Technology and 21st Century Learning (Day 3)

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Labor Day weekend is almost here!  I am looking forward to it.  I believe you do too!  🙂

PART I: STANDARDS

As teachers, we don’t really choose what we are going to teach. This is mandated at the local, state, and national levels. In the state of Georgia, curriculum standards are called “Georgia Performance Standards” and they are written for every grade level K-12 and most subject areas.

You can view the Georgia Performance Standards, or GPS, by clicking on the link in the right navigation bar on this blog or go to: http://www.georgiastandards.org . Click on the Georgia Performance Standards tab and then select your subject and grade level. If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, and a few others) you can click on the link right below the Georgia Performance Standards tab to view the QCC standards – the predecessor to the GPS (not all subjects have made the conversion yet). If you’re interested in Mathematics or English/Language Arts, you might refer to the Common Core Standards. Here are some possible standards to use if you are interested in speech therapy and special education.

It’s not just content standards that need to be addressed while teaching. There are national educational technology standards (NETS) for K-12. In my opinion, these standards focus on good teaching and learning – not simply on technology use. Your text is based on these national standards and contains a chapter that addresses the first four standards (we’ll talk about 5 and 6 all semester):

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Research and Information Fluency
  4. Critical thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts

Except for these standards, there is another one that I like to use a lot.  The organization is called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  What they try to focus is also what we focus in EDIT 2000.  You can find some resources on their website.

 PART II: ASSIGNMENT

  • Reflection 3:   “Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century”  Video Reflection
    See requirements and guiding questions here.  
  • Bonus Points Opportunity:  You will earn 3 bonus points by doing this assignment
    Go to the Teacher Boot Camp website.  You will see 5 important issues in education.  They are very important.  Think about this: each of you is from a different background, has different interests, and different motivations for learning — a lot like the students you will teach.  However, we just don’t have enough time to talk about them in detail in EDIT 2000.  Therefore, I want to challenge you all to complete the “Teacher Boot Camp”.  In small groups of 3 (no more than 4) – complete three pages  on our Boot Camp website. You’ll need to complete the handout as you work through each page.  Fill out one handout for each concept per group.  After your team complete the task, one of your teammates MUST PRINT out the worksheets and turn it to me next Wednesday (Sept. 4).

FOR WEDNESDAY:

COULD

  • Read “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection will be due on Sept. 9.
  • Find some interesting web-based learning tools or Apps.
  • Read the resources in the Teacher Boot Camp website IF YOU WANT THE BONUS POINTS.  We will talk about this on Friday.

SHOULD

  • Respond to the comments on your blog from your classmates.
  • Comment on another classmate’s first two reflections.

MUST

Technology and 21st Century Learning

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PART I: VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE ABOUT TECHNOLOGY IN 21ST CENTURY

Let’s finish talking about your visual representations of what you believe about technology in 21st century.  You are doing a great job there.  I like all your creations!

PART II: VIDEOS ABOUT 21st Century Learning 

I hope you finish watching the three video clips about 21st century learning.  What are the main ideas in 21st century learning?  What are the keywords that you hear over and over in the three video clips?  Let’s do a word cloud together.   Please type the keywords in the Google Doc first.   You can type the same word that other people have already typed.  Now let’s copy all these words in the word cloud website– Wordle. 

PART III: TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW

TPACK— A model called TPACK (or TPCK) is proposed to understand a teacher’s preparation for his/ her instruction.  Let’s watch this short clip to get the basic idea about TPACK.  So, if you want to use a diagram to describe TPACK, how will you draw the diagram?  Let’s take a look at this Presentation.

If you are interested in knowing more about TPACK, you can find more detailed introduction on Dr. Matthew Koehler’s TPACK website.

Digital Natives/ Digital Immigrants— Marc Prensky coined the terms “digital native” and “digital immigrant” to differentiate different generations.  People who were born after 1982 are “digital natives” who will be your future students.  People like me, who were born before 1982, are old generations and thus termed “digital immigrants”.  Do you agree with him?  Maybe not.  And there are a lot of debates and myths about these two terms.  Therefore, I think it is good for us to move to a new idea– Digital Poverty.  Take a look at this article.  You will be amazed at the changes all over the world. 

PART IV: STANDARDS

As teachers, we don’t really choose what we are going to teach. This is mandated at the local, state, and national levels. In the state of Georgia, curriculum standards are called “Georgia Performance Standards” and they are written for every grade level K-12 and most subject areas.

You can view the Georgia Performance Standards, or GPS, by clicking on the link in the right navigation bar on this blog or go to: http://www.georgiastandards.org . Click on the Georgia Performance Standards tab and then select your subject and grade level. If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, and a few others) you can click on the link right below the Georgia Performance Standards tab to view the QCC standards – the predecessor to the GPS (not all subjects have made the conversion yet). If you’re interested in Mathematics or English/Language Arts, you might refer to the Common Core Standards. Here are some possible standards to use if you are interested in speech therapy and special education.

It’s not just content standards that need to be addressed while teaching. There are national educational technology standards (NETS) for K-12. In my opinion, these standards focus on good teaching and learning – not simply on technology use. Your text is based on these national standards and contains a chapter that addresses the first four standards (we’ll talk about 5 and 6 all semester):

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Research and Information Fluency
  4. Critical thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts

Except for these standards, there is another one that I like to use a lot.  The organization is called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  What they try to focus is also what we focus in EDIT 2000.  You can find some resources on their website.

FOR FRIDAY:

COULD

  • Read “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection will be due on Sept. 9.
  • Try to find some interesting web-based learning tools or Apps.
  • Read the resources in the Teacher Boot Camp website if you want to earn bonus points.  We will talk about this on Friday.

SHOULD

MUST

  • Make sure that you have completed two reflections and give me the late pass you used for the reflections!

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PART I: HOUSEKEEPING

  • If you miss a class, check our course blog posts about what we did in class ad what you can/ should/ must do.
  • Make sure that you check the requirements for the assignments before you submit.

PART II: 21st CENTURY LEARNING

How will you define 21st century learning?  You have completed a reflection on your personal learning experiences and read an article about meaningful learning with technology.  Do you find anything interesting to you?  Do you find any similarities between what you read and your personal experiences?

Here are some definitions about 21st century learning from some experts.

Barnett Berry, Founder and CEO of the Center for Teaching Quality
“Twenty-first-century learning means that students master content while producing, synthesizing, and evaluating information from a wide variety of subjects and sources with an understanding of and respect for diverse cultures. Students demonstrate the three Rs, but also the three Cs: creativity, communication, and collaboration. They demonstrate digital literacy as well as civic responsibility. Virtual tools and open-source software create borderless learning territories for students of all ages, anytime and anywhere.”

Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology in the U.S. Department of Education
Success in the 21st century requires knowing how to learn. Students today will likely have several careers in their lifetime. They must develop strong critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills in order to be successful in an increasingly fluid, interconnected, and complex world. Technology allows for 24/7 access to information, constant social interaction, and easily created and shared digital content.”

Sarah Brown Wessling, 2010 National Teacher of the Year
“Twenty-first-century learning embodies an approach to teaching that marries content to skill.”

(October 11, 2010) How Do You Define 21st Century Learning? Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/tsb/articles/2010/10/12/01panel.h04.html

PART III: VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE ABOUT TECHNOLOGY IN 21ST CENTURY

After reading the meaningful learning with technology chapter and these short definitions, I want to challenge you more now.  You can see a lot of craft materials on each table.  Try to use these craft materials to create a visual representation of what you wrote or what you believe about technology in 21st century learning.  It can be a technology tool that you use, it can be some concepts that you believe, or it can be an adjective that you use to describe technology…etc.  Use your creativity!

Now, let’s share what you created at your tables.  Then each table needs to choose one to share with the whole class.

PART IV: VIDEOS ABOUT 21st Century Learning 

What Is 21st Century Education? (2’11)

The 21st Century Learners (4’01)

21st Century Skills in Action (4’48)

FOR WEDNESDAY:

COULD

  • Read “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection will be due on Sept. 9.
  • Watch this video named “Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century” published by PBS (52’55).  This reflection will be due on Sep. 4.

SHOULD

  • Respond to the comments on your blog from your classmates.
  • Comment on another classmate’s first two reflections.

MUST

  • If you haven’t posted your second reflection on your blog, you are late.  Before you submit, make sure you read the requirements and the guiding questions can be found in the reflection topics tab.
  • If you haven’t inserted your WordPress Blog in your About Me page, please do so.
  • Watch the three videos about 21st century learning listed in today’s post before Wednesday’s class.

Blogging Community

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PART I: WORDPRESS BLOG

Ok, we created a personal blog this Wednesday.  Some of you are fast learners and have posted your first reflection there.  Some of you haven’t got to that stage yet.  It’s OK.  Before we talk about building a blogging community, I want everyone to make sure that you know how to do the following things in WordPress.  If you see your neighbors struggling, HELP him or her!

CHECKLIST FOR BLOGGING IN WORDPRESS

  • Setting up site
  • Dashboard functions
  • Creating pages
  • Creating posts (choose the “new post” tab on the top right or use the dashboard mode)
    • Insert media (photos, video, files, etc.)
    • Creating a link
    • Select different fonts and headings
    • Adding tags to posts
  • Change your blog title (if you want to)
  • Customize your blog
  • Transfer your first reflection to your blog
  • Add your WordPress blog to your About Me page (either an App or a link)

** If you still have questions about WordPress blog, feel free to email me or watch this tutorial on YouTube.

PART II: BLOGGING COMMUNITY

One of the benefits of blogging is receiving comments from the global community responding to your writing. Some people may agree with you, while others may adamantly oppose your views. Either way, it’s an interesting experience to know others read what you write versus only your instructors. You may be able to relate with comments received from Facebook friends. I know when I post a comment or picture, it’s nice to see others respond (most of the time). I’d like for you to get in the practice of leaving comments on your classmates’ blog postings throughout the semester. Instead of me counting the number of times you comment or judging the quality of your comments, I’m going to see how this plays out to start with.

We’ve brainstormed together about what blogging is the other day.  Now I want you to brainstorm the SUBSTANCE of an ideal comment.  Let’s try another way to brainstorm.

1115 Class– Substance of an ideal comment

1220 Class– Substance of an ideal comment

Let’s see what the previous class said about substantive blog comments.

READING

Here is an article about writing with technology (blogging) reading concerning writing and technology. This is a specific section about blogging (very short). According to the reading, there are several reasons to utilize blogs in the classroom:

  • Providing classroom experiences beyond the ‘walls’ of the classroom
  • Posting on a blog may appeal to different learning styles
  • Blogging could enhance the expertise of the blogger on the targeted subject
  • Blogging and the evidence of outside readers and their comments can be motivating to writers
  • Promoting self and critical reflection
  • Promoting collaboration and the development of virtual communities between learners
  • Promoting analogical thinking

There is even an example of how one teacher structures blogging for their students (on page 174). It says, “In your paragraph you need to make sure that you follow the Paragraph Structure that we have been working on as a class.”

  • 1. S— statement.
  • 2. E— explain your statement.
  • 3. E— example of your statement [ quote].
  • 4. E— explain what your example shows.

Do you think this is a useful structure for blogging in this class? You may find these 50 Useful Blogging Tools for Teachers helpful.

At this moment, you might know how to comment on your peers’ blogs.  However, you may not be sure how to give substantive comment.  Let’s practice!  Go to the student pages tab and choose one person’s page.  Find his or her blog site and then leave your comment on his/ her first reflection on personal learning experiences.

FOR MONDAY:

COULD

  • Read “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection will be due on Sept. 9.

SHOULD

  • Think about how you were evaluated/ assessed in K-12 before.  Give examples.  You can post in your blog.

MUST

  • Read the “Meaningful Learning chapter 1″ and complete your reflection on the reading.  The requirements and the guiding questions can be found in the reflection topics tab.
  • Comment on at least one classmate’s blog.
  • Insert your WordPress Blog in your About Me page

Introduction to Blogging

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PART I: HOUSEKEEPING

Birthday Late Pass

1115                                                        
Mallory–08/01
Savannah S.–08/22
Courtney–08/24
Jessica–08/31
Nashia–09/28
Destini–12/09
Olivia–12/10
Jay–12/12
Jihee–12/21

1220
Jordan–08/04
Astria–08/21
Courtney–08/21
Morgan E.–09/20
Zack–10/20
Tori–10/29
Devonna–11/21
Lisa–12/21

PART II: SUM-UP for ABOUT ME PAGE

Do you like the About Me page design?  What kind of feedback did you get from your “dates”? Do you think you did a great job in introducing yourself with the aid of technology?  This will be the most important issue that we are going to deal with this semester– to explore who you are and to open the window for others to know who you are.  You will be asked to use multiple ways to explore yourself and the world.  This is very important for seniors who are going to find a job, but it is also a good start for freshmen.

Winners for the ABOUT ME PAGE DESIGN/ PRESENTATION

1115  
Macy
Anna B.
Nashia
Destini
Olivia
Jessica

1220
Haley
Mike
Emily
Lisa
Campbell
Laureane
Zack
Morgan (Which one?)

PART III: INTRODUCTION to BLOGGING

Have you seen the movie “Julie and Julia”?  One of the main characters is a blogger.  The reason why she is famous?  Because she keeps a blog by trying out the most famous French chef’s recipe.  Blogging is a new way to learn more about yourself and the world.  In EDIT 2000 this semester, you are required to keep a personal blog mainly in response to the readings, the projects, and ideas we share in this course.  You also can keep a journal there to record your learning process.  I don’t expect everyone to have blogging in the past, but I am hoping that you will use this space to become a creator of media that others can learn from.  Anyone wants to share a blog you like?

Before we talk about the criteria for a well crafted blog posting, let’s take a few minutes and brainstorm the potential benefits of blogging for facilitating communication and collaboration among people.  What advantages do you see in blogging versus sending responses directly to the instructor? Who is your audience?

“Chalk Talk”: Blogging/Commenting/Audience/Purpose/Communication/Collaboration

chalk talk is a silent way of contributing to a class discussion. Draw lines to connect to classmates’ ideas and words to elaborate or express your ideas. You can come to the board more than once.  Let’s do a practice first.

PRACTICE: What will you think of when it comes to “fall”?

NOW, what will you think of when it comes to blogging?

PART IV: CREATE YOUR PERSONAL BLOG

First of all, make sure that you go to wordpress.com instead of wordpress.org.  They have another site for business (I think).  After you create an account, it will ask you to confirm the account via your email.

Once you are in WordPress.com, you need to create a new blog.  Choose a name for your blog address– the URL.  Once you make the decision, they will ask you to customize your blog.  You can name your blog, change the theme, choose the widgets you like…etc.

FOR FRIDAY:

COULD

  • Read “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection will be due on Sept. 9.

SHOULD

  • Read the “Meaningful Learning chapter 1″.  The reflection will be due next Monday (Aug. 26).
    Here are the requirements and the guiding questions:Requirements:
    • Write at least 2 paragraphs (with meaningful sentences) to answer 3 out of the following 4 questions.
    • Use multiple images to support your arguments and ideas.
    • Post your reflection on your blog by next Monday.

    Guiding Questions for the reflection on “Meaningful Learning Chapter 1”

    • What is the big idea or takeaway you had from the Meaningful Learning with Technology chapter?Is it a new idea or something you believe already?
    • Is there anything that surprises you? What is it?
    • Has any ideas in this chapter changed your idea about using technologies in education?  What is that idea and why?
    • Which of the skills described in this chapter are most important to you as an educator? Which are most important to comprehending and being able to apply ideas in your discipline?

MUST

  • Have your personal blog ready for Friday’s class.
  • If you haven’t submitted your URL of your About Me Page, please do so.
    1115 students please click 1115 LINKS
    1220 students please click 1220 LINKS
  • Make sure you have the electronic file of your first reflection and the images with you this Friday.  We will upload the text and the images to the blog as the first post in class this Friday.

About Me Page Presentation

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PART I: HOUSEKEEPING

Usually, I don’t count the first week attendance, because it’s the drop and add week.  So many students come and go in the first week.  However, who comes to all the classes in the first week will earn a late pass.

Sign-In Sheet:
Starting from this week, you need to sign in when you come to class.  I will take away the sign-in sheet after 15 minutes.  If you are late more than 15 minutes, you have an absence.  If it is an emergency, you can talk to me.

Email communication:
I may not be fast in responding to your email.  But I like to let you know I get your message.  I usually will respond to you with a few words.  Therefore, if you don’t hear from me after 24 hours, please send me another email to check with me.

PART II: ABOUT ME PRESENTATION

When you heard me talking about the presentation last week, how did you feel?  I think most of us will think that it will be a boring presentation.  It’s a 1-minute self-introduction that we do for every class every semester.  Right?  So, instead of doing that, let’s try a new strategy– Speed Dating!

Sadly, we don’t have enough boys.   Some of you need to pretend that you are the boys…so let’s get into two groups.  Then each person has one minute to share your About Me page to your partner.  Talk about the content, and the design…because everything you choose for that single page represents who you are!

You need to move to the next person when you hear the bell. Then after listening to all your partners, we need to vote who you want to date!  The winner will win a late pass.

FOR WEDNESDAY:

COULD

  • Create a WordPress.com account.  You don’t need to post anything there yet, if you don’t know how to do blogging.  BUT if you DO know how to blog, feel free to do your first reflection in your WordPress blog and send me the link to your blog instead of a word document.
  • Read the “Meaningful Learning chapter 1″ and “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflections on these two articles will be due on Aug.26 and Sept. 9.

SHOULD

  • Find a blog you like…we will talk about blogs in class this week.

MUST

  • If today is your first day in EDIT 2000, please complete the student information sheet before we meet again this Friday.  If you are in 1115 class, click here.  If you are in 1220 class, click here.
  • Send me your first reflection on your learning process if you haven’t.  In that case, you have a late assignment.
  • Submit the URL of your About Me Page.
    1115 students please click 1115 LINKS
    1220 students please click 1220 LINKS

About Me Page

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PART I: REVIEW OF SCAVENGER HUNT

I know this is the first class you have in Aderhold (for some of you).  Hope this activity help you get familiar with the environment.  Let’s check what you have learned about Aderhold now.

  • finger food? coffee? pop?
  • check out any hardward you need for a project? (For non-educational majors, you need to print out your course schedule for OIT though).
  • If you need to print your assignment in the last minute?
  • Curriculum materials?  Journals?  Children’s books?

PART II: ABOUT ME PAGE

I learned a little bit about you by reading your student information sheet.  However, I still can’t remember your face and name yet.  Therefore, we are going to create the digital business card.

The tool we are going to use for this project is called ” About Me”.  Please go to their website–About.me and create your account.

After you created your account, they kind of guide you through the process.  Or you can simply click the “Edit Page” tab on the top of the page.  You can change the background, edit your information, add web links, add apps…etc.  You can choose to use your picture as the background to let people know you.  Or you can be like some people in the examples…choose to use a smaller picture of yourself to let people see your face. We will add more items as we move forward.

Here are some examples.

Hope Zimmerman

Meagan Arthur

Joanna Sullivan

Justine Chien

I want you to finish doing this in class today, so you don’t need to worry about this on the weekend.  We will do the self-intro page presentation in class next Monday.  So make sure you are here next Monday.  Don’t miss the presentation (one minute)!

FOR MONDAY:

COULD

  • Create a WordPress.com account.  You don’t need to post anything there yet, if you don’t know how to do blogging.  BUT if you DO know how to blog, feel free to do your first reflection in your WordPress blog and send me the link to your blog instead of a word document.
  • Read the “Meaningful Learning chapter 1” and “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflections on these two articles will be due on Aug.26 and Sept. 9.

SHOULD

  • Make sure you know where to find the reading materials.

MUST

  • If today is your first day in EDIT 2000, please complete the student information sheet before we meet again this Friday.  If you are in 1115 class, click here.  If you are in 1220 class, click here.
  • Complete your About Me page and get ready for the presentation.
  • Send me your first reflection on your learning process by Monday.