Thursday, June 29, 2006

Some Ideas of Our Final Assignment

Some Ideas of Our Final Assignment – Susanna and Terrenz

We are interested in environmental issue and would like to produce learning object related to this issue.

Topic: Sound Pollution

Mobile phone, MP3, PSP and other different kinds of technologies become part of our life. It seems that many people cannot live without these technologies. However, the noise generated by these technologies does affect our health, both mental and physical, just like the case of uncle bus and youngster with glasses.

Thus, we would like to produce a single screen learning object with animation and interaction that P6 students can be used to explore the cause and effect of noise pollution on our body.

IT tools used: PowerPoint, Photo Impact and Flash.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Design a Learning Object

This learning object is designed by Susanna and Terrenz.
Please kindly have a look and comment. Thank you.


Sources from:
http://www.ems.psu.edu/~fraser/Bad/BadRain.html
http://www.fluidmech.net/tutorials/raindrops/drop_flow.htm
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/raindropshape.html

Friday, June 16, 2006

Digital Storytelling (Clear Version)

Theme: MY SCHOOL
(For Primary 1 Students)
Thank you for the classmates' suggestion. I have solved the upload problem. Finally, I uploaded a clear version.
Through the pictures and simple wordings, it looks like a movie which attracts P.1 students' attention. The students recognize the school places that are good for learning and leisure.

Here is my work. Please have a look.

Photostory:
http://iln.cite.hku.hk/com/1238/users/ymtwong4/PhotoStory.wmv

My first digital storytelling

Theme: My School (For Primary 1 students)


Digital storytelling can be used to integrate subject area knowledge in many areas of the curriculum. Through the pictures and simple wordings, it looks like a movie which attracts P.1 students' attention. The students recognize the school places that are good for learning and leisure.
Here is my work, please have a look!
"MY SCHOOL"

Although I enjoyed the process to create a photo story, I felt a little bit frustration because of the upload problem. Maybe my file is very large (4.44 MB), so I can’t upload a clear version (windows media) to the Blog or to the ILN. However, when it changed it into a Flash Version, the image not very clear. Actually, I am not satisfied of this version. ……How can I do? ……

Reflection of Session 3

Reflection of Session 3
Although I used a lot time to create my first digital storytelling, I enjoyed the process. Digital storytelling is a wonderful way to engage students and teachers who would like to be the next Steven Spielberg. It is a practical and effective teaching method for arousing students' learning interest. Also, it can contribute to the development of many of the competencies we want our students to acquire. It is an ideal environment in which students can work in teams, learning to collaborate on decision-making and task division throughout the planning, production and post-production phases of the creation of their digital stories. These interactions are crucial to the acquisition of knowledge as well as allowing for multiple learning styles.
From the website of Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling, it pointed out the educational goals of Digital Storytelling:
For Teachers:
  • Appeal to the diverse learning styles of the students by using Digital Storytelling as a presentation media
  • Generate interest, attention and motivation for the "digital generation" kids in our classrooms.
  • Capitalize on the creative talents of your own students as they begin to research and tell stories of their own.
  • Publish student work on the Internet for viewing and critiquing by others.

For Students:

  • Learn to use the Internet to research rich, deep content while analyzing and synthesizing a wide range of content.
  • Develop communications skills by learning to ask questions, express opinions, construct narratives and write for an audience.
  • Increase computer skills using software that combines a variety of multimedia including: text, still images, audio, video and web publishing.

Source from: http://www.coe.uh.edu/digital-storytelling/goalsobjectives.htm

I believe I will create many educational storytelling later with this useful software.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Task 2 - Design a Visual Display

Reflection of Session 2

I have learnt a lot from session 2. Thanks for Dr. Churchill, the five visual displays of giant squid let us understand how to make a visual display more effective. It is impressing!

I agree with the points of Tufte and Lester. Tufte pointed out, “Visuals can communicate complex ideas with clarity, precision, efficiency and convey the most knowledge in the shortest time in the small space”. Well designed graphics or pictures are far more effective than words. They offer text and numbers as visual ideas rather than display of words and numbers. Also, creativity is crucial factor to visual design.

Visual Display is a good reflection in teaching as pictures invent to communicate complex thoughts. With invention of print words become more important that pictures. Teachers can integrate visual display into the curriculum. Students can remember the content by creating powerful pictures. I totally agree with the mention of Dr. Churchill --- if a visual representation is given to students for learning than there is a need for a teacher to prepare some additional questions or task that would direct them to seek information presented in appropriate ways (to support development of visual literacy).

Thursday, June 01, 2006

About me and Reflection of Session 1



Reflection of Session 1

  • This module is very interesting. After the first lesson, I realized "a picture is worth a thousand words." Information Visualization is the direct visualization of a representation of selected features or elements of complex multi-dimensional data. Data that can be used to create visualization includes text, image data, sound, voice, video or all kinds of numerical data.
  • In schooling, interactive visual representations are beneficial to subject teachers as well as teacher librarians. It provides powerful mediating tools in arousing the learning motivation among students. A lot of interactive visual activities relate with the data that has been visualized so that students can explore, discover and learn.
  • As a teacher librarian, interactive visual activities are useful for me to plan a reading program or collaborate the curriculum activities with teachers. So, I want to learn more.