May 12, 2011

Module #8: My Scrapbook

Posted in Module #8, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 12:15 am by marylan2

My Scrapbook is located at:

  • social networking/media

On March 24-29 I posted my opinion of Twitter. To me, the easiest social networking tool to manage and get started is Twitter. Within Twitter, the people and entities you follow provide you with information of interest and opinions. They will provide you with links to blogs, websites, other entities, and individuals.

  • a tool for asynchronous communication

On April 6, I talked about finding an asynchronous communication tool in my subject are, a blog. As a result from this course, I have found that blogs can contain an incredible amount of useful information. Another advantage is that you can comment to the poster after reading their posts. Another asynchronous tool I learned about in this course was Voicethread.

  • a tool for synchronous communication

On April 28, I talked about using Skype as a communication tool between my coworkers and myself. We are housed in different locations. It is a time saver and cuts down on travel expenses (gas at $4.19 a gallon) to use Skype.

Of course there are other valuable synchronous tools such as, Elluminate and Dabbleboard. They allow for video, file sharing, whiteboards, etc.

  • an example of ready-made content

There are many places on the web to find ready-made content. On April 27, I talked about exploring Merlot looking to find a learning object in my subject matter. I have to explore the other options offered: National Science Digital Library and the Wisc-Online repository. There are also many examples of ready-made content in YouTube.

  • some content you’ve produced on your own

On April 30, I posted a video I produced using Jing and posted it to the web using Screencast. This experience taught me that you do have to plan, prepare, and practice before you produce.

  • whatever your produced in the 7th week (survey or teach-back)

On May 6, I posted a link to a survey I created with Survey Monkey. It is a survey I want to use with faculty to see when their schedules will allow to schedule a technology training session.


  • an elective …. something new you’d like to try

I am looking for a current MOOC. I am really disappointed, I just missed one create by George Siemans and associates.

  • a link to your Diigo account, showing at least 3 bookmarks you saved during the term.

My Diigo account is: marylan. On March 29, I posted links to websites about using Twitter for the classroom.

Here is a prezi I attempted:

  • your 23 Things post

On May 10, I posted My 23 Things. It was a great exercise. What helped me the most was that I was keeping a list of what I did during the course, such as books, websites, people of interest, etc.


May 10, 2011

Module #8 My 23 Things

Posted in Module #8, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 8:45 am by marylan2

23 Things (and a spare)

  1.  Twitter ( – You should create an account and then find people and entities to follow, a wealth of information available.  Some worthwhile entites are: Barry Dahl, Curtis Bonk, Susan Manning(ltgreenroom), Jane Hart(C4LPT), Jane Bozarth, edtechtalk, Steve Hargadon, eLearningGuild 
  2. Diigo/Delicious  ( or are social bookmarking sites allows you to create groups and share relevant websites.  Create your own account and bookmark some of your favorite resources. 
  3. Jing ( is a free tool that enables instructors to create videos of procedures and actions occurring on the screen.  Download and install Jing on your computer.  You should create a video of a common procedure your students need to perform. 
  4. Screencast ( is used to publish Jing videos so use it to publish your Jing video. 
  5. Survey Monkey ( is used to create surveys for education and research.  Create a survey to share with your fellow institution online instructors. 
  6. Voicethread ( is a tool that allows a group to collaborate either verbally or with video.  Start a Voicethread and invite your Survey Monkey participants to provide feedback of the experience. 
  7. WordPress ( is a blogging tool that allows for posting text with images, entries are listed in reverse order.  You should create a blog post of three incidences of technology exploration. 
  8. Dabbleboard ( – tool that provides a whiteboard and chat area plus an add-on that allows video (a possible online office hours tool).  Ask for two students to volunteer and participate in an online office hour session.  Alternative: DimDim 
  9. Facebook ( is a collaboratve and social networking tool that contains many tools and applications for education.  Create an account and find two tools/applications within Facebook that could be considered educational and post them in your blog. 
  10. Google Apps: iGoogle/Google Docs ( – Google is so much more than a search engine.  You can create a web portal with iGoogle, save and share your documents with GoogleDocs, etc.  Create your own iGoogle portal.  Be sure to add stuff, at least three. 
  11. Voki ( is a great way to provide a introduction to your course, you create and customize an avatar and then either type in text you want the avatar to read or record your own voice.  Create a Voki, customize your character, create a greeting and post the link in your blog. 
  12. YouTube ( is a storehouse of thousands of videos, many appropriate and useable for the classroom on a multitude of topics and subjects and instructions.  Find one instructional video about your subject matter and post the link to your blog. 
  13. Audacity/Lame ( – easy to use tool to create audio files and upload as a .mp3 file.  Download and install Audacity and it’s .mp3 tool, Lame.  Now create a greeting recording for your students. 
  14. Flickr/Photobucket/Picasa ( – Flickr and Photobucket are used to share photos and perform geotagging.  You could search for shared images of a particular subject, such as Charlotte Bronte. 
  15. Animoto ( is used to create videos from supplied audio files and a series of self-uploaded images.  Experiment with this tool.  You may want to create an video on a particular subject, such as pictures, photos, and quotes from a famous author, maybe using the images found in Flickr.
  16.  RSS/Bloglines ( allows you to keep track of specified blogs.  Sign up for a Bloglines account and customize it to show your selected items. 
  17. Faculty Focus ( is a website with many free reports. Go to this website and examine one of the reports, such as:
    1. 10 Principles of Effective Online Teaching: Best Practices in Distance Education
    2. 11 Strategies for Getting Students to Read What’s Assigned
    3. Building Student Engagement: 15 Strategies for the College Classroom
    4. Faculty Development in Distance Education: Issues, Trends and Tips
    5. Online Course Design: 13 Strategies for Teaching in a Web-based Distance Learning Environment
  18. Skype ( a tool that allows internet phone calling, and also allows group calls.  Form a partnership with a peer and have both of you create an account and then experiment with calling each other.  (Note:  It is best if you both have a video camera and a microphone.  My video camera has an internal microphone.)
  19. Yammer  ( – Social Learning Community (This is a private community created by Jane Hart from (Center for Learning and Performance Technologies). Members must be invited by an admin.  Send an email to Jane Hart for an invitation.) 
  20. ( – creates a shortcut for long web addresses.  Select a resource link on your subject matter and shorten the link but using
  21.  iTunes/Podcasts/iTunes U – download and install the free iTunes application.  iTunes has links to many podcasts and free iTunesU courses. You can buy iTunes cards and load your account to pay for items requiring payment.  See if you can find an iTunesU course of interest. 
  22. PowerPoint/Prezi ( is an application that helps you to create presentations that are an alternative to the linear design of PowerPoint.  Go to the website and create a four slide presentation outlining your subject matter.
  23.  The Teaching Tips index is full of resources.  You should explore some of the resources listed. 
  24. Learning through Digital Media: Experiments in Technology and Pedagogy by Trebor (  This document is full of information about Web2.0 tools.  You should examine this document for items of interest.
  25.  Blogs – Some of the best resources are in Blogs, such as, EdTechTalk, EduBlog(; another source could be found at the Online Education Database, The top 100 education blogs :  Check-out this website and then use feed reader, such as GoogleReader,  to follow one of these blogs.

May 6, 2011

Module #7: Survey created with Survey Monkey

Posted in Module #7, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 7:34 am by marylan2

I created a survey at Survey Monkey:

Click here to take survey (

I decided to create a survey that I could share with my current clientele: our faculty.  There is a core group of users that would be thrilled to have a setting where we can all share tools, ideas, and usage.  Basically, I would modify this to remove the weekend  and evening hours (because I am lazy) and send this link to the interested faculty. 

My group recently facilitated a workshop for faculty that intend to teach online.  We shared ideas about course design (based on Quality Matters), assessment, collaboration, getting students involved, building community and technology tools.  Most of the participants wanted more.  This is my way of initiating further contact. 

I found Survey Monkey to be easy and painless.  The hardest part would be to plan the survey before trying to compose the survey in the tool.  Why?  Because you would waste a lot of time rewriting questions and going back to reword and add further information.  Questions I have about Survey Monkey:
1.  Can I set a survey deadline
2.  How do I share the survey results with participants?  Is that automatic?

It would seem that using a tool such as Survey Monkey would allow more people from various locations to participate in the survey creating a wider participant pool.  An example of how this could be used:  Surveys could be used as a class project.  I envision a humanities/government course having groups projects that would use this type of survey to poll fellow students (from different courses, campuses, and schools) and analyze the results for a report.

April 30, 2011

Module #6 Create Content: Jing and Screencast

Posted in Module #6, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 11:00 am by marylan2

Finally, I got Jing to post to Screencast.  I created a small video on how to create your first web page using HTML.

Jing is fairly simple.  There are three little suns off the main sun.  The main problem I had was that I kept hitting the cancel button instead of the stop button. 

It took me a while to get Jing to publish.  My problem was that I was using my Jing for and my Screencast was registered to  When I finally removed Jing and reinstalled using the user, it did publish to Screencast.  Yes, there was a minor error that didn’t seem to effect the final product so I ignored the error.

My rather unpolished but exciting, for me, Jing is located at:

This little movie will be posted in my Moodle course so students can experiment with it, preview before class, review after class, and for practice.

I hope to use some of the other options too.  I am really excited about this.  I am not really creative so using these tools may give me a boost in that direction.  I hope so!

April 27, 2011

Module #6 DQ #4: Content can take many forms. If you were encouraging a faculty member to become involved in the creation of his or her own content, how would you suggest they start, and how would you see them progressing?

Posted in Module #6, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 2:28 am by marylan2

Discussion Questions #4: Content can take many forms. If you were encouraging a faculty member to become involved in the creation of his or her own content, how would you suggest they start, and how would you see them progressing?

I would picture myself working with the faculty member as a team in the beginning.  After we have produced a product, documenting the steps, I would anticipate the faculty member taking over production in the future, if possible.

Creating Course Content:

  1. I would ask the faculty member these questions first:
    1. What is the purpose of the exercise?
    2. Does this exercise help the students obtain the goals of the course?
    3. What do you want to do? Audio? Video? Audio/Video? Web activity?
    4. If you answer yes to any options in c., do you plan to provide other versions for ADA compliance?
    5. Can you think of any further issues for this phase of the planning?
  2. Next, I would work with the faculty member to storyboard or create a rough draft of what they envision.
  3. Now is time to decide on the appearance of the item and possible navigation.
  4. We would explore good and bad design issues, maybe look at resources, such as:
  5. We would need to gather the necessary assets, such as images, text, video, links, etc.
  6. We would need to discover what software is available and what training will be required to accomplish the goal.
  7. Now, working as a team, the first time, we would produce the product.
  8. No, it’s not ready yet. Now, we would need to test the product with volunteer students.
  9. The content would have to be modified according to the testers’ suggestions.
  10. Next, the content needs to be published for class use.
  11. Counsel the faculty member and advise them to continue to monitor the usage of the content.
  12. The instructor/content creator will have to update and modify content as needed.

What did I forget?

April 20, 2011

Module #5 Extra Credit! Find a Learning Object

Posted in Module #5, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 3:30 am by marylan2

Extra Credit! Find a Learning Object

Suggested Sources:


National Science Digital Library

Wisc-Online (You have to sign up for an account, but it is painless and they have over 2000 objects.)

  Web Page Coding Learning Objectsby Marylan Hightree – Saturday, 23 April 2011, 08:30 PM

I went to the Merlot (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) and found web page coding tutorial to use as supplemental material in my webpage coding course.

After browsing to the Merlot repository it took just a few minutes to find these materials. 

I would suggest to my students that after reading the text chapter, they could explore the subject matter in these tutorials and explore try the examples provided.  I would even provide incentive points to encourage students to attempt some of the examples with their own content.

Module #5 DQ #4 Give a couple examples in which multimedia (any combination of video, audio, graphics) would help the learning process. Give a couple examples in which you would NOT want to use multimedia .

Posted in Module #5, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 3:04 am by marylan2

DQ #4  Give a couple examples in which multimedia (any combination of video, audio, graphics) would help the learning process. Give a couple examples in which you would NOT want to use multimedia .

  1. One example of how multimedia (video/audio) would help in the learning process would be to assist with training.  I am one of those learners that need to see something and then I can do it, in other words, I am a visual learner.  Secondly, I can understand how to do something from a written list.  But, if someone were to orally tell me how to do a task, I have difficulty.  In other words, video assists with multisensory teaching/learning styles.
  2. Another example of how multimedia would help in the learning process would be to assist with foreign language courses.  Using a tool, such as Audacity, allows students to hear foreign words and then record their own speech for evaluation by the instructor.  I was talking with a Medical Assistant instructor and she wants to make her medical terminology course a hybrid course.  Part of her course requirement is for students to prove they can appropriately pronounce medical terms.  I suggested that we provide instructions on how to download and install Audacity on the students’ computers so they can record their speech and submit the .mp3 file to the instructor in Moodle through an assignment.


  1. One example of why I would not use multimedia is if most of the target audience (the students) will have a known slow bandwidth issue and don’t have any other alternative to viewing the multimedia.  Here on my campus, online students are welcome to come to campus and use the technology facilities if they have difficulties using the technology off campus.  What if a student is from a region that does not have decent bandwidth to allow access to the multimedia suggested?
    1. There could be hardware issues that students would expect the instructor to assist them but the instructor doesn’t have the technical skills to do so.  If the instructor can’t use the technology easily, (s)he shouldn’t expect their students to use it.
    2. If the technology is difficult, you would have to get your students convinced, get them to buy-in to using the technology.  How is it going to benefit them in reaching the course goals?
    3. If the technology is difficult to work with, there would have to be a method to provide support to the students.  It would seem difficult for many schools to provide this.  At one time, we subscribed to a service that provided 24/7 support to students but only had one or two calls per semester.  It was found that it was not feasible for us to provide the service.  I always wondered, where did the students go for support?
  2. Another example of why I would not use multimedia in the learning process is if it interferes with the learning process.  How could multimedia interfere with the learning process?  If it is only a distraction and does not serve the purpose of the course.  It is just there to entertain but not to educate.

April 18, 2011

Module #4 Final Reflection – Sychronous Tools

Posted in Module #4, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 3:39 am by marylan2

A new idea I gained from this unit was voicethread.  I have heard of it but never used it.  It wasn’t too bad figuring it out.  Of course, and thankfully, one of my classmates recorded video and audio so I had to do that too.  From this experience, I see that to create a quality product, you may want to have a script and know what you want to say before production.

What I would like to explore further: I really like voicethread.  I would like to use it as a review tool for concepts in my computer classes.  I need to figure out how I could incorporate that into my classes.  We shall see… 

My number one concern with using synchronous tools: Of course, the main concern is finding a time that works for all parties.  From my perspective, all participants should be sure their installed software and equipment is functioning before the scheduled event.

Module #4 Discussion Question: Use Voicethread and talk about a synchronous tool you have used.

Posted in Module #4, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 3:30 am by marylan2

 For this activity I used the Voice thread option.  I spoke about a tool we use here called Dabbleboard.  This tool has a whiteboard and a chat area and with the add-on you actually have video chat with the instructor.  One of our instructors use it for his online office hours. He created a session and posted the session number, just like we used to post to the voicethread, and the students login there to communicate with the instructor.

Our tutoring department asked for a tool to provide online tutoring and demonstrated Dabbleboard for that purpose. 

We had to get our network people to give us access through the college firewall to use Dabbleboard.  We also had to make sure everyone had the appropriate equipment to use this tool.  But, it works like a charm.

If you are interested, you may want to check out Dabbleboard at:

I think I forgot to mention that this is a free tool.  Let me know what you think.

Module #4 Reflection Synchronous Communication

Posted in Module #4, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 3:09 am by marylan2

Synchronout Tools:  I attended a sessions of the TCC Conference: Developing 21st Century Skills.  Two of the tools the instructors use are Elluminate and Skype. 

I use Skype for my department meetings.  My co-worker and supervisor are located at another campus nine miles away.  Instead of me driving there and using gas and time, we just meet through Skype.  It works very well and efficiently.

I have used Elluminate in the past.  Where?  Through previous TCC Conferences.  It is an easy to learn tool.  I like the clean look of the tool.   It contains many possible ways to communicate.  You can verbalize, chat, use a whiteboard, have pollings, and narrate while showing a  slide show.  

Here in Michigan, funding is tight.  Smaller schools, like my community college, can’t afford Elluminate.  It does have a free version that allows for three participants.  It would be great for online office hours or tutoring. 

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