I found it very frustrating to pack my summaries into 300 words, as there is so much more to say on every subject. But it was a nice challenge to try and condense all one has learned into a modicum.
This was especially the case with the topic of the digital divide. I would have liked to go into more detail on the relationship of the divide, education, and learning. For example the revolution currently in progress started by MOOCs, and how the digital divide has actually had the reverse impact, with the privileged having greater education opportunities than the less privileged (Konnikova, 2014).
I really enjoyed using PowToon. It was so much fun and easy to use. Allowing the student to feel accomplished, when assessing their understanding of the subject matter and their digital fluency, PowToons is intuitive and has sufficient online help available. Having said that, as Common Sense Education (n. D.) points out, the help is heavily geared toward non-education users, but this does not impede its usefulness. The animation tool allows for greater creative output than traditional presentation software, can be easily integrated into any curriculum (Mersand, 2014), and is highly rated amongst educators on at least one review site (Common Sense Education, n. D.).
I chose Digital Fluency as a topic for the written summary, as it is of personal interest. Unfortunately my interest and future prospect of teaching kids programming was not covered by the course material (marking up a document with HTML is not programming!!! (Romy, 2012)).
For the oral summation I got to use one of my favourite open source programs – Audacity. A tool I need to get better at using, as I will use it in the classroom for project working with audio, which is a skill demanded by digital fluency.
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