This week, I finally started exploring Hoonuit by Atomic Learning after learning about their newer training modules and hearing the buzz about their ISTE contest online. After briefly exploring their “Newly Added and Popular Topics”, I was pleasantly surprised and very curious to start a training. The modules definately represented popular educational trends such as Google Classroom, Minecraft in the Classroom, and Virtual Reality. The site itself was visually appealing and sported an intuitive interface. I selected the module entitled Technology Integration Strategies to see what Hoonuit had to say.
Starting the Module
After reading the introduction with the series objectives, I was then presented with 4 main activities that would need to be completed: LearnIt, DoIt, ShareIt, and ProveIt.
The LearnIt section was filled with short video clips introducing educators to the highly-respected SAMR model. The SAMR Model is an acronym for the levels of technology integration: substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. The videos were concise, ranging from 27 seconds to 2 minutes 51 seconds, but yet filled with important and relevant information.
The “Why Should I Integrate” clip highlighted the importance of technology integration in today’s classrooms. Here are some of the key ideas I took from the video clip:
The DoIt Section was also highly effective. Teachers were presented with a detailed lesson plan example that they could consider while integrating technology. All of the categories were clearly explained and defined, making it quite easy to create your own lesson plan using their Technology Integration Checklist.
Here is what I created: TechnologyIntegrationChecklist
The ShareIt section asked teachers to upload their detailed lesson plans. But, what made this so interesting is that their lesson plans would then receive feedback from other educators across the world. Although, the projects located in the ShareIt had not yet received feedback, I am curious to soon find out what other teachers may have to contribute.
The ProveIt section consisted of 7 multiple choice questions to demonstrate understanding. The user will receive a score upon completion “proving” they understood the content provided. However, I believe the DoIt activity proved my understanding more so than the multiple choice questions.
Honestly, I am really excited to continue using Hoonuit! I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I have had account with Atomic Learning for quite some time and have never really explored the website. Now, I can hardly wait to log back in and check out another topic I have been meaning to explore- Minecraft in the Classroom! Thanks Hoonuit for this online PD awesomeness!
Plus, did you see their ISTE contest?
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