Sunday, October 3, 2010

Multiliteracies PP107: e-Learning 2.0 and quality

Multiliteracies PP107: e-Learning 2.0 and quality: "What is e-Learning 2.0? According to Graham Attwell, it represents the move from read-only applications to read-write applications. Theref..."

Multiliteracies PP107: My Learning Reflections

Multiliteracies PP107: My Learning Reflections: "As Reflections are essential for learning, I have tried to reflect on my learning process at Multiliteracies PP107. I have learned that f..."

Thursday, September 30, 2010

e-Learning 2.0 and quality

What is e-Learning 2.0? 

According to Graham Attwell, it represents the move from read-only applications to read-write applications. Therefore, it makes the difference to both teachers and learners in interaction..

You can have more information on e-Learning 2.0 on this video link:   e-Learning 2.0 and quality

How is e-Learning related to Googlios?

According to José Rodríguez, Googlios is a 21st -century approach to Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
According to Alex Ambrose, Googlio is a hybrid next generation e-portfolio that utilizes emerging open, social , web 2.0, and Google applications such as blogs, wikis and social networks and software to create a student created and controlled personal learning environment and lifelong content management system and can be shared and viewed from different perspectives, within various contexts, and for multiple puposes. It is a free and easy to use portfolio web site for individuals to design a space, story, and system that functions as a workplace and showcase for learners to collect, select, reflect, and publish. 

It is based on a model that demonstrates relationships between emerging tools and learning theories and between Personal Learning Environments (PLEs), Personal Learning Networks (PLNs), and ePortfolios. By using Google Sites as a main dashboard that “mashes up” multiple Google Apps like Blogger, Youtube, Google Reader, Google Maps, Google Docs, and iGoogle into an ePortfolio, students can build and organize their own Personal Learning Environment (PLE) simultaneously with “building bridges” through their Personal Learning Network (PLN)–all while supporting e-portfolio authentic assessment. One last word of caution: “Googlios: A 21st-Century Approach to Teaching, Learning, and Assessment” seeks to ignite an educational renaissance based on Bloom's Taxonomy.

I think Bloom´s taxonomy applied to Googlio makes sense. I am working on blogs and wikis and I can see how they are an act of creation based on other web technologies. What is more, they give us scope to all kinds of activities, thinking processes and texts in which knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation are present as stated below:


State Primary School students using XO computers in Uruguay
Connectivism is a learning theory of the digital age that has been developed by George Siemens and Stephen Downes based on their analysis of the limitations of behaviorism, cognitivism and constructivism to explain the effect technology has on how we live, how we communicate and how we learn. Taking into account that Connectivism is a learning theory for the digital age, it is crucial for us to be updated and study the current use of technology, the decision making processes it entails and the effects on education both on a personal and an institutional level.

Connectivism is based on a Learning Ecology, in which Filters (values, beliefs and perspectives) have a crucial role in the learning process together with Conduits (language, media and technology):

Thus, we have to make wise use of technology to manage resources. In Uruguay, for example, students love to use mobile phones in class and they text all the time. Well, if you can´t fight them, you´d better join them and make the most of it. 

Similarly, there is an educational program called Plan Ceibal, in which xo computers are incorporated into the classroom for classwork and homework since each Primary School student has one for free. This has been a successful experience but some research on it is required, especially in reference to the network value, in which integration and multi-dimensional process be evaluated, and the different Dimensions of Learning be studied.

I think Alex Hayes´ research will be enlightening on the issue since it will inform on reliable applied contexts for technologies in an educational setting, policy development to guide the dimensions of application and will probably identify the implications of technology on educational arrangements.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Does Project Zero ring you a bell? 

In reference to the use of technology and e-portfolios Project Zero makes a point on their importance in the learning process. 

According to David Perkins, ongoing assessment is essential for learning and students should be given some time to reflect and self- evaluate their learning process.

  •  Portfolios provide students with valuable learning opportunities to show and file different learning styles and abilities. 

  • New technologies, especially computers, help access to new knowledge and learning strategies
For more information on e-portfolios go to

My Learning Objectives

It has been very difficult to design my learning objectives for this course. At first, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of material and the variety of web 2.0 tools and links we had. Now I have explored most of them I found some needs and based on them, I have come up with some learning objectives.

By the end of the course:
  1. I will have used and evaluated the web 2.0 learning and teaching tools and mechanisms for promoting knowledge by means of socially driven learning networks. 
  2. I will have reflected on my learning process and self-evaluated it
  3. I will have participated and created blogs and social networks  while identifying, acessing, aggregating, processing and analyzing the flux of information.
  4. I will have understood the aspects related to Multiliteracies and have reached a definition of Technical Literacy

Monday, September 20, 2010

Week 2 Learning Reflection

As Week 2 of PP107 course has come to an end I have begun to outline what to put in an e-portfolio. It sounds an innovative way to select work and show some progress on my learning. I guess some reflections will come up soon.

Monday, September 13, 2010

About me

Hi, everyone! My name is Roxana and I have been teaching EFL at High school for more than eleven years now in Uruguay, South America. I have graduated as an EFL teacher and as a Spanish teacher as well. I believe education is crucial for any society to grow and prosper and I think multiliteracies and collaborative learning are essential in that sense. 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Multiliteracies PP107: Technological Literacy

Multiliteracies PP107: Technological Literacy: "I think Technological Literacy involves both Anderson´s declarative and procedural knowledge about technology. In other words, it consists o..."

Technological Literacy

I think Technological Literacy involves both Adler´s declarative and procedural knowledge about technology. In other words, it consists of knowing how to use technology for any purpose and all its content. I believe that ethical issues are always implicit in any activity and knowledge so we, as teachers, should make them explicit as part of our practices.

At the moment, Carrie James is studying ethical issues in work, school, and play contexts. Her research interests include young people's engagement with the new digital media; conceptions of trust held by youth today; moral and ethical development; gender issues; and conceptions of success, failure and "good work" among youth and adults for Project Zero Research Programs.   


Hi, everyone! I am happy to continue my online education and take part in a new learning community. I have tried some new web 2.0 tools for me and now I feel it is high time I started using a blog. I have decided to name it Multiliteracies PP107. I need to keep working hard and figure out the way to share it with you. What do you think about blogs? Do you find them useful and easy to use?