Last class we were able to meet in small groups to discuss how our modules and courses profiles were playing out. It was really neat to see how everyone tackled this project and how we all see this project a little differently. It was great to hear the feedback our classmates were giving and also to gather some ideas from the other examples we saw. I was in the larger group so I was able to see four other courses as well as share my own. The nice thing about this was that I was able to see four different tools or platforms being used. First I got to see Moodle and hear about how easy it was to use but adding a little more flare to the platform involved a little more experience and background knowledge with coding. My experience with UR Courses gave me a reference point to look at and compare. Next we looked at Canva which is something I am unfamiliar with. It was encouraging and made me curious to explore a bit more on my own. Next we took a peak at Microsoft Teams. I was really curious about this one as my division uses google classroom. So I was curious to see how the two compared. We hear so much about both platforms that it made things a little more clear to actually see a working example of a course. Finally we discussed google classroom which is the platform Miranda and I are using and the one I do have some experience with in my own teaching.

Due to the larger group, I was the last one to go and things were a little rushed. I did not get a chance to really share our course and the work we have done so far. Unfortunately, I did not receive much feedback as we were kicked back to the main room. I did not walk away with nothing though. Hearing the ideas that my group had for their own blogs and the feedback they received helped me too. Alec even joined us while Darcy was sharing his presentation and gave some valuable suggestions. He mentioned that using unlisted videos on youtube can help free up much needed space on your platform. This allows users to view the videos within your platform by using a link rather than taking up a bunch of space. The fact that it is unlisted means that it will not be found in a search by some random people. Miranda and I did make two videos for the hook for each lesson. When I created them using Vyond, I then uploaded them to youtube. From there we used this link to insert them into google slides. It made the process easier for Miranda and I to share them and add them to our project without having to battle sharing a large file size. I never even thought about how much space it would take up in our platform. This also brings up another point from Alec. He suggested attaching multiple links to any outside source you are using. This might include the actual link underneath a youtube video in google slides. It is a safety net and a great suggestion.

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Heidi mentioned in her presentation of moodle that she wished it wasn’t so “vanilla”. She felt it was boring to look at and wished she had the knowledge and experience to change the colors on her dashboard. It made me realize how fortunate we are with google classroom. It has an attractive dashboard and it is easy to follow. I think for both primary and high school students and those in between. It is easy to navigate especially because we have ours organized by outcome. I know a lot of the primary grades use SeeSaw and I do not have much experience with it. It was mentioned multiple times in our discussion about how things are interchangeable between SeeSaw and Google Classroom.

After talking to Miranda she discussed some ideas she gained from her group. Since we are doing science and we have the option to complete some really neat labs, a suggestion of using the app True Visage to do the labs live for the students was thrown out there. If you can record this, then it would be a great way to include the students as if they were in the classroom. They could ask questions on the fly and the lesson would be influenced by the students interests and curiosities. With the ability to record this live, the students that need to re-watch the video or watch it because they were missing that day, will have access to this. Something they wouldn’t have in the classroom. If you cannot record the live lab then that is a downfall. However, if they missed school that day, they would be out of luck too. Another piece of feedback we received was to use EdPuzzle to create a stop and start video of the youtube videos we did share. This would allow us to include some multiple choice questions or other moments of reflection during the video instead of just watching it all in one go. With our course being all online we have the ability to use some variety with each lesson to try and keep students engaged. Back to the drawing board to add some more details to our course and take some of this feedback to improve our next two lesson and course as a whole!

5 thoughts on “Feedback…

  1. Hi Jocelyn,

    Thanks for sharing your post. It is too bad that you did not get as much feedback as you would have liked but it seems like you picked up some good ideas in spite of that. I like the idea of using EdPuzzle to make some of the YouTube videos interactive. That could very well boost engagement. It also seems like there are an increasing number of good apps and online resources to do virtual science labs. Have you tried this before.

    Another option may be to have students do a simple lab with at home objects and record it with a device and share their video. It seems like your course is coming together well. Good luck.

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    1. I have never done virtual science labs. I am sure it would be hard to replicate during them in the classroom but like you mentioned, there are lots of options to try. Of course this would all depend on the devices students have at home and what tools/objects they have at home.


  2. Similar to you, our group also ran out of time and I didn’t get a ton of feedback. I like how you summarized what the other people in the group are doing, and things that you were able to take away from the discussions, feedback for other courses, etc. I agree, I do think that making the LMS colourful does help the engagement factor a bit.

    When I create videos for my classroom, I always upload them to Youtube, unlist them, and then make them for a child audience (then you don’t get the ads). That way, only people with links can find the videos.

    I like Jamie’s feedback above. It would be cool to make a few at-home science experiments (that maybe don’t involve a ton of food due to food security issues) that students could create on their own with a given topic or complete ones that you send home. They could film themselves, etc. if they had access to it, and if they didn’t they could illustrate the results with a series of pictures.

    Thanks so much for sharing. I will have to check out a few of the tech tools you mentioned that I am unfamiliar with.

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    1. I didn’t realize that when you make it for kids it removes the ads. Thanks for sharing that. I usually checked that since they are made for kids but did not realize that was one of the benefits!


  3. Mike Wolf

    I was last to present in my group, as well. Though I rushed through in fear of getting kicked to the main room, like you I feel like there were a lot of takeaways from my group members.

    Good note above about listing the YouTube unlisted video as “for kids” to avoid ads. I never knew what the functionality of this option was, though I have always uploaded as “for kids” because I’m usually not doing a lot of swearing in my educational videos.

    True Visage looks pretty cool. I’ll have to try it out.

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