Create to Learn
Learning about the importance of 'Create to Learn' got me thinking about my current teaching practice. Am I creating to learn or learning to create? Are my 'create' tasks helping to consolidate my learners learning? Or is the focus more on the tools they are using? These are important questions to reflect on, so I can be certain that my lessons allow my learners to embrace their creativity and express their understandings in a way which best suits their needs, interests and strengths.
Effective Site Layout
|Click on this screenshot to explore Learning Space 2's site.|
Here are a few things that I believe demonstrates that LS2's site meets the principles of effective site layout:
- Each page is uniform and simplistic, creating a sense of cohesion amongst the teachers and their groups. At a glance, you will notice that all teacher pages look the same which is our intention. We did this because a. we wanted the three of us to be seen as one, and b. we didn't want our learners to feel as though one teacher was doing something that was better/easier/harder etc.
- Our use 'wee mee' avatars is a great visual prompt that focuses our learners attention. Our learners know that clicking on their teachers face will take them directly to their tasks.
- Get to where you need to be within 3 clicks. This has proven to be extremely effective for our learners, as they can find their work easily without getting lost or confused.
- Our class site is 'accessible to all'. All our tumbles, tasks and resources need to be visible to anybody with the link. It is beneficial for learners as it ensures their learning is 'rewindable', as they can go back to the learning at any time. Moreover, it is beneficial for whanau as they can see what their child is learning.
In term 2 I will be in charge of creating a site for our inquiry unit. I look forward to applying what I have learnt about effective site layout to create a site which fits the 10 principles.