Finding something awkward or unhelpful about the action steps?
Something isn't working as you expected?
Wish the site did something else?
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Don't have any real criticism here. My experience has been that online curriculum writing takes longer than one would expect and, even when we try to be realistic as possible, can't help but be aspirational, as we don't have the daily feedback we're used to, and that even the most experienced teachers require to vet their lesson plans.
So far I feel that the site has been relatively easy to navigate and use. However, I would like to have more options to personalize the page (adding a picture to the top of the page, changing the site color, etc). If this is possible, I have not figured it out yet.
I totally agree with Emily. Sometimes it is hard for me to figure out the correct balance between uniformity and personalization. I understand the benefits of having uniform sites (ease of access, ease of locating items on sites, standardization, ease of construction), but as a creative person I love to be able to start from scratch and customize everything. Though I realize starting from scratch would not generate sites which are uniform enough. Instead, like Emily I think it would be fun if we had a little more freedom to change site colors and add personality to the pages!
The site is pretty good from what I have seen. The only suggestion is creating a lesson plan bank so teachers could upload assigments they created and share with others and not just screencasts. Something similar to the LOR on the d2l.
Unfortunately, I missed the meeting with Andrew when he came to ACTvF and I believe that caused me to stumble in the beginning of this process. While I don't have any major criticism for the site itself, I think that making initial contact with participants of the challenge should be mandatory. I know it would have been a lot less cumbersome if I had been able to make it to that first meeting.
I also feel that this site is very helpful. However, I agree with "arabin" with the lesson plan bank comment. I think that a lesson plan repository would be very helpful for teachers of specific contents to have an area to share their resources with each other year long. I would definitely participate.
FIrst of all, I know how hard it must be to create a site template that works with all of the subjects and teachers, and I think the template is excellent as a prototype.
I agree with the lesson plan bank and I think an assignment page would be good too.
My only criticism with the existing set up is having calendars on the home page. SInce I have four sections, I tried to squeeze four calendars onto the page, and it looked really messy and not at all inviting. So I changed the home page and created a new page with links to all four calenders instead.
Honestly, this has been great. The only drawback for me has been the difficulty balancing this with the other daily demands of teaching and prepping, but what's new there?
I'd love to interact more with people who are using Camtasia, Prezi, etc., more skillfully than I have so far, but that's not a criticism...just a hope for the future as I continue to develop what I began here.
I think I overreached in my last post - to restrict to feedback on the YouPD challenge itself, no complaints here. Everything was pretty clear-cut and helpfully organized.
I had a lot of problems loading pages here, but that is just as likely my computer and/or connectivity at home...
I actually enjoy the acesability and ease with which I can use this site. It is easy to navigate. I also like how we submit things through the checklist....that is very helpful.
I would, however, add a schedule, or calendar for people to stay on track. I can procrastinate if I don't have a set schedule of when something should be submitted. It would help me out alot.
For the most part, I enjoyed this challenge very much and learned skills that I could immediately implement in my classroom.
I enjoy the steps that help train us for actual tasks (like the screencast) much more than the discussion tasks. Some of the discussion questions/responses were a bit forced, as I felt I was posting for the sake of posting, rather than with a real problem and/or solution.
Much appreciate the constructive criticism re: the discussion posts. I'm still working out what makes for a worthwhile and engaging forum topic. Looking back through, I totally understand the "forcedness" you refer to, and I am very interested in not having it feel that way in future challenges. Thanks for taking on this learning experience!
This is one of those thing that I was skeptical about signing up for. But after completing the badge of EBCHS and working through this challenge's steps, I see a lot of value in the online discussions and the resources for us teachers. I regret not being on board since day 1.
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