W5 Activity 2 – Software Applications

In consideration of the computers both my staff and the college students we hire as work study students use, I intend to list them and answer the following questions about them.

Applications Being Used

Iphoto, Gimp,Imovie, Garageband, Pixelaotor, Skype, Google Drive, Zoho Docs, Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Prezi, Drupal, T4 CMS system, WordPress, Hootsuite, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Wordle.

Applications No Longer Using

Microsoft Access, Filemaker, Quark

Discussion Around Two Computer Based Applications: IMovie & IPhoto

What hardware and software is being used in the activity?

  • Mac IMovie & IPhoto programs.

How is the technology used?

  • Download pictures and video clips to computer and use it for editing.

Why is the technology used?

  • For marketing and communications presentations.

What are the expected learning outcomes for the activity?

  • Higher competence and confidence in creating basic videos, photo gallerys, image optimization etc. Used considerably in online marketing and communications today.

Which of the ISTE standards for students are addressed by the activity?

  • Creativity and Innovation: Using creative thinking and innovative technology the students demonstrate and develop models and simulations to explore and identify complex systems and forecast possibilities as well as they use existing knowledge to generate new ideas and creative thoughts.
  • Communication and Collaboration: Students use digital media and environments to collaborate, communicate and interact with other students, teachers and professionals. They also engage in a cultural and global awareness and contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
  • Digital Citizenship: Students demonstrate personal development to be life long learners because they are aware of the human, cultural and social issues related to technology and they practise ethical and legal digital behaviour.
  • Technology Operations and Concepts: Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations so they are able to select, transfer, understand and troubleshoot various systems and applications productively and effectively.

What kind of student grouping is used in the activity? (i.e. individual, pairs, small groups).

  • Both individual and group projects. I would have a group create a video which involved each student providing footage, optimized photos etc as well as editing sound and transitions.

What evidence (or not) is there that the activity is student-centered?

  • Expecting that this would be embraced by students as there is such an uptake of YouTube and Vimeo today by students. Not sure how to evidence that it is student centred though. Just an assumption.

What role did you (the teacher) play in the activity?

  • Outlined instructions with supporting documentations, reviewed topics for suitability, supported through chat and online discussion forums. Teaching, supporting and mentoring really.

What evidence is there that the technology impacted student learning?

  • Not sure, as they are learning technology. I imagine they are understanding the value of patience and time towards learning any new technology.

Did the use of technology help address any individual learning differences for students?

  • Not seen explicitly. Some would most likely learn better individually and some might benefit from learning with others.

For this specific activity, where do you fit in on the TPACK Context diagram?

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