My Graphic Representation of Educational Technology

I think I made this harder than it needed to be. One of my goals in this program was to learn new skills and apply them as a new learner. In many ways to try and recapture the feelings my students have when faced with the same thing. When I read the task I saw the word Glogster. I had no idea what it was and so felt compelled to find out and then to try and use it. I am pretty confident with Photoshop, Prezi, Keynote etc. but had not heard of Glogster. Having done my reading earlier in the week and reflected and digested with some scribbled notes, I sat down to have a go with GogsterEdu today.

Hmmmmm. Pretty straightforward. You have a canvas and images you can add and drop into it – nothing my 5th graders would not master in 20 min. But then there are a number of multi-media resources which you can add. You can link videos, sound and images which all add to the experience. I did not have time to explore these today but will revisit this site – hopefully with my class to create some posters this week. I did get far too caught up in the variety of images and became frustrated with some of the limits of the program – or rather my limits in knowing how to use it!

My actual graphic is a little different. I put Study and Ethical Practice at the bottom, but placed them on pillars – meant to represent their importance and influence. Without these two foundations, everything else falls down. I used arrows to represent the relationship they have on  the ‘use, create, manage relationship’.  The triangle I created encompasses the resources and processes – which I represented with tech objects and a humanoid head. Maybe getting too arty for my own good. I used key words from the chapter to sit alongside the 3 main headings.

I represented the facilitation of learning and improvement of performance at the top of the page and put them inside a brain. To me the brain is learning. While this is not physically at the heart of my graphic I tried to show that this is a never ending cycle by adding a final arrow to a repeat command with a 0, which was meant to represent the idea of constant repetition.

I can’t say I am very happy with it. I should have played with Glogster earlier in the week and planned my ideas based on its limits. I am glad I learned to use a new resource and reflected on my practice. I learned new skills while reflecting on the concept.

The link below will take you directly to the image, I was not sure if I could embed it in wordpress – never done that before – any help gratefully received.

My Glogster Ed Tech Graphic

Andrew

8 thoughts on “My Graphic Representation of Educational Technology

  1. I appreciated hearing your commentary as you were working on the assignment. Glogster definitely looks like a hip tool that all the cool teachers would be using. I applaud you for pushing yourself and including fun elements like dogs, robots and (is that a transformer?)

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  2. Yes, I agree with your classmates. I think that your Glogster represents a clear idea of the importance of Study and Ethical Practice, while also tying in the other elements. And you didn’t put too much in there, so that is key.

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  3. Andrew your self assessment of your chart is a bit stressed, you did a great job. I too was a bit taken aback at first glimpse but as I studied it I, unknowingly, began to follow along and started understanding, it was like a game (I mean this as a huge compliment). Standard charts are fine, as I did, but yours had a flare of creativity to it that I loved. Good Job!

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  4. I think I did the same thing with mine as well and over thought it way too much, although yours is really good. I think it is awesome that you decided to try something new. I will have to give glogster a try in one of my classes!

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