Personalizing Learning Can Start With A Story

Moia Rowsome Blog

It’s nothing new to claim that everybody is different. We all have different talents. We all have different weaknesses. They are the result of a mixture of our genetic make up and the environments we have experienced throughout life. Ultimately, we are complex beings and we each have a different story to tell. So why not start by telling them in school? 30hands Storyteller is an app to engage learners in storytelling where each individual can explain their learning in their own way. It makes the learning experience personalized for each individual. Let’s take a look at how! Some Background Thoughts When it comes to learning, the complexities and differences between people should be fostered and championed. Todd Rose at Tedx Sonoma County said that students are not one-dimensional, either struggling or gifted. Students vary on many dimensions of learning. However, the reality is that many learners are still provided with the same textbook and learning environment in spite of the different talents and abilities in the room. Learners are all expected to absorb the same information and regurgitate it in the same way to score high on summative tests. There must be a way of making learning more personal, so that each person can be reached. Why haven’t things changed yet? Educators have been talking about change for quite a while. Why has there been no monumental shift yet across the education sector? It’s paramount to understand that this situation is not the fault of the teacher. The problem is that …

Inviting Stories into the Classroom

Eleanor Kennedy Blog

What happens when we invite students to share stories inside the classroom? It can be a nerve-wracking task and understandably so – the idea of sharing personal (or non-personal) experiences with teachers and friends. It can be a challenge as for some it opens up a form of communication that is entirely new. But it can also challenge – and by that I mean challenge the dimensions of traditional student/teacher relationships. In her 2014 TEDTalk, educator and after-school media arts teacher, Emily Bailin, talks about the power of digital storytelling. In it she says that inviting teachers and pupils to share stories challenges the notion that it is the adults who are the only people with knowledge outside the classroom. She said bringing stories into the classroom bridges stronger connections from lived experiences outside schools with the content being delivered in school. This type of exchange of information is just as important as learning from a textbook, and it creates a sense of empathy between the teachers and students. Research, both old and more recent, seems to suggest this is true for learners of all ages. Anne Dyson (1987) found in her study of children’s collaborative storytelling that the most elaborate stories were told through talk and not through text. She also found that this form of verbal learning took considerable time off the task, meaning children completed their tasks quicker. In a similar study of first-graders,it was discovered that stories told during storytelling time were often the same as what they wrote about …

Learning to Learn – A Metacognitive Attitude

Moia Rowsome Blog

Fostering independence and autonomy in our learners can be a difficult task to master. How do we get them to learn effectively on their own? How do they become self-sufficient and motivated enough to do work without someone else holding their hand? And to know what measures to take if they don’t understand something? Well, it ultimately comes down to the student themselves and their approach to developing skills for independent learning. However, first the teacher must cultivate some learning strategies over time which will lead to the student being able to learn more effectively on their own. A Metacognitive Attitude An effective way to develop this sense of  learner autonomy in others is to encourage them to be observers of their own learning process. This sense of self-awareness is what is known as a metacognitive attitude. Metacognition means being aware of our own thought process as we carry out a task. A metacognitive attitude is one whereby the learner purposely thinks about and reflects on what they are learning. It also develops learner autonomy by enabling the student to gain more control over what they are doing. If a learner can develop this attitude over time, they will know how to approach future learning tasks and thus become more successful in these endeavors. How do we do this? – A Plan of Action According to Dylan Wiliam of the University of London, it has always been clear that the best students act metacognitively. It involves planning, thinking about their learning process, …

Olive’s Cat Tip – Moving, Resizing and Deleting Multiple Objects

Moia Rowsome Blog

This week, Olive tells us about how you can move, resize and delete multiple objects using the drawing tool in 30hands Web and 30hands Pro. Using our the improvements to our ‘hand tool’ feature within the drawing tool, you can box select multiple or all items on your slide for resizing them, moving them around and deleting them. A nice functionality to create more sophisticated slides in 30hands. Click HERE to watch the short 3 minute video!    

30hands at Home – My Summer Diary

Moia Rowsome Blog

So we’ve come to the last couple of weeks of the summer break. It’s our final chance for fun and frolics in the sun. But just because your kids are out of the classroom and hanging with their friends, it doesn’t mean they have to stop learning! How about having them document their summer fun in 30hands Pro? The summer break is everyone’s favorite time of year. However, it is always a concern that our students and kids will become a bit disengaged and miss out on wonderful learning opportunities. So this is an activity especially for parents who want to keep their kids engaged in learning activities throughout the summer months, and to prepare them mentally for going back to school. And the good news is it’s very simple. Let’s say you’re taking a vacation in Florida and you have various activities planned for your week. Maybe you are spending some time on the beach. There’s a lot of nature on the beach that kids can explore and learn about. So maybe they could take some photos and videos of what they see on the beach using 30hands Pro and then narrate over their slides to tell a story of their experience! Maybe they could even interview their siblings or parents who have spent the day with them about what they learned. Or perhaps you’re not going to the beach? This activity is transferable to any vacation or outing, such as walking in the woods, fishing, or even going out for dinner in a restaurant! Perhaps you …

Designing Your Flipped Classroom with 30hands Storyteller Pro

Gaby Charmont Blog

Pumping student’s full of new information throughout the day and then sending them home with assignments to complete can be difficult and concerning for them. Once home, students may have a hard time recalling what they just learned or may have never fully comprehended the lesson in the first place. Lessons usually target certain types of learners which makes it difficult for others to keep up with the material when it is being taught in a way they do not understand. The flipped classroom pedagogical model can bridge this teaching vs. learning gap in education and will benefit all students. With lessons being pre-recorded by teachers and watched at home by students, there is more class time devoted to collaboration and putting the new knowledge to use through practical activities and creating presentations. Students can watch the lesson at home, rewinding and taking notes as necessary, which will reinforce the main points and they will better understand the material when absorbing it at their own pace. Encouraging students to come to class with a few questions on the lesson can begin the class in an engaging way that will also explain any confusions they may have. This will hone in their attention to the lesson and make sure the students have absorbed what they should have from the video watched at home. Providing an in class activity that will further expand upon this new knowledge will be the most meaningful for students who will remember the material much better than …

Creating Video Lessons Part 5: Using Google Slides with 30hands Pro

Moia Rowsome Blog

Hey all! Summer is finally here, and it’s time to slide our way into vacation bliss. But here at 30hands Learning, instead of having fun on real slides and taking a dip in the pool, we’re creating our own excitement with Google Slides to make engaging 30hands videos! We’re now at part 5 of my blog on creating effective video lessons to flip your classroom. So far, we’ve discussed scriptwriting, storyboarding and how to keep your learners engaged by keeping your slides simple. In this blog post, I’m going to talk about how Google Slides can be used as a foundation for your 30hands videos. Of course, creating your lessons is easy and effective to do in 30hands Storyteller Pro alone; however, Google Slides works really well together with 30hands Storyteller Pro. Let’s say you want to develop more detail on your slide, or perhaps you have a Google Slides presentation already designed and you want to make it into a video lesson. This is all possible with 30hands Pro, and it’s very easy! I’m going to start by discussing Google Slides itself in more detail so that you can see how to get the best out of it for your slideshow. I will share some tips and tricks on how to do things efficiently. I will then discuss how to import all of your wonderful content into 30hands Pro. First thing’s first! Do you remember how I said starting with a script is the best way get going on your journey to flipping the …

Creating Video Lessons Part 4 – Reducing Cognitive Load!

Moia Rowsome Blog

Ugh! Too much information. Welcome to part 4 of my blogs on creating engaging video lessons! So you have written your script and storyboarded your content. Now it’s time for the really creative process to begin! Enhancing and developing your slides with images and narration! This week, I’m going to be talking about how to use images to develop an engaging video lesson without overwhelming the learner and thus avoiding cognitive load. So we’ve all been there. That long, tired afternoon sitting opposite someone who has filled his or her presentation with diagrams, text and images, while they persist in talking over it. Although the information on the presentation might be excellent and what they are saying might be really good stuff, for the audience or learner it becomes overwhelming and very dull. So we disengage. But why does this happen? Is it just that we find it less interesting? Well, in the brain there is what we call a dual channel which we use to process information. This happens through the eyes and the ears. The eyes process information we see and the ears process information we hear. And it gets more complex than this. Because the eyes have to absorb images and read text, they can be subject to what is called the split attention effect. This happens when you have a set of images on a screen to portray a concept and then also text to read too. Your eyes are trying to read the text while working out what the images mean, so you become …

Creating Video Lessons Part 3- Storyboarding!

Moia Rowsome Blog

Last week we looked at our first step in creating an engaging video lesson – Script Writing. Check it out here if you missed it! So now you’ve written your script and are wondering how on earth you are going to get all of these wonderful words of wisdom into your 30hands video…. My advice? Get to 30hands Pro and storyboard out your script! Why storyboard? Storyboarding is the best way to plan out your slides and it enables you to visualize what is going to go on which slide. So the storyboard is kind of a blue print of your video story, and you’ll get a feel of how the whole finished product will pan out. The best part is that it really saves you time later when you go to develop and enhance your slides and record your narration. It very much supports the iterative process, as you can review your storyboard once it is laid out and make changes and revisions as you progress from there. It should really be the minimum amount of information necessary to convey a sense of what your video or story is going to be. This makes things quick and easy! How do I Storyboard? Start by creating a presentation in 30hands Pro. Then, add slides to represent each line of your script. As you are doing this, the most important thing is to label each slide somehow, so you know in your presentation which slide represents which line of your narration. To do this, you …

Creating Video Lessons with 30hands Pro: Starting with a Script

Moia Rowsome Blog

As we all know, getting started is the hardest part of any creative process. When it comes to creating a video lesson, we all have cool ideas of what we could share with our students. But where do we begin? What should be our first step? Well, from my experience, beginning with a script is a great way to go. A script you say? Yes, a script! Just like in the movies! Think of a regular lesson where you are explaining a topic or concept to your students. What would you say? This is your script. If you prefer to write a paragraph first, that’s ok. Follow up by breaking it into lines, one for each slide. Read on to see how I do it. The reason why I do this is because it enables me to plan out what I am going to say on each slide and then design your content around it. Of course, you can change your script around as you iterate through your creative process. But starting with a basic idea of what you are going to say and laying it out in this way I have found to be really effective. Even though it involves investing a bit of time at the start, it makes things much quicker once you go to add images and then narrate over your content. And you finish with a tip-top video! So, how do I go about doing this? Google Docs is a great tool for script writing as you can easily …