Before I start with the reflection, I want to share the process behind our presentation so that the readers would be able to understand the logic behind each slide. Abby and I started a brain dump on a GoogleDoc using WHY-HOW-WHAT and worked backwards for the slides. But before we even did that, we used good old-fashioned paper and pencil (storyboarding) to jot down our crazy random ideas. As I mentioned earlier, this presentation is made with the purpose of later on introducing the staff at our school to the RUA for Teachers that we made at the end of Course 2.
Why is technology important in the classroom?
• Importance and benefits to self and students (WHY)
• Amplifying learning, making connections and productivity (HOW)
• Students’ and teachers’ achievement (WHAT)
Initially we were thinking of using either the IB Learner Profiles or a transdisciplinary approach to our question. But then we decided on using Kath Murdoch’s inquiry cycle, as we felt that our fellow teachers would be able to relate to it better this way (putting ourselves in the audience’s shoes). For the staff presentation itself, we plan to share the link to the slides with them through Atlas on the big day.
Our high aspirations
For our cover slide, we used an image of a tree as we felt that it denotes growth. For this particular presentation – growing with technology! Note that the transition slides are all the same – the inquiry cycle. Also, the colors used in the hexagon are same used for the slide representing it later.
For the Tuning In, we plan to show the video of how elders (or anyone who is not tech-savvy) would react to Snapchat. This is primarily so that everyone shares what teachers know about technology, how they have gained this knowledge and their experiences within the classroom.
For the Finding Out stage, we have inserted some clickable resources in our slides. During this time, the teachers can click on any of these resources to gain more knowledge about productive use of technology in the classroom. We have not made the list too long as we felt that others can add to it with time. We also do not want to overwhelm the audience by giving them too many resources to look into.
Throughout the presentation we plan to keep a mix of activities. For Sorting Out, we plan to do a paper and pencil activity. There will be chart papers at each table with the WHY-HOW-WHAT circles. The driving question is Why is technology important in the classroom? Teachers are expected to fill in the HOW and WHAT circles, using their prior knowledge and the resources they looked at during the Finding Out stage.
Going Further, we want teachers to share their knowledge and understanding. We plan to share an interactive GoogleDoc with the following two columns to be filled out – Questions I still have and Share my knowledge.
For Making Conclusions, we plan to use Padlet. We have also put in the QR code in our slide, for teachers to access Padlet. We will be using this platform to make connections between what teachers are already doing in the classroom and what they plan to do differently in the future after this workshop.
For Taking Action and Reflecting, we want teachers to post their thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag AISQ8. We want to know how their feelings and thinking has changed during this inquiry process, what their take-away is, how they will improve their professional learning along with their students and effectively use technology to benefit all.
It has been quite a process using the learning from Course 3 for the presentation itself. While using the pictures we had to constantly think and rethink as we wanted them to speak our thoughts (effective communication through design and layout). We have shared the data (resources for Finding Out) through logos (links within them) because it is easier for the audience to focus on these rather than the resource list as a starting point (audience and purpose affect what you communicate) .
In each slide Abby and I have tried to be very careful with the contrast between colors and fonts, repetition of the inquiry cycle to keep the flow of understanding, alignment of pictures with words and lastly proximity of the same. We have also made an effort of aligning activities for the staff and made sure there are no repetitions (different information mediums require different strategies…).
When we present this workshop, I hope it goes really well. But till then I would like your opinion to help us improve it – not for ourselves, but for our audience!