Tzveta’s assignment 4 – Unit Plan

I’ve used the same website as in my previous assignment. I’ve added more lessons and corrected the mistakes I had in the last assignment. There are 5 lessons in total, one is from the previous assignment and I’ve created 4 new ones. However, I haven’t changed anything from the first lesson. I prefered to do it this way in order to see the differences. I will explain the important changes and their reasons, tools I’ve used for the lessons and general comments about the unit plan.

On the main bar, in the menu before you could see all the sections inside each lesson. However I’ve removed this option because now I have 5 lessons and I’d have been difficult to find where you want to access. I preferred to leave just the 5 lessons and when you open the page you have the different sections. Another thing is the navigation inside each section of the lesson, I’ve added button to go back and forward. It’s easier to read instead of going back to the main page of the lesson. Finally, I’ve been a bit more specific about the objectives, they are more focused on a specific issue.

The unit plan is web-based, so it can be accessed fully online and all the contents, information, assignments, and so on are found there. All the links are clearly provided if students need to go to an external site. Normally the assignments are submitted using an external site as a host, and then just the link is needed. They can use their personal blog as well to write some assignments. In order to do the activities, students would have to use, PowerPoint, Prezi, Slideshare, Dropbox, Bubbl.us, Blogger, Google Forms, Audacity, YouTube, Windows Movie Maker and Vimeo. Students could use more or different ones instead these suggested.

This assignment was interesting because I had the opportunity to improve my last assignment and thinking of more ideas about different activities and resources.

Week 10: Tzveta’s Objectives and Tools

Creating: Make an animated video combining photos, video and musing using Animoto and Stupeflix.

Evaluating: Comment the assignment of your classmates on their blog using in WordPress and Blogger.

Analysing: Structure your new learning about our lesson using Bubbl.us and Mind42.

Applying: Share the video you created with your classmates using Dropbox and Google Drive.

Understanding: Subscribe to 5 RSS that are on your interest using Feedly or FeedReader.

Remembering: Indentify the 10 highest peaks in the world using Wikipedia and Google Earth.

I’ve identified an objective for each level and suggested two different tools that could be used to achieve these objective. However, I don’t know if I should’ve been more specific or give more details about each objective.

Tzveta’s assignment 3

This is my website of the course, “Introduction to Psychology“. Don’t pay too much attention to the content because some things may not be accurate. I’ll explain a little bit my experience using this site. I prefered not to use HTML because it’s really difficult for me and I’d have spent a lot of time, instead I chose a startpage service. It’s more visual and intuitive. I didn’t want to use a Wiki or a blog because I’d already had experience using it. I wanted to experiment with something new. There are a lot of pages that offer this free service, there are always some kinds of limitations, but you can build your own website. I tried Weebly, Yola and Wix. They are all similar, I prefered to use Wix because I liked mote the way you can edit the website.

With Wix you can create any kinds of websites, it’s for education. However this assignment was to create a “resource-oriented lesson plan as a website”. I mean, you don’t have all these options that are in a LMS. It’s a website where you publish information; the communication amongs the students is limited. I wanted to add a space for comments. Wix had like apps that come from an external site and I could insert a comment box, however it has limitations because it’s the basic version. It’s another altertive to present courses online, a bit different from what we’ve been doing, using sites designed for education. In general, I liked using this website and I’ve learnt how to manage it.

I want to hear your opinions about the way I designed the website and its sections. If there’s something that could be added or changed the way it is presented.

Tzveta’s HTML Practice

I managed to use this feature, however, I can’t change the header. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

I like the fact you can change the colour, I wanted to do it in my posts, but I didn’t know how. However, I think this is difficult to to it when you are writing. I’m used to using Microsof Word where you just select and change the colour.

I don`t know how to select just the words, instead of the whole line. Now I got it, just chaging p and writting span. Thanks Keith.

Big letters

  • One
  • Two
  • Three
  • Four

Open Vancouver Sun in a new window
Open Vancouver Sun on the same page

Skiing

Snowboarding

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
9-14 8-15 10-15 9-16 10-15 Free Free

Heading 1 – it’s the same as 2

Heading 2 – it’s the same as 1

Heading 3 – it’s different

Heading 4 – it’s the same as 4 and 5

Heading 5 – it’s the same as 4 and 6
Heading 6 – it’s the same as 4 and 5

Tzveta’s Build an RSS Widget to Bring Dynamic Content to your Blog

I’ve created this slideshow using FlickrSlideshow, it’s very easy to use and you create it in less than a minute. Then I had to paste on the HTML text editor, not on the visual. Because if first tried there, but it didn’t work. You can also set it as widget on your blog, but you have to adjust the pixels. I tried first with 500, as it was, and it’s too big. 100 was too small and finally 200 is perfect.

I also tried the widget from Slideshare, it’s easy to use and it’s useful because you can add topics of interests or your own presentations to your blog. You can have a look at my blog, you can see the FlickrSlideshow, Slideshare widget and the widget from the blog.

Tzveta’s activities from week 7 – Emerging Technologies and You

I think without the Web we wouldn’t be able to have access to so many resources. Physical resources such as books, magazines, DVDs, newspapers, etc. have been available in the schools for many years and they have been and they are useful. However, they are limited; they could be out of date as well. Moreover, if they are not there, you just can’t use them. For example, if you need a specific book and it’s not in the library you can’t use that book. You can have access to all this material on the Web, the content is usually updated. Nowadays we have wikis and this is a great resource for students. We can find all kind of information we need and there are no boundaries. The same happens with videos, you don’t need to have a DVD, you can watch it online. Related to this point, we also have software for file storage & synchronization which has become really useful for the students’ and teachers’ files because they can have access to them everywhere. You save the files on the cloud and it’s easier to get them at any time.

We also have many online tools available for education, such as Google and all its apps, Skype, YouTube, WordPress, Moodle, Prezi, Feedly, Socrative and so on. They all have different purposes, but share one thing in comon, they are online tools and make our learning easier, more meaningful and entertaing.

On the readings, they talk about a virtual lab. In the school I’ve been they didn’t have a lab because it costs a lot of money and they prefer to invest it in other things rather than in the lab. Furthermore, using a lab without the supervision of an expert is very difficult and dangerous. There are many chemicals that combined can cause explosions or dangerous reactions. This could be another reason, in addition to the costs, why most schools don’t have a lab. There are virtual labs where students can experiment, they are free or schools just have to pay an affordable fee, and the most important that it’s safe for the students.

Interaction among students, teachers, learning communities wouldn’t be possible withouth the Web. Before the use of internet, schools where like isolated, you couldn’t have contant with a school in China for example. Nowadays, there are projects of schools working together in common projects, teachers exchanging their ideas and experiences in learning communities, and students connecting with each other in the same school. The communication has changed as well; nowadays we use the email, messages on social networks to communicate with the students and with the parents too. It allows a much more effective communication since it is faster.

Tzveta’s Assignment 2, Part A: Web 2.0 Tool Safety Plan for K-12

Web 2.0 Tool Safety Plan for K-12

When students use internet in school there are several risks they have to be aware of before working with the computer. There are filters that block some websites, but students could bypass those filters. We have to make sure that they are effective. We need to work together with the department of technology. Even though we have these filters, students have to be reasonable enough to know where to access and where not. This is something we have to teach them. When they are working on their computers we have to monitor and supervise their work. There are tools for real time remote control and we can see what they are doing. When we know what website they access, we can teach them and explain what is appropriate for them and the reasons why they should or shouldn’t visit these sites. As teachers, we can have a look at the history of the browser and see if there are websites that should be blocked or restricted for them. We can do this in conjunction with the technology department.

If students are engaged in a task, they won’t distract by looking at other websites, or at least the chances will be lower. So this is important, it’s not recommended that students don’t have any task assigned, it’s more likely they access restricted sites. If they finish their task earlier, the teacher can recommend alternative sites. They don’t have to do another task for school, but they may visit interesting website suggested by the teacher. In any case, the teacher is monitoring what they visit in case it is not appropriate. On the one hand, it could happen that students open by accident a website that doesn’t contain appropriate content. In this case they have to know how to proceed. They need to close it and it’s better they inform the teacher so they can check why it opened. Sometimes, it’s not their fault. There are websites that my open automatically if you open another website and it does not have anything to do with what they are trying to find. If it’s necessary, they can block it using the filter so this doesn’t happen in the future. A porn website is an example. On the other hand, there are also websites which are inappropriately blocked because of their content, but actually they are suitable for children. This has to be revised and add as an exception in the filter.

Written document for parents

Dear parents,

your childen are going to work on a lesson where they will have to publish their works online, For this reason, I want to inform you that they need to be aware of the risks they may encounter. There are websites that do not have appropriate content for children. We have safety filter, monitor them and teach them how to use internet reasonable. However, I would kindly ask you, I you could help us as well from home. When your children are using their computer, you may have a look what they are doing and explain them the importance of this issue.

If they have any problems using internet and if they thing a website is suspicious, they do not have to doubt telling you their teachers. We want to help them, so they can take the most of their time and teach them how to use the internet for education purposes.

If you think you can handle you child using internet at home, or you cannot set your computer’s security filters, or you have any other doubts related to this subject do not hesitate to contact me or the school staff. We can help you. Next month we will be offering a workshop for parents who have this kind of problems. If you are interested, you can get more information in the school’s website or at the reception of the school.

Thank you for your attention.

Note for administration

Next week I’m working on a lesson where student have to publish their works online. I may need some help with risks they may find. I’d like you to revise the filters, if they are updated, and also if there aren’t any websites blocked my mistake that could be useful for them. Secondly, when they finish the lesson, could you revise the history in case they open inappropriate websites and inform me about this? Lastly, I’ve sent the parents a document about this activity, and I offered them help related to this kind of problems. They may address you or me, I just wanted to let you know, they may come.

Notes for students

I’d give a few tips for my students. First of all, they have to be engaged in their task and do not distract with other things. If they don’t know how to continue or what to do, they can ask me at any time. They have to develop their critical thinking by selecting what’s appropriate and what to, again, if they need help they can ask. In case they find a website it’s not suitable for them, they know what to do and they have to inform me about that. And if there something they cannot have access to, they have to tell me as well.

Tzveta’s Assignment 1 Part B: Student Media Tools

I’ve just finished the segund part of the assinment 1, you can visit it here.

Keith, I didn’t understand if we have to write the same on the wiki page and wordpress or chose where to do it. This is what you wrote: Add an entry on your wiki page and a post on your blog about a site that allows the creation or distribution of student created content. I didn’t get this, so I just pasted the link for my wiki page, but I don’t know if I’m right.

Assignment 1 – Part A

I’ve just sent you the link to the part A of my assignment. Just in case I didn’t do it properly, it’s here.

I think I’ve finished this part, but as I asked you, Keith, in the comments of the assignment, I don’t know if there’s something I didn’t understand. If so, let me know so I can change it.