Talk:Amanda's Mini Course

-- Chris Mandato (talk) 12:16, 12 April 2014 (EDT)

1) I liked/What works well: Hi Amanda, Great lesson! It is such a relevant topic, and everyone can use more information on this important tool. I like the layout and progression of your lesson. It is easy to follow and understand.

2) Have you considered this? Have you considered images within each of your examples. Screenshots of how-to-steps for each Smartboard example might provide a nice visual. Also, I saw one set of thought questions under your ink examples, but was wondering if you've considered some more formative assessment to gauge student understanding? Maybe ask students to try some of these basic skills on a Smartboard and report their experiences. Otherwise, nicely done!

-- Janewilde (talk) 15:06, 23 April 2014 (EDT)

What I like/What worked well:

* Intro: clear info about what to expect in course with a personal tone, nice picture and video, clear headings for each lesson, effective links

* Lesson 1: nice images, bold headings, information chunked, good teacher-made resources, relevant meaningful activities, easy navigation to portfolio and course home

What you might consider:

* Intro: add course title,

* Lesson 1: Add navigation on each page to other lesson pages. While this offers great how-to info consider adding some "why." While there are great activities embedded in the lesson there is no explicit activity or reflection portion. So it is currently a very good how to manual. You might add a task like, Now that you have the basics produce a page that does this, this and this. Now discuss how you might use these new skills to ... By adding these components you move up blooms taxonomy from understand to apply to analyze.

-- Lisa Perreault (talk) 09:28, 10 April 2014 (EDT)

Hi Amanda,

I really like your topic which is geared for the novice learner. I also like the personable and user friendly approach you are bringing to the course. Including a learning activity where the educator is able to experience using a Smartboard is an excellent idea.

As you develop your course, I have a few thoughts for your consideration. For the novice learner, a definition about Smartboards and why a teacher would want to use it would be helpful. What are the advantages of using one? Do students learn more effectively? Does it improve student performance? For the instructional context, is this an online, asynchronous course for the individual learner? In Lesson 3, the SmartExchange sounds like an interesting topic for educators. Lastly, are there any learning theories or pedagogy you feel would guide educators to use the Smartboard? Is it only for instructional purposes? Can students use the Smartboard for collaborative learning? Lisa

Re: -- Lisa Perreault (talk) 23:38, 1 May 2014 (EDT)


Again, I really think your course is excellent for the beginner. The lessons provide easy to understand information about using the Smartboard. If I ever have a chance to use one, I will refer to your mini-course for guidance. Very well done! Lisa

-- Kelli Zydel (talk) 10:04, 3 May 2014 (EDT)

Hi Amanda,

I really enjoyed looking at your mini course! I think you picked a great topic because so many teachers still do not know how to use this type of technology.

What I like-

  • You have great images and information throughout all of your lessons. I think that the way you set everything up with the visuals will really help your students.
  • Your site allows for easy navigation and movement from page to page.
  • I liked your idea for a post assessment and the reflection questions that you include in each lesson.

You may want to consider-

  • Have you thought about how you are going to assess the post assessment? I think including a rubric or something of how it will be evaluated may be beneficial.

I think you did a fantastic job with this course! Nice work!!