21st Century Literacies Project
Craig Schackner - EDLA 615
Prezi is a presentation software that uses motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to bring your ideas to life and make you a great presenter.
One element of the the NCTE Framework is "Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts," and asks whether or not our students consider their own design choices as much as they choices about text. Prezi is a way to create a storyboard that could otherwise be displayed using a poster, a video, or another presentation platform.
Prezi addresses the element "Design and share information for global communities that have a variety of purposes," which mentions that students must be aware of the global nature of our world. They also must be able to select, organize, and design information to be shared, understood, and distributed beyond their classrooms. Since Prezi is a tool that provides a lot of information, it is important to keep it organized and easy to comprehend by its viewers.
In terms of the "Develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology" element, we must ask if our students take risks and try new things with tools available to them. Although the general idea of Prezi is creating a presentation, there is such a wide variety in terms of layout and details of the presentation. Students are able to try out different formats until they find one that best fits their assignment
The NCTE Framework element "Develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of the technology" asks if our students solve problems, both independently and collaboratively, as they arise in their work. Padlet is a collaborative tool where students will be working simultaneously on the same page to create one final product.
The element "Build intentional cross-cultural connections and relationships with others so to pose and solve problems collaboratively and strengthen independent thought" questions whether or not our students work in groups of members with diverse perspectives and areas of expertise. On the Padlet wall, student may be asked to give their own personal opinion or preference on a topic, so it is important to respect the work of others.
Padlet addresses the element that makes sure students make connections between their work and that of the greater community. In a general sense, Padlet is a community web tool. There can be a small group, all the way up to an entire class on the same Padlet wall. During this time on the wall, students will be able to build off of ideas from others and communicate to formulate opinions.
Bubbl lets you easily create colorful mind maps to print or share with others.
The NCTE Framework element "Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneously presented information" is supposed to make sure our students strive to see limitations and overlaps between multiple streams of information. I think of this as a curriculum map, where students must be able to break down a certain topic or unit, and visually display how each section of the unit is connected.
The element "Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts" asks whether or students consider their own design choices as much as their choices about text. Bubbl does not have to just be used for curriculum mapping, but can also translate a concept into a picture. These can be concepts that build off one another (example; stages of a butterfly), or concepts in mathematics that stem from one overarching theme (example; the 4 methods to solve quadratic equations).
In regards to the element pertaining to ethical responsibilities, it is important to make sure that students are creating products that are both informative and ethical. As with any tool, there is a level of digital citizenship we must meet. Bubbl is no exception, as we do not want our students to display work that is vulgar or inappropriate for the classroom.
The NCTE Framework element "Design and share information for global communities that have a variety of purposes" is especially important here. Students must be able to organize and design information that is shared with and understood beyond their classrooms. With the video option, students from other countries may have a hard time with the language. This places an especially important emphasis on easy-to-understand visuals.
Another element emphasizes that "students in the 21st century need interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively in both face-to-face and virtual environments to use and develop problem-solving skills." There is an option on Pixiclip to record yourself, either visually or audibly, so students must have basic communication and public speaking skills in order to maximize the work the display on the whiteboard.
One element asks if our students "practice the safe and legal use of technology." Since Pixiclip incorporates drawing and the sharing objects, it is critical for students display information that within the proper legal boundaries and is academically appropriate.
Three of the NCTE Framework elements ask the following three questions:
Do students share and publish their work in a variety of ways?
Do students synthesize information from a variety of sources?
Do students evaluate multimedia sources for the effects of visuals, sounds, hyperlinks, and other features on the text’s meaning or emotional impact?
Weebly gives the user such freedom in terms of designing their own website. The site can be simple, or it can link the viewer to a number of different pages. When designed their own page, students have to make sure it is user friendly, so that those viewing the site can navigate through it easily.
Below is an example of an original Weebly website, as well as a YouTube demonstration on how to use Weebly.