Communication and Collaboration in 21st Century Learning

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PART I: STANDARDS RELATED TO COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION

As I said last Thursday, EDIT 2000 is designed according to the standards listed by ISTE.  We mainly focus on the 4Cs.  Starting from today, we are going to work on the first two Cs– Communication and Collaboration.

What are the standards listed by ISTE?

According to ISTE, students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures
d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems

Technology tools do provide a lot of convenience and affordances for faster communication and more collaboration opportunities.  However, the key word should be “BETTER”.  How do we create BETTER communication and collaboration?  It is a lesson to learn.  We need to be creative.  We need to learn to use different ways to express our ideas and thoughts.  One big issue in digital generation’s development is the visual literacy.  The world is becoming more and more visual.  Think about the leading social networks– Facebook, Pinterest, Picasa…Therefore, to learn how to better use all these tools to help yourself or others learn/ communicate/ collaborate better is a significant lesson!

PART II: PROJECTS

BLOGGING

Keep doing your blog posts.  That is a great way to challenge yourself to use different media to express your thoughts and ideas.

20% DESIGN PROJECT

Another project we are going to work on is the 20% Design project.  So far, you have learned more about 21st century learning.  Is there any issue related to learning, design, and technology that you want to explore/ investigate?  Choose a topic that interests you the most.  Then you need to do research on it and design a product related to the topic.  You are given the role of a designer– a game designer, a curriculum designer, an activity designer, a book writer, a manual writer, an illustrator.  This project is expected to be an individual project.  However, if your project is BIG, then a team of two people might be acceptable.  Please talk with me if you want to to it with a partner. 

RESOURCES ( Please DO NOT copy their ideas.  Remember the Honesty policy.)

  • The Partnership for 21st Century Learning provides a lot of interesting topics for you to think about.
  • Florida Center for Instructional Technology also provides some examples in K-12 Education.
  • Possible topics:
    • Gaming in education: Fun and Danger
    • social networks fever: how can teachers take advantage of it?
    • Online discussion, yucks!  How do I improve it?
    • Personalized learning with technology
    • The beauty of diversities: cross-cultural communication

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO FOR 20% DEIGN PROJECT

This is a semester-long project.  To me, it’s a personalized learning process.  I play the role of a facilitator, a consultant, or a listener.  There are several requirements you need to do with this project.

  1. You need to DOCUMENT your own learning process in your blog.  Every week, you need to post your progress, reflection, thoughts, difficulties, ah-ha moment related to the design project on your photo blog.  You can use texts, images, or do a short video if you prefer talking!
  2. You will present your project at least twice.  One is the final presentation for assessment, another one will be a mid-term presentation for feedback.
  3. You need to tweet your project with other EDIT 2000 students.
  4. You need to talk with me once in a while to make sure you are on the track and let me know you are doing well!

WEB 2.0TOOL PROJECT

There are so many web 2.0 tools that we can use for communication and collaboration.  Find a NEW tool or App that you have never used before (Please…I don’t want to see Facebook, Pinterest, Picasa, Skype or even Pandora).  Play with it for a week or so.  Then you need to use the movie trailer templates in iMovie to make a trailer for the tool you chose.

This can be an individual project or a group project.  It’s up to you!

Examples

Dropbox 1

Dropbox 2

Google Chrome Nanny

Jelly Note

FOR THURSDAY:

COULD

  • Watch the video “Is School Enough?” published by PBS in Sep. 2013. The reflection will be due on Feb.11.
  • Read the resources in the Teacher Boot Camp website IF YOU WANT THE BONUS POINTS.  We will talk about this on Thursday.
    • 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”.
    • Choose the topic that you would like to learn more and read/ watch the materials on that page.
    • Then you’ll need to complete the handout as you work through each page.  Fill out one handout for each concept.  You MUST TURN IN THE HARDCOPY to earn the bonus points.  The worksheet doesn’t need to be typed.  You can write your answers.  Some students even drew on the worksheet to answer the questions before.
    • Each concept is one point.
    • Turn them in by Feb. 4 to ear the bonus points.

SHOULD

  • Start working on your Design project and complete your first documentation– it can be what topics you are thinking about doing, why is that topic important to you…
  • Find one or two new technology tool(s) and play with them.

MUST

  • Work on commenting your partner’s blog post once we get their blog links.
  • Read the “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection on this article is DUE TODAY.  You can find the requirements here.
  • SUBMIT the form of the topics you choose for your projects.
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Technology and 21st Century Learning Continue…

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PART I:WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT 21ST CENTURY LEARNING?

We didn’t finish the activity the other day…so let’s spend another 10-15 minutes on this. If you need to watch the videos again, feel free to do so.  Otherwise, we will work on Wordle creation.  Remember the most important thing in a word cloud– frequencies.  The more you mention the ideas, the word will get bigger.  I got a few word cloud from you the other day…Try to come up with more ideas and words again and send me the images of word cloud and also all the words you put in.  We will try to make a big word cloud.

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PART II: 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–We talked about these terms the other day.  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 III: 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

 PART IV: PARTNERSHIP WITH EDIT 2000 STUDENTS

We will have two different connections with other EDIT 2000 students.  The first one is through the photo blog.   Your partners are taking EDIT 2000 at 1:25 on Mon/Wed/Fri.  If you know any one in that class, please DO NOT pair up with him/ her.

Here are the names

Anna Fink — Blog

Austin Burris — Blog

Peter Gabriel — Blog

Brittany Bowens — Blog

Jessica Graber — Blog

Emily Stockert — Blog

Lizzy Wall –

Grant Cowan — 

Sydney Boyum — Blog

Alexis Oubre — Blog

Carley Simmons — Blog

Sivan Levy — Blog

Dylan Schott — Blog

Johnny Chen — Blog

Kayla Stamey —Blog

Stephanie Rogman — Blog

Lexi Wilcoxs — Blog

Tyler Chandler – NOT Available yet. 

FOR TUESDAY:

COULD

  • Watch the video “Is School Enough?” published by PBS in Sep. 2013. The reflection will be due on Feb.11.
  • Read the resources in the Teacher Boot Camp website IF YOU WANT THE BONUS POINTS.  We will talk about this on Thursday.

SHOULD

  • Start to think about some questions/ issues/ topics that you are interested in knowing more about learning, design, and technology.
  • Try to find one or two new technology tool(s) and play with them.  This will lead you to our next project- Web 2.0 Tool Presentation.
  • Read the “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection on this article will be due on Jan. 28.  You can find the requirements here.

MUST

  • Work on commenting your partner’s blog post once we get their blog links.

Technology and 21st Century Learning

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PART I: SUM-UP FOR ABOUT.ME PAGE AND BLOGGING

You have interacted with about half of the class during the speed dating activity.  Now I want you to choose a good About.Me page that you think it represents a good design and show what kind of person he/she is from the images and texts he/she uses.

Most of your blogs are already set-up.  If there is any issue or I might have a problem accessing it, I will let you know.

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.  Also, you probably have read the two pages of 21st century skills.  If you haven’t read the two-page summary, let’s watch the first video- critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving together.

 

 

The second video talks about communication, collaboration, listening, and information literacy.  The teachers address these issue in a very nice way.  I strongly recommend you to watch it on your own.

 

 

 

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.

PART IV: WHAT DO THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT 21ST CENTURY LEARNING?

I want to separate you into two groups.  Each group will watch one video.  Then each group needs to create a wordle image to summarize what they have learned from the video.

Group I Video: 21st Century Learners

 

 

Group II Video: Re-imagining Learning in the 21st Century

 

 

FOR THURSDAY:

COULD

  • Read the “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection on this article will be due on Jan. 28.
  • Watch the video “Is School Enough?” published by PBS in Sep. 2013. The reflection will be due on Feb.11.
  • Read the resources in the Teacher Boot Camp website IF YOU WANT THE BONUS POINTS.  We will talk about this on Thursday.

SHOULD

  • Start to think about some questions/ issues/ topics that you are interested in knowing more about learning, design, and technology.
  • Try to find one or two new technology tool(s) and play with them.  This will lead you to our next project- Web 2.0 Tool Presentation.

MUST

  • Work on commenting your partner’s blog post once we get their blog links.

 

Blogging and Twitter Set-up

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PART I: WORDPRESS BLOG

Ok, we created a personal blog this Tuesday.  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 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.  In addition, what we are doing this semester is to expand our blog community.  We will be paired up with another EDIT 2000 class.  Each of you will have one (or two) blog partner(s) to keep the online discussion going on.  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.

Let’s think about some questions about blogging.  What are 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? What makes a good blog?

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.  We will practice this next week.  Now, I need you to give me some ideas for evaluating your blog posts.  These will be added to the criteria I have for this semester’s grading.  You can add the criteria in this Google Doc. 

PART III: CREATING A PROFESSIONAL TWITTER ACCOUNT

Social Media can be a great resource for professional development or personalized learning.  More and more employers will try to find their applicants online before the interview.  Many people also enjoy having an online community where they can share similar ideas or challenge each other.  So how do we navigate a world with amazing potential and potential pitfalls? We all need to think about how we might develop a professional social media strategy and how we might use social media for personal and professional development.

You need to create a Twitter account in order to become a part of our professional learning network. You’ll connect with other EDIT 2000 students and I’ll help you to find additional people/organizations to follow that will help you with projects throughout this semester. It is important that this account is kept separate from your personal Twitter account.

After you create your professional Twitter account, please tweet a greeting message to #edit2000.  You will find other students who are taking EDIT 2000 with other instructors this semester.  We are a group of professionals to work on the 20% Design project together.

FOR TUESDAY:

COULD

  • Read the “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection on this article will be due on Jan. 28.  You can find the article on the “reading material” page under the tab of “resources” on our course site.
  • Need more reasons to clean up your social media? Read this short article.

SHOULD

  • Keep customizing your blog.
  • Add links of your blog and the professional Twitter handle on your about.me page.

MUST

  • Submit your professional Twitter handle through this form.
  • Submit your About.Me page url and your WordPress blog url through this form.

Introduction to Blogging

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PART I: HOUSEKEEPING

  1. If today is your first day in EDIT 2000, please complete  the student information sheet and the enrollment information form.
  2. I need your full attention when you are in class.  Please don’t Facebook, Pinterest, online shopping…If this becomes a problem, I might need to have the one screen policy (the big screen) as well.
  3. Some thoughts after reading your student info– privacy, challenge, fun, work load and time management.

PART II: SHARE YOUR IDEAS FROM THE READING

Each of you read the “Meaningful Learning with Technology Chapter 1”.  I want you to write down a few take-away and share with the whole class.  One idea on ONE sticky note.  You can write as many as you want.  Then put your sticky note on the whiteboard in the back of the classroom.

PART III: CREATE YOUR PERSONAL BLOG

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 experiences 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? What makes a good blog?

Now, let’s make a criteria for evaluating your blog this semester.  You can add the criteria in this Google Doc. 

Now it’s time to create your blog.   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.

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 IV: ABOUT.ME PAGE 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 THURSDAY:

COULD

  • Read the “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection on this article will be due on Jan. 28.

SHOULD

MUST

Get Ready for the Semester

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PART I: GROUPING

I am going to give you a sticky note.  People who get the same color are in the same group for the classroom activity today.  Please sit with your partners.  The only requirement is that at least one of you need to have a smartphone.  The person who has the smartphone please download a free App named “SCVNGR”.  Thanks!

PART II: SYLLABUS AGREEMENT

At this moment, I want to check with you whether you are still confused with the syllabus or not.  Please let me know what questions you still have about the syllabus.  If you don’t, I will assume that we have reached the agreement to follow it this semester.

PART III: ADERHOLD SCAVENGER HUNT

This class is about technology, right?  So we are going to try some technology tools once in a while. The tool we are going to try today is a scavenger hunt app.  I will use the images to explain.

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OK. Are you all ready?  The first team that completed all the 4 challenges and come back to the classroom will earn a late pass.

PART IV: CREATING ABOUT.ME PAGE

Our first project is to help you create a professional online page where people can know better about you.  Who are you?  What do you do?  What do you like?  What group are you involved in?  What social networks do you use for people to make friends with you?

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.

You can see a few examples HERE.

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.

Now it’s your time to complete your page.  We will spent about 15-20 minutes on this. 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)!

PART V: CREATING YOUR PERSONAL BLOG

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 experiences 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?

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.

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.

COULD

  • Read the “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection on this article will be due on Jan. 28.

SHOULD

  • Work on your blog setting.

MUST

First Day of EDIT 2000 Spring Semester 2014

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While you’re waiting for class to begin, please complete the following tasks.  Thanks!

  1. Make a name card and draw one thing that represents you on the back of your name card.
  2. Get to know at least one of your classmates’ name and his/her drawing.
  3. Complete the student information sheet.
  4. Complete the enrollment information form.

PART I: INTRODUCTION

What is this class about?
It’s about meaningful learning with technology and finding the intersection of learning, design, and technology in K12 learning environments.  You can view the syllabus for more of the fine print – but that’s the main idea of the course.

Who is your instructor?
My name is Szu-Yueh Justine Chien.  Feel hard to pronounce my Chinese name? Then you can just call me Justine.  I am currently a doctoral student in Learning, Design, and Technology program at UGA.  I was an English teacher in a high school in Taiwan before.  In addition to that, I also taught in elementary schools, middle schools and a college before.  I just LOVE teaching!  I came to the States to learn more about technology integration because I hate seeing my students learning the same textbooks I used in high school.  I want to help foreign language learners to fall in love with whatever foreign languages they are learning.  The advancement in technology can help so much in language education, I believe.  Feel free to check my page. You can follow me at Twitter or Facebook.

What materials do you need?
There is no textbook. We’ll have readings in our class Dropbox folder or I will assign the reading materials on the specific assignment page.

You will need access to technology– your own laptop or check on from the lab.

You’ll need to be willing to think about issues in education, even though you might not be planning to teach in the traditional sense.

You’ll need an open mind and a willingness to try things you thought you couldn’t do. You’ll also need to be able to work independently – as this is a fast-paced course that requires your full participation. That means sometimes having to figure out something on your own – rather than waiting to get the answer from me or a classmate.

If you think you have these ready, then you are pretty much set for this semester.

What will you be doing this semester?
You’ll be learning more about technology tools that you can use in your life now. And you’ll apply what you’ve learned to a K-12 classroom setting or to your own learning.  All of these will be done through project-based learning approach. Don’t know what that is? I promise you will soon get the idea. You’ll be doing a lot of work, you won’t be bored, and you certainly won’t hear yourself saying, “when am I ever going to use this?”

What are the buzzwords and phrases you should just go ahead and memorize?

  • Meaningful Learning with Technology
  • Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT)
  • National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)
  • Technological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPaCK)
  • 20% Time/Genius Hour (20% Design Project)
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • and keep this image in mind!

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PART II: SYLLABUS

Do you have any questions about the syllabus?  I will answer all your questions now.

Here are some questions from previous students.

  • Freedom–  The topics of the projects are totally up to you. You can be consistent with one topic throughout the whole semester. You can change from project to project.  You just need my approval for some projects.
  • Video Editing– I try my best to eliminate the portion of video editing, because I know it’s time-consuming.  We have at least one project– Web 2.0 tool/ Apps Project– related to video editing.
  • Late Pass– how can you earn late passes?  There are several ways…Birthday boys and girls can get one.  Good works will help you earn one.  How many can you earn? You can ear as many as possible.  And how many can you use for one project?  You can use up to two for one personal individual project and only one late for group project.  ATTENTION: the last date to use your late pass is April 10.  That means no late pass for the 20% Design project.
  • And one thing I didn’t put in syllabus is about our communication.  I will ask you to provide your primary email account next week.  I use email as a main channel to communicate with my students.  However, please email me by 10 PM unless it’s an emergency.  Sometimes my students email me after midnight or in the morning and tell me that they need something for the course projects.  I am sorry that I can’t get it prepared for you in that case.
  • Another thing about 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.
  • Sign-in Sheet:
    Starting from next week, you need to sign in when you come to class.  I will take away the sign-in sheet after 10 minutes.  If you are late more than 10 minutes, that counts as an absence.  If it is an emergency, you can talk to me after class.

PART III: ABOUT.ME PAGE

I will learn a little bit about you by reading your student information sheet.  However, it will be easier for me to remember you when I see your name and face together.  Therefore, we are going to create an online 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.

You can see a few examples HERE.

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 “Horizon Report (p.3-10)”.  The reflection on this article will be due on Jan. 21.

SHOULD

  • Finish the reflection on the Meaningful Learning Chapter 1.  You can find this article  in our shared Dropbox folder.  The requirement for this reflection is listed HERE.

MUST

  • Complete  the student information sheet and the enrollment information form before we meet again this Thursday.
  • READ the syllabus.  Ask questions about syllabus if you have any this Wednesday.  Otherwise, I will assume that we reach the agreement on Thursday.
  • Think about what you want to compose for your About.Me page.