My ICT course started on the 29th of February and I was really looking forward to it. Then I read and clicked, and read and clicked, forwards, backwards, new tab, new window, click this link and click that link. Where I am going? I have no idea, forwards or backwards what page am I on? I have no idea? How many windows are opened? I keep reading, keep clicking I am completely lost and then somehow I thought of this quote from Lewis Carroll’s book Alice in Wonderland.
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.
‘I don’t much care where -‘ said Alice.
‘Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,’ said the Cat.
‘- so long as I get SOMEWHERE,’ Alice added as an explanation.
‘Oh, you’re sure to do that,’ said the Cat, ‘if you only walk long enough.” I wanted to scream.
So I made a cup of tea and started to ponder and mull over the weeks proceedings. It dawned on me what the problem was; I am a visual leaner. There were no pictures, drawings or graphs only words many, many words. How was I going to negotiate this course when there were only words?
My mulling became deeper and I thought of all the students that required differentiation in order to learn and that included me. It seems that every university course I have taken so far teaches that I must learn to differentiate and have a wide and deep repertoire of teaching methods. So far in this course there is just reading and clicking and clicking and reading.
I fully understand that there are students who love to read and click and learn by this method very well, I also understand that it may be very difficult in trying to find other ways to present the material other than reading and clicking so for now I will just try to overcome and do my very best in reading and clicking. If you click here then scroll down to frustrating, I first thought that I had found a friend experiencing similar difficulties but no Yasmin’s frustration was only very short lived. Oh well!!
What I have included though is a clip on how to differentiate. Wonder if these principles could be used in this course.
Please click on the picture below:
Catur, E. [image]. (n.d.) I’m different. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/endrocn/product-differentiation-18097732
Inspiring Education. (2015, January 30). Using Differentiated Instruction to Support All Learners [Video file]. Video posted to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOPe_cJ67No
Lewis, C. (1865). Alice’s adventures in wonderland. New York: MacMillan.