Talk:Susan.towey portfolio page


Pedagogical aspect; objectives -- Jianwei Zhang 17:06, 4 March 2009 (EST)

Good progress has been made. Two comments:

(a) you may want to dig deeper in to the pedagogical thinking underlying animation use. This wikipedia article might be helpful:

(b) Your performance objectives are not following the "rules" highlighted in Gagne's text (see the objectives chapter)

Peer Review by Ashley Keegan -- Ashley Keegan 19:15, 18 March 2009 (EDT)


I love the idea of your design project and how important you feel about integrating technology into lessons. The questions you have in your performance objectives, are those questions you hope that educators can answer after they view your project? Will you give a tutorial/instructions on how to use the GoAnimate site, as well as different ideas on how to implement and write lessons incorporating GoAminate?

Re: Peer Review by Ashley Keegan -- Susan.towey 20:28, 20 March 2009 (EDT)


My performance objectives are what I hope educators will be able to do when they complete the course. I plan on giving a tutorial/instructions on how to use the project as well as ideas. I was thinking it would be great to have a page that people could post ways in which they have used the program successfully.

Thanks for your comments Susan

Great idea! -- Melissastepanian 15:51, 21 March 2009 (EDT)

Susan -

What a great way to reinforce major social studies/life ideas. Within the social studies realm, tremendous emphasis has been placed on political cartoons. As a result, educators are always looking for newer ways to focus on this skill. Being able to have students create and assess the work of their peers is a major component of effective social studies instruction.

"Go Animate" is a new site for me -- i can't wait to review your work further and learn more about it!


Peer Review - Dan Fountain -- DanFountain 11:24, 29 March 2009 (EDT)

Susan, this is a very cool topic. I think you have a great idea and are off to a good start on it. Something that I thought of was the fact that I was very unfamiliar with the website, so when you break down your lessons I think some time should definitely be spent just on familiarizing your students with the website. Great start, ~Dan

Re: Peer Review - Dan Fountain -- Susan.towey 17:52, 29 March 2009 (EDT)

Thanks Dan, Thanks for your suggestions, I have been using this program with my students over the last few weeks and have realized some challenges.

Your Map -- Jianwei Zhang 14:39, 21 April 2009 (EDT)

Although you're focusing on a specific animation tool, your unit 1 may begin with the concept/idea of animation in teaching and learning in general (as what I suggested you earlier).

The function/benefit of animation in instruction may vary across different subject areas and in different models of teaching. For example, teacher designed animations are mostly serving the needs to information delivery and demonstration; having students design and explore animations may additionally support their inquiry and knowledge processing.

Re: Your Map -- Susan.towey 20:22, 29 April 2009 (EDT)

I wasn't so sure about putting the animation you described simply because it was a completely different type of tool I understand however now what you mean about generally speaking of the benefits/function of animation.


Peer Review Ashley Keegan (4/25/09) -- Ashley Keegan 11:00, 25 April 2009 (EDT)


I think your project looks great so far. Your portfolio page has a lot of great information including the examples of goanimate projects you and your daughter created. I didn't see any prerequisities for your objectives, though I'm not sure if those will be part of the grading process. I really enjoyed the interactive discussion areas of the lesson pans and think this is a really engaging activity. When I got to the discussion area there was no link back to the previous lessons or future lessons, so I had to continue to press the back button. You may want to add some links to make it easier to navigate. Also, I'm not sure if the rest of the links were not there or the lessons hadn't be created on wiki yet but after Lesson II discussion area I could not get any further into your project. Other than that, I think your project is a great idea and so far your wiki pages look great.

Good luck, Ashley

-- Melissastepanian 17:41, 27 April 2009 (EDT)

Susan -

I truly loved your work! Great job on a wonderful topic! More educators should certainly take advantage of your ideas for further development.

Re: -- Susan.towey 14:05, 30 April 2009 (EDT)

Wow thanks so much. if you get a chance i just added a math one. I know the student so I will have him correct some of the spelling/grammatical errors but it is funny and definitly meets the objective of the lesson.

Feedback on your course -- Jianwei Zhang 21:34, 27 April 2009 (EDT)

This is going to be a very solid and well-designed mini-course! A few suggestions:

(a) Objective: " 3. Discuss with classmates the possible uses for GoAnimate " This is an activity, not an objective. There should be objectives related to how to use GoAnimate and how to design and facilitate lessons with it.

(b) Intro: you begin your course with the importance of technology. I'd suggest that you background your course with hard-to-teach-and-learn concepts/content in different curriculum and how animation/visualization can help. So you can be more specific.

(c) Educational use of animation needs to be addressed before you move into GoAnimate.

(d) Your lesson 2 lists several examples of the use of GoAnimate. You may want to distill the benefits and analyze each example briefly. This is a way to build learning guidance and facilitation of thinking in your course.

Further feedback -- Jianwei Zhang 17:31, 9 May 2009 (EDT)

Your course is in a good shape. One refinement you may further make, if time allows,is to make your "teaching" more present. You have designed good activities/tasks in each unit/lesson. But sometime I don't see what support/resources are provided to help the learners accomplish these tasks and achieve productive learning/understanding. For example,

"In your lesson on how to integrate GoAinimate When I looked at the animation there were several issues with the text, but it give you an idea of what students could create.

TASK II Complete a lesson plan using GoAnimate and place your ..... in the "Class Lesson Plan" page."

I think you should at least provide some resources or example lesson plans online, so that the learners/participants can develop the needed knowledge/skills to develop a lesson plan that integrates GoAnimate. This is only one example. Many other activities can be improved in a similar way.