I guess YOLO sums it all up. You Only Live Once, so make the most of it!
SMOOC (Small Open Online Course) was an exciting feeling, and I enjoyed every moment of it, especially all the interaction with the enthusiastic participants and moderators. Attending the weekly webinars was also fun and helped to create a sense of belonging to the group.
Such times are meant to be treasured, and so writing my feedback thoughts here about the EVO Digitalstorytelling4kids session will capture those special moments. A million thanks goes to each and every one of the fabulous moderators and my fellow coursemates. We encouraged each other, collaborated and shared many experiences, tools and incredible stories. I was very impressed by the amount of energy and passion for the subject that was palpable, even though everythinig was conducted online.
The Digitalstorytelling portfolio of work is an excellent compilation of many wonderful ideas and creative storytelling from over 200 participants from around the globe.The portfolio is currently being exported to Blogger, due to the imminent closure of Posterous. More digitalstorytelling resources and links can be found in this very comprehensive Livebinders.
The action-packed 5-week schedule can be viewed here.
I learned about Edmodo for the first time, and was able to see how it works as an educational platform for learning and teaching online. I would certainly like to have a go at using it with a group of students in the future.
Below is a nice site called Brainy Box which sums up my feeling after this session, which has spurred me on to experiment with some interesting tools which can be used for all manners of student projects. Marisa Constantinides one of the inspirational moderators, wrote a post explaining some of the excellent activities that could be generated by a six-sided cube with images in this post here.
Stay e-safe with an avatar was a very interesting blog post, as it offered 10 tools to explore to create an avatar, which is especially important for young learners.
Build Your Wild SelfThis is a very simple tool to create a wild-looking persona and can be used in an educational way, to learn about different animals.
FodeyI created a short synopsis of Week 4 of the session by using fodey.com below:
AnimotoThis tool was the perfect setting for a Valentine message I sent to the moderators and my fellow participants:
Make your own slideshow at Animoto.
Captain ScholasticExperimenting again with Captain Scholastic Underpants was a lot of fun!
ToonDo bookPlease click on the book to enlarge it in full screen.
I have embedded it again below in a different format. Which one do you prefer? I couldn't decide which one was better. I like them both!
VoicethreadPart of the tasks in Week 4 was to create a collaborative story in groups, using Voicethread, and this was hugely enjoyable. I would like to thank all the teachers who contributed to my story, either by text or by voice. It was very exciting to see the twists and turns of events... I also loved contributing to several of my colleagues' stories, and their stories were very imaginative.
Here is a link to a lovely feedback blogpost called Reflections, Hopes and Experiences by Faten Romdhani. She has included her fabulous collaborative Voicethread story, which I enjoyed contributing to very much.
HeartfeltThanksFinally, the cartoon I created with ToonDoo to add to the Linoit feedback wall, sums up my feelings perfectly!
My previous posts on this session can be viewed by clicking the titles below.
Reaching for the Stars in EVO Week 3.
Photopeach Comics and Cartoons.
Shelly Terrell's American TESOL webinar on Comic Tools and Lesson Ideas is an excellent showcase of resources and tips on how to use comics and cartoons. I really recommend you view it, as you will learn a lot!!
Many thanks to Shelly for mentioning me in her presentation. I feel very honoured :-))