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Monday, September 1, 2014

Almost Time to Celebrate - But Not on Wednesday Night

fireworks

So close....!

We now have 119 students in EDM310. Two have never shown up for class and do not have a blog. So let's say we have 117 enrolled.

Of those all but 12 (10%) posted Blog Post #2 on time. That is the best Week 3 performance ever (except for summer semesters).

Of those 12, eight are enrolled in the Wednesday night class. That means 33% of the Wednesday night class did not post Blog Post #3 on time. Why so many? I wish I knew. So our celebration is slightly undermined. But in the other three classes only 4 students out of 93 students (4%) failed to post Blog Post #3 on time.

Time to celebrate, except on Wednesday night.

Keep it up MW4, TT11 and TT2! Get on board while you can W6!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jennifer Flowers Wants You to Know About This Site

Masthead of Jennifer Flowers' Blog and her post on a recommended web site.

Jennifer Flowers has found a site she believes will help all of you and wants to share that information. All you have to to to read her post Great Website for HTML Coding!

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Slightly Better Start Than in Some Semesters

a game of chess has started
There are 126 students in all four EDM classes this semester (as of now).

Two students do not have working blogs.

Twenty-two additional students did not do Blog Post #1.

That is almost 20% of the class.

A slightly better start than in some semesters.

You can do better!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ready for the Start: Fall 2014 Semester Syllabus and Materials Now Available

Starting Line

Just click on Syllabus 2014 or Instruction Manual 2014 in the right column under Essential Materials for Students and Visitors. Everything has now been posted.

USA

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Welcome Classes Fall 2014

Dr. Strange watches a demonstration by Mrs. Yollis' students.




Welcome!






This is the EDM310 Class Blog. You will need to review it daily. It is our communication "hub."

The Syllabus and other materials will be posted (links to the right) no later than Monday August 18. They will probably be available earlier than that. Keep looking.

Read the email and follow the instructions in it.
Important:
1. Sign up for a gmail account and let edm310new@gmail.com know what that email address is. We will ONLY use your Gmail address in EDM310
2. Bring your portable computer to class. If you do not have one we VERY STRONGLY recommend that you get a Mac. ALL teachers in Baldwin County use Macs and about 33% of teachers in Mobile County use them. That means that about 60% of all teachers in Mobile and Baldwin Counties use Macs. You will discover in EDM310 why we feel Macs are your best choice by a wide margin. You can contact me by email for further elaboration.
3. There will be NO computers in the classroom we will use this fall and you will need one for every class, including the first one.
4. Contact us with questions. Contact addresses are in the email I sent to your university jag mail account.

We will see you soon!

John Strange and the EDM310 staff

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Foliotek Instructions

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1. You must have registered for Foliotek unless you are exempt. You must access Foliotek through USA ONLINE, not directly on the web. The following are exempt from using Foliotek: a) those seeking only recertification or license renewal; 2) students who are not seeking candidacy status; students who are not Education majors. Foliotek costs $ 35 for one year. NOTE: Several students who are in their first semester at USA report they are not being charged for Foliotek. If this happens to you notify me or a lab assistant.

To register and pay for Foliotek follow these instructions:
a. When using Foliotek use Chrome or Explorer browsers ONLY.
b.Go to the USA Online Login page.
b. Login. Your User ID is your J number. Your password is the last 4 digits of your social security number.
c. Click on Sakai. Then click on a class which requires the use of Foliotek. Then click Foliotek in the left column. If you have not established a Foliotek account, do so. You will have to pay by credit card. After all information has been entered you will have to Accept the Foliotek rules, etc.
2. Once you have registered and paid for Foliotek and Accepted the Foliotek rules, etc. you will be able to post to Foliotek.

Think of Foliotek as a storage device in the sky where you will store evidence of your accomplishments in the College of Education. Every course you take in the COE has state established standards which you must meet. You must store the evidence used to determine whether or not you have met these standards in Foliotek where anyone desiring to can see that evidence. Your instructors will provide detailed instructions of what evidence must be submitted for what standards. You then place electronic copies of that evidence in Foliotek.

In EDM310 all of your evidence for all of the standards associated with EDM310 is in your blog and the EDM310 Class Blog. Therefore your blog and the Class Blog are what "go" into Foliotek. Since your evidence consists entirely of blogs we only have to provide Foliotek with links - links to your blog and the Class Blog. Therefore completing the Foliotek requirements for EDM310 is quick and easy.

You will need:
1. A list of the standards associated with EDM310. They are:

Literacy: Oral and Written Communications (3)(c) 1.(iii)
Literacy: Technology (3)(c) 4.(i)
Literacy: Technology (3)(c) 4.(ii)
Literacy: Technology (3)(c) 4.(vi)
Professionalism: Ethics (5)(c) 5.(ii)
Professionalism: Ethics (5)(c) 5.(iv)
For Elementary Majors ONLY: General Special Education: 290-3-3-.34 (2)(g)2.(iii)

Note that the standards are grouped into Literacy, Professionalism and Teaching K-6(for General Special Education). (There are other groups.) Also note that there is one small letter i (or two or three of them) at the end of the numbering system. These are VERY IMPORTANT. Be sure you pay attention to them!

2. You will need the URL to your blog and the URL for the Class Blog ( http://edm310.blogspot.com )

3. Then follow the instructions in Foliotek Instructions.

4. After you have completed Foliotek, your entries must be checked in person by one of the EDM310 staff members. This is an ABSOLUTE requirement and it must be done in class before 4 pm Wednesday April 30, 2014. If one of us does not sign off on your Foliotek entries in person you will get an I in the course. And if you do not complete Foliotek (which is a GREAT hassle for you and an even greater hassle for Dr. Strange) no later than Thursday June 26, 2014 your I will become an F no matter what you would have gotten in the course.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Blog Post Assignments 14 and 15 Now Posted

Added
Consult the latest revision (version 2) of Blog Post Assignments.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tips on Using Twitter from Mrs. Bennett at Gulf Shores Elementary

Mrs. Michele bennett
I have been busy watching #ISTE2014 in Atlanta, Georgia since Friday. If you will just go to your Twitter account and type in #ISTE2014 you can watch the posts. It will be fast and furious.
I don't know if you have downloaded Tweet Deck. Tweet Deck is very is to download and your Deck will have 4 columns that you can move around. To add another column you search the hashtag you want and hit add column. This is how you can watch several feeds at once.

This is the hashtag people not at iste are using:
#notatiste14

Also, a new app or download is Want
an AMAZING app to learn Twitter Download "TweechMe"

The Grand Father of Twitter Chats is Tom Whitby. He is now retired.
In this video he discusses being a "Connected Educators".

Another instrumental educator and backbone of Twitter Chats is Jerry
Blumengarten.
He is also retired, but on Twitter constantly encouraging and teaching. Visit his website: Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites

Twitter is how educators are learning in this transformational point in
Educational History.


~ Connect & share, then tell us how you did it !

Michele Pierce Bennett
Gulf Shores Elementary Library
MichelePierceBennett@MichelePierceB
Learning in the Library Blog
251.968.7375

Checking ALT and Title tag modifiers

Corrections
To check the TITLE tag modifier: Hold the cursor over the image. The source of your image should appear for a short time.

To check the ALT tag modifier. Go to the W.A.V.E. (Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool) site. Enter the URL for the blog to be checked. A green tag by an image indicates that the ALT tag was properly done. A yellow tag indicates a problem with the tag. A red tag indicates that the tag was not done.

Correct all problems that exist on your blog.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Project 13 Questions - Answers by Lindsey Estes

Answers
Lindsey has posted to the EDM310 Facebook page these answers to questions about Project 13:

Hey EDM Students,

I know there have been several questions regarding Project 13 and posting it to your blogs. Here are three links that may help to clarify your confusion. If you still have questions, feel free to contact any of the lab assistants.

http://edm310.blogspot.com/2013/10/project-13-lesson-plan-1-clarifications.html
http://edm310.blogspot.com/2013/10/what-to-do-with-your-lesson-plan-some.html
http://edm310.blogspot.com/2013/10/what-to-do-with-your-lesson-plan.html

Be sure to look at all three links. Hope this helps to clarify.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I Dodged the Question

Dodged the question.
In the previous post to this one I replied to a post by William Chamberlain who reflected on a students's question "Why do I have to learn history?" This is an important question and needs to be addressed, not dodged like I did in responding to the question as if it were "How should history be taught"?

I will try again. All of us have to learn history because we live history. Each day our historical trail lengthens. That trail, that history, shapes us (and has already shaped us). I think it is important to understand how that happens (and what happened and how it happened). That, I think, is why we should learn history. But to learn that history we must reflect, ask questions, gather data, seek answers, increase our awareness to what is happening so that the questions will be more easily addressed in the future.

We need to know history in order to affect the future (if we can). If we understand our ongoing history, it is possible we can shape the future history, that is our history after tomorrow (or any time frame you want to set). That is why we need to learn history. And we can substitute almost anything for our selves in this process of reflecting, asking questions, gathering data, seeking answers, and changing the future.

But this probably does not really address the question asked by the fifth or sixth grader. My guess is that he really meant why do I have to learn the history you have (or the textbook has) chosen for me to study? A good question. I think we should think very hard about how to provide our students with more choice in the histories they choose to study. We should emphasize that what needs to be learned is how to effectively use the tools listed above (reflecting, asking questions, gathering data, etc.) which we use to study history. Schools instead seek a specific answer to a specific question and call that history.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Why Do I Have to Learn History?

In a recent blog post William Chamberlain, a teacher in Noel Missouri and one of the people who has most influenced how I have organized EDM310 and the person for whom the William Chamberlain Prize for EDM310 Students which is awarded annually by the University of South Alabama is named,asked this question.

His post raises a very important question. Here is what he wrote:

Funny how a little question, only seven words long, can throw one for a loop. I had a student ask me that question an hour ago and I am still reeling from it. I'm reeling because I can't verbalize an answer.

The first thing I did was look online for an answer. Surely somewhere there is a cogent, well reasoned and yet simple answer. If there is one, I didn't find it. Google the question yourself and see what comes up. Better yet search videos using the question, plain horrible. Honestly, I doubt anyone can answer this one for me anyway.

I have always loved history, I have loved the stories that come from history. I love the connections I see between seemingly disparate events. I love recounting stories like Peale's Mastadon because of the connections between art, science, and exploration.

Now I am stuck trying to justify what I teach without any cogent thoughts appearing. Why do they have to learn history?

I hope you will go to his post and read the many comments that have been left. They address Mr. Chamberlain's question in many different ways and are important for any aspiring teacher to consider.

One of those comments was left by me and I am repeating it here so I can be sure all EDM310 students will read his post and my comment. At least I should be able to "be sure" but you never know. Here is my comment and two pictures I took at the time of the event that I recount in my comment.
Student reading at the grave of an American soldier in Normandy, France at the Omaha Beach American cemetery

I'll add a few thoughts. Last March I visited the American Cemetery in Normandy. Around one gravestone a fairly large group had gathered. One person was rubbing sand into the carved out portion of the gravestone so that the name could be read which is difficult to do in sunlight. I later found out the sand was from Omaha Beach which is within walking distance. Another person was reading a statement about Sgt. Grover L. Scroggins from Texas, the person who was buried there. She had obviously contacted relatives and her comments told a great deal about Sgt. Scroggins, an American soldier who had died in the Normandy Invasion seventy years ago. I was moved to tears, as were many of those gathered around. What was going on, I wondered, since it was obvious that those surrounding the grave were Americans. I inquired and found that they were students from an American university near Washington, D.C. who were studying history. Each student had been assigned an American soldier who was buried in the American cemetery at Omaha Beach. Each conducted research and prepared a statement to be read on the field trip the class took to France. The readings were recorded on video and sent to members of the soldier's family. But these students were studying history! Why were they doing this? To learn about what had happened in Normandy 70 years ago. To learn to do research. To learn to write. To learn to make a public presentation which will be shown to a lot of other people. To learn videography. To learn about how people react to the sacrifices of others. To learn the geography of one of the most important events of the last 100 years (or more). To learn to work with others (family members, other students, teachers, residents of France). History is a context for learning that goes way beyond knowing "what happened" and "when and where it happened." I find it hard to imagine a better and more powerful learning experience. History was the context, not the end objective. History should not be taught as a subject which is memorized and then burped back. Instead it should be a vehicle, a context, for active learning that has a public purpose. Just ask the students participating in this learning event. Or the family members who got the videos. Or even those who just happened to walk by and listen in as I did. I certainly learned a lot - about history and about learning!

Maybe these thoughts will help us to understand how history can be a powerful context for learning. I suspect this approach would be equally powerful in any town in America.
American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, France

EDM310, We Have A Problem

child with a problem holding hands on head
Yes, we have a problem - with C4Ts.

Sunday June 8, 2014 at midnight was the first deadline for posts on C4Ts

two posts were due:
C4Ta#1 and C4Tp#1.

Each of those posts was to cover two posts read, summarized and commented on by you. That means you should have read four posts (2 for the alternating teacher and 2 for Sylvia Tolisano, i.e. Langwitches).

Twelve students did both of these assignments. Four did neither but one of these four has now posted C4Ta#1 but not C4Tp#1. Two additional students read (apparently) and commented on only one post for C4Ta#1. I have not yet read the posts for C4Tp#1 so I do not know if any who did this post only did half of it.

If you are one of the students who did not do any part of these assignments you should immediately do them. You cannot afford to get behind in EDM310, especially in the summer.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Book Conversation Assignments Posted

EDM 310 for Dummies
The assignments for your book conversations (formerly called podcasts) have now been posted in a document called Book Conversation Assignments Summer 2014.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Class Materials Now Posted

All class materials at=re now available.

Click on Instruction Manual in the right column under Essential Materials for Students and Visitors.

If you should find a document that appears to be for a previous semester please send an email to strange.john@gmail.com Include what you clicked and where what you clicked is located (name of document, page number)

If you have not yet created your Google account, do so before class starts Tuesday May 27, 2014. You must have a Google account before class starts! See the email I sent to your Jagmail account last week.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow.



Friday, May 23, 2014

Syllabus and Other Materials Now Available.


To get a copy of the Summer 2014 Syllabus, click on the link in the column on the right under Essential Materials for Students and Visitors.

Other materials can be found through links in the Instruction Manual. A link to it is also found in the column on the right labeled Essential Materials for Students and Visitors.

The document Blog Post Assignments is not complete. It may be early Tuesday before it is available. If it becomes available before then i will post that information to this blog.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Welcome Summer 2014 Students

Welcome to the EDM310 Class Blog.

The Class Syllabus will be posted tomorrow, Friday May 23, 2014. Other materials will be available between now and Tuesday May 27, 2014 when classes start.

Remember - get a Google mail account before classes start. Unfortunately your University of Mail account (although operated by Google) will not work with Blogger and YouTube, both of which we will use extensively. So get your Gmail account BEFORE class on Tuesday.

Read my email to you carefully. It contains some extremely important information about EDM310.

Learn more about EDM310.

Read EDM310 is Different.

Watch Aspects of EDM310.

Watch 9 Differences: EDM310 Is Different

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wednesday Classes and Presentations Cancelled

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Due to road conditions and continuing weather issues, I have cancelled Class and Presentations for the MW 4 Class and the Wednesday 6 Class.

Prezi Final Projects:

You must have your Prezi embedded (or have a link to your Prezi) on all group members' blogs.

iBook Final Projects:
One member of your group MUST turn in the master iBookAuthor program (from your Mac). Bring it to the Lab and put in on the pen drive that the Lab Assistant will have. This must be done by 5pm Thursday. The soon the better.

Foliotek: If you have not had your Foliotek checked this must be done by 3pm TODAY.

Final Questionnaire: Will be sent early this afternoon. Due no later than Sunday midnight.

Final Reflection (your video commentary on your learning in EDM310) - Due Sunday midnight

University Course Evaluation: Please complete it in USA OnLine Sakai

Have a great break. Stop by and see us this summer or next semester.

John Strange, Jacey-Blaire Chandler, Rebecca Latham, Lindsey Estes, Jordan Neeley

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

TT 2 Presentations and Class Cancelled

Cancelled

Due to the possibility of severe weather this afternoon and since Baldwin and Mobile schools are closed, the Tuesday/Thursday class at 2:00 today has been cancelled.

Here is what must be done with the final projects:

Prezi

Post with link to Prezi must be on all group member blogs by 2:00 today.

iBook

The iBook Author file from the Mac on which you worked must be put on a special flash drive that the Lab Attendant will have. You must put your iBook (one member from each group) on the special flash drive no later than 4 pm THURSDAY. The Lab is not staffed at all times on Wednesday but I expect that a Lab Attendant will be there at most hours since Jacey-Blair will be available to cover some of the open hours. I will be at school by 11:00 Wednesday but will be in meetings part of that time. Go to the Professional Studies Office in the College of Education Building (ask where it is if you do not know) and the secretaries will find me. Check the Lab first, but find me if necessary on Wednesday. On Thursday go straight to the Lab between 9 and 5.

All members of a group must post an image of some part of your iBook on your blog with a post that briefly summarizes your iBook.

Foliotek

If you have not been checked for Foliotek you must have that done by 3pm Wednesday.

Classes Wednesday

All classes Wednesday WILL be held as usual
and presentations will occur at those classes.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

iBook Additional Instructions

IBook Author Logo

If you are creating an iBook and do not have the original movie files you can create a widget in order to use your YouTube videos in your iBook. To create a widget you need to create a free account through bookry.com. After creating an account you will create a book that you are writing within the Bookshelf tab. After creating your book then add a widget. For every YouTube video you would like to use you need to create a new widget on Bookry. Once you have created your widget you will need to save and then click download. After the widget has been downloaded you can just drag and drop these widgets into your iBook. All you need to create the widgets is the URL for the YouTube video.

Lindsey Estes

Lab Open Special Hours

Lab Open Special Hours

The Lab will be open Sunday April 20, 2024 but NOT STAFFED.

The Lab will be open Monday night April 21, 2014 until 8:30pm.

The Lab will be open Wednesday April 23, 2014 until 8:30 pm.

The Lab will be open Thursday April 24, 2024 until 8:30 pm.

The Lab will be open Saturday April 26 from 9am until 6 pm.

The Lab will be open Sunday April 27, 2024 from 1pm until 6 pm.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Foliotek Instructions

USA Logo


1. You must have registered for Foliotek unless you are exempt. You must access Foliotek through USA ONLINE, not directly on the web. The following are exempt from using Foliotek: a) those seeking only recertification or license renewal; 2) students who are not seeking candidacy status; students who are not Education majors. Foliotek costs $ 35 for one year. NOTE: Several students who are in their first semester at USA report they are not being charged for Foliotek. If this happens to you notify me or a lab assistant.

To register and pay for Foliotek follow these instructions:
a. When using Foliotek use Chrome or Explorer browsers ONLY.
b.Go to the USA Online Login page.
b. Login. Your User ID is your J number. Your password is the last 4 digits of your social security number.
c. Click on Sakai. Then click on a class which requires the use of Foliotek. Then click Foliotek in the left column. If you have not established a Foliotek account, do so. You will have to pay by credit card. After all information has been entered you will have to Accept the Foliotek rules, etc.
2. Once you have registered and paid for Foliotek and Accepted the Foliotek rules, etc. you will be able to post to Foliotek.

Think of Foliotek as a storage device in the sky where you will store evidence of your accomplishments in the College of Education. Every course you take in the COE has state established standards which you must meet. You must store the evidence used to determine whether or not you have met these standards in Foliotek where anyone desiring to can see that evidence. Your instructors will provide detailed instructions of what evidence must be submitted for what standards. You then place electronic copies of that evidence in Foliotek.

In EDM310 all of your evidence for all of the standards associated with EDM310 is in your blog and the EDM310 Class Blog. Therefore your blog and the Class Blog are what "go" into Foliotek. Since your evidence consists entirely of blogs we only have to provide Foliotek with links - links to your blog and the Class Blog. Therefore completing the Foliotek requirements for EDM310 is quick and easy.

You will need:
1. A list of the standards associated with EDM310. They are:

Literacy: Oral and Written Communications (3)(c) 1.(iii)
Literacy: Technology (3)(c) 4.(i)
Literacy: Technology (3)(c) 4.(ii)
Literacy: Technology (3)(c) 4.(vi)
Professionalism: Ethics (5)(c) 5.(ii)
Professionalism: Ethics (5)(c) 5.(iv)
For Elementary Majors ONLY: General Special Education: 290-3-3-.34 (2)(g)2.(iii)

Note that the standards are grouped into Literacy, Professionalism and Teaching K-6(for General Special Education). (There are other groups.) Also note that there is one small letter i (or two or three of them) at the end of the numbering system. These are VERY IMPORTANT. Be sure you pay attention to them!

2. You will need the URL to your blog and the URL for the Class Blog ( http://edm310.blogspot.com )

3. Then follow the instructions in Foliotek Instructions.

4. After you have completed Foliotek, your entries must be checked in person by one of the EDM310 staff members. This is an ABSOLUTE requirement and it must be done in class before 4 pm Wednesday April 30, 2014. If one of us does not sign off on your Foliotek entries in person you will get an I in the course. And if you do not complete Foliotek (which is a GREAT hassle for you and an even greater hassle for Dr. Strange) no later than Thursday June 26, 2014 your I will become an F no matter what you would have gotten in the course.

C4C Schedule Change

Date Changes for C4C assignments

The due date Blog Post #12 has been extended to Thursday midnight April 17, 2014. Consequently it is not appropriate to have a C4C that isn't on the same schedule. Therefore the due date for C4C #12 will be changed to midnight Sunday April 27, 2014. C4C #13 will be due at the same time.

Look for C4C #12 assignments early Friday morning.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Clarification of Blog Post #12 Instructions

Request for clarification

Aaron Ferguson and Allie Padgett have raised questions about Blog Post #12. Consequently I have tried to clarify what I want you to do for Blog Post #12.

Here are my revised instructions (not including the list of places to start) for Blog Post 12 Due 4/13 Changed to 4/17. Consult the entire assignment on Version 7 of the Blog Post Instructions which can now be accessed through the Checklist Master or the Instruction manual accessible through the Class Blog. Be sure you are using Version 7 of the Blog Post Assignments. Since I have created some confusion I will accept Blog Post #12 through one week from today (by midnight Thursday April 17). No other due dates are changed by this however.

Clarification added 4/10/14

What assistive technologies are available to you as a teacher? Select a few and discuss how they may be useful to you.

You can find the applicable standards yourself.

Here are some places to start. Divide them among the group. If your group is non-functioning, start with a few of the following. The key phrases from the original assignment is this: Additional research will be required from all participants. These are only to get you started. You will need to cite your sources in your posts. In other words, I want independent research to answer the driving question and I want to know where you got the information you use in your post so I can think about adding it as "starter material" next semester.

You can present your findings in any way you desire: written work, a movie, a Google slide presentation. Embed you final project in your own blog. The product can be done individually, by your group, or by a portion of the group with other members doing the work independently or in a separate sub-group. The important thing is to make clear who participated in the product you embed on your blog.

Thanks Aaron and Allie for seeking a clarification. I hope this does the trick!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Request from Dr. Vitulli

Twitter bird
Note from Dr. Vitulli
#EDU310 TOP TWEETERS
https://twitter.com/PaigeVitulli
I am attending the 2014 National Art Education Association Convention (my favorite professional conference!) in San Diego, CA Friday, March 28th - Monday, March 31st.
The theme is SPARK! Fusing Innovative Teaching & Emerging Technologies
https://www.arteducators.org/news/national-convention/national-convention

I will be tweeting what I find tweet-worthy, interesting, observe & learn during the NAEA conference. Tweets with hash tag #NAEA14 will be shared and read by thousands of NAEA conference tweeters. Additionally, if you want my attention, be sure to add @paigevitulli and better yet, to be read by all who are following me at USA, hash tag your related tweet #EDU301, #EDM310 and #EDM510. Go ahead and search #NAEA14 at Twitter and read what educators and vendors are sharing pre-conference.

Vendors give away all sorts of fun educational and art related supplies at NAEA. In addition to what you learn and the good art/tech ideas you might gain from tweeting with me (intrinsic motivation), TOP TWEETERS might get some surprise materials that I bring back from the conference (extrinsic motivation).

*TOP TWEETERS are selected at my discretion based on quality and quantity of substantive art/technology related tweets. PV

HAPPY TWEETING
https://twitter.com/PaigeVitulli

Monday, March 17, 2014

C4K - Special Instructions

Masthead of Little Voices, Scholars Blog by Jenny She, 2nd grade teacher, Point England School, Auckland, New Zealand
C4K resumes this week.

Special Instructions for C4K This Week


The first teacher on our list is Mrs. Jenny She who teaches second grade at the Pt England School in Auckland, New Zealand. Mrs. She and the Pt. England School have been special friends of EDM310 for a very long tome - almost 5 years now. Mrs. She uses a lot of technology with her second graders. You will be leaving comments on class pages that are organized by student or topic. You must do 3 things before you start leaving your comments on Mrs. She's posts:
1. You must watch the video at the link in Column C of the C4K Assignment Sheet.
2. You must read the Literacy Cycle on the right of the Class Blog
3. You must read the material about Class 18 immediately under the Class 18 picture

After that, find the post for which you are to leave a comment. Find that post by looking for the name/category shown in Column F of the C4K instructions.

Leave your comment on the most recent post for your assigned category/name no matter what the date is on the post.

This is a second grade class in New Zealand. It is assigned to all EDM310 students, even those who will not be teaching elementary students because I want you to understand how one teacher half way around the world uses technology with second graders. That understanding will be needed in a Special Blog Post that all EDM310 students will have to do soon. So don't just leave a comment. Think about how technology is a part of the instructional process. And think about why it is being used.

Mrs. She is expecting your comments. be sure to identify yourself as being in EDM310.

Red Names

Why are some EDM310 student names in red?

Because those students did not post the summary post for C4K comments on time.

Therefore, I assume they have not done their C4K assignments. I will investigate further.

Students who do not do their C4K assignments make me very unhappy which is not a good thing. Why does that make me unhappy? First, I believe you should do all of your assignments on time. Second, and most importantly, I fear some student in some class will not get a comment while his or her classmates will and I do not like that at all.

You are in school to learn. You only learn if you DO. Not doing is not learning. There is much to learn from the way all teachers use technology - no matter what grades or subject matter you will teach! Think about that. A question: Did you also think about the name of the blog for the class? What does it tell us?

Oh, by the way. Can you find Auckland, New Zealand on a map? I would suggest you locate it. I would hope you would do that automatically - without a prod from me.



Thursday, March 13, 2014

Where Have All the Project 13s Gone?

Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger at 94

In 1955 Pete Seeger wrote "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" I borrowed his title, not because of the content of his song, but because I wonder where all of the Project 13 Posts have gone? They are not on the blogs of over 1/3 of the students in EDM310. Thirty-seven out of 96 are not present. Why? Where have all the Project 13s gone?

If your group did Project #13 (Learning Plan #1) but you have not posted it to your blog, do so immediately!

And what of the other assignments recently due? How many are missing? Fewer, but way too many!

Missing Posts

Blog Post #7 - 14
C4K Summary Report for February - 19
Book Trailer - 8

If you do not do your work in EDM310, you will not pass the course. And your work must be done on time!

wilted flowers




Monday, March 10, 2014

Bonus

bonus

Since Mardi Gras and Spring Break were combined this year, I am going to give you a bonus. There will be no C4K assignments this week. A new C4C and C4T have been assigned you, however. And I have not made assignments based on discipline so those of you who want to be coaches will experience general teachers and some of you who do not intend to be coaches will have a C4T who is a coach. Now you can broaden your experience!

In addition,the midterm questionnaire will be sent out Wednesday or Thursday. It will be due Sunday March 16 at midnight.

In general I am quite pleased with the work of most students this semester. Thank you!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Eyes and Mind Opened

eye and mind
Benjamin Mayfield's (one of you classmates) eyes and mind have been opened. Have yours been opened yet?

Here is an edited email he sent to me today March 1, 2014

I actually went to Davidson High School on Friday and observed what Mr. Finnigahn was doing there. I was surprised that the kids in his class where all excited about what they were doing and loved the class. In the class the students had a project to develop a product for the ACME company to help save them from going bankrupt. The end objective was to teach problem solving, critical thinking, and group skills. I have never seen a class room where students were so excited about learning together. The students in this class came up with their own ideas and I was shocked at how advanced some of them were. Every student I talked to said that they would prefer every class to be like this one. I was skeptical about PBL at first because of the freedom that students would have. This experience has shown me that when you give students freedom to develop their own projects and express their ideas to learn they will shock you. My views of PBL have been changed because of this experience. I was also invited back next week to judge their presentations.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Spring Break Lab Hours

Lab Open and Closed Over Spring Break

Lab Hours
Saturday March 1 - CLOSED
Sunday March 2 - CLOSED

Monday through Friday Spring Break Week - CLOSED

Saturday March 8 - OPEN 9am - 6pm
Sunday March 9 - OPEN 1pm - 6pm

Resources to Correct Problems

Corrections
Picture Solution: Place in appropriate place

One person Solution: Use my picture from Emergency Access

Email address present See p. 11 of Activities Manual

Email address working Great!

Twitter contact up See p. 11 of Activities Manual

Class Blog Feed present and working? Add RSS Feed to Your Blog

Working links in blog posts Adding Links and Break Code to Your Blog Post

Blog archives present Solution: See Dr. Strange or Lindsey, Melissa, Becca or Jacey-Blaire

Images being used in all blog posts Add Images and Tag Modifiers to Your Blog

Title tag modifier works Add Images and Tag Modifiers to Your Blog

Order of sidebar items correct Solution: See p. 11 of Activities Manual Then Go to: Blogger/ Layout/ Gadgets Drag to change order. May have to move top down.

ALT tag modifier works. TO CHECK: Go to W.A.V.E. Type in URL of blog being checked.To correct a problem, watch this movie to lear how: Title tag modifier works Add Images and Tag Modifiers to Your Blog

Buck Institute Forms

Friday, February 21, 2014

Schedule Change

Change of Plans
I have decided that since the classes this semester seem to be doing much better than in the past I will change the MANDATORY CLASS Requirement next week to only one meeting. I seriously thought about eliminating all mandatory meetings next week. I may still do so. Watch the Class Blog for more details.

As of now mandatory class meetings next week will be

Section 701 (TT 11-12:15) will meet THURSDAY 11-12:15
Section 702 (TT 2-3:15) will meet THURSDAY 2-3:15
Section 703 (MW 4-5:15) will meet WEDNESDAY 4-5:15
Section 704 (W 6-8:30 pm) will meet WEDNESDAY 6-7:15 pm

If there are any further changes I will announce them on the Class Blog.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Thank you.

Thank You EDM 310

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Blog Post Assignments Revised

Change
The Blog Post Assignments Document has been revised today 2/11/14. We are currently using Version 5. Be sure you are using the correct version.

Changes made:

1. Driving Question clarified for Blog Post #5

2. The use of the rubric developed by EDM310 students is again postponed. Watch the Class Blog for further instructions.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Down for the Count?

down for the count

I don't know. Certainly a poor start on projects. Here are the figures

No Posts
Blog - 9 or 9%
C4T #1 − 21 or 23%
Presentation - 18 or 19%

You may not think that I mean it when I say you must be on time with your work. But I do. It is exactly the same as your principal insisting that you be on time for your work at a school. Exactly.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

EDM Lab Open Saturday 2/8/2014

Open
The EDM Lab (3301) WILL be open Saturday 2/8/14 from 9am - 6pm