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Friday, June 24

  1. msg Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article message posted Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article a.) The most important idea that I chose was the Reflection Principle. This is something that I rea…
    Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article
    a.) The most important idea that I chose was the Reflection Principle. This is something that I really believe in and think is very important. In the article, it said: "Students learn better when asked to reflect upon correct answers during the process of meaning making" (Moreno & Mayer, 2007, p. 317). I think that when students have to talk about their mistakes, it shows how they have learned from them. This way of learning is very effective, especially for myself.
    b.) The Principle that I most connect with as a student is the Feedback Principle. I am a student that constantly need to know how I am doing. Without feedback, I get very nervous and stressed. When a teacher or peer gives me feedback, it lets me know if I am on the right or wrong track. I like to know what I am doing right or wrong so that I can can learn from my mistakes or continue the way I am going. (Moreno & Mayer, 2007 p. 318)
    c.) The Pretraining Principle makes me think about learning how to use an online grade book while teaching last year. I am one of the worst people with technology and I was not following any part of the set up process. Eventually another teacher sat down with me and explained everything in much simpler terms and related what we had to do to things that I already knew. This made a world of a difference. By making instruction relevant to prior knowledge, things were much easier. (Moreno & Mayer, 2007,p. 320)
    11:35 am

Wednesday, June 22

  1. msg Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article message posted Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article I meant to have my citations say (Moreno & Mayer, 2007,p. 314-315)
    Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article
    I meant to have my citations say (Moreno & Mayer, 2007,p. 314-315)
    3:49 pm
  2. msg Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article message posted Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article I think i found the idea about processing capacity and cognitive overload most helpful because I no…
    Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article
    I think i found the idea about processing capacity and cognitive overload most helpful because I noticed an overlap with Piaget's idea of adaptation and assimilation (Moreno & Mayer, 2007). The idea that the processing capabilities of an individual are limited and that there are different subsets of processes which limit our ability to completely focus would limit the ability to assimilate and adapt new ideas (Moreno & Mayer, 2007). I also feel the essential processing and generative processing show the cognitive processes responsible for adaptation and assimilation (Moreno & Mayer, 2007).
    I found a bit of a personal connection in the description of multi-modal learning environments because it made me think of a documentary, something which I really enjoy and feel I have learned a lot from. Documentaries, although not interactive, use a mixture of verbal and visual information to allow the viewer to create a deeper understanding of a subject.
    I think that a lesson which I created in which kindergartners learned about Venn diagrams could be an example of a guided activity. I used hula hoops to make a Venn diagram on the ground and I put the words "Owls" and "Bats" above each of the hula hoops. I asked the students what we were going to put into the "Bats" circle and they told me "things about bats", I then asked what would go into the "Owls" circle and the responded with "things about owls" I then pointed to the overlap and asked what would go in the middle. It took a couple seconds, but, one kid would say "Things about both?" I think that this would count because I guided the student's thinking about what went in each circle, however, I did not explicitly tell them what went in the circles. I then had each student tell me where a card (which I read aloud) would go making the lesson interactive.
    3:46 pm

Tuesday, June 21

  1. msg Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article message posted Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article The idea from the article I chose as the most important was the five common types of interactivity,…
    Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article
    The idea from the article I chose as the most important was the five common types of interactivity, such as: dialoguing, controlling, manipulating, searching, and navigating (Moreno & Mayer, 2007). I think that it is important to always look at what and how we are teaching. To effectively engage students in meaningful learning, teachers must look for all the ways that they can help build concepts into their students knowledge.
    The Feedback Principle in the article struck me in a personal way. “According to the feedback principle, novice students learn better with explanatory rather than corrective feedback alone” (Moreno & Mayer, 2007, p. 318). I have found myself in extreme anxiety and self doubt over feedback that was only corrective. Sometimes corrective feedback feels like a slap in the face, especially when you feel like you really tried your best. When a teacher takes the time to explain a wrong answer and, or allows you to make corrections based off their guidance is an impactful learning moment.
    My online classes in Graduate school has helped me partake in the idea of pacing. Even though there are deadlines, there is usually a way to go at the pace I need to in order to achieve learning. Moreno & Mayer (2007) says, “Pacing a presentation allows novice students to reduce representational holding by minimizing the amount of information that needs to be processed in working memory at one time” (p. 320). Just like pacing a presentation helps process information, it works the same when you are given time to work in an online class. It is paced so you can re-watch a video, go back to old material and help from the teacher is a quick email away.
    7:00 pm
  2. msg Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article message posted Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article a) The most important idea I took from this article was the idea on the five design principles…
    Thoughts about the Moreno & Mayer article

    a) The most important idea I took from this article was the idea on the five design principles and corresponding theoretical rationale. Table 3 in the article does a great job of explaining the principle with description and then transferring that into the theoretical rationale. This was important to me because it is useful to me as an actual classroom teacher. Rarely in an article or research you read, is information given about how you can actually take what was researched and use it in the classroom. (Moreno & Mayer, 2007)
    b) A personal connection to an idea from this article and my life as a student I made, was the topic on feedback principle. I was always the student who needs to know why I was wrong, I disliked when I was just marked wrong with no explanation. When I have feedback that explains why I was incorrect or even correct it helps me reflect on my thinking. (Moreno & Mayer, 2007)
    c) This year I have worked with a few different technological programs that connect to this reading. In small group lessons I have done with my students this year, we have used Wowzers, which is a Math RTI program I was piloting online. It is interactive and test the students so they start from the level where the program places them, and then takes them through different interactive lessons, and monitors their progress with mini assessments. This program uses a lot of the principles mentioned in this article such as pacing because it allows the student to start where they are leveled, feedback because the program explains why the students answers were right or wrong, and all the activities are guided. (Moreno & Mayer, 2007)
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