Digital curation, the preservation and maintenance of digital assets
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The work performed by a curatorArchiving, historical record keeping
Evidence management, indexing and cataloguing of evidence
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The curation topic that I am putting together is based around Teaching Technology to Year 3 and Year 4 using the Australian Curriculum: Technology as a guideline. Jarche (2012) says that curation is essential for professionals in the digital age because we all struggle with information overload and that it is essential to have a process in place to manage personal knowledge.
The curation process is described by Jarche (2012) and Kanter (2011) as having 3 phases - Seek, Sense, Share.
Seek – seek playfully to connect
Sense – make sense and be empowered through learning
Share – share to inspire through your work (Jarche, n.d.)
The tools that I will be using to seek information will be Twitter, Diigo, Zite and Pinterest. In sensing I will archive, annotate and apply what I have learned and by blogging and providing insight on my curation page I will apply what I have learned. Resources will be shared on Scoopit, Twitter and My WordPress blog.
Student are often required to create and present information on a specific topic to their peers. The tools mentioned in this article are useful for teachers and students to use in presentation creation and slideshows. These tools also do not require installation of any software which makes them immediately accessible to students with internet access.
This links to Australian Curriculum: Technologies / Digital Technologies / Year 3 and 4 / Digital Technologies processes and production skills
Collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems
Selecting appropriate formats or layout styles to present data as information depending on the type of data and the audience, for example lists, tables, graphs, animations, info graphics and presentations
ChartGo is a graph making tool where students can create graphs online. Students can select from bar charts, line charts, area charts and pie charts. The instructions are easy to follow and once students make their choices they can then, at the click of a button produce the graph they require.
In the Australian Curriculum Technologies / Digital Technologies / Year 3 and 4 / Digital Technologies processes and production skills, under Content description - students are required to collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems, with the elaboration of selecting appropriate formats or layout styles to present data as information depending on the type of data and the audience, for example lists, tables, graphs, animations, info graphics and presentations.
This tool will prove useful for students to produce the necessary graphs required to meet this curriculum requirement.
Social media offers some great opportunities for learning in the classroom, bringing together the ability to collaborate, access worldwide resources, and find new and interesting ways to communicate in one easily accessible place.
Wendy Clark's insight:
By using Twitter in the classroom you share your lessons. If students create something imaginative and original you can share it with their parents. Students have to learn about digital citizenship and Twitter in the classroom is a safe environment that you can control. If you set up a class twitter account you can tweet updates throughout the day. You can connect with other classrooms in the country or even around the world. You can write collaboratively with another class. There are many ways to use Twitter in the classroom as shown in the attached link.
There will however have to be rules for the Twitter account to function safely and for the best educational outcomes. Let your class decide the rules of your Twitter account, guided by you, the teacher. Rules could be:
1. Only use first names on Twitter.
2. Twitter is a tool for learning and sharing.
3. Any photos have to be approved by that person and the teacher.
4. Every tweet requires teacher approval.
5. Netiquette rules apply.
6. Only connect to people and classrooms that add value to our classroom.
7. A tweeter of the day is chosen.
Twitter accounts can provide:
connection with parents to sharing learning
collaboration with other classrooms in the area
connection with other classrooms around the world
connection with educational websites and events
communication with educators who respond to class projects
sharing learning with others
communication and interaction with authors
Links to the Australian Curriculum, Digital Technologies knowledge and understanding Identify, use and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose (ACTDIK001). Digital Technologies processes and production skills. Work with others to create and organise ideas and information using information systems, and share these with known people in safe online environments (ACTDIP006).
The links on Richard Byrne's page show a range of ways of using and incorporating QR codes into your classroom. QR codes (Quick Response Code) are two dimensional barcodes which are usually black and white in colour and can store vast amounts of information. QR codes are scanned by a smartphone, tablet or iPad and save students time without having to type in the URL, especially for long addresses and for students who are not yet able to use a keyboard accurately.
In applying QR codes to the Australian Curriculum it would fall under Digital Technologies, explore and use a range of digital systems with peripheral devices for different purposes, and transmit different types of data with the elaboration of using different peripheral devices to display information to others, for example using a mobile device, interactive whiteboard or a data projector to present information.
QR codes can be used to make internet research more engaging and easier than typing long URL's and also to ensure students access the correct information. They can be used to post word documents with answers to questions which allow students to check their work. They can be used to share online projects by being placed on a noticeboard which students from other classes have access to. They can also be used in grab from the bag activities where students will grab a QR code and scan it and it will be linked to a specific task.
My name is Wendy Clark and I absolutely love education and interacting with people and children and am thrilled to be nearing the completion of my degree. I am in my final year of my Bachelor of Education (Primary) through the University of Southern Queensland. Becoming a teacher who cares about individuals and makes a difference in their lives, no matter what “school bag” they bring with them, motivates me.
I believe that having the ability to engage, teach, nurture and support students through the use of ICTs is critical to 21st century education and that each student will have an endless number of opportunities to be successful in my classroom as I endeavour to use as many of those opportunities as is possible to foster their growth. Teaching is an extremely rewarding profession and my goal is to bring out the best in each and every child that I have contact with.
I have created this resource to begin the journey of linking the Australian Curriculum: Technologies with useful media/tools/programs and ideas for use in a Year3/4 classroom. At the same time I do hope that the resources that I gather will assist other eductors.
I welcome you to make comments, suggestions and to follow my posts, here, on my Blog, wendysgardenoflearning.wordpress.com and on Twitter @wendzclark.
Let’s make learning collaborative, shared and an experience that is rewarding and valuable to all educators.
Too many schools are jumping on the bandwagon without a thought to policy or the cyber safety of both teachers and students. Educators are so enamored with the results, they are overlooking the risks.
Wendy Clark's insight:
Teachers are encouraged to use Twitter, Blogging, Skype, You Tube and other communication tools in the classroom, With the introduction of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies teachers must always ensure that their students are aware of the dangers online. The Australian Curriculum: Technologies require students to use social and ethical protocols at home and school. As students are encouraged to explore the internet so too must they be taught of the potential dangers online. Teachers must model safe online practices to students.
Teachers must also address cyber safety with parents to ensure teachers and parents are working together with the children's safety as a priority.
Australian Curriculum: TechnologiesDigital Technologies / Year 3 and 4 / Digital Technologies processes and production skills
Content descriptionWork with others to plan the creation and communication of ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols Elaborations considering ways of managing the use of social media to maintain privacy needs, for example activating privacy settings to avoid divulging personal data such as photographs, addresses, and names and recognising that all digital interactions are difficult to erase (digital footprints)
Integrating technology in the classroom and engaging students in higher order thinking creates the ultimate learning experience for students. Bloom’s Taxonomy and digital tools creates an innovative learning environment where students are engaged in their assignments. The following is a list of digital tools as it relates to Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Visit this site to learn all the tips and tricks for using Google Earth as a teaching tool. You can view lesson plans for a variety of grade levels and subjects, discuss Google Earth teaching tactics with fellow educators, see student-created work, and read how other teachers are using Google Earth in the classroom.
Wendy Clark's insight:
Curriculum links: Google earth activities links to Year 4 Geography, Geographical Inquiry and Skills of collecting, recording, evaluating and representing.
Content descriptions: collect and record relevant geographical data and information, by measuring, or from sources such as maps, photographs, satellite images.
Elaboration: using Google Earth to collect geographical information, about resources from schools in contrasting parts of Australia.
Description: Students search for the location of their school using the search function. They use the zoom, tilt or rotate functions to gain further information about their school. Students learn to manipulate the geographical content that appears on the map using the layers button to add or removing places, borders and roads.
Learning: Students collect geographical information from maps, photographs and satellite images. The layers button enables students to manipulate the geographical information that appears on the map by adding or removing layers including places, businesses, photos, Wikipedia information, borders and labels, roads and oceans.
Application: Students can use Google Earth to work out the route they take from home to school and then map and measure the distance using the distance calculator. They could then try to find an alternative route to see whether it might be quicker.
Unique, easy-to-use digital microscope captures high-quality images (up to 200x magnification) and bends to allow teachers and students to view even hard-to-...
Wendy Clark's insight:
This short clip explains the features of the flexible digital microscope for classroom use. This links to Australian Curriculum: Technologies / Digital Technologies / Year 3 and 4 / Digital Technologies knowledge and understanding Content description:Explore and use a range of digital systems with peripheral devices for different purposes, and transmit different types of data Elaborations:Using specific peripheral devices to capture different types of data, for example using a digital microscope to capture images of living and non-living things.
Here are 10 cool ‘create an avatar’ web sites that I’ve found. To create an avatar is to show that you are serious about your online presence. I finally figured out where people go to Simpsonize themselves.
As students become more technology savvy it is important to remind them of their digital footprints and how what is shared online is not easily removed. Teachers must ensure that students are fully aware of online safety risks. To assist students in understanding the importance of symbols and creating an online identity they can create an avatar to represent themselves. When speaking to people you have never met before you use body language, voice expression, visual and facial movements and gesture to convey your personality and this is not possible in an online community. Therefore by creating an online identity you will automatically convey information to the people you communicate with.
What is an Avatar?
An online user’s computer representation of themselves. It can a three-dimensional model which are often used in computer games, a two-dimensional icon or a photograph which are used in internet forums.
In creating an online character students are protecting their identity and personal information and still are able to project who they are and what they represent. Students must be reminded of the distinction between personal and private information. By giving students the opportunity to create avatars with online names nurtures student understanding of online security. These online identities can be used when publishing and collaborating in online communities. Students can be creative with their avatars but they can also still provide information about the individual. The avatar may be realistic or non-realistic in appearance and may convey part of an identity that is not true to the student.
Avatar creation links to the Australian Curriculum Technologies / Digital Technologies / Year 3 and 4 / Digital Technologies processes and production skills
Work with others to plan the creation and communication of ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols
Considering ways of managing the use of social media to maintain privacy needs, for example activating privacy settings to avoid divulging personal data such as photographs, addresses, and names and recognising that all digital interactions are difficult to erase (digital footprints) Code: ACTDIP013
Storybird is a tool that allows students to create stories individually or in collaboration with peers which can then be shared, read and printed. Students can build their stories from images and art saved on the site or they can download and use their own images. Once the story has been created students can print, watch and share these stories which are published online. Stories can also be kept private. Storybird is free and teachers can host up to 30 students.
Storybird works by students dragging and dropping characters and images onto their digital storyboard. The stories come to life as this tool allows students to produce a visual display of their thoughts as they create their stories in collaboration with peers.
This aligns with the Australian Curriculum: Technologies: Digital Technologies processes and production skills as students work with others to plan the creation and communication of ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols, elaboration, organising and creating different types of information for sharing and collaborating online, for example planning the sequence and appearance of an animation, and sharing it online, with peers, parents with students from another school, ACTDIP013.
Uses for Storybird in the classroom
Use to engage students in the activites of the day ahead
Create stories, comic strips, poetry
Assist younger students with reading
Social stories for special needs students
Presentation on who you are, for others to get to know you
In units for write a fairy tale or fable
Create a movie trailer for books that have been read
Assign a group story for students to work in collaboration
This short video clips demonstrates how a teacher has used blogging and photoshop in his primary classroom. Students drew pictures and then used photoshop to edit them. This relates to the Australian Curriculum "Managing and operating ICT, Understand ICT systems - identify and compare the use of the main components of different ICT systems". Teachers can use this further and expand upon use of ICTs to "compare the use of a touch screen and apps on a mobile with mouse and applications on a desktop computer".
In the digital age students must be able to type. These apps are great for class and home use to improve student typing skills. Lets help students get their fingers moving. In Year 3 and Year 4 students begin to type long journal articles, create presentations, they are encouraged to blog and post comments online in safe forums. As teachers lets assist them by giving them tools to improve their typing skills.
This video shares some of the search options to find a Skype lesson. Pair with others to enhance your classroom through distance learning. Open a new portal ...
Wendy Clark's insight:
Using Skype in the classroom is a way students can make contact with experts in particular fields, or make contact with other classes who are working on the similar units or topics.
This falls under Australian Curriculum descriptor: Communicating with ICT, Level 3 / Understand computer mediated communications, understand that computer mediated communications are directed to an audience for a purpose. Students could also message experts or other classes via skype which which assist them in understanding that a text message may be sent to one or more persons.
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