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“Technologies can and should become the tools of meaningful learning.”
D. Jonasses, in Learning with Technology: A Constructivist Perspective
(Technology in the Learning Environment)
Name of FS Student: Course/Year/Section:
BULLETIN BOARD DISPLAYS
At the end of this activity, you will gain competence in determining the appropriateness of teaching aids to learning tasks.
To reach your target, follow the steps below:
Look around a school for bulletin board display.
Choose one and evaluate the display.
Propose enhancements to make the display more effective.
As you look around and examine board displays, use the activity forms provided for you to document your observations.
An Observation Guide for BOARD DISPLAYS
NOTE: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Read the following statements carefully before you will observe inside the school.
Go around the school and examine the board displays. How many board displays do you see? Where is the display board found? Are they in places where target viewers can see them? What are the displays about? What images and colors do you see? How are the pieces of information arranged? What materials were used in making the displays? Are borders used? How are they used? Do you notice some errors? (e.g., misspelled words, grammar inconsistencies and the like? Are the messages clear and easily understood? You may choose to take a photo of the display board (if allowed).
Name of the Cooperating School Observed: Leyte Normal University Location of the cooperating school: Tacloban City Date of Visit: February 9, 2011
As we went over and examined the board displays of the said campus particularly on the left side of the lobby of the college building, we noticed that there were there were about nineteen board displays. The board display is found beside the second door of the dean of College of Education. They are not in places where target viewers can see them because in the first place, the students are not allowed to pass by the lobby. Most of the displays are about the personal information and schedule of the teachers of the university. Most of the images are pictures of the school faculty and colors that are mostly seen are green, blue and red. Materials that are mostly used in making the displays are cartolinas and styrofoams. Borders are also used by emphasizing certain words. We didn’t notice any errors in the board displays. Some of the messages are not clear and easily understood.
Topic of the Board Display: DISPLAYS EVALUATION FORM BOARD Announcements
Check the column that indicates your rating. Write comments to back up your ratings. 4 – Outstanding 3 – Very Satisfactory 2 – Satisfactory 1 – Needs Improvement
Effective Communication Attractiveness
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The message should be read again in order to understand it fully. The board display is unattractive for it has only one color and does not catch the attention of the viewers. The last box is mot balanced with the other boxes in the bulletin board. The border of the title of the board display does not hold unity with other displays. It does not entice learners to be involved because it is not attractive nor has interaction. The letters cannot be seen from a good distance. The viewer should be near the display in order to see. The board display ids free from grammar errors and misspelled words. The items in the board were wellconstructed. They are securely attached on the bulletin board.
Conveys the message quickly and clearly
Colors and arrangement catches and holds interest
Objects are arranged so stability is perceived
Repeated shapes or colors or use of borders holds display together
The style and approach entice learners to be involved
Letters and illustrations can be seen from a good distance
Free from grammar errors, misspelled words, ambiguity
Well-constructed; items are securely attached
Did the board display design reflect the likes/interests of its target audience? Why? Why not? No, because the board display is blunt due to the usage of color. As we observed the bulletin board and examined it. Its target audience are the incoming first year students. So, the bulletin board should be made according to the interests of the said audience. The board should contain a highlight and background color respectively. Moreover, the board is not attractive. It can’t catch attention at the first glance. Also, the arrangement of rectangles is not well done. These all only make the bulletin board a mere one. Was the language used clear and simple for the target audience to understand? Why? Why not? Yes, the language used was very clear and simple. The target audience can easily understand the message or the content of the bulletin board. The language used became clear because the pieces of information were organized and they are arranged in bullet forms.
What do you think was the purpose of the board display? Was it effective? Why? Why not?
The purpose of the bulletin board is to inform the incoming first year students about the performance and excellence of the university. Also, to encourage them that enrolling in this university is not a waste of time and money because the responsibilities of the campus are stated there.
What suggestions can you make in order to improve the displays of the board?
Our first suggestion is the color of the displays. Attractive color schemes fit the interests of the target audience. Second is the arrangement of the displays. Since there are nine displays, it would look organized if the remaining one which has not a pair will be put in the middle of the four pairs. Third, the capitalization of the letters didn’t follow the visual principle of only making the title capitalized if and only if it is only one word. The only capitalized letter should only be the first letter of the word.
Paste (or download) here the photo of the display board you had taken.
Based on your suggestions to improve the board displays observed, make your own board display lay-out. You may present your output through any of these: • A hand-made drawing or sketch or layout • A computer drawing/illustration or layout • A collage
My Board Display Lay-out
We are to make this layout in a landscape form since it is more suitable than a portrait form to the location of the board display observed.
Center of Excellence in Teacher Education
Name at least 5 skills that a teacher should possess in order to come up with effective board displays. Explain why each skill is important.
1. Knowledge on visual principles This is important because as a teacher, you have to learn if possible, all the rules that govern visual principles for you to be aware of the measurements of everything: letters, margin, spacing, and many others. Also the elements, pattern and arrangements of every variable present in your board display.
2. Creativity This is important because this is the number one factor on how to get the attention of the target audience. The creativeness of a board display motivates the target audience to see what is beyond what is being displayed.
3. Sensitivity This is important because you have to know who will be your target audience and what content are you going to put in the board display.
This is important so that you will not be spending too much on your board display. You can reuse some materials but you have to make sure that they are still in good condition. You can also make some innovations from previous materials used.
Knowledge about the content or the subject matter
This is important because you should only post simple information but you have to make sure that these will be relevant to your target audience.
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