Revisiting Learning Design – What do they bring?

Here is the second poster in my ‘Revisiting Learning Design’ series of posts. Understanding what our students bring in terms of understandings, beliefs, misconceptions, prior knowledge etc is important. It gives us a foundation, a starting point for a topic and assists us with what direction we might take with that topic.

Importantly we must plan how we will elicit this information from our students. Having a range of strategies to find out this information is an important part of our job as teachers.

All information in the posters is taken from the Learning Design documents created by the DECD Teaching and Learning Services. Click here to visit the acleadersresource.sa.edu.au site.

What do they bring

Revisiting Learning Design – What is the intended learning?

Here is the first poster in the ‘Revisiting Learning Design’ series of posts. Understanding what we are required to teach using the Australian Curriculum is important. What is more important is how we connect that with students lives and the real world. Also important is developing a ‘big idea’ along with essential questions that when answered will give students a deeper understanding of the concepts and content being covered.

This post and the next 5 are not intended to be an in depth review of Learning Design Their purpose is to provide an opportunity to think about the different aspects of Learning Design and consider our current practice.

All information in the posters is taken from the Learning Design documents created by the DECD Teaching and Learning Services. Click here to visit the acleadersresource.sa.edu.au site.

What is the intended learning

Revisiting Learning Design

I thought I would take some time to revisit Learning Design. Our teaching lives are complex and time poor but it is important to stop sometimes and reflect back on things we have learnt and attempted to apply to our teaching practice. Learning Design is one of these things.

We had the opportunity last year to look at Learning Design in some detail however this year we have not had the opportunity yet to revisit it. My personal attempt to go over the concept of Learning Design and how it applies to my planning, teaching and assessing was to create a set of posters which made me think about each of the aspects of Learning Design. The second purpose for creating these posters was so that I could share them with you. Today I am going to share the one I made which is an overview of all 6 areas of Learning Design. I will share the others with you over the coming weeks/months in the hope that you might reflect on where your strengths and weaknesses are in using Learning Design as a basis for the teaching and learning cycle.

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Acknowledgements

All information in the posters is taken from the Learning Design documents created by the DECD Teaching and Learning Services. Click here to visit the acleadersresource.sa.edu.au site.

Year 9/10s presenting concepts with MacBooks

In HPE the 9/10 students have been learning about the benefits of physical activity in three areas; physical, social and mental. We did some background work on the benefits in each area through a great website called Life Dojo which provided short videos explaining the benefits to each area of a persons life. We collated notes individually and shared these in class discussions. I then wanted students to consolidate their learning by presenting their information using iMovie Trailer.

iMovie Trailer is very structured and is limited in the amount of text students can use. The format allows students to drop in images or video and add text, however the images/video flick through at predetermined speeds from 1.5 – 3.5 seconds. The trailers themselves range from 50 seconds to just over 1 minute. Just think of any movie trailer you have seen and you get an idea of what iMovie Trailer does.

It was the structure that attracted me to using this tool as a way for students to present their work. The limited text and short time span meant that students needed to consider very carefully how they were going to get the message of “The benefits of physical activity” across to and audience. Below are two finished examples by Bianca and Connor.

How great is it that our 9/10 students can use this software at school and also at home on the same machine. For those students who have not completed their iMovie trailer in the allotted class time I can comfortably ask them to complete it at home knowing they have the tools to do so.

Connor’s iMovie Trailer “The benefits of physical activity”

Bianca’s iMovie Trailer “The benefits of physical activity”