Wouldn’t you prefer to learn about something by looking at it? Visuals seem to make learning stick, our brains tell us so.
Image Source: Scientific American
I’ve combined my love of photography and learning in a new blog titled “Learning Through Images“. The idea is to provide a resource of images for learners, with prompts for discussion based around STEM Education and the Arts. Educators are welcome to “blend” their student’s learning with visuals and tips from “Learning Through Images”.
The simplicity of slideroll makes it a useful tool for students to be creative and showcase their work. Using my garden pics again, the focus of this slideshow is the image rather than decoration and animation. Photos can be added by uploading from your computer or by connecting to your flickr account. There is a good selection of music to choose from and a variety of options for displaying the images. Students can also add captions and titles to their photos.
Being able to choose your own shape is a great feature of Tagxedo. It’s an example of technology that is not the focus of a task but a tool that allows students to add a creative and personal touch. I would use it at the beginning of a science topic by asking the students to brainstorm their prior knowledge of relevant words.
So, rather than just writing words in their exercise book I am using technology to make the task more personal and creative for my students. In this example the pedagogy rather than technology comes first. Just click on the Tagxedo if you would like to take a closer look.
The possibilities with Glogster are endless…as is the time one can spend creating with it. I thoroughly enjoyed making this poster and can see that presenting ideas this way will be so versatile in the classroom. Students who are easily overwhelmed and struggle to get started may need some guidelines on what to include in their poster. For example, if you are studying “Environmental Science” a student could pick a topic of interest…. maybe pollution in their local creek. They could take a few photographs of the area, include those with a map, create and embed a ToonDoo animation about preventing pollution, some text (not too much as it is a poster), images of art they have created themselves etc. With some structure they should be able to complete the task in a set period of time.
Just on a personal note….I don’t believe in cruelty to animals but included the unfortunate fly because it reminds me so much of many teenage boys I have encountered during my career. As you know, they love to fiddle, gouge their names into desktops, stab things and stick anything into the Bunsen burner flame.
Click here to take a look at my poster.
Had a bit of a play around with Tagxedo today and found it to be a more versatile tool then Woordle. Being able to include numbers and choose a shape of your own is a bonus. This could be used to engage students when beginning a new topic or revising terms for a test.