Month: October 2015

Digital Project

Role playing is an excellent way for students to interact. To learn how to use this tool in your classroom. Click Here to access my digital project. Hope you enjoy my characters southern “twang”.

First I wasn’t sure how to start the project. I researched several websites and used many different strategies to create my script. It was challenging trying to compact all the information in a 5 minute timeslot. Once the script was written, I tried a few different ways to record my voice. It started off with a professional microphone, which I rented from our “Advanced Learning Technologies Center”. Then I switched to an app that I downloaded on my phone. After a few recordings I loaded my voice on PowToon, and selected a mysterious background track to match the lesson.

PowToon itself was an easy tool to use, once I understood the main functions and its limitations. Following the suggested steps from PowToon helped me complete this task at ease.

Step #1 Write a script

Step#2 Record voiceover

Step #3 Add visuals

After compiling all three steps, I published the video and showed it to my peers at work. They all  understood the benefits of using “Role Playing” in the classroom, and were interested to try PowToon for future lessons.

I recommend everyone to try and create a cartoon with Powtoon.  It’s a lot of fun and it forces you to use your imagination.

“As you are aware there are many instructional strategies that can be used in the classroom. Role playing is a fun way to engage students in a higher order of thinking.  Having them involved in an exercise that is as realistic possible, will increase their ability to transfer knowledge, and show them how to behave in similar situations. These are important traits to have when socializing in today’s world.” Ralph (2015)




Do you have style?

Everyone learns differently. Some like to visually learn, where others like to auditory listen to a lecture. Each of the seven learning styles listed on this chart are  beneficial when used with the right content.

In this TED talk video, Tesia Marshik lectures about the different learning styles and the importance of critical self-relection. This might be hard to believe, but she suggests that learning styles don’t exist. We all have our own learning preferences, but they don’t enhance our learning.

WHAT?? Is this true??But…… I’m a better learner when I physically do something with my hands. Watch this video and decide for yourself.

Do you have a preferred learning style? Does it matter?

Don’t believe everything you think!! “Research is what I’m doing when I don’ know what I’m doing” -Wernher Von Braun




There are may different gogy’s in the education world. Here is a brief overview of a few.


  • Adult learning method
  • Adults learn differently from children (pedagogy)
  • This method provides structure for adult learners


  • Adults that want to learn
  • Self-Directed learning
  • Typically found in higher education settings
  • Students are responsible for their own learning
  • Teacher facilitate “Things that are going on in the classroom”

Technoheutagogy: (Spelling may be incorrect)

  • Using technology with Heutagogy
  • Examples; Blended learning, distance education

Am I missing any other Gogy’s??


Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation

Jim Carrey does an excellent job encouraging students to become successful in the future.

Inspirational Quotes found in the video:

“you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance doing what your love” – Jim Carrey

“The affect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is” – Jim Carrey

“Your job is not to figure out how its going to happen for you, but to open the door in your head, and when the door opens in real life, just walk through it. Don’t worry if you miss the cue, there’s always doors opening.” – Jim Carrey

4 stages of self-directed learning.

I teach instrumentation and process at a collage in Doha, Qatar. One of the competency units that my students complete is called “Plan a routine job”. This project has three steps.

  1. Plan
  2. repair
  3. Write a report

When my student go through the process  of planning and repairing a piece of equipment, they take full ownership of their learning and outcomes. At the end of the task, they  have to reflect on the experience by creating a report. This technique shows my students how to become self-directed learners.

As an instructor I only provide them guidance along the way. I become a mentor not an information provider. It is my job keep them on track.

After going through these steps, its Sad so say that most (not all) of my students are level 1 learners. They rely on the me on a consistent basis. With the right skills and simple adjustments, I believe these students can easily reach a level two or three.

In the course I’m currently taking (provincial instructor diploma program) I have to manage and participate in an online discussion forum with other students. This discussion forum consists of many topics with multiple conversations. If done properly, this assignment truly reflects a self-directed learner.  Up to this point I feel that i’m a constantly reflecting the traits of level 3 learner.Which I’m quite happy to admit!

The next time you’re learning something new, take a look at this chart to determine if you are a stage 1-2-3-4 self-directed learner.



What Domain Represents You?

Here’s a simple list that explains the difference between each of Bloom’s Taxonomy Domains. The definitions are easy to understand, as it uses simple modern day language. This overview is a great tool to use when you need to clarify and distinguish the different levels.

Bloom has indicated three domains. Cognitive domain (Brain), Affective domain (Heart) and Psychomotor domain (Hands).

Cognitive Affective Psychomotor
knowledge attitude skills
1. Recall data 1. Receive (awareness) 1. Imitation (copy)
2. Understand 2. Respond (react) 2. Manipulation (follow instructions)
3. Apply (use) 3. Value (understand and act) 3. Develop Precision
4. Analyse (structure/elements) 4. Organise personal value system 4. Articulation (combine, integrate related skills)
5. Synthesize (create/build) 5. Internalize value system (adopt behaviour) 5. Naturalization (automate, become expert)
6. Evaluate (assess, judge in relational terms)

Critically Reflecting

learning from one’s experience involves not just reflection, but critical reflection.”

This quote helped me understand that learning involves a deeper connection with oneself. In order to learn, you must look past the actual experience and start uncovering the causes of your knowledge, assumptions and beliefs. This will allow us to discover new meanings, which can impact who we are…Click Here to continue reading