Exercises, Projects and cases
This course is based on the design, evaluation and production of didactic materials. It is oriented to students of education, but their contents can be useful to any educational professional. It analyzes general aspect of design and production of means to deeply analyze the materials according to a textual, iconic, sound, audiovisual and digital classification.
1. Analyze the differences between an Education in media from a perspective of communicative competence and a view more focused on the technological aspects.
2. Prove to what extent the similar or different proposals are reflected in the various education laws with respect to the treatment of media and new technologies.
3. Execute a specific didactic proposal of integration of means in the curriculum.
4. Visit and navigate some web pages which show several views of Media Education around the world.
5. Mmake a list of similarities and differences between them.
6. Analyze the relation between the term “audiovisual literacy” and Media Education.
1. Investigate the several proposals with regard to the curricular designs of different administrations and compare them to the same from The Ministry of Education.
2. To look on the Internet for companies that design and produce didactic materials. The materials can be of all kinds, not only technological. Talk about what kind of materials are used for editing and who are responsible for different functions in the company.
3. Look on the Internet for didactic materials developed by teachers (you can find some URL in the resources section). The materials can be of all kinds, not only technological. The URL must be shared with all classmates.
There are no activities
1. Depending on the contents which you have worked with in this unit, you must design the evaluation of didactic material following these guidelines.
- Choose some commercial didactic material.
- Decide who must carry out the evaluation and justify why.
- Select the most appropriate evaluation technique and justify it.
- Review and discuss the instrument selected from a list which is included in the resources section (to see what the categories include and what aspects you consider more important or significant.
- Write a report on this.
2. Look on the Internet for an example of evaluation of didactic material and explain what guidelines are used, aspects analyzed, proposals for improvement, etc. You can use an outline like this one:
- Which material has been evaluated?
- Who has evaluated it and why (kind of institution, duration…)?
- Which techniques and instruments have been used?
- Proposals for improvement
1. Search (in the library or on the internet) for a document explaining an educational experience characterized by the use of any of the sounds that we've seen in this topic. Analyze and evaluate them according to criteria for evaluating teaching innovations in technology.
2. Locate some examples of educational radio and analyze how it was planned, how it has been developed, what role teachers had played and what role the pupils also played. Relate this experience with knowledge gained about radio.
3. Search on the Internet for information about educational podcast, choose one example and supply this information:
- Podcast name, where it started, who created it, year.
- Say whether it is part of a series or not, if it is subscription, or if it is free.
- Identify what kind of resources were used in its development.
- Explain how the content was developed: if it is a monologue or dialogue, how long it is , say something about whether there is some form of assessment or proposed activity .
- Discuss the positive and negative aspects of this podcast, and include proposals for improvement.
4. Find information on specific sound resources for the item. You must develop a catalog of resources, and the catalog must include a description of each one. As a suggestion, the document may include, the following aspects
- Resource name
- How we can find it? (information about authors, year...)
- Identify what type of educational content was used in development.
1. Look for a didactic image from a textbook. Scan it (to include it in the work) and analyze it commenting on:
- Source (author, edition, publisher)
- how the information and sequence of reading is organized
- how the textbook should be used
- how the iconic language should be used
- how the color should be used
- what a student can learn when seeing only a image
- Analyze the compatability with a textbook
You can do the same activity with a digital image extracted from a cd or even from the Internet
2. Look for a didactic image properly constructed and self-sufficient (text is not necessary to understand the information) and a didactic image which requires a text to understand it. Explain the reasons why there are differences between them.
3. Write a list with several images about the same subject and comment:
- Description of the image
- Source (author, publisher…)
- The usefulness which can have it in different didactic situations (students differentiated by age, objectives, about the work in a specific subject, etc.
1. Through a web browser, visit commercial sites and analyze the different characteristics of the different models to be presented on an overhead projector.
2. Show a set of slides either manually or by some mechanical process on a selected curriculum.
3. Make a proposal to use the overhead projector at any educational level.
4. Identify the advantages and disadvantages that group computer presentations can have in relation to the transparencies to be used overhead.
5. In making a presentation, what you have to take into account. Write a brief outline of what you believe is essential.
6. Undertake an examination of the complementary software that you believe may be useful for group presentations.
7. Look at PowerPoint and analyze the opportunities that each program allows.
8. Surf on the Internet through the following commertial pages and compare the characteristics of thedifferent videos, with special attention to size, length, resolution, etc.
9. Search different websites for different types of complementary software that can help us to improve group presentations. Make a summary of its capabilities and system requirements.
10. Give a Power Point presentation to present the structure (objectives, content core ...) of a chosen course. Introduce animation and slide transition effects
1. Videos: You will have seen several portals on Internet with videos after doing this unit. Now you must select two videos that you consider interesting for preschool students. Next describe the experience: indicate objectives, activities, additional resources that you may need, and evaluate them.
1. Possibilities of New Technologies: carry out a personal reflection on the possibilities ofnew technologies. From all of them (video, digital television, virtual reality, interactive multimedia…). think which would be the most appropriate for a preescholar classroom. Justify your answer with an example.