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educ 792-Session 2-Blog -"reflect"-who will be capstone audience (why?) and what content will be in your learn more pages?
Having explored several capstone websites, write a blog about who you think the audience of your capstone is going to be and why? Also, really start thinking about your Learn More pages. What content do you think you will need to have on your website in order to engage and teach your audience about your research?
Who will be the audience for my Capstone?
The audience will be every grade level teacher and parent. My target will specifically be lower primary teachers and parents.
The reason I want to target lower primary teachers and parents is because they are the most reluctant to incorporate digital technology, such as digital storytelling, into their teaching/parenting. There is so much focus on literacy in the lower primary grades, many educators/parents feel that digital literacy takes away from literacy. Many educators/parents also feel threatened from the social media outside world. They may concerns for cyber-bullying, and inappropriate research/interaction with the outside world via the Internet. They also feel threatened by technology, whereas a student at any grade level intuitively embraces technology.
The Capstone will prove how digital literacy will transcend a student's/child's literacy skills and how digital citizenship classes will ensure/promote/advocate technological student safety. The website will provide scaffolding so that any teacher/parent can transcend from a Word doc user to an Animoto/Powtoon/Wevideo/Spark/Edpuzzle/Screencast-o-matic user.
The Capstone will explicitly explain the importance of digital storytelling and/or other digital exposure and how the digital exposure will benefit each student academically, socially, and in their future careers.
The website will serve as a Transliteracy Bridge for lower primary parents and educators to cross at an early age so they don't feel frightened for their children entering the Web 4.0 world and instead feel invigorated that their children are getting a head start in real world applications compared to most other elementary schools.
A lot of primary parents/educators haven't dived into technology as much as upper grade levels, so it is important for them to have an inviting and informative place to transcend from Word doc parent/teacher to Animoto/Powtoon/Edpuzzle/Wevideo parent/teacher. The website will assure parents/teachers that while they are on the path of learning and creating a path for their students/children, that the technological path is legitimately safe and accessible.
The reason I don't want to target students, is because they don't need any convincing to try technological tools. They also don't need guides to help them because usually within minutes the student has surpassed the teacher's technological intelligence after exposing them to applications such as Animoto.
Learn More Pages:
The Capstone will be simple. The interface will be Google friendly, with the least amount of text needed. It will be explicitly clear that my website was built for my audience. To lower my audience's anxiety the website will be designed with intention and efficiency. For the website to be useful, it will be engaging, succinct, practical, and meaningful.
I will have two types of How to Videos and How to Textual Instructions. One will be for the teacher and one will be for the parent. The aim will be to inform how to create a safe/educational digital learning environment at home for the parent and at school for the educator.
The lessons that I showcase will be applicable not only for Room 26/NVLA/Mr. Hall's class but for any parent/educator who have the desire to teach their child/student digital skills, digital literacy, and digital citizenship.
The assessments will be set up for teachers but applicable for those parents that are eager to assess their child's engagement with digital literacy skills.