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Creativity and Creative Learning: Redefining the Future of Learning – Webinar

“Creativity and Creative Learning: Redefining the Future of Learning”: Presented by Dr. Pam Burnard | July 30, 2011 | 8:00- 9:00 pm

     Attending an e-conference is new for me.  I never had any experience of an on-line live seminar, or a so-called “webinar”, prior to this task.  It was very convenient and “cool”, so to speak.  It somehow works just like a normal meeting, it’s just that, you can’t really see everyone, say, your co-participants in the seminar.  Another fundamental element of the webinar is the chat box, where all thelisteners, including the speaker could interact.  It is where the listeners could freely post their insights, reactions and questions.  This feature removes a great wall of division from the speaker.  This could also favour those people who don’t want to get too much attention from the other people when he would like to inquire from the speaker.  Second, the slide presentation, which can be downloaded immediately, allows easy access not only for the speaker but also for the listeners as well.  It has also been made easier for the speaker to share links and other resources.

     The e-conference which I attended is about creativity and how essential it is in the child’s learning.  Dr. Pam says that creativity must be used to author change from traditional conventions.  It has also been stressed that the children’s creative learning could only be fostered through the collaborative efforts of the home and of the school.  Both the home and school contexts contribute to the development of creativity of the child.  Now, Dr. Pam emphasized that creativity should have a central place in the school’s curriculum. I quote from Dr. Pam’s presentation, “Creativity is imaginative activity fashioned so as to produce outcomes that are original and of value.”  She also introduced a “Creativity Wheel”, where she said that creative development has different attributes such as “Imagination with a purpose”, “Originality”, and “Value”.  This wheel could be used to check how creative a task has been done, also, it serves as a guide in doing tasks “creatively”. Dr. Pam has shared many ways of achieving creative learning and creative teaching in subjects such as music.  She also talked about critical thinking and creative thinking and the differences among the two concepts.

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RSCON3 Reflection

from: scienceoftheinvisible.blogspot.com

I attended the webinar “Alternative assessment and electronic portfolios: sharing and successful experience and ideas” which was presented by Cecilia Lemos. It was a 30-minute session from 8:30-9:00 pm last July 31.

The experience was great. There are around 50 participants from all-over the world. Luckily, I was not the only one from the Philippines. there are four of us including two of my classmates in EDUC 190.

The webinar discussed the advantages of alternative assessment as oppose to traditional assessment which is usually a paper-and-pencil test. Personally, most of my learning experiences in elementary and high school were assessed traditionally which is also the predominant method used in most public schools. As a future teacher, I want to change this. I’m not saying that paper-and-pencil tests should be abolished in the educational system. But, I think it is better to appraise students’ learning using alternative assessments, e.g. performance-based, journals, portfolios, projects, etc., since it measures their understanding and how they apply it. It is an appraisal and a learning experience at the same time. (This webinar had the right timing because I had an exam in physics the next day. It made me realize that it is not that important to get a high score in the exam. True understanding of the concepts is all-important.)

The webinar also discussed the use of electronic portfolios as an assessment tool. The session was nearing its end so the presenter briefly showed a video of how she uses e-portfolios in assessing her students in an english class. It is interesting to know that they don’t use numerical grading systems in their school which is more advantageous according to her.

The webinar was very informative. Aside from the concepts that I learned about alternative assessment, I also learned some links to different e-portfolios that are available in the web which came from the presenter and some participants.

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I truly enjoyed my first webinar experience! The topics were all so interesting and relevant I wanted to attend all of them.

These e-conferences are very convenient and exciting (and it’s free!). Features such as the note pad, auto-record, polls, presentation comments, chat box, the web cam (for the speaker) and save chat/notes/whiteboard slides further enhances learning by increasing interaction and allowing you to efficiently document information.

The speaker posed a question to the participants…and in less than a minute, this is how the slide looked like.

The chat box is my personal favorite because through this, I get a glimpse at the life of other participants and that’s where people post all the helpful links. That’s where I also encountered several new concepts like “Google certified teacher” and “blended learning”. People who are shy to ask questions out loud could also abuse the chat box – just type in the question and moderator will read it to the presenter.

And did I already say it’s very convenient? Anyone can access it from anywhere as long as they have Internet connection, just likemadsciguy 1:

On July 31, 2011 at 6:09 AM
madsciguy 1: Rockwall Texas, in hospital just had twins yesterday and a day from learning was wrenching. Two beautiful grls and I have attended all rscons and listened to podcast of sessions i missed

In some instances, you can even download some of the presentation slides beforehand so you know what to expect. The presenters’ websites and Twitter accounts are posted, too.It’s also good that the sessions were brief and very interactive. With this tool, people who have so much to share but have public speaking anxiety, can now reach out to other people while trying to overcome their fear It’s like being in an international conference while in the comfort of your own home!.. too much comfort I fell asleep while listening to one of the sessions. Thank God my CamStudio Recorder was on (thanks Joy).

Here are the conferences I’ve attended:

    7/31/2011 5:30:00- 6:00 Awakening Indispensable People
    by Monika Hardy

    7/31/2011 6:30:- 7:30
    Keynote Presentation: Creating the Schools that Empower Students to Find Their Sentence
    by Lisa Nielsen

    7/31/2011 8:00:-8:30
    Ask the Children- Meaningful Student Blogging for all Levels (my favorite)
    by Pernille Ripp

    7/31/2011 23:00- 23:30
    Integrating Music with Literacy to Help Struggling Readers
    by Elizabeth Peterson

I wanted more, but my schedule made it impossible. I tried to partake in two sessions at the same time but it didn’t work for me. So, I just followed the blogs (’cause I haven’t found a reason to like Twitter, still) of those presenters whose topic I found fascinating – adding up to my “I’ll-check-it-out-as-soon-as-I’m-no-longer-busy” list. I really should’ve attended that webinar Keep a finger on the pulse of your PLN!

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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.

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.