, for every time you click a link for each page.
40. Changed the main menu link https://tackk.com/ythinduoit now have to change all links
41. I like having the navigation links it makes it easier for me as well instead of doing so much scrolling, this is much easier!
42. should I also include all the total links at the top too?
43. It might be too crowded though
44. I don't think I need to make a navigation video it is easy enough
45. 25 mins - made the links live and sent to warren and karrun for help and suggestions and feedback
46. created a mind map for the intro video: https://educ5302.slack.com/files/yadvinder/F07KBPNJ3/mindmap_for_the_video_helping_viewer_navigate_.png
47. can the major theme write-ups be more than 2 pages?
48. checked each of the artifacts to see which ones are more than two pages there are about 4 and need to edit them and shorten them and also read some of Daphne's comments and need to think about what is the importance of punjabi and the culture of Punjabi...wow this is really making me think...
49. Decided for references to for now make one single references document and then separate it into a page for every different artifact and the major themes and create separate docs for each of them so when the user clicks on it, they will only see the relevant references for that exact artifact/write up and won't have to search through the long list
50. haven't heard back from Sarika so I will decide not to use her picture, only Rob's since he gave me permission
51. I need to welcome feedback and remember that action is key, take action, and feedback is just helping me come on course, it is the breakfast of champions,
52. created this video for clarification on the feedback Professor Daphne gave me: http://screencast.com/t/yMNZpmlB4o89 53. Emailed Daphne back requesting clarification and then learned based on her feedback to maybe avoid linking to an external website or lesson plan it might confuse the user and I learned to start paragraphs with an explanation in general terms of what I am doing and why.
54. Unlinked the anderson and kranwohls' taxonomy and edited it because professor noted I needed to make some changes to it
55. https://files.slack.com/files-pri/T04P541T1-F07L1R4LV/img_0888.jpg - starting writing an introduction to provide more context about the importance of the Punjabi language and culture to me.
56. added the paragraph to punjabble - looking at the desktop timer i invested 5.45 hours on the portfolio
57. now am getting the reflections that I made changes to and adding it to my online tack
58. adding these pictures to my post about the importance of culture and language 59. Usually I would just drop the picture and go but I took the effort to explain why I put in these pictures and feel that they are a good addition as they help the reader see a visual representation of the ideas I am talking about
60. find out how many pages the consolidation needs to be
61. I went to the options and changed the default setting to apa style and got this! nice time saver, thanks Prof Roland for telling me about zotero!Dalton, B., Proctor, C. P., Uccelli, P., Mo, E., & Snow, C. E. (2011). Designing for Diversity: The Role of Reading Strategies and Interactive Vocabulary in a Digital Reading Environment for Fifth-Grade Monolingual English and Bilingual Students. Journal of Literacy Research, 43(1), 68–100. http://doi.org/10.1177/1086296X10397872 cmd + shift + a (copies the in-text citation !) (Dalton, Proctor, Uccelli, Mo, & Snow, 2011)
62. When I am adding a quote in the middle of the sentence, does that first letter start with a capital always?
63. finding article to cite for my definition of the steps in problem based learning
64. learned from looking at one article that pbl is good because it relates to the students interests, that is a good key to create engaging learning situations! From reading this article it is saying that there is not enough evidence to prove that PBL results in deep content knowledge; however this is a great article outlining the characteristics and steps of doing a PBL lesson!! (Masek & Sulaiman, 2011)
65. Awesome refresher for me of PBL i think its an awesome tool!
66. Now will start editing the Steps to Sikhcess magazine artifact, i'm booking 20 mins to do the editing but its taking longer (Approx. 50mins) (Editing is challenging for me, but I can do it!
67. just watching my how to navigate video and the other one love the background music! so uplifting!
68. Good thing I edited the reflection on Suneet Singh making tablets, I had it saying that he provides tables to people, instead of tablets!
69. I just realized I didn't ask Suneet Singh for permission to use his picture on my portfolio , need to get on that now!
70. Suneet has given me permission, yes!
71. Done, it took 33 mins to edit this artifact, sent the request to Suneet, learned that great leaders are good with people and getting things done, setting goals and persisting!
72. When we have two references cited, which goes first? (van Oostveen, Roland, 2012; Scardamalia & Bereiter, 2006)
73. By Looking at the APA Citation style guide I have found a better way to do this which is to ... write Bereiter (as cited in ..., year)
74. Consulting the APA Citation guide: https://files.slack.com/files-pri/T04P541T1-F07MA0A84/helping_my_with_citations_.jpg 75. what is the meaning of the HCHI model, need to look it up in the original article, took me so long to find and confirm the point made in my reflection by Scardamalia.
76. Learning how to reference a powerpoint slide, this is hard work.
77. It took me 86 mins to edit this calendar time post, I had to look for references and citations and definitions looking for a transfer of learning reference to back up what i am saying about how it is good to have an More Knowledgeable Other (MKO) who does think alouds and models their thinking and found mark a james teaching fo transfer but dont have the article citation am looking now on google for it
78. Found it! James, M. A. (2006). Teaching for transfer in ELT. ELT Journal, 60(2), 151-159.
79. Noticing that it is taking 70 mins for editing this gurmat games learning theories artifact, and its half page extra need to cut out stuff and need to include a conclusion statement!
80. Finally done after 84 mins, edited the write up for how the learning theory influenced the game development and aspects of the game.
81. I think this is the only artifact i have for personalize and organizing learning this leadership portfolio post.
82. Seen the guided discussion form and will use it to help me write my consolidation
83. In my reflections I have used "I" a lot, is that ok? I am talking about my experiences and it seems to make sense to do that how can you reflect without saying I?
84. when editing the naam nidhaan post had to make some hard decisions and take out all the points about behaviourism of rewarding people with spiritual currency.
85. It is okay because I already talked about that with the punjabble artifact of pins and points and also took out some repetition in the mentioning of teaching and organizing knowledge based around key concepts that I mentioned repetitively.
86. I feel so good that i was able to cut down my curriculum unit plan on running down to two pages.
87. I know that my educreations presentation post is really short, but thats ok because I do not have too many like that, anyway if I have time I can maybe include an audio sound cloud file.
88. The punjabble artifact hits the 3 pages mark, edited it to 2 pages.
89. So excited that i cut it down to two pages however that screen cast blurb is an extra, should I just leave it? YA!
90. Got the online apa citation guide to look at as i do the references: http://guides.library.uoit.ca.uproxy.library.dc-uoit.ca/ld.php?content_id=4715041 91. Having this awesome simple resource of the main types of artifacts for apa referencing, awesome!
92. http://nool.apa.uoit.ca/portfolio/apa-quick-reference-sheetslc-apa-copy/ 93. checking to see if the links in my references actually work: http://d20uo2axdbh83k.cloudfront.net/20140211/aa03b6a023e077583bb9aadd5479bb6f.pdf 94. Finding the references from my old papers
95. Discovered this awesome learning theories website thanks to Professor Robin Kay: http://www.instructionaldesign.org/theories/index.html 96. I am realizing that I should link to the videos that my peers created instead of giving myself credit for the instructional design principles or even better is to find the original text that includes these principles!
97. Now I am deciding to quote each video screen cast on the principles to be safe and going to blackboard to find the last names of my colleagues
98. I think I have found the textbook that I used to write my notes on the instructional design principles !! Clark , C., & Mayer, R. E. (2011). E-Learning and the Science of Instruction. John Wiley & Sons: San Francisco.
99. Found the 3rd edition and it has the definitions of the instructional design principles will have to double check to see if I got the right meanings of the principles and then use this as a reference
100. Upon checking this reference I am learning that is better to add graphics and text not just text alone.
102. Took out the reference to my video on the home page because it is irrelevant since I am mostly talking about the WBLT
103. Took out my summary of learning principles document, not needed, good thing I added this primary resource (Clark & Mayer, 2011).
104. Finally moving on from the learning tools i.d. principles and now on to research methods checking out the references.
105. Using the 5005 social and cultural context in ed. course outline to find the references!
106. Listening to michael fullan's talk he is stressing the importance of having teachers make their teaching transparent and to work together and go light on the judgement and being critical as then teachers might then also close their doors, its so true its not good to be heavy on criticism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxjLqHphsVY 107. We need to use data to help them improve fullan says, what an awesome way to use data.
108. I am truly loving zotero because I just go to copy bibliography and it creates it for me for the references just wished I started using this at the start of this program and put each article in this! Thanks Roland for showing me this! Here is an example: Bandura, A. (1978). Social Learning Theory of Aggression. Journal of Communication, 28(3), 12–29. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1460-2466.1978.tb01621.x 109. Went back to my old school strategy of writing out all the steps/ references I still need to find which are about 15 and feels so good crossing it off the list, love having this journal with me to do this kind of writing and planning.
110. http://wikis.apa.uoit.ca/wikis/EDUC5001-SEP10/index.php/More_Knowledgeable_Other , this link was too long, so I am going to use tinyurl and see if that will make it fit better in the references of the portfolio because I am having problmes with the hanging indent
111. Added a heading after the references Artifacts Relating to Dialogue to make it flow better
112. References for engagement theme started the document
113. Finished adding references for each artifact and main themes now will go back to make sure the formatting is ok and no headings have shifted like last time
114. Using theme template to find the common threads amongst the courses
115. Recording adobe voice video for my consolidation.
I am learning that the tackk I originally created for my eportfolio is not gone in waste but makes it easier to create the multiple pages for easier navigation. I am learning that each page I link to needs to include links back to not only the main menu but to the other pages as well.
Decided to replace the animals artifact with this picture of a lesson I modified to create a scenario and noticed that engagement goes up with this task and it allowed me to assess their progress at a very deeper level compared to what a paper pencil test could have taught me: https://files.slack.com/files-pri/T04P541T1-F07JCRSGG/page_1.jpg
https://www.thinglink.com/scene/677350601100623874 created this new thing link with lots of white space around it learned that it takes time to make the pictures so logo does not appear, changed up the artifact with the animals picture and learned that it takes a lot of time and sacrifice to achieve a masters of education.
One thing I am noticing is that the links all take me to another website which might make people get lost, but if I make a navigation video it might help the users.
While doing this writeup on the importance of punjabi language and culture I am learning these three things 1) that it helps you get a job 2) it helps you gain spiritual knowledge 3) it helps you connect with and help elders and gain wisdom from them! This relates to Peggy McIntosh's reflection I feel like her just how she has her invisible backpack this is mine.
I learned that to have google app on ipad permissions are crazy like be able to delete my email and create and send email from my account, said yes because i need the video!
Consulting the apa citation style guide for how to properly write et al
I learned that the langar hall in preparing food is a great way to connect with the elders
By editing my post on improving vocabulary with tech I learned that it is good to see new words again and again and have chances to use them often again proving the importance of face to face dialogue with others! and the power of creating videos helps people learn the words to increase their vocab!
I learned that NRP means national reading panel from looking at the snow et al article
I learned in the Authentic Assessment course that there are many benefits in having learners engage in authentic tasks which is when learners are asked to "Apply... knowledge to solve real-world problems" (Segers as cited in Cummings, 2010).
I learned that I have summarizies of what I took away from doing classes at m.ed in the padlet, I can use that when making my consolidation!
By looking at this powerpoint presentation i learned that it means human-computer-human-interaction (HCHI) (http://doe.concordia.ca/etec40/components/events/pdf/desjardins-handout.pdf)
The biggest thing I learned is that I finally found the article that defines the different types of problems, "OWN" probelms is my new favourite one where the problem and the strategies need to be identified on their own instead of me spelling everything out for the learner. That is kind of like what happened with the creation of punjabble and naam nidhaan no one clearly told me that there is a problem with the youth being disengaged from the sikh religion and speaking punjabi. Just from hearing talks and conversing with kids which led me to be highly engaged and persistent in providing the games as solutions. I wouldn't have went this far if someone told me that "Hey this is the problem I want you to make a game and i will pay you $15 an hour"
By reviewing the theories and looking up kolb's theory I have learned that 1) experiences are important for learning and 2) reflection and forming hypotheses are also important. 3) It is important to reward people for their efforts and actions preferably right after they perform the desired action
I have learned that great leaders have open communication and they make sacrifices and they also provide individualized learning, another key connection is the value of RELATIONSHIPS, people are important! I need to stop neglecting people, especially when I have increased workload and deadlines when I need to make more time for them and I am noticing that I need social support especially during stressful times.
By editing my reflection on the instructional design principles I learned that I applied a lot of that into the creation of this e-portfolio like giving instant feedback to the user is possible with this website because of the comment box and instant notifications and the chat feature, plus I noted the importance of putting content next to the images and this is also possible and segmenting into chunks which is what I have done here and providing that personal touch by audio and videos of me!
While editing this helping a friend tell time post I learned that i need to move away from traditional assessments even though they will make my life easier as a teacher, it doesn't seem realistic though in this current system of evaluation and grades and judging people want results, even me in the warehouse i received 77% for my performance, I put in more effort got up to 87% wasn't good enough and then when i hit 97% the team leader said words of appreciation and i felt good, i wonder if he had tried Kohn's strategy with me of having me enjoy lifting boxes at a fast rate and taking pictures of me lifting boxes and writing narrative comments, I think it would have taken me maybe ten years to get to the level of productivity i was at lately, probably because fear of losing my job was also given as well, and this has taught me that my effort is making a difference so i am kinda leaving back towards the value of Grades and Numbers but I think balance is key
A key insight I gained now from editing my post on padlets is that great leaders track the growth and progress and care and show evidence of the growth at an individual level. What if I did this in my personal life too with my wife, and family members? When it gets down to it, I wonder how much I actually know about the key people in my life, I would like to challenge myself to start a padlet to see how much I know about my wife and maybe create a padlet to show her growth over time in something she cares about but first she has to buy-in to this idea.
Main things I learned is the importance of getting learners to first express their preconceived notions and start from there because if they are already confused about a simple concept then wouldn't it lead to more confusion?
I am learning that I way more effective in a library than at home because I tend to work for way longer blocks of time compared to at home where I keep taking breaks.
I learned that getting down to actually doing actions and jumping right in is the key to make my stress go down and it feels so good to be done this task which before starting seems like a very large and hard task. What I learned from editing this is that it is important to CRITICALLY examine the beliefs I have and the practices I am taking on continually and having the courage to share them with others and not hide them and be in isolation! that takes a lot of courage and fearlessness because there may be fear that if I share this idea or belief what if my family members turn their back on me etc.
While editing this change story artifact, I learned that it is important for one to get new ideas that raise one's awareness and spark a desire and need to change and then support systems to support them and guide them when experiencing cognitive dissonance and then also providing models and respected individuals talking about the change process
While editing this piece I learned that I cut out the part about being a role model for younger boys by engaging in literacy so they see literacy activities as a boy thing maybe that is knowledge i will keep to myself, but I am reminded about the importance of interacting with people and letting them express themselves and their originality and their wisdom, traditions and cultures, not to suppress them and make them forget where they come from, and isolation is very detrimental
Material presented in Word and image combinations are good for novices but experts can be good with no images and heavy text because they can make their own internal images I learned from reading this text (Clark&Mayer,2011).
contiguity principle - that you should place text graphics and audio near each other, don't make the person search for it
modality principle - avoid graphics plus text alone, instead scrap the text and just use graphics plus audio
coherence principle only include what is essential thus i should take out the link to my summary of the principle
learned that it was in bill hunter's 2011 article that we should provide many examples of a concept which helped me develop the gameplay of naam nidhaan
reading this 1989 article again it is amazing that even back then they are stressing for little kids not to do traditional assessments like paper and pencil tasks but to instead be engaged in DOING things and gaining experiences! Freeman, E. B., & Hatch, A. J. (1989). What Schools Expect Young Children to Know and Do: An Analysis of Kindergarten Report Cards. Elementary School Journal, 89(5), 595-605. Reminds me of my first grade teachers who had us creating things, and painting easter eggs and building things and estimating how many chocolate eggs were in the jar etc (Grade 2)
kohn 2012 is saying take away grades so kids wont feel anxious about their performance and will start enjoying the process of learning just for the sake of learning!
being constantly worried about your performance creates anxiety and how can one want to learn and enjoy it? is what kohn is saying
while looking for the Furkhen article I am learning that getting students to create movies is an excellent way to help them develop skills beyond the basics because of the processes involved! and it is very engaging too! Writing for the big screen: literacy experience in a moviemaking project
learned the proper way to cite from the learning theories website is to put the name of the article with no date and then add that was from learning theories and when it was retrieved
Finally, I learned that when doing references and you have the same author but multiple works in different years, put the older ones first