I hope everyone in the class took away something in their teaching toolbox through this course. I know I did. Thank you everyone for sharing your experience, knowledge, and expertise in your respective fields.
What I have included in my final assignment in the ePortfolio is a combination of several new skills and programs/software that I learned to incorporate when designing media for the classroom. This would be included in a multi-day lesson where I would teach the processes separately (interactive graphics) and students would individually follow up with a hands-on activity (video) to help their understanding of cell division.
Included below is a new video as well as interactive graphics on the topic of Mitosis. This is a complete version of the previous work I created in previous weeks. I decided to showcase some of the skills I learned within the same topic because cell division is difficult for students to learn and visualize.
Firstly, the video was filmed using my cell phone. I didn’t have a stand so I had to be creative with propping it up to get the hands on view that I wanted. The camera on my phone isn’t the greatest as you can see that it periodically refocuses the video. After filming, I put the video in my video editing software, Davinci Resolve, and I added in a front and end transition, titles, cuts, and image stills to get the final video I wanted. I then uploaded it to Youtube and auto-generated the captions where I went in to edit everything to make it look grammatically correct. We learned from our readings that there are great benefits to video media in education. Students can access “content at any time, from any place, the ability to pause, review, slow down, skip and skim through the content, to interact with and watch the content many times” (Woolfit, 2015, p. 37)
Secondly, I decided to use interactive graphics. I really think this is a great way for students to engage with media and to help learners with specific concepts. I used the images from Khan Academy, but ended up editing some words and removed some lines via Microsoft Paint. If you compare the images here and the ones linked, they are 90% the same. Effective image use is representational and transformational to allow learners to support and improve learning (Clark and Lyons, 2010). Using effective visuals will help direct learner attention to important information, activate prior knowledge, build new memories, and motivate learners to complete learning goals (2010). However, my biggest concern regarding the use of this media is that the HP5 platform is not universally integrated into other platforms or as standalone interactive images. For example, I cannot integrate this into Microsoft Teams. I did read that it was possible to integrate it into OneNote and I tried doing that but it did not work for me. I hope that in the future, this sort of technology and media can be translated across any platform but it seems like we are still far from that.
Woolfit, Z. (2015). The effective use of video in higher education (Rep.), 10-38. Retrieved October 2, 2018, from https://www.inholland.nl/media/10230/the-effective-use-of-video-in-higher-education-woolfitt-october-2015.pdf
Clark, Ruth C., and Chopeta Lyons. Graphics for Learning : Proven Guidelines for Planning, Designing, and Evaluating Visuals in Training Materials, Center for Creative Leadership, 2010. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy.tru.ca/lib/trulibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=624441.