An exciting week this week! Several new e-toys introduced and a very demanding look at Employability Skills. We are still suffering the “knock on” effect of the day lost to a Public Holiday. One student who was working excellently has decided that she cannot continue with the intensive because of family commitments.
The week reviewed!
This week the literacy focus was on personal interests and Employability Skills, highlighting strengths and sharing ideas for improvement. The digital focus was on: copyright and creative commons; adding images to blogs including editing as necessary; making and embedding Voki and either Slideshare or Prezi. For easy access to interactive, and other Employability Skills websites we used a Symbaloo page – Careers/Employability. This has links to a variety of career, apprenticeship and other employment related sites using different coloured tiles for different categories. The course blog was also updated with posts relating to the week’s activities.
Our third lecturer Lina (Micky) was centre stage this week delivering great sessions on image editing/uploading and creating/embedding Vokis into blogs. She is herself quite new to blogging and has used her own blog brilliantly to share and expand on her sessions. We also had sessions on: Copyright/Creative Commons by Phil; and by myself on Employability Skills and Slideshare/Prezi.
This week the students have begun, and in some cases already completed most of, the following:
- find, edit and upload to their blogs an appropriately Creative Commons licensed image relating to their own interests and post about how the image relates to the interest
- complete a series of interactive activities to facilitate consideration of their own Employability Skills
- challenges from Lina’s Blog on image editing, uploading and Voki creation and embedding
- post on their blog about their own Employability Skills with a Voki and either Slideshare or Prezi embedded
- comment on other student blogs
Checkout their work by visiting their blogs – they are all linked from the sidebar in the ELFADA Course Blog
Again this week students have been working hard, completing tasks and submitting drafts for feedback into the evening and weekend.
Our visit from a PfP person seemed to go well! From my personal perspective it was exciting to talk about the project.
Next week is our last week and again we will lose a day, this time for the ANZAC Day Public Holiday. Most of the week’s activities will be catching up and completing tasks that have small omissions. The tricky part after next week will be maintaining the momentum without the daily virtual class sessions.
A priority for next week is recruiting students for our second pilot due to start on the 14th of May. Our processes are quite long because of the need for students to do pre-enrolment placement activities to determine their Certificate level.
Although students are at various stages with respect to completion of activities we expect that most of the six will have completed at least two of their three units to the standard appropriate for their level by the end of the fourth week some will clearly evidence all three of their units. Those with some still to complete should be able to do so as they start on the work for the rest of the CGEA