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Topic: Language Garden – making beautiful materials, like grammatical mind maps.
Speaker: David Warr
Time: Aug 31, 8:30pm

I found the participation in this e-conference amazing. It made me realize how convenient it could have been for us if our lessons in class were delivered this way wherein everyone could just log-in and study at home. Given the current situation we are having with regards to the weather, I believe this mode of education would fit perfectly. Think of the amount of time that we could save by not going to school and studying at home instead. hahaha :)

I found the topic on language garden interesting because in my previous line of work, creativity could play a vital role when teaching foreigners the English language. This actually has nothing to do with Sports Science or Physical Education but I found it interesting because I used to teach, part time, basic English to Koreans in my alma mater. I know how hard it is for them to learn a foreign language. Through the use of the language garden, I think it would make it easier for the learners to grasp the English language because of the visual nature of this teaching tool. Had I not quit the job, I believe this tool could have come in handy for me. Though I have only seen the Engish version of the language garden, I do not know if there is a version for other languages. This basically manipulates texts in such a way that it would look like plants or trees. I believe that kids, specially on the pre-school level, would definitely enjoy the learning experience through the use of the language garden. Teachers on the other hand, would also find it easier and enjoyable to teach them.

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Reform Symposium Conference 3 Webinar

Cecilia Lemos

Alternative Assessments and Electronic Portfolios

31 July 2011 8:30-9:00PM

http://cecilialcoelho.wordpress.com/

It was a great experience being part of an online conference. It was my first time to participate and was truely amazing. The conference that I participated with was about Alternative Assessments and electronic Protfolios delivered or facilitated by Cecilia Lemos. I was quite uncomfortable at first because I don’t know if the Elluminate will work. Also, I had to go a internet cafe because my PC’s still not working. Luckily, I had no problem with the Elluminate. I also joined the conference quite early enough to have everything get tested such as sounds and videos. I was lucky, Michael John Jayoma joined the same conference so I am not alone. It was quite embarassing because I accidentaly sent a chat message to the chat room asking if there is a video which was supposedly sent to Michael. Cecila saw that message and said that yes there will be video.

 

I was really amazed with how we participated with the question and answer part of the conference. The first question she threw was to differentiate assessment from testing. We were able to write on her blank slide which was really awesome. She then defined assessment as an ongoing process that encompasses a wide range of methodological techniques(Brown and Abeyckrams, 2010). Also, she stressed that testing is just a subset of assessment. The next question was to define alternative assessment. Again, we wrote on her blank slide and she tried to read and explain each of our answers. She elaborated more by contrasting alternative assessment from the traditional one. And as a summary to that, she emphasized that alternative assessment does not evaluate how much information students retain but rather how they use that information. Some of the form s of Alternative Assessment that she mentioned were Performance-Based, Project, Journals and Portfolios. She also mentioned the 5 Principles of Assessment: Aunthenticity, Validity, Reliabilty, Practicality and Washback. Most of us in the conference do not know what washback is but Cecilia said it can be thought of as feedback. Since the conference is scheduled for only 30 minutes, the discussion was a bit fast, she jsut run through the last few slides that contained some of the sites that she used and other applications that she used.

 

The experience was really worth it. I can’t imagine how that participation can be done online. She also showed a video that just popped-out of our screens which was amazing. I wonder how these kind of conference made possible. It makes educational talks accessible worldwide by just using the interenet. Here we can see how helpful computers and interenet are if we are jsut going to look, focus and work on the positive side of it. I hope this will not be the last time that I can attend to an e-conference.

Webinar Experience

At the thought of attending an e-conference, a question that came to me was “how?”  But when I entered elluminate, I remembered that I once attended that kind of set-up, there’s a chat box where the interaction mostly happens, there’s an audio, video.  The difference is that the one that I attended before was just for fun, and it was with friends while here is an informative one, something in the field of education and with total strangers.

I tried to attend Multimedia and Interactivity in Mathematics by David Wees, since it sounds very interesting for me but I got a problem with the connection so I tried to contact Mr. Wees thru twitter and asked if I could still watch or hear it. He seemed to be nice and he entertained my questions.

So to fully experience this e-conference, I tried to attend again, hoping that it’ll work this time.  And I end up with Technology Smack Down (7/31 9:30pm) where anyone can present their favorite website or tool in 2 minutes, and it was for an hour.  Here, I think, is the real interaction.  We were 134 who attended; there were people from Israel, Paraguay, Russia, Egypt, etc.  Everyone really participated, there were ones presenting their favorite websites and tools, others keep on asking questions and commenting on what is being presented.  We just had a problem while the presentation is going on and the issue was about audio.  I thought that it was just me, but others commented that they can’t hear the one that is presenting, though we were able to manage it at the end.  Other than the audio problem, the session was very successful, an awesome smack down as they said.  I truly discovered a lot of websites and tools, like posterous, livebinders, bigthink, glogster, animoto and many more.  They also shared the stuff that we had in the class like diigo and corkboard.  I wasn’t able to share anything because I was busy taking note of all the things being presented.   I wish that they’ll have this kind of session for the next rscon; I’d love to attend once more and be sure to share something to them next time.

The people at the e-conference were cool.  I even tried to follow them in twitter, and I’d learn a lot from them.  From this experience, I didn’t only learn about the different useful websites and tools, I also became more open in communicating with other people that are strangers to me but I know I can learn so much from.

Webinar: Technology Smack Down

Presenter: Mark Barnes

Presentation Title: Technology Smack Down

Date: July 31, 2011

Time: 9:30 PM

 

I was also a noob with the webinar. A certain amount of excitement filled me before the session started.

I was amazed by the fact that a lot of people from different parts of the world participated in that one hour session. All throughout the presentation, there was an incessant pop-ups of users logging in. It is another marvel of technology. With just an internet connection and a few of clicks of the mouse, you are instantly connected with the rest of the world.

I also enjoyed the idea of the smack down. Basically, people were encouraged to share something from the web and they were to discuss it with the rest of us for 2 minutes. I learned about useful sites such as bigthink.com, which is similar to ted.com, only the latter has a wider library of interviews. And I learned about zimmertwins.com, which is so awesome! There you can create flash movies in an instant. I am a big fan of flash animation. The discovery of that site put a big smile on my face. Below is a screenshot of the site.

a rookie webinar user.

The online conference was awesome and it was my first time to try it. I got excited in what I will learn and how it will be done (again, rookie here). I got amazed that people from around the globe were all connected… maybe this is the future of our education. It was just like attending a STS class but online and way cool-er.
The online conference that I attended was informative and at the same time interactive. The title of the conference was “Creating a powerful learning tool – A Twitter PLN” and the presenter’s name was Stephanie Dulmage. I chose this topic because of my schedule and on a more deeper reason, I wanted to learn more about twitter (#dontknowhowtouseit) and learn how to use it as a tool in gaining new knowledge and information. I’m not a computer literate and I only so much on how to maximize this tool to my advantage. I also wanted to know contacts that will provide information.
I may have said that I don’t know how to use my twitter account (I had it for 3 years already), but I do know the basics of it and I just don’t use it as much. The presenter went through the detail on how to use twitter 50% of the time and I got bored while she was discussing. Then I realized that I knew how to use twitter, I just don’t know how it is beneficial for me that compels me to use it. As the the speaker was discussing more about PLN, it got interesting how information nowadays can be transmitted instantenously given that you have the contacts(twitterfamouspeople) you are following. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that interesting for me because what I needed was at the last part of the presentation. Here’s a link that posts a list of people/organization you can follow that are helpful!
http://www.cybraryman.com/chats.html

What I know of how to use the internet on getting information are only confined to yahoo and google, but with the use of PLN on twitter, researching will make life easier for all of us. Overall, I got what I needed in the conference and it was very helpful for me. I regret that I wasn’t able to watch more conferences.
Cheers!

My First Webinar

Title: Online Games and Problem Solving
Presenter: Neil Butler
Date & Time: July 30, 6-6:30pm

This is my first experience attending e-conferences so I was very curious how it would be done.  It’s like the traditional talk where there’s a speaker (in this case, the host), hosts (in this case, moderators) and the participants. There were only 15 people in the room but it seemed that only 5 really participated by asking questions, commenting, etc. The speaker also used the whiteboard feature for his presentation and what I liked about this is that after the session, I could save it for future reference. Aside from the whiteboard, I could also save the chat log which is also useful since it contains the thoughts of the other participants. Overall, I am very satisfied with how it was handled although it was a bit boring at first (maybe because I was tired).

I chose this session because first, the time is very convenient for me; second, I love puzzles and this gradually evolved to online games; and lastly, I believe that students of today couldn’t be taken away from games anymore since they are very accessible. Adding to that last reason, I also believe that games can be integrated to their learning. Learning doesn’t need to be boring, right?

According to Mr. Butler, one of the advantages in using games in instruction is that MISTAKES ARE INEVITABLE. In the traditional school setting, students are afraid to make mistakes since these affect their grades. However, people learn best from mistakes (I personally believe this.) and they can explore more possibilities which in turn develop their creativity and problem solving skills. These games give them the oppurtunity to experiment a lot which they don’t have the courage to do in the normal classroom setting. He demonstrated 4 games which can be used in instruction: Sola Rola, Gravity Pods, Light Bot, and Fantastic Contraption 2 (they are all available online). I like Fastastic Contraption the best because in this game, students can make their own mechanisms and they can share ideas to come up with solutions. Another thing is that there are multiple solutions to each level so it’s not restrictive. One thing that’s very common for them is they are all Physics games. Even if Mr. Butler teaches Mathematics, which is my major, he uses these games in his instruction so his presentation really gave me new ideas. 🙂

Fantastic Contraption 2

The internet is very accesible now so it’s very inevitable that computer/online games become part of a student’s life. The issue with these games, however, is that they are very addicting so students cannot fully focus on their studies. Why? It’s simply because playing games is more fun than just sitting passively in a lecture being bored being lulled to sleep by the teacher’s monotonous voice (not all teachers are boring though :D). I believe though that because of the same reason, some students now, learn best when playing games. I read an article before that gamers get easily addicted to games because they learn the dynamics of the game very fast. Even though they might flunk in school because of their game addiction, we should also accept the fact that this is how they learn. I am also a gamer (though I don’t have time to play during the school season :<) and I love Physics and puzzle games so I really feel that these games help me improve my problem solving skills. This is why I wanted to go into educational game development in the future since I think it would be the future trend in instruction especially in Math and Sciences. However, we should use caution in using games in instruction because misconceptions might arise if they are not guided. Mr. Butler also recommended to do these games maybe once every 5 meetings because too much games might cause losing their interest in the normal discussions and lectures which are necessary.

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