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Blog Task 2 – Observation Task

After a recent injury I have found myself at the Physiotherapist three times this week; once for physiotherapy, once for Pilates mat work session and once for a gym rehabilitation session.

On entering the practice you are greeted with a smiling face and a welcome message. The desk is quite low and receptionist is therefore at the same level as the clients. I have observed that as more clients enter they do not sit next to each other, preferring to leave a space between each other. The whole front of the building is frosted glass and one treatment room is visible from reception.

Once you are called by the Physiotherapist you walk through a small corridor to another treatment room, a gym and a Pilates studio (see sketches). Although the practice presentation and atmosphere stays very professional, there is an instant ease knowing that the practitioner is focused on you as an individual.

My concerns are that there is no high level at reception that you can lean on when filling in the client information form. The options are to bend over the reception desk, kneel there or sit and lean on your lap. The magazines in the waiting room are stacked up high and in no particular order and the Eftpos machine is not cordless nor does it have PayPass. The client therefore needs to move from one side of the computer to the other to put their pin in or sign the HiCaps receipt.

A potential solution would to be create a taller table or storage space that could be used to fill in client forms but also house magazines and fliers in a more organised manner. In regards to the Eftpos, simply changing to an updated device with no cord and PayPass capabilities would be of benefit to the clients.

Each visit has been quite similar regardless of me participating in three different activities whilst here. And, as a bonus, I’m getting results!!

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Digital Essay Proposal

Proposed Topic:
Social Media: Integration In The 21st Century Classroom.

Digital Tools
I am planning on using BlendSpace as the platform for my digital essay. This is an effective and reliable tool I have previously used with my students and I feel it would be an interesting and unique platform to use. BlendSpace is a resource which allows embedding of YouTube and Vimeo clips, hyperlinked text, Flickr and Creative Commons images, direct links to websites and embedding of podcasts. This is all completed in a drag and drop manner from the right menu bar. You can search from within the program and share to a worldwide audience.

I plan on drafting my assignment before embedding the text and resources onto BlendSpace. This will enable me to get a broad picture of the content, choose appropriate images and decide on how all the information is to be set out.

I believe I will be successful with using BlendSpace but if it does not turn out as planned I will use Weebly as it is a platform I am very familiar with.

Rationale
Technology in the current day enables users to join and form online communities of common interest to collaborate, connect and create information. Social media is continually evolving and we are seeing it used in more classrooms. Project Tomorrow (2013) shares that students in 21st century learning environments are using social media to connect, collaborate and create content in ways that are meaningful to them. Students are adapting these tools to create personalised learning experiences through online interactions.

Social media’s capacity to enable students to connect, share and collaborate has made its use increasingly common in educational domains (Bosman & Zagenczyk, 2011). It provides a range of new and exciting opportunities for teaching and learning. Levinson (2010) states that as the conversation about the digital divide shifts from questions about technological access to ones concerning participation; educators must work to ensure that every young person has access to the tools, skills and experiences needed to join in this new participatory culture.

The Australian Curriculum’s ICT Capabilities state that students need to develop information creation and presentation, problem solving, decision-making, communication, creative expression, and empirical reasoning, all of which can be gained from the appropriate use of social media. Hence, in this digital essay I endeavor to explore how social media can be used successfully in the classroom to assist students in achieving these requirements. I aim to focus on the following points:

  • What is social media in the 21st Century classroom and why is it important?
  • How can teachers and/or schools effectively implement social media into classrooms?
  • How does implementing social media enable creativity, collaboration and learner lead innovation in the 21st Century classroom?
  • Classroom scenarios.

I often hear educators speaking of the limitations that schools and sectors put on the use of social media in schools. I intend for my digital essay to push the boundaries of these limitations and shed light on the possibilities. Literature from, but not limited to Redecker, et al (2011), Prensky (2001), Meyers (2013), Crockett (2011), Hattie (2008) and Davies (2011) will provide scholarly support and other supporting materials will be drawn from YouTube and podcasts, as well as social media platforms in general.

References

Australian Curriculum. Scope of ICT Capability. http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/generalcapabilities/information-and-communication-technology-capability/introduction/scope-of-ict-capability Retrieved 2nd May, 2015.

Bosman, L, & Zagenczyk, T. (2011). Revitalise Your Teaching: Creative Approaches To Applying Social Media In The Classroom. Social Media Tools and Platforms in Learning Environments. P. 3-15. Berlin: Springer-Berlin Heidelerg

Levinson, M. (2010). From Fear to Facebook: One School’s Journey. USA: ISTE

 

And so it begins…

Today marks the beginning of my journey towards earning my Masters of Education. With a newborn baby and a family business, I am sure I will have my work cut out for me.

Stay tuned for blog posts in relation to my two subjects this semester; INF530 – Concepts & Practices for a Digital Age and INF541 – Game Based Learning.

Looking forward to sharing in some engaging online chats with my fellow students.

Gabrielle.