We want to encourage you to explore learning through ‘making’ – meaning how you can use smart devices and applications to develop original and meaningful outputs as an individual or within groups. An opportunity to find ways to express yourself creatively and develop personal learning activities that are relevant and meaningful to your needs.
You will find 2 scenarios below. Pick at least one of them to work with on this topic. Feel free to add further scenarios linked to this topic to this page as a comment and select the one that fits best with what you would like to explore. Identify if there are others you could work with on this. Remember that you could use the FISh model.
“This is my second year at uni and I feel more confident now that I can do this. I find the lectures really interesting. The lecturer is animated and brings even the most boring topic alive! We actually are asked to participate as well, even when there are 150 students in the lecture theatre. Usually we work in small groups and I like this a lot as this makes me feel part of a community and I can ask questions too but also help others. I take notes, sometimes I take photographs with my tablet, note down relevant papers and links and reminders for myself to check later. At times I feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff and I haven’t found a system yet that would help me maximise on what I capture during the sessions but also link to additional resources available in the VLE. I think I need to create something that brings everything together, something that would help me make sense of my notes afterwards. No idea at the moment what this could be.”
“New year, new students, new names. It doesn’t get any easier trying to remember everyone’s names and it must be the same for the students. And it is so important and makes such a difference when we know their names! I do struggle though and really need to do so etching to speed up the process! I could take photos when I see them and post them on the Virtual Learning Environment but it would be nice to link the photos with something about the students: what their hobbies, interests and aspirations are and what they hope to get out of the course. I really haven’t got time to video them myself. I wonder what tools are available for students to take pictures and/or video during induction or even before they arrive and share with the class? Would this be possible? How?
By the end of this topic, and after completing all of the activities, you will have had the opportunity to…
1. reflect on how you use smart devices to create learning aids/artefacts/resources as a teacher/student.
2. discuss at least one the scenarios and identify how this/these links/link to your own practice
3. share with others what you have learnt on this course about using smart devices for inclusive learning and/or teaching through creating a collaborative artefact.
Use the resources provided to deepen your understanding linked to this topic. Share resources you have found useful with the BYOD4L community.
Pick ‘n’ mix activities
Definitely do the first activity and at least 1 more! If you are learning within a group consider engaging in one of the below as a collaborative activity. Remember to share on Twitter using #byod4l
1. Reflecting: Share with others via Twitter how you have used/could use a smart device to create a learning aid/artefact/resource. (ilo-1)
2. Poster: Create a response to one of the scenarios on your own or with others based on the discoveries you made through investigating this. Reach out to some of the reading resources. Capture your findings in a format you have not used yet as part of this course. This could be a poster as suggested or something else. How about a cartoon? (ilo-2)
3. Making: Create something using an app to showcase what you have learnt during BYOD4L. You can do this on your own or with others. Share your (co-)creation with others using Twitter. (ilo-3)
Tools and Apps on Edshelf for: Creating
Also check the Tools tab for suggestions and remember the Resources and suggested readings too!
Use Comments to share your own suggestions with us.
Do Tweet about what you have learnt – Be sure to include the course hashtag #BYOD4L