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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Two Very Important Announcements

1. For your SMARTboard Presentation use Lesson plan #13 (or the one your group did cooperatively). This makes more sense. It also solves the problem resulting from the change in the due date for the third learning Plan (Project #15).

2. Foliotek Instructions remain the same as they were last semester. The link will take you to those instructions.

Kathy Cassidy Movie Now Available

High demand and the large size of the Kathy Cassidy movie caused the EDM310 server to crash yesterday.The hosting service recommend that I divide the movie into parts and put it on YouTube. I have done so.

Here are the links:
Interview with Kathy Cassidy Part 1 (14:33)

Interview with Kathy Cassidy Part 2 (4:54)

Interview with Kathy Cassidy Part 3 (12:44)

Be Sure To Watch All Three Parts!

The Blogposts Assignments Manual should be corrected by the time you read this post. The latest version is Version 10.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Server Problems

Server Down
The EDM310 server went down earlier today. It is now back in operation.

The reason? Excessive demand for the Cassidy movie. I am having to re-compress the Cassidy movie. It may not be available until late this evening. Watch for a post here.

It you are ever unable to access EDM310 material, go to the Emergency Access server.

I had one report that the Emergency server was also not working. I do not think that is correct. To get documents from the Emergency Server you must download the documents by clicking the arrow on the right of the Emergency Page.

In addition, I had left the Google video Sharing Google Docs in the video just below set to private. I have now corrected that problem.

When it rains it pours.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sharing Google Docs

Several students created learning plans which I could not see because they were locked or, more precisely, they had not been properly shared. Because you are creating a link to the learning plans in your blog, the Doc must be shared to all who have the link. Otherwise the Doc cannot be accessed.

I have created a new YouTube video called Sharing Google Docs. Watch the video to learn how to properly share your Doc.

Not On Time

Late rabbit running with a watch

The count this week:

Project #14 (Learning Plan #2): 13 plus 1 locked and 1 link not working = 15 or 17%
Blog Post #10 - 9 posts late or 10%

Monday, October 21, 2013

Update Tuesday October 22, 2013


The post of Monday October 21, 2013 has been revised!
1. I will not mandate that you create a Google site to store your Learning plans but I sure do think it would be a good idea. I may do so for Learning Plan #3.

2. C4K for this week IS NOW AVAILABLE. will not be available until late today or maybe even in the morning (Tuesday October 22, 2013).

3. In doing Learning Plans #2 and #3 you MUST follow the BIE model even if you do not use the BIE Forms.

4. If your group did not do Learning Plan #1 collaboratively, you must do Learning Plan #2 or #3 collaboratively. I would prefer that it be Learning Plan #2. CLARIFICATION: In other words, one of the three lesson plans must be done collaboratively and two of the three learning plans must be done individually.


5. Project #10 (Interview Movie) has been delayed one week. It will now be due November 3, 2013.The instructions for project #10 have now been revised and are available in Version 5 of Project Instructions. Instructions will be posted later today (Monday 10/21/13) or tomorrow (Tuesday 10/22/13)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

C4K Changed


IF your last name starts with A through M you have a different C4K assignment for this week. The original assignments were closed (no comments allowed except by fellow students). Why the teacher Tweeted asking for comments with her comments set to closed is a question I cannot answer now. Maybe it was a mistake. In any case, I have changed your assignment.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Blog Post #9 Instructions Changed

Revised StampBEFORE you complete Blog Post #9 see the revised instructions in the Blog Post Assignments. The entire assignment is now collaborative. There are no individual posts expected.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Past Due - Work Not On Time This Week

Past Due

We had four things due this week. Here are the assignments and the number of students not posting them on time:

Questionnaire (Counts as Midterm Test) - 11 did not do
Blog Post #8 (Collaborative) - 13 did not do
C4T #2 - 21 did not do
Podcast (Project #9) - 15 did not do

Friday, October 11, 2013

Checklist Changed Significantly

EDM 310 Checklist
I have made 3 Major Changes to the Checklist

1.Project #14 (PBL Lesson Plan #2) Due Date Changed to October 27. We need to discuss what the requirements are for this project. We will do that in the Mandatory Classes next week (October 14-17, 2013).

2. Project # 15 (PBL Lesson Plan #3) Due Date Changed to November 10, 2013

3. SMARTboard Project #12 Part A using the SMARTboard Tools Due Date changed to November 3, 2013

Monday, October 7, 2013

Week 7 Counts

red paint
Missing for Week 7

Blog Post #7 19 not posted on time
PLN Report #1 31 not posted on time
C4K Report for September 23 not posted on time
Learning Plan #1 (Project # 13) 23 not posted on time

That is a lot of RED paint (or red ink, or red cells)!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira: Another Trailer Thank You!

Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira

Raven Williams has received this thank you from the author of the book she used for her trailer. The book is Ribbit. The author is Rodrigo Folgueira. He is from Buenos Aires, Argentina

From: Rodrigo folgueira
Date: Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 8:10 AM
Subject: RE: Ribbit book trailer
To: Raven Williams

Hello Raven!
Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful project with me.
I'm so glad that this story has inspired you. It is a story that I love, and it makes me very happy that your's will enjoy.
And so far from home!!.
A big hug and good luck with your studies. Rodrigo

Project #13 (Lesson Plan #1) Clarifications


Your lesson plan can be on BIE forms which have been saved as .pdf forms. Once they are .pdf forms they must be stored on a Google site (your Google site). To find instructions on how to create a Google site go to the blog post What to Do With Your Learning Plan - Some Suggestions.

Your lesson plan can be done in a Google Doc. You add the appropriate headers, formatting, etc. Once you have a Google Doc you can share it with anyone who has the URL. The instructions on how to do this are in the post What to Do With Your Learning Plan - Some Suggestions. Once you have the URL for your Google Doc you can create a link on your blog which takes your reader to your Google Doc.

Sharing the Doc with me is not appropriate since you want (I want) your lesson plan to be accessible to all readers of your blog.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Another Trailer Thank You

Haley Smith has received a thank you for her Book Trailer for The Dot Book.

I meant to say... : )

Haley – thank you so much for sharing the video!! – it is really wonderful! May the energy of Dot Day continue… :) Peter Reynolds in Boston, Massachusetts, author of The Dot Book.

What To Do With Your Lesson Plan? - Some Suggestions

1. If you create your Lesson Plan using a form that has a URL, place the link to that URL in your blog. When you do that you would have a button on your blog that reads something like this: Lesson Plan # 1 Created by .... for Project # ... In a paragraph you would also provide information something like this: This Lesson Plan addresses the following .... and is intended for students in Grade... It covers a period of days/weeks whatever. The button, when clicked, would take you to your lesson plan. (Be sure to check that it works!) If the lesson Plan has more than one part (perhaps a plan and a rubric) then there would be URLs for each part.

If your Lesson Plan is in a Word document, convert it to a Google Doc which has a URL. Create a link in your Blog to your Google doc Lesson Plan.(I explain how in Share A Document.) Better yet: Create your Lesson Plan in a Google Doc or a Google Spreadsheet. If you follow this plan you will have to share your Doc to anyone that has the link to it. I have created an example Doc, Share A Document, which explains how to share a Doc to anyone who has the link.

If you want to really be creative and learn to use another tool that will be very useful to you as a teacher, create a Google Site (or website).

What would you do to create a Google Site? Well I would hope that you would Google Create a Google Site If you did you would get a response something like this:
Results of Google search for Create A Google Site

Skip the Ads. The first link below the Ads is this one:

Link to Google Site Support

The Link is to Create a site - Site help - Google Support. Create your own site where you can store all sorts of things (pdf documents, sounds, videos, images) which have a URL of their own and which then can be accessible by links. I use Google Sites for the Emergency Instruction Manual and as the place where I store your pictures.

By the way, how can you create a .pdf file which can be easily stored on a Google site. Do you know? If not, find out.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

What To Do With Your Lesson Plan?

Keep calm and wait for an answer
Jordan Neely has raised an excellent question on the EDM310 Facebook Page:
Jordan Neely 12:42pm Oct 1
How do we need to post our project #13 lesson plan once our group has completed it? Ours is just saved as a word document.

Here is my response:

John Strange You can also save it as a .pdf and add it to your own Google site. Then you will have a link to it which you can put in your blog with an image of some sort. You will learn to use another valuable tool (maybe even two valuable tools) if you do that. Now that you have raised the issue I think i will prepare a set of instructions and post that to the Class Blog. Wait until tomorrow night ( 10/2/13) to do anything. Let's see what i can get done in the morning (10/2/13. I will put the answer (and instructions) here.