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Tuesday, July 16, 2013


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1. You must have registered for Foliotek by today July 16, 2013 unless you are exempt. 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 - just smile. At least for the time being.

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 ( )

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 Thursday July 18, 2013. 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 Friday September 27, 2013 your I will become an F no matter what you would have gotten in the course.

Project 16 - Prezi Version

If you are doing Project 16 using Prezi, cover the same material required for the iBook.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Conversations with Anthony: It's Hard Work!: A Day in the Life of a 3rd Grade Teacher

 Anthony Capps and Dr. John Strange talk about the hard work that is necessary to be a successful teacher

This is the second conversation with Anthony Capps, 3rd grade teacher at Gulf Shores Elementary School in Gulf Shores Alabama. In this conversation Anthony and Dr. John Strange discuss the hard work that it takes to be a teacher.

It's Hard Work!: A Day in the Life of a 3rd Grade Teacher (EDM310 Server) (9:14)
It's Hard Work!: A Day in the Life of a 3rd Grade Teacher (YouTube) (9:14)
It's Hard Work!: A Day in the Life of a 3rd Grade Teacher (Vimeo) (9:14)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Conversations With Anthony Capps: Project Based Learning

 Anthony Capps and Dr. John Strange talk about Project Based Learning
Here is an interview with Anthony Capps in two parts. Anthony is a third grade teacher at Gulf Shores Elementary School, Gulf Shores, Alabama. He is a graduate of EDM310 and has been a Lab Professional and Advisor for EDM310 for several semesters.

I hope you learn a lot from this conversation and the others in the Conversations with Anthony series.

Project Based Learning Part 1: Experiences of a 3rd Grade Teacher(10:03)
Part 1 EDM3190 server
Part1 You Tube
Part 1 Vimeo

Project Based Learning Part 2: Experiences of a 3rd Grade Teacher (13:45)
Project Based Learning Part 2 EDM310 Server
Project Based Learning Part 2 You Tube
Project Based Learning Part 2 Vimeo

Monday, July 8, 2013

Blog Post #15 Instructions Now Available


Here are the instructions for Blog Post #15 due 7/17 (Corrected date). I will publish a revised Bolg Post assignments sometime tomorrow but I want to make this assignment available before then.

Blog Post 15 Due 7/17

Collaborative Assignments

In Collaborative Blog Post Assignments, there may be one or more assignments for everyone to do. The rest are to be divided among the members of the group. Each member of the group prepares their post in a Google Doc which is shared to edit with the other members of the group and with

Once a student has completed their post, they ask the other members of the group to critique it using the EDM310 Rubric Form (found in your Google Docs after Unit 2). They then revise their post. Then combine all the finished and revised posts into a single post on your blog. Your post should be on top. The other group members' post below yours. Each must be headed by a bold header indicating the primary author of the post that follows.

If there is a disagreement among the members of a group as to interpretation, meaning, implications or conclusions, the dissenting member should write a minority report clearly indicating what their disagreement is and the arguments they make supporting their minority position.

These instructions are to be followed for all Collaborative Assignments (Blog Posts 2, 4, 7, 9, 12, 13 and 15).

All members of the group must read or watch all of the assigned materials. Otherwise an appropriate critique is impossible.

There are many different ways in which you can communicate your findings/results/commentary to an audience using many media tools: text; audio; video; pictures; music; specialized programs, etc. You are encouraged to use different presentation techniques. Try not to use a method more than twice in the seven collaborative assignments.

What can you learn from these conversations with Anthony Capps? Everybody do 1 and 2. Divide 3, 4 and 5 as you wish unless I have notify you otherwise by email.

1. iCurio (8:08)

2. Discovery Education (4:33)

3. The Anthony - Strange list of Tips for Teachers Part 1 (12:59)

4. Don't Teach Tech - Use It (8:49)

5. It’s Hard Work: A Day in the Life of a 3rd Grade Teacher (9:14)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Changes to Material Related to Projects 13, 14, 15


I inadvertently wiped out the post on how long should the project take to do. I had an old version open on another computer and mistakenly uploaded it instead of just closing it. Poof. Away it went.


I have modified the post immediately below this post. You should reread it! Or, if you have not read it before, read it now!

I have also added an important link to Alex where you can find sample plans and Alabama standards for all grades and subjects. This link and suggestion has been provided by Anthony Capps. Thanks Anthony!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Further Clarifications About Projects 13, 14 and 15


I warned you that this semester was experimental. You are asking lots of good questions about Projects 13, 14 and 15. Here are some additional clarifications:

More on Time Allocation and Project Length
How long will it take for your students to do the project and attain the objectives you wish to accomplish? That is the answer to "How long should the project take." Without experience it is hard for you to determine how long projects should take. In any project some students will attain the objectives faster than others. This will vary form project to project. How do you engage the fast learners? How do you help the slower learners? You need to think about these issues. You are not able to answer them now. Practice will teach you these things. But you must be prepared to address these issues. So make some assumptions. Specify those assumptions. Include in your plans your strategies to address the issues I have raised.

The objective of this assignment is to get you to
a) to construct project based learning activities
b) that use technology
c) that can be evaluated
d) that address specific state standards
e) that can be shared with others - usually on a form specified by the principal

EDM310 students developing their lesson plans (Projects 13, 14 and 15) for Elementary students should plan to devote approximately 45 minutes to an hour a day for either one or two weeks. Anthony used one week last year but this year is switching to two week projects (for the most part). On Day 1 Anthony introduces the question. Days 2-4 or 5 (depends on other class demands) and 5-6 are for research and consultation with their group. Days 7-8 or 9 are for creating a method for sharing results (maybe a video, presentation, play, skit, blog, letters , weather maps - whatever is appropriate than can be shared). Days 9 and/or 10 are for sharing (and evaluating - Anthony evaluates using the ACCRS as a rubric or with a rubric he has prepared that incorporates the ACCRS into it). Be clear the assumptions you make are clear to the reader of your plans.

In high school it might be different. If you will be teaching high school, think about what your time frame might be. You will not be expected to cover a range of subjects and to address as many objectives as will elementary teachers. Be clear the assumptions you make are clear to the reader of your plans.

What About Science Standards?

Starting in Grade 6, science standards are incorporated into the Reading Standards. They have not yet been adopted for grades K-5. See Grades 6-12: Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects.

For All Alabama standards go to Alex.

EDM310 Student: "I'm Confused"

I'm confused.

So am I.

I have had several emails and at least one post to the EDM310 Facebook Page expressing confusion about the assignments for projects 13, 14, 15.

I am having trouble understanding the confusion. You create a lesson plan for your class's age group that addresses some specific ACCRS standards which you must specify. The lesson has to be a project. It must involve the use of technology. You can assume that there is at least one computer/iPad for every 4 kids. Since we cannot use iCurio or DiscoveryEd this semester, I announced in class that you would use the Internet in general. But you must curate it. That means you must select specific things to search for or provide multiple choices of links for kids to use. In high school you may not need to vet the links. You will make that determination.

You provide your lesson plan to EDM310 (instead of your principal) using either Buck Institute worksheets, any materials in provided by Markham on his website, or any plan documents that you devise which cover at least the same categories that the materials of Buck Institute or Markham cover or which add information which you think is necessary fior understanding your plan which the forms you ay choose to use do not call for. Since Markham works for The Buck Institute his materials are heavily influenced by (or are the same as) the Buck Institute materials.

These forms are useful. They are not the product, however. They merely provide a way for you to communicate you plan to others and should help you have a more complete plan than you might otherwise have. If you can improve upon them, feel free to do so. Don't forget that a plan may require a rubric as well. If you use a rubric it may be associated with your plan by using a link (depending on which avenue you take in creating a rubric).

I will repeat these "clarifications" on the Class Blog. If you can better enlighten me about the confusions you have I might be able to do a better job of explaining the project you are to do for EDM310. What I have written here is what I say in the Project Instructions. If you were confused by the original you will probably still be confused since I have said the same thing here.

Help me understand the confusion. I will then clarify it if I can.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Power Restored - Lab Open

Power restored

Power has been restored and the Lab is open.