“Shall i compare thee to a summer’s day?” (W.S.) Reflections on group presenting. Week 10. Nazia Koser.

pexels-photo-355296.jpeg“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” (Abraham Lincoln).

kolbThis week in Academic studies we took part in presenting our work in relation to IT outside the classroom. We all worked in either pairs or groups and researched the topic to present to the rest of the class. Here is how I felt looking back on the experience.

 

What we did?

We were given just over a week to research the topic and also to put together our findings in terms of a presentation. After two of my peers and I decided to work together we straight away divided the task into three parts. Looking back this allowed us to carry out substantial research with the limited time we had. We also decided to report back to each other via a messaging group so we could discuss the findings further.We divided the task to put the physical presentation together individually then sending to each other.

On reflection.

At the start the process the division of the roles and by defining each members responsibilities was successful. Throughout the process I understood my role and also the timescale around my responsibility. I also took on the task to proof read the slides and make final adjustments before submitting. This made sense as I was last to add in my input. we discussed the content through out the week and made recommendations to each other about their area of research.

This is how not to do a group presentation!

 

Conclusion.

During the presentation I found the planning we had put in at the start paid off. I found the flow of the presentation was good, there was a structure and we equally made a strong contribution. I will try to use this experience in the future with other groups I may need to be a part of.

Plan for the future.

Learning achieved?

In the future I would like to enhance the look of the presentation. I found with time being limited as a group we concentrated on the content and perhaps did not focus on the technical aspects of the slides. However the group functioned really successfully without any fall outs or problems which came down to the establishing of our roles early on. Overall a successful and empowering experience!

Thank you for reading. I am afraid this is my last blog as part of this module on the Education Studies Course. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and can truly say I do enjoy blogging. Do give it a go for as well as being educational and reflective it is also  overpoweringly therapeutic!

Nazia Koser

goodbye

 

 

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“Have more than you show, speak less than you know.” (W.S.) Blogging reflections. Week 9. Nazia Koser.

pexels-photo-914780.jpeg“True learning involves figuring out how to use what you already know in order to go beyond what you already think.” (Jerome Bruner).

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Blogging?

At the start of this module the task to blog weekly on lectures seemed like a daunting task. At this point when I have come to a close of the task I have found there will be a certain element within me which will miss the time I have spent researching and blogging my findings.

Throughout the process recording via this blog has allowed me to stand back and reflect clearly as to what has happened and why, in addition to this to see what could be done differently in the future.

Listening to lecturers discuss the importance and relevance of reflection in our studies can seem slightly dry and tiresome. Even though the reasons seem apparent I must admit until one has not actually the experienced blogging and reflection the understanding can not be fully envisaged.

According to Shout me loud blogging can be a way to feel free and write without any real boundaries and or limitations. Even though an educational blog demands a certain degree of formal language and professionalism there is nothing to say one can not make it their own. Individualism is such a creative quality which seems to be dying out around the all digital world.

To remain individual and to be able to express ones thoughts ideas and professional findings by way of reflection in the form of a blog, in my opinion is magical.

Future for blogging?

I believe there is a substantial need for more professional blogging in the future. As more and more the online, digital and virtual culture takes over our every day to day lives, the need to conform and follow becomes a must, however remaining individual, personal and creative is in my view the difference between success and failure.

I will continue to blog, perhaps not in the context of a course module or by way of a professional subject but not to reflect after this experience I feel will amount to a failure on my part. With this in my mind I envisage the learning and experience I have gained from blogging about my studies will no doubt be mirrored in the future.

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Thank you for reading.

Nazia Koser.

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” (W.S.) Planning and preparing for a group presentation. Week 8. Nazia Koser.

pexels-photo-443446.jpeg“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” (Maya Angelou)

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Planning and preparing for group presentations.

This week we have been planning and preparing group presentations on IT outside the classroom. This may seem like an easy enough task however as group dynamics and communication levels can be unpredictable initial perception usually contrasts or contradicts the end evaluation.

An education study course demands a certain level of commitment and professionalism  when working together with other students. Alongside this as we envisage careers in an educational field the requirement to work with colleagues effectively, in my view, predicts your success and further development.

During one of the modules on this course we researched into communication theories and also group work. I found interesting insights into group dynamics and partner relationships. Here is a short summary of what I found.

A basic definition of effective communication can be considered as a process by which people, interactively create, sustain and manage meaning. (Roden, 1990). Devito’s (1993) six stage Model of relationship development I have found quite useful as it establishes by using interpersonal repair one can try to amend the broken links of communication. Even though both of these are valuable when studying communication theories Tuckman’s model can be used to essentially underpin certain attributes of communication in relation to groups. (Barnes, 2010).

Learning achieved?

On reflection working in the group, with 3 peers, I found our work relationship was extensively accurate as we worked around defining responsibilities straight away. However by using an instant messaging group we could resolve any uncertainties or problems easily and quickly. Looking back none of the group members came across any problems, we all a mature and professional attitude. 

As all members of our group managed their tasks effectively I found our presentation successful in achieving its aim. No doubt the overall grade will reflect the tutors findings.

Thank you for reading.

Nazia Koser

 

References:

Barnes, B. Ernst, S. Hyde, K. (2010) An Introduction to group work and group analytic perspective. Palgrave

Devito, J, A. (1993). Messages: Building Interpersonal communication skills. New York:Harpercollins

Kolb’s experiential learning theory. [Online]. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=kolb%27s+experiential+learning+theory&tbm=isch&tbs=simg:CAQSlwEJXtcDoa_1eY3QaiwELEKjU2AQaBAgVCAYMCxCwjKcIGmIKYAgDEiiwE_1cChQiyE8sdgwiHCK4TjQjhCMw_19D_11P_1M_15DOVN58-9j_1NP-4_1GjAZk-7_1A4tRY0fcFeGeLtNzsq7An0NjbK7zgWYnsdB_1MWgczxHedMjDPu8OG513CMggBAwLEI6u_1ggaCgoICAESBMoGo7sM&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiF–Hg6pHaAhVIhSwKHfPmDlIQwg4IKygA&biw=1440&bih=794

Roden, M. S. (1990) Introduction to communication theories. New York: Pergamon Press

“If music be the the food of love, play on.” (W.S) IT outside the classroom. Week 7. Nazia Koser.

pexels-photo-462118.jpeg“If you can’t explain it simply you don’t understand it well enough.”                            (Albert Einstein)

My experience.

This week we looked at IT outside the classroom. There were quite a few elements to consider. Firstly we looked at education outside the classroom and its importance furthermore we looked at how IT could enhance these outdoor experiences and the issues around using IT outside.

Ken Robinson on outside the classroom.

On reflection I have to agree with Ken Robinson on learning outside the classroom. Taking IT (Information technology) away from the computer and outside to enhance learning is equally as important as using IT in the classroom.

I looked into Qr codes and how they can be used in outdoor settings such as Nell bank. Activities such as treasure hunts around the natural environment can be fun and especially interesting if approached with IT in mind.

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My learning.

What is learning outside the classroom?

  • “The world beyond the classroom can stimulate, motivate and bring learning to life.”
  • (Department for Education and Skills, (2006 Manifesto)
  • “Regular outside activity allows bodies and senses learning opportunities whilst confirming real world experiences.”( Peter Bensten of University of Copenhagen, 2012)
  • “Every child should be entitled to outdoor learning.” (Thomas and Thompson (2006))

Experimenting.

Learning achieved.

On reflection I can say our group did really well with our presentation. Our subject knowledge was well researched. The structure had a flow and most of all all three members participated equally. However i do feel as though we could have enhanced our slides further.

Thank you team for a fab experience! (Bryoni and Una).

Here it is. A presentation on IT outside the classroom.

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Thank you for reading.

Nazia Koser

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References:

Ken Robinson. TES. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uilRipTg4hk

Butterfly image. [Online] https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=red+flower+garden+with+butterfly&tbm=isch&tbs=simg:CAQSlwEJMRv-9FmEzEoaiwELEKjU2AQaBAgVCAsMCxCwjKcIGmIKYAgDEijfC5QJqAXkC9sDlgnjC9QWigSbCb8o0CHeIc4owCiAI84hzyHTKJoyGjBYEM81hHR3frW3k22MtBe4w6Z7QJfg3F3qmZk9zxpRKeWWkxF6hJTVF-YFgCppS6QgBAwLEI6u_1ggaCgoICAESBOi1OHkM&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi2_vSD8ZHaAhWC1SwKHZkXBFkQwg4IKygA&biw=1440&bih=794#imgrc=fwA1x6Oy_WoVHM:

“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.” (W.S) Digital Literacy. Week 6. Nazia Koser.

pexels-photo-326055.jpeg“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” (Maya Angelou).

Digital Literacy.

TEL percon centered digital literacy

Digital Literacy can be understood as, according to FutureLab, a set of practices which enables students to create, share and understand meaning and knowledge in a digital world. (Digital Skills, 2010).

The National Curriculum outlines Digital Literacy as the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, create and evaluate communication information. Therefore enabling students to be digitally literate in a modern ever enhancing digital world. (ALA 2010).

According to FutureLab D.L can not only support learning it can also narrow the gap between children’s real life experiences in and out of the classroom. ( FutureLab).

Although I felt I knew quite a lot around this subject, quite a lot of the research was new to me. Clearly there was a substantial amount of reading required around the topic. I made a plan to look into various aspects of Computer Science and its training and delivery in schools.

The assessment for this topic was a 500 word essay. On relection the word count was too less and it meant not all aspects of D.L could be covered. However it was reassuring the guidelines for the essay stated the necessary elelmnets to include. Overall I hav eenjoyed this topic and look forward to developing my ideas and opinions on the topic in the future.

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Learning achieved?

This particular research was insightful as we often overlook the effects of advancing technology and digital culture. As I researched D.L I came to understand how the education sector has changed in relation to training and education on the topic. However I found there still to be a big delay around the current students especially in Primary schools being up-to-date in comparison to some leading European countries. With still a lot to learn I envisage a substantial change in the future in both the primary and secondary education sector around Computer Science and Digital Literacy.

Thank you for reading.

Nazia Koser

References:

ALA Digital Literacy. Taskforce. (2011). [Online]. http://www.connect.ala.org/node/181197.%5BAccessed on 9th March 2018]

Butterfly in the filed image. [Online]. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=blue+butterfly+in+forest&tbm=isch&tbs=simg:CAQSlwEJlJSt5b6G2PIaiwELEKjU2AQaBAgVCAEMCxCwjKcIGmIKYAgDEiiFDPgW6RX1Fo0MlheNF_1kWkBeSC-korDfVKOQo6ijcIac3tS2rN7A3GjAO0OMh91iPOiaopotLsP36rENI7IW7uK-bbxIrpS8pbKh40XWspxOs-5gv60LULVogBAwLEI6u_1ggaCgoICAESBGSljUUM&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiQqK2C8pHaAhUEkiwKHXElC2QQwg4IKygA&biw=1440&bih=794#imgrc=h5zfmNP3GWCTkM:

Cottrell, S. (2010). Study Skills for Success. 2nd edn. Hampshire:Palgrave MacMillan

Digital Literacy image. [Online].http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=digital+literacy&rlz=1C1GGRV_enGB790GB790&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiEgJi28pHaAhWrhaYKHcbOBF0Q_AUICygC&biw=1440&bih=794#imgrc=C4TInph8sl7oOM:

Digital Skills(2016). [Online]. Workplace learning and skills bulletin, 185, pp.7-8, Education Research Complete. [Accessed on 8th March 2018]

Hague, C. Payton S. (2010). Digital Literacy across the curriculum. FutureLab Handbook. Bristol:FutureLab. [Accessed 12th March 2018]

Kolb’s reflective cycle. [Online]. https://www.google.co.uk/search?rlz=1C1GGRV_enGB790GB790&biw=1440&bih=745&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=bgy9WpW9HIuvsQGW4YyIBg&q=kolb+reflective+cycle&oq=kolb&gs_l=psy-ab.1.2.0l10.206459.216201.0.219204.19.11.0.0.0.0.115.755.6j2.8.0….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..14.5.494…0i67k1.0.khkY2Hnr_4A#imgrc=S3CXtwn9KIT8vM:

“Love me or hate me both are in my favour.”(W.S) Using IT for academic writing. Week 5. Nazia Koser.

fall-autumn-red-season.jpg“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” (Malcolm X)

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What is IT?

Information technology often abbreviated to IT is the use of computers for storing retrieving and networking information. (TechTarget, 2018). According to the search data center at TechTarget this also includes other physical devices, infrastructures and process to be able to create, process, store, secure, manipulate and exchange all types of electronic data. (TechTarget, 2018).

My experience.

This particular task is to look at how to use IT as a tool and especially how to accurately research, reference and to proofread. I found although I use computers and various programmes and software in my education quite frequently I have not mastered fully referencing and proof reading. During the lecture we looked at the referencing tab on Microsoft word. Surprisingly the tab is an easy way to reference additionally it allows for a reference bank to be put together. Furthermore during the lecture we looked in to depth how to locate academic journals via Discover on the Bradford College website.

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Reflection.

As I used the reference tab on Microsoft word the easy use became apparent. Even though I am fairly confident with my skills to reference and research the idea of an easier option is always welcomed. Whilst researching I could add the books, websites and journals which I had used for research into the tab allowing for easy in text referencing whilst also having an automatic reference list at the end too.

I also used the Discover tab to locate particular academic journals. Whilst using this resource I came to understand that citing the journal required a lengthy amount of time. However the cite tab on the side of the journal also allowed me to do this within a few clicks. Had I known about this I would have saved a lot of time over the past few months.

I found this short video quite helpful at the start of the course as it has helpful hints into how to get the best out of Discover.

My concept.

As I continued to research further I came to believe the easy referencing was a quick and effective way to store and recall the sources I had used and also a fantastic way to write up the essays and reports. In future I would need to make sure I use my personal laptop and or computer to reference as I could essentially use some of the same books or journals for a few different modules, especially when they are related in content or background history.

My experiment.

Learning achieved?

As a direct result of this new learning I had experienced I put it into practice for the next piece of work I had. I was astonished at how easy it was to use the reference tab and also the discover journals. As i read through the journals I clicked on the “cite” tab and I could easily use the reference. This has me converted for sure!

Thank you for reading.

Nazia Koser

References:

Bradford College. [Online]. http://www.youtube.comwatch?v=2hQ3Xy0ZGfA

Screenshot.[Online]. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=microsoft+word+reference+tab&tbm=isch&tbs=simg:CAQSlQEJ3fuWJ8uGsS4aiQELEKjU2AQaAggKDAsQsIynCBpiCmAIAxIolxPGHfEHnhOGE5YTxR33B5gThxPUP8M_10z_18NsU_1kj26Po09kD3CPxowceAM_1eQxP_1nMPP_1eLVs54uluXYxy77QDhe2_1_14_1Sr50k_1cJxxem_1aeSKAVA_1HCkSIAQMCxCOrv4IGgoKCAgBEgSrE_1htDA&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjqrODM5pHaAhWBFiwKHa4jB18Qwg4IKygA&biw=1440&bih=794#imgrc=FpDr_BHGrIpBIM:

Kolb’s Cyle. [Online]. https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=swot+analysis+of+soap&tbm=isch&tbs=simg:CAQSlgEJW1Vg8NhHvy4aigELEKjU2AQaBAgVCAoMCxCwjKcIGmEKXwgDEieiE4EIoROoE_1UCphNR8QLJHYkIyT2APr40yj3_1PcM0vTW3Ncc9wSEaMCNOwVTJjZTZy4rfHz87TCG8egXlApYcKW4xFmbMHyEVOydW0d8c3A_1-hgvlGNuyoCAEDAsQjq7-CBoKCggIARIEugr0SQw&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiU4K-S55HaAhVMkywKHbHUCmUQwg4IKygA&biw=1440&bih=794#imgrc=IADbhRvqTf-skM:

 

“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.” (W.S) Presentation Reflections.Week 4. Nazia Koser.

waterfall-thac-dray-nur-buon-me-thuot-daklak-68147.jpeg“Live life as you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.”                         (Mahatma Gandhi)

Importance of reflections.

This week individual presentations took place. I also presented mine on E-Safety. Presentations can be a daunting and a nervous part of any university module however as they are an important element of most undergraduate courses it is essential to overcome the nerves and learn successful presenting skills. As i am studying to become a teacher presenting is a key skill which will always play an important role throughout my career.

According to Kolb all learning is a process by which once experienced the reflection is the progressive element as it allows for improvement. (Cottrell, 2003).

Whilst presenting I came to realize my note cards were very important as I had a lot to remember and learning it all to memory was not possible. Even though most of my presentation I knew quite well it is always helpful to keep some notes to hand. Despite quite a few practices at presenting I am always nervous at the beginning. The nerves do calm down as the flow starts and the first few seconds are under way.

During the last few years every time I present I find looking at various points in the room at key points in my speech very helpful. This allows for necessary pauses and to allow for the tone of the speech to remain to the point.

Learning achieved?

On reflection using a new presentation software proved to be quite nerve-wracking. I found, in the group I was presenting in, most if not all my peers did really well. However I could a common theme with most of the presentations and in terms of development there was too much information on the slides. It can seem the easy option to put most of the info on the slide then read however this can be quite distracting for the presenter as well as the audience.

Overall I enjoyed the new learning with Prezi and also the presenting on E-Safety.

Thank you for reading. Keep checking back there is more in store!

Nazia Koser

 

 

References:

Cottrell, S. (2003). The study Skills Handbook. Chippenham: MacMillan