Talk:Emily Johns' Mini-Course

-- SParsan (talk) 18:29, 29 April 2015 (EDT)

Shree Parsan Review

Emily,

First let me say that your course is very interesting. As an English teacher myself, I feel that learning technology is some thing that can help meld the old school and new school ways of thinking when it comes to teaching English. I think your page layout is simple and straight forward. This allows for an ease of understanding. If your student is someone who is not tech savy yet, they might find this page easier to navigate. The courses are well scaffolded and laid out in an organized manner. There is a lack of images on the page and that might turn off some who take the course. I think one of our grading criteria for our mini course is the use of images on the page. The PDf's of the lessons are great, but I felt that they could have been integrated into the actual page instead of having them as documents. Overall I felt that you are on the right track to building an interesting course that will help teachers become better teachers. Good job.

Shree

Peer Tryout -- Rbockelmann (talk) 21:26, 3 May 2015 (EDT)

Emily,

I really like your topic. I had never heard of the "book creator app" before trying your course but am now excited to share it with some of the other teachers in my school. Your introduction page is great and does a good job of introducing your mini course. Your unit pages contain a lot of content through the use of your attached PDFs however I fell that you should have some kind of outline on the wiki pages themselves. The layout is a little difficult in that you have to click on three links to get to your content. If you provide some kind of brief info on each unit page then I believe it will flow a bit better. Your content on the PDFs is awesome and it gives the learner a firm grasp on the subject. Maybe consider adding a picture on each unit page as well as it gives the learner something to focus on and helps to break up text.

-Ryan

Instructor comments on your mini-course -- Jz833665 (talk) 22:52, 4 May 2015 (EDT)

Emily-

Thanks for introducing a useful app to educators through your mini-course, which is informative and well sequenced, and includes interactive features such as a self-test reflection. Your intro to the tech details is effective. I think you may make it more engaging and relevant by giving and analyzing one or a few examples early on to show good book projects created using this app. I'm sure you know a lot; there are a few here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mSgFtdsCYg

http://www.redjumper.net/blog/2013/10/4-compelling-ideas-using-book-creator-classroom/

Another improvement you may make is to expand your last unit a bit, to give an overview of possible EDUCATIONAL DESIGNS of book creation projects, such as individual vs. group, fiction vs non-fiction etc.