Assessments, Project-Based Learning, Maker Movement

 

This week the class topics included:

  • Problem-based learning (PBL)
  • PBL practices
  • Maker movement
  • PBL/maker opportunities for your practice

 

What I learned this week…

  • Maker culture focuses on relaxed, networked, peer-led, fun and self-serving learning environments.
  • Maker culture encourages fresh uses of technologies, and the investigation of cross-roads between conventionally split genres ie… film making, computer programming and traditional art.
  • Group/community knowledge and sharing through networked technologies that include: websites, social media tools, hackspaces and knowledge repositories that provide a central channel for information exchange
  • Maker culture has provided educators an opportunity to address the concerns regarding disengagement from important topics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in traditional learning environments.

How I will use this knowledge/application in the future

In the future I will use this by making these networked technologies, knowledge repositories, social media tools and etc… available  in my learning environment.

 

What is the relative advantage of using this technology?

The advantage of using this technology in the classroom is two tier:

  • The advantage of this technology is that it serves to further engage the current more tech savvy learner through the peer-led, informal and fun learning environments.
  • For educators it provides the cross-roads between the tradition ways of teaching and learning and the new methods of teaching and learning with the many technology tools at our disposal.

I wonder what would happen if…

I wonder what the next version of the classroom will look like with all of the networking tools that currently exist.

 

 

eBook and eTextbook

This week the class topics included:

  • eBook and eTextbook
  • Ways to create eBooks
  • eBooks vs. traditional textbooks

 

What I learned this week…

  • eBooks are changing the way students pay for and use textbooks and because of the benefits to using eBooks like being able to rent them vs. buy them, access them on a device vs. carry them around they are becoming more and more popular.
  • Educators are using eBooks more and more because of their ability revise, refine and customize the books for the needs of their particular classes.
  • Instructor’s ability to reach and engage “new generation” students is enhanced through the use of the eBook. Tools like interactive media, highlighting, assignment tools and etc… continue to increase the value they add to the learning environment.
  • Instructors must also be willing to use strategies and re-plan lessons in order that the technology seamlessly roles-out in the context of the learning environment.

 

 

How I will use this knowledge/application in the future

In the future I will use eBooks like the Nation Electrical Code on-line eBook version for the benefits created by using eBooks. I prefer to eliminate the need for students to have to carry this book to and from my class because it doesn’t happen easily in a real world construction scenario. So, when students learn to access and use the on-line version they are learning a method that keeps them connected to the NEC in the field and make it more likely that they will apply it in real life.

 

What is the relative advantage of using this technology?

The advantage of using this technology in the classroom is two tier:

  • Having access to eBooks from a student perspective has many benefits – access, interactive tools, assignment tools and the easy of obtaining it, is an easy to see advantage
  • For educators a lot of those same advantages apply with the additional advantage of being able to readily customize the content to suit the needs of the learning environment.

 

I wonder what would happen if…

I wonder what would happen if eBooks embedded all forms of media ie… audio, video and interactive media. What impact would that make on these books vs. paper copies?

Digital Citizenship, Online safety, FERPA

This week the class topics included:

  • Internet safety risks in the learning environment
  • Digital citizenship and digital responsibility
  • Media literacy from the aspect of reliability of information online, ability to manage student’s reputations, and the student’s ability to recognize scams.
  • Adhering to FERPA safeguards

 

What I learned this week…

  • The use of the internet in the learning environment can be a tricky thing to manage from the instructor’s perspective because of the various risks to the students.
  • Educating students at a young age is important to way to help student avoid potential pitfalls germane to using the internet i.e… understanding copyright laws, privacy concerns, avoiding scams and managing their reputations.
  • Instructor’s ability to model proper digital etiquette can provide a positive (or negative) center of gravity that can drive student behavior.
  • Instructors must also be educated and educate students of the dangers of fake news and bogus information.

 

How I will use this knowledge/application in the future

In the future I will use these concepts by creating a classroom policy that incorporates FERPA policies and other standards that help drive the internet activities I use in the classroom.

Also, I plan to create lessons that help ‘train’ students about the items that can impact them through the internet.

 

What is the relative advantage of using this technology?

The advantage of using this technology in the classroom is multi-tier:

  • Having the information that allows teachers and students the capability to employ a powerful tool for leaning; while being cognoscente of how our behavior in those environments impacts ourselves and others.
  • Ultimately, the major advantage of having this information is being able to mitigate risk associated with using the internet in the classroom environment to both teachers and students.

 

I wonder what would happen if…

I wonder what would happen if students were used as end-users to help drive the development of administrative, physical and technical controls that we use in the classroom how different would those controls be from what prescribed without their feedback?

Social Media

This week the class topics included:

  • Social media used as a tool in the classroom
  • The risks social media brings into an on-line / blended learning environment
  • The possibilities of social media as a tool in an on-line / blended learning environment.

 

What I learned this week…

  • Social media is currently being used in the class room in a variety of ways. Social media in its nature differentiates content delivery and promotes self discovery.
  • Social media allows instructors to employ modern teaching strategies like ‘Flipped-Classroom’
  • Instructors can also use social media to tap into a wide array of information that exist on the web, as well as, link directly to subject matter / industry experts to bring their knowledge and experience directly in the classroom.
  • Instructors must also beware of the risk associated to introducing social media in to their leaning environments and take the steps to understand policy germane to using social media in the classroom and take steps to mitigate risk to students/teachers/school/school district.

 

How I will use this knowledge/application in the future

In the future I will use these concepts by subscribing to industry or subject matter experts to enhance the lesson being delivered in the classroom. I will also use a messaging service to convey information to the class, such as changes to assignments or due date or confirm/change the items student will need for the class or lab for the next day.

 

What is the relative advantage of using this technology?

The advantage of using this technology in the classroom is multi-tier:

  1. Differentiates content delivery.
  2. Promotes self discovery.
  3. Couples the classroom to industry / subject matter experts.
  4. Helps to keep students engaged through a fresh delivery style.
  5. Allow instructors to use update strategies and tools to enhance instruction.

 

I wonder what would happen if…

I wonder what would happen if I were to ask students to use social media to deliver a presentation to the classroom?

5-Image Story

 

ESWDE 5622 – 5-Image Story 9-2-17

 

This week the class topics included:

  • Apply Visual thinking concepts to creating a 5-image digital story.
  • Creating a digital story via the creation and presentation of a digital story in 5 images

 

What I learned this week…

  • A 5-image story requires the creator to think critically in order to get a clear message across to the user/reader.
  • Using images that are carefully composed and deliberate gives the storyteller the ability to send a clear message to tell the entire story within the five images.

How I will use this knowledge/application in the future

In the future I will use these concepts and to help keep my students engaged through a 5-image presentation. I will use the application as a way to prescribe a set of instructors or arder of operation. Also, this tool will further assist to differentiate content and make information easier to follow and comprehend.

What is the relative advantage of using this technology?

The advantage of using this technology in the classroom is multi-tier:

  1. Converting information into a delivery method that is easy to understand for the student.
  2. Having another tool from the perspective of the instructor that gives the immediate ability to assess learning, pace lessons and differentiate for the learning styles while simultaneously teaching new concepts.
  3. Providing a fresh delivery style for lessons helps to keep students engaged.

 

I wonder what would happen if…

I wonder what would happen if I were to attempt to roll-out an entire review lesson in this way. Would this help students simulate to the material better?

Digital Imaging, Graphics and Visualization Data

This week the class topics included:

  • Editing digital photos
  • Creating graphics Review and use Software for creating/editing graphics and photos
  • Info-graphics

 

What I learned this week…

  • Editing digital photos – Digital Imaging refers to digital photos and pictures
  • Creating graphics – Graphics is a catch-all term for any images, photos, or non-textual, visual content created or viewed on the computer
  • Visualizing data refers to the software used in creating/editing graphics and photos, creation of charts, graphs, and other graphics to convey information from tables and spreadsheets.
  • Info-graphics – Turning complex data and information into an image that is easy to follow, aesthetically pleasing and easy to understand.

 

How I will use this knowledge/application in the future

In the future I will use these concepts and software to help keep my students engaged through presentation tools that help to differentiate content, make information easier to follow and digest.

What is the relative advantage of using this technology?

The advantage of using this technology in the classroom is multi-tier:

  1. Converting information into a delivery method that is easy to understand for the student.
  2. Having another tool from the perspective of the instructor that gives the immediate ability to assess learning, pace lessons and differentiate for the learning styles while simultaneously teaching new concepts.
  3. Providing a fresh delivery style for lessons helps to keep students engaged.

 

I wonder what would happen if…

I wonder what would happen if school districts would see enough value in these kinds of technologies to invest in the software and training geared towards rolling this out on a wide scale?

Creative Commons

This week the class topics included:

  • Copyright law regarding digital content
  • How to apply Fair Use principles and practice in an educational setting
  • Creative Commons licensing as it applies to digital resources, as a consumer and a creator
  • Public domain, and the differences between PD, Fair use, and CC.

 

What I learned this week…

This week I believe the most important single take-away for me is that the laws that protect information and intellectual property are best left in the hands of a professionals (lawyers) if one plans to roll-out regurgitated information on a wide scale.

 

How I will use this knowledge/application in the future

In the future I plan to consider these topics when mitigating risk related to using information that falls under one or more of these categories and design personal and professional polices that incorporate the spirit of this lesson.

 

What is the relative advantage of using this technology?

The advantage of using this technology allows a person or entity to act in what could be considered a reasonable manner to demonstrate that due process was considered to avoid any liability associated with using protected information.

 

I wonder what would happen if…

What would happen if our files where scanned for protected data?