Saturday, August 8, 2009

Thing 11.5 Evaluation

Thank you very much for the work that goes into creating wonderful computer tech learning lessons and for your feedback and support. I have discovered apps that I did not realize were readily available and so easy to use and don't believe I would have discovered them on my own. The assignments were so relevant that it almost seems reasonable that at least some of the Library 2 Play lessons should be required and reflected in lesson planning.

1. What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?

I particularly enjoyed Animoto and GoView

2. How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?

This program has supported and expanded my lifelong learning goals of using the internet as a tool for teaching and learning as both a teacher and as a student

3. Were there any take-a-ways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?

All applications introduced were knew learning for me, so all were unexpected outcomes

4. What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?

Although I am happy with the format and concept, completers deserve many more hours for the amount of time it takes to work through each lesson! (Of course I know that is out of your hands....)

Again, thanks.

Thing 11 Digital Citezenship

Five things I might tell my students as part of Library orientation to encourage good digital citizenship:

1 and 2 Do not be fearful; however, use caution
* This applies to both the use of the equipment as well as exploring files, folders, applications, and programs
- As instructors it is our job to teach initial, basic computer functions and rules of surfing the net and using material, applications, and programs
3 Respect for others
* Leaving the equipment in working condition
* When chatting or posting comments having an awareness of how communicating online is a very different medium (the anonymity available when using the net should be discussed)
* Email etiquette
- Ex. Do not forward emails without the senders permission (that is like placing a person on speaker phone without telling the individual)
4 Knowing the difference between material (images, text, music, etc.)that is designated as ok for sharing and what requires permission and what necessitates citing.
5 Knowing to validate material and use multiple, credible sources

If I were in the classroom I would feel obligated to address, at least quickly, the parts of the computer and basic keyboard and menu functions (although tempted, I would not want to assume any prior formal instruction). My lesson would begin with materials: The Proper Use of Technology Form (available in the Student Parent Handbook???) and the computer and possibly create a mini fun research project that addresses the 5 points of digital citizenship that I believe are important (much in the same manner that we have been doing throughout our Library 2 Play lessons).

Thing 10 Virtual Worlds

I chose to take a tour of the University of Delaware. I stayed for about an hour and was the only person there! I yelled h-e-l-l-o and looked for others, but only came across a bird here and there. Maybe because it is a Saturday in August. Somewhere along the way I lost my hair, tried to get it back, but it was a mohawk, so decided to go bald. I had difficulty making progress and seemed to walk in circles. There is a nice little art museum; however, there were not any captions so I did not know what I was looking at (there was not an under construction post, but maybe that is the case). At some point I found myself in darkness. When a fish swam past me I realized that I was under water. I tried to surf, but that is all---t-r-i-e-d!

It was fun and I can see with experience the potential value to using second life with instruction (ex. simulating experience).

Thing 9 Slideshare Update

I investigated this lesson again using authorSTREAM and Slideshare with success. I immediately visualized using either of these programs in combination with splicing in a video and possibly adding a GoView app. (if possible) for benefit of both teachers and students: teachers can create readily available online lessons and students can produce comprehensive presentations for the purpose of assessment.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Thing 9 Slideshare

Because I had just completed a ppt presentation that I had discussed with a friend that it would be great if could be shared and demonstrated using the television, I was looking forward to investigating the different programs introduced in the Slideshare lesson. Unfortunately I have spent many too many hours of frustration trying to use any them with success. I primarily concentrated on 280 Slides because it was free, referenced a couple of times in the different readings and specifically spoke about the benefit to educators. I was able to upload a previously created ppt; however, was never able to locate it to use it.

If usable, I can see the potential for a student share their ppt with greater numbers and in different locations other than where individual computers are available.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Thing 8 Screencast

As is the case with almost everything we are learning, I had fun with this. I tried several recordings using ScreenCastle, but they took much too long to upload. I had success with GoView. Although I realize that my demonstration is missing much detail, I did have success making a simple how to:

I took an online statistics class that would have benefited if the teacher used a version of screencasting. I can see that this would be an excellent tool to use in distance learning for demonstration purposes.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Thing 7 Video Resources

Through Hulu found a fun summer barbeque treat that is availabe for sharing:

I am not in a clasroom so looked for videos that can be used with teachers in order to share the concept of online learning. One video that I chose came from and is a simple Algebra 1 lesson. The link provides access to thousands of lessons and can be helpful to any teacher (virtual or brick and mortar). Inividuals new to teaching as well as the experienced teacher can use the lessons as resources for exploring a new or different approach to teaching a concept or for referring students to possibly provide a tutorial or benefit of extra help.

Technology in the PE class from

21st Century learning from TeacherTube, Bionic Teaching Shake It Up: