This week I went to class on Tuesday night and got to participate with that cohort. It was interesting for me to see the different dynamic of another class. Honestly, the presentations were a little long and repetitive however it is nice to see everyone's different presentation styles. I would like to see a greater variety of presentation strategies than Power Points. I have enjoyed seeing the variety of Prezi options.
My favorite part of class were the App Presentations. I again was able to teach more about Evernote. I actually focused on how I use Evernote to enhance my Weebly, take notes for endorsement in an organized fashion, and the amazing thing that is WebClipper. It is so fun to see the way the teachers get so excited about the options available. I also get so many good ideas for uses when presenting in a setting like this. I also loved learning just a little bit more about Evernote and all of the apps that work so well with it!
This week most of class time was spent listening to my classmates presentations of their thematic units. It was interesting to hear about the different units that were planned an implemented. I found it interesting that many of the presenters in their synopsis of using the ADDIE model, expressed feeling of uncertainty in using this model in the future. I believe that is probably because of the time consuming process that the ADDIE model requires in order for successful development and implementation. I do believe that the ADDIE model helps the designer create an excellent, well developed final product. I did find it interesting to hear others experiences with using and implementing the ADDIE model and the successes and challenges they faced.
The part of class I enjoyed the most were the breakout sessions. I was able to present the Explain Everything App and use information had learned while presenting at UCET and share it with my classmates. The teachers seemed very excited about the possibilities that Explain Everything provides them. They helped add to our running list of uses for the app in K-12 classrooms in a variety of subject areas. The information from the training can be found here.
This week during class we discussed the Evaluation stage of the ADDIE model. We spent quite a bit of time discussing rubrics, how to create them, use them, and how students can use them. Honestly, right before class began I realized I had lost my wallet and it turned class into a little bit of a frenzy for me. I spent some time searching for it and then I was trying to cancel all my cards. After all the shenanigans were taken care of I was still a little flustered. However, it was a good reminder for me that we have to take in mind the needs of ours students. Camille and Ross were very understanding and kind to me about it. They allowed me to take a little time and moved my schedule presentation of the Teach Like a Champion Strategies to later in the class. I think that is important for us as educators to take into consideration the needs and challenges our students face every day.
Once I had settled down, I found the rubrics portion of the lesson a good reminder about rubrics. I really enjoyed some of the terms presented and found them helpful for rubric writing in the future. In order to remember these terms I created the Tagxedo picture to the left as a visual reminder. I even made it in the shape of an E for Evaluation!
Class notes can be found here.