April 9, 2011

Module #3 Reflection

Posted in Module #3, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 5:08 pm by marylan2

 One new idea I gained and how I will use it:

 One new idea I have gained in this unit, plus the previous one,  is the fact that Twitter and Blogs are contain such a wealth of information.  I didn’t think I would find a practical use for Twitter but if you follow the right people/entities you can find a plethora of information about anything.  Originally, I was just looking for websites that would provide information but now, there is a whole new culture open to me, if I only look.

What I would like to explore further: 

 I need to work better at learning how to employ my new information in a class.  I teach a beginning computer skills class, how do I employ blogs and wikis in a course like that?  I have a wide range of skill levels in the class.  Many of my users barely type 25 wpm but some could teach the class.

April 6, 2011

Module #3: Blog That Relates to My Content Area

Posted in Module #3, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 2:00 am by marylan2

I found a really nice blog on web page coding on Blogger.  This is a blog because it has a series of postings covering different topics within the subject of coding web pages. I would highly recommend this blog to my students.  It takes them outside the class content and gives them a little more, including examples.

http://codingweb.blogspot.com/

One of the major projects in my class is that students write a five page paper about current technology.  Yes, my students say that they enrolled in a web page coding course and not a writing course.  I explain to them that with many jobs they will have to write reports to their supervisor.  This blog would be an excellent source for that project.

Module #3: DQ #1 Top 5 Criteria to Evaluate Asynchronous Communication Software

Posted in MVCR Postings at 1:25 am by marylan2

DQ #1: Given what you have read in this week’s assignments and from your own personal experience, what are the top 5 criteria you would use to evaluate asynchronous communication software for online learning? Give a brief rationale for why you are suggesting these criteria.

My top five criteria to evaluate asynchronous communication software (mostly from the Half an Hour blog):

  1. Is the software reliable? Being a technology support person, that is the first criteria for any software usage. It is grossly frustrating to students if they are expected to use software and it is not running or available.
  2. Is it easy to use? If the software has a high learning curve, it can be a distraction from the course content. I can just hear some students saying, “I took an English course not a computer course.”
    1. Can there be more than text? Can students add images, links, and/or video to their postings?
  3. Is the software easy to access? If the students have to go through multiple steps to locate the software, post/express their ideas, and read other postings, then it will be a chore and another distraction from the purpose of the exercise.
  4. Can the students use this software anytime and anywhere? One of the reasons users take online courses is so they can select where and when they participate. If their access time is limited it would be a disservice to these students.
  5. Is there a way for students to view what they have done in the past and see what others have done, a logging feature? This could be invaluable for students to reference what they have previously submitted.
    1. Will this information be available after the course, semester, and/or graduation? The students may need to access their content later. Is there a repository available?
    2. Is there a way to develop a sharing/learning community and be collaborative? This would be a way for student to share their ideas and receive confirmation.

April 5, 2011

Module #3: Poll Everywhere but Here

Posted in Module #3, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 11:47 pm by marylan2

A poll has been created using a free tool called polleverywhere.com.

The question is “How likely are you to use a cellphone in teaching?” There are two ways you can respond. If you have a phone with texting capabilities, we encourage you to select option A.

If you do not, option B is for you. Option A: Vote by Texting: Text the appropriate code to ##### Very likely (messages, reminders, polls) – – text code 3322 (don’t text the words — just the numbers 3322)

Thinking about it … maybe – – text code 3292

Not likely at all – – text code 3300

Option B: Vote on the web: Go to http://poll4.com and submit your code.

After you answer the poll question, post in the discussion area your reaction to this kind of communication. Under what circumstances would you use polling with your students and why? What are some creative uses you can think of? How does this count as an asynchronous communication tool? Be sure to post this information on your digital scrapbook, too!

My reaction:

At first I was excited because we had another opportunity to interact.

Second, I was dismayed because I had never texted like this on my phone (iPhone 3Gs). I have always texted individuals.

Third, I didn’t want to go to the website to answer the poll because I wanted to do something new.

Fourth, I had to have my workstudy show me how to do the text on my phone so I could answer the poll by texting. (Yea!, I learned another skill.)

I probably wouldn’t use this polling because it doesn’t give me the result of the poll. Does it within the website? Only if you are a member.

To make this a valid asynchronous tool, I would assume that the instructor would share the survey results. I believe there are other survey tools that would show the results without the instructor needing to share.

April 1, 2011

Links from classmates:

Posted in MVCR Postings, My random postings, Tech Tools at 6:59 pm by marylan2

Marylan:
 http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_one_teacher_uses_twitter_in_the_classroom.php

EmergingEdTech: 100 Ways to Teach with Twitter by K. Walsh on February 7, 2010 http://www.emergingedtech.com/2010/02/100-ways-to-teach-with-twitter/

Facebook as an Instructional Technology Tool by K. Walsh on August 11, 2010 http://www.emergingedtech.com/2010/08/facebook-as-an-instructional-technology-tool/

Victor Padilla: The new Twitter app for Facebook, which is now available here, not only allows you to syndicate your tweets to the world’s largest social network, but now has a feature that allow users to see which of their Facebook friends are also on Twitter and choose which ones they want to follow.” From, http://mashable.com/2010/06/23/huge-twitter-lets-you-automatically-follow-your-facebook-friends/

Susan Manning: I have a quick little movie I’ll post on how to retweet! http://screencast.com/t/O3hzDZxN

Encouraging faculty to use technology by Hoda Hamdy – Wednesday, 23 March 2011, 05:17 PM  http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech159.shtml

March 30, 2011

Module #2 Discussion Question #3 How would Web 2.0 Be More Useful?

Posted in Module #2, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 6:53 am by marylan2

Discussion Question #3
How do you think that Web 2.0 might be more useful in educational settings than the previous generation of a more static and rigid web? Which aspects of Web 2.0 do you feel have the most promise? (Bold faced words are the aspects.  The numbered items are examples of how the Web 2.o tool could illustrate the aspect.)

I believe that Web 2.0 applications are more useful in educational settings because they are not static, they do change. When a user interacts with the applications/web pages, a user can see the results of their efforts, instant gratification. This provides a way for students to work with the materials (reinforcement), collaborate and share information, and show the world the results!

What tools would students use to do this? Well, there are too many to name and more are being created every day. Those that are worthwhile stay around and you start to hear about them. The not-so-valuable or poorly designed applications/web pages disappear.

Some applications I think that would be useful:

  1. Twitter because it allows instant posting and provides a means to collaborate.
  2. Facebook because this is a tool that students are using right now. My theory is that an instructor could create a page that students could say they like. On this page, instructors could provide information and share ideas with students. This would be a way for instructors to communicate with their students. Students wouldn’t have to login to their learning management systems because necessary communications were posted on the page created by the instructor. No, I don’t think it a great idea for instructors and students to become friends on facebook.
  3. Flickr is a great tool because when individuals share their photos with the community, they can also provide the location the picture was taken. You, as a user, can then find photos from that location.
  4. Blogs and Wikis allow the users to share their impressions and ideas plus receive feedback. It is a way to keep a running journal the thought process of a project.
  5. Del.icio.us and Diigo provide a means of saving your bookmarks and sharing them, another form of collaboration. I find that even though I had a delicious account first, I like the diigo account because it does not require me to install an add-in for the browser. Where I teach, students can’t install any add-ins.

There is a pictorial representation of Web 2.0 applications at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Theconversationprism.jpg
If you click on the image, you can zoom in or zoom out.

Marylan’s All a Twitter

Posted in Module #1, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 6:39 am by marylan2

Marylan’s Twitter
by Marylan Hightree – Monday, 28 March 2011, 08:42 PM

My twitter account is: http://twitter.com/marylan2
I am currently following people I have met and respect in the educational technology field. I am looking forward to following some of you too!

I added some bookmarks about Twitter in education in our diigo group listing .

Here is now one instructor decided to use Twitter in the classroom:
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_one_teacher_uses_twitter_in_the_classroom.php

Reply Re: Marylan’s Twitter
by Marylan Hightree – Tuesday, 29 March 2011, 11:46 AM

I find Twitter to be a relatively easy tool to use. It was a quick set-up. It took me longer to select a theme than it did to create an account. The next time-consuming step was selecting who to follow. It took me a little bit of time to find how to unfollow someone. That has become a very fluid activity.

I think this tool could serve an instructional need. If this tool is promoted as a communication tool for a class, then yes, the instructor and students could use this tool to talk to each other, clarify activity requirements, share information, etc.

I also see where a group from a class could create an account to work on a project. They would restrict use to just their group.

March 29, 2011

16th Annual TCC WorldWide Online Conference

Posted in MVCR Postings, My random postings, Tech Tools at 8:43 pm by marylan2

Wonderful Event, well worth the financial committment:

Sixteenth Annual TCC WORLDWIDE ONLINE CONFERENCE
April 12-14, 2011
EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: MAKING IT WORK (http://tcconlineconference.org)

Registration deadline: April 10, 2011 (http://www.tcconlineconference.org/register) $99 USD; $129 USD after April 5

This event is produced in partnership with the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Educational Technology Department, College of Education, and LearningTimes.org.

(Our instructor made it possible for us to participate for no fee. Yeah!)

All A Twitter

Posted in Module #1, MVCR Postings, Tech Tools at 11:46 am by marylan2

Marylan’s Twitter
by Marylan Hightree – Monday, 28 March 2011, 08:42 PM

My twitter account is:
http://twitter.com/marylan2

I am currently following people I have met and respect in the educational technology field. I am looking forward to following some of you too!

I added some bookmarks about Twitter in education in our diigo group listing.

Here is now one instructor decided to use Twitter in the classroom:
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_one_teacher_uses_twitter_in_the_classroom.php

ReplyPicture of Marylan Hightree
Re: Marylan’s Twitter
by Marylan Hightree – Tuesday, 29 March 2011, 11:46 AM

I find Twitter to be a relatively easy tool to use. It was a quick set-up. It took me longer to select a theme than it did to create an account. The next time-consuming step was selecting who to follow. It took me a little bit of time to find how to unfollow someone. That has become a very fluid activity.

I think this tool could serve an instructional need. If this tool is promoted as a communication tool for a class, then yes, the instructor and students could use this tool to talk to each other, clarify activity requirements, share information, etc.

I also see where a group from a class could create an account to work on a project. They would restrict use to just their group.

March 27, 2011

*Important Resource: Learning Times podcast

Posted in MVCR Postings, My random postings, Tech Tools at 8:18 pm by marylan2

The Learning Times Green Room podcast:

Renewal, Retooling, and Conversations about Learning by Susan Manning and Dan Balzar.  Also includes an interview with Curtis Bonk.

http://www.ltgreenroom.org/

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