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Peer feedback

During week 8 students shared their blogs and we engaged in a formative assessment activity in our weekly workshop. Students have provided with a marking rubric and we will ‘mark’ and provide written feedback to 2 peers. Therefore, students will then have time to reflect on the feedback they received and make any changes to the Blog before the final submission date.

I found that the peer feedback I received was valuable. It helped me to improve my design. Also, the peer feedback I received included grammar, spelling, referencing and I didn’t add much videos or images to show this topic. Therefore, I have reviewed this in my blog and I have tried to change and add more information with all feedback I received.

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peer feedback from Rebecca

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Rainforest

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Name of teaching resource

· Rainforest

Web link (if web based)

· https://www.pinterest.com/leiwu1996/rainforest/

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

· This digital teaching resource should be used with year 7-10 because it includes a lot of writing.

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

· Individual, whole class and group work should be used this teaching resource. It should be used in class through a projector on the white board. As a teacher, I would tell students to use it while they doing their assessment that link to this resource.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

· For humanities area, this teaching resource can be used in Society & environment and English.

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

· This teaching resource has types of tree in the rainforest, the importance of the rainforest, rainforest information for kids, rainforest maths, types of rainforest animals, and an organisation about how to protect the rainforest.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

· Students may not interest to read all the information because this teaching resource includes a lot of words.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

· I would tell students to use it as they are learning the topic.

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Mathematics

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Name of teaching resource

· Mathematics

Web link (if web based)

· http://www.scoop.it/t/mathematics-by-lei-wu-1

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

· Primary students like year 1-6 can use this teaching resource to learn mathematics and teachers can use it to teach the students in primary school.

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

· Students can use it individually, or use it with the whole class. Also, it should be used while the students doing group works. Teachers can use it to teach the students.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

· It should be used in Mathematics subject because this resource is all about numbers, mathematics symbols and teach students how to do mathematics. Also includes questions and games to practice what they learned.

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

· The strengths of the teaching resource are that students can learn how to do mathematics on their own. And how parents can help their kids to do well in maths. I believed that students would be interested in it because all students in that age like to play games.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

· It may be highly addictive or students only interest to play the game because kids like to play games.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

· This resource includes simple maths so I would use it to teach kids and give them questions to practice that find in this resource.

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Participate and Digital Divide

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According to Margaret Rouse, “Digital divide is a term that refers to the gap between demographics and regions that have access to modern information and communications technology, and those that don’t or have restricted access. This technology includes the telephone, television, personal computers and the Internet”. Nowadays, technologies are a part of our lives. Most people cannot leave without it especially the younger generation.

Everyone thinks that in a digital world everyone would have a chance to participate, but that’s not true. There is a ‘digital divide’ a gap between those who can buy and use digital technologies easily and those who cannot. This isn’t just a case of poorer countries and richer countries, the digital divide exists here in Australia. On this topic, we discussed in class that the gaps are usually concerned with age, income, disability and community type. First, older people are less likely to use the Internet than younger people. Second, the cost of connecting to the Internet has come down in recent years but it is still an expense for people who have fewer incomes (Bentley, ABC, 2014, the digital divide in Australia). Third, people who live in a rural area with limited broadband access are less likely to use the Internet than the urban or suburban area. For example, the broadband of some rural areas is limited to a speed of 28.8 Kbit/s rather than a speed that more than 100 Kbit/s in an urban or suburban area. And some adults with a disability do not use the Internet. However, there is an organisation made a solution of non-participation which is the one laptop for each child program to help students to participate to the digital world.

As a result, I cannot image that our lives without digital technologies. I cannot image in the world I can’t send emails, cannot Google information, and couldn’t buy things online, study online or access information. I think if there is no internet or technologies we will be backwards of the times. However, we cannot be addicted to it because it may create some problems. For instance, I always see people play their phones rather than talk to their family or friends. Finally, we should always communicate with family and friends and we also need to help the non-participate people bridge the digital divide.

Reference

Howell. 2012. Teaching with ICT. Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. Oxford

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-02/bridging-the-digital-divide/5566644

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/11/08/whos-not-online-5-factors-tied-to-the-digital-divide/

http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/digital-divide

http://totalexec.com.au/totalexec-views/2014/7/28/crossing-the-digital-divide-the-next-hurdle-for-boards.html

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Digital Identities and Digital Security

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“Digital identity is the data that uniquely describes a person or a thing and contains information about the subject’s relationship (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_identity)”. The social identity that an Internet user establishes through digital identities in cyberspace is referred to as online identity. Digital security is to protect the digital identity of the network or Internet. Digital security includes the tools we use to secure our identity, assets and technology in the online and mobile world.

In this topic, we have discussed in class that half of the students care about others to know their real information. For example, some people will use an unreal name or in the setting of privacy shortcuts set as only me can see my stuff in their Facebook. It made people know nothing about their personal details and gave no chance to people who have no good purpose. According to the textbook, it showed me there are six drivers of digital expectancy, such as students, parents, employers, government, a wider community and teachers (Howell, 2012, p, 59). Nowadays, more and more parents, employers and the wider community expect the education system to produce students who can use a wide variety of digital technologies fluently. Parents normally expect their children to experience or be fluent into the digital technologies in the teaching and learning. Employers are also expecting their employees to know how to use digital technologies whether they are part-time job students or people leaving the education system (Howell, 2012, p, 59). Certainly, students also expect their schooling and non-schooling are rich in digital technologies.

As a result, I think people should know the basic of digital technologies. However, not every technology is safe to use. For example, the online system likes Facebook. Online users are stealing the account to defraud money or other stuff by use the contacts or the personal details. Also, digital security is not always safe so people should create a digital identity that is not same as the real identity or set the online personal information only friends can see it. Finally, people must be able to use technologies even just know some basic skills but we cannot rely on digital technologies.

Reference

Howell. 2012. Teaching with ICT. Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. Oxford

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_identity

http://www.justaskgemalto.com/us/tips/what-digital-security

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What is a Digital World?

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‘What is a digital world’ was the first topic that we learned. We explored the idea of the ‘digital world’. We also explored the different digital worlds we live in, such as our personal digital world, our learning personal world as a student and our professional digital world when we graduate. Through the first topic, I have more detailed understanding of the ‘digital world’ in pedagogy. I also learned why teachers need a digital pedagogy.

In the first class, the teacher asked us to do a small task about what is a digital world. In a group with other students, we searched pictures about digital technologies. In the textbook, it told us that throwing a computer into a classroom doesn’t make the learning effective. To make the learning effectively, teachers need to understand how to use technology effectively, understand the learning theories behind the practice and know how to select the right technology for the learning outcomes they seek (Howell, 2012, p.5). In another word, teachers need a digital pedagogy. The reason why is because in this technology-rich environment, teachers need technology to know each student. I also learned that when we use the technology we learn differently and engage in different types of knowledge creation. Also, on the use of technology in teaching and learning has showed developments in learning theories such as constructionism, distributed constructionism and connectivism (Howell, 2012, p.5).

In my opinion, I think it is important to know how to use technologies. Although technologies are not all-purpose, but most people cannot live without it. For example, without vehicles, people cannot go to far places. Also, without communication tools, people cannot contact their relatives from a far place. In addition, teachers should even more to use digital technologies because it helps them to know about the digital natives as the students.

Reference

Howell. 2012. Teaching with ICT. Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity. Oxford

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2012/10/09/who-knew-americans-prefer-privacy-over-data-tracking/personal-data-digital-world/