WE PRESENT TO YOU… EXPLORING SASKATCHEWAN THROUGH ART!
Exploring Saskatchewan Through Art Moldules can be found at: https://exploringskart.wordpress.com/
Course Profile: https://exploringskart.wordpress.com/course-profile/
My Module: https://exploringskart.wordpress.com/category/module-1/
Parent FAQ: https://exploringskart.wordpress.com/category/module-1/
The three teacher contributors were Angela, Ellen and myself.
The Final Post
Looking back at my second post “Dreaming and Designing”, I can happily say I am finally less overwhelmed. The creation process of our prototype definitely brought everything together and kind of made sense of everything. Hooray! I finally understand it. At least, I think I do. Creating the prototype allowed me to explore so many different websites and programs and it finally brought all the lessons we had, together.
I want to start off by saying how blown away I am by the other modules I had the pleasure of reviewing. The effort that was put into each of them were evident! It’s great to get to see how unique each prototype is. It was so cool how different the prototypes were. GREAT job everyone! Time to celebrate your success in the completion of your prototype!
We had such wonderful feedback from our classmates. Thank you to everyone for your kind words. We are happy that our classmates were able to enjoy our prototype and see the amount of effort that was put into it.
We had a group meeting to discuss the feedback we received and here is what we came up with:
Some of our feedback mentioned that it was a little hard to find our information. While WordPress is a clean and organized tool, our drop down menus were confusing to some, which means they could be confusing to parents and, of course, the eight-year-olds taking our course. One thing that we would change in response, is to change our drop down menus. Instead of having information on the header of our drop down menus, the header could be used as more of a title, with the content in further drop down menus off of the header. For example, the header of “course profile” could be changed so that the course profile isn’t listed underneath and instead is found on a drop down menu off of the header. We believe this would help students navigate our site.
We also decided to rewrite our rationale based on some of our feedback. We have now included more details about the reasoning behind many of our specific choices including our LMS and other instructional tools. Our new rationale is more comprehensive in explaining the choices we made in order to maximize learning opportunities for grade three students targeted with this prototype.
Another area that came up often in our feedback was that our modules contain both student content and teacher instructional notes. One area that we would change in response to this, is to have the student content and the teacher notes separated on our WordPress site. We intentionally created our modules with both, simply for the benefit of this course and we would definitely streamline them and remove the teacher talk if this were to go live to an actual grade three classroom.
Finally, we had a couple of issues with links not working. We went through and double checked our links and also decided we would embed the information in the blog instead of relying on the link. Our example is with the Fotobabble link, we would post the actual picture in the blog post and also include a sound link to avoid the external link issues.
We appreciated all of the feedback given to us and definitely saw this as an opportunity for growth. If we were to ever create another flipped or blended classroom, we think we’d have a good grasp of where to start!
I am grateful for my two wonderful partners, Ellen and Angela and for all that I learned in the process of creating our module. There will definitely be some programs that I will use in my classroom.
Thank you everyone for your words of wisdom and support. I learned so much from everyone!