Wrap-up for the Foundation

BIRTHDAY LATE PASS!

I know I never remember to give you the birthday late pass…so, I am going to give you the late pass today plus the coffee cake.  I just don’t have time to make cupcakes.  😦

1220 Birthday Boys and Girls                                                1325 Birthday Boys and Girls

Evan           02/12                                                                       Wes              01/15
David          02/25                                                                      Isaac             01/21
Vaibhav      10/12                                                                       Jack              11/26
Eva               11/01                                                                       Brandon      11/27
Ana              11/12                                                                        Megan         12/09
Brandon     11/14                                                                        Brittany       12/25
Maurice      11/22

YOUR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT– SPEED DATING

Hope you all have finished creating your dream classroom by using Floorplan.  Let’s talk about the tool itself first.  How do you like this too?  Is it a good tool?  Any difficulty or problem you have while working on your project?

Now let’s talk about your learning environment with others. We are going to play the speed dating!

Each person has ONE minute to tell your date three things:

  1. Who are your students? (Grade Level and numbers)
  2. What is the subject matter/ content?
  3. What is the highlight of your classroom?

You need to move to the next person when you hear the bell. Then after listening to all your “dates”, we are going to vote for the best classroom created by the boys and the girls! Winners will win another late pass.

TEACHER BOOT CAMP

There are so many things I want you to know about teaching in K12 learning environments. Each of you is from a different background, has different interests, and different motivations for learning — a lot like the students you will teach.  Sadly, we don’t have time to talk about all these things in EDIT 2000.  Therefore, I want to challenge you all to complete the “Teacher Boot Camp”.  In small groups of 3 (no more than 4) – complete three pages  on our Boot Camp website. You’ll need to complete the handout as you work through each page – you can fill out one form per group.  After your team complete the task, one of your teammates MUST PRINT out the discussion result and turn it to me this Friday.

(If you missed class today – you’ll need to complete at least 3 of the 5 pages on the website ON YOUR OWN.)

COULD

  • Relax and catch up with what you missed in this class.

SHOULD

  • Browse the Web 2.0 tools in our Resource page.

MUST (By Friday, Feb.1)

  • Turn in your Teacher Boot Camp conclusion forms.

 

 

 

No Meeting Today

We are not going to meet in class today.  Hope this will be a good time for you to complete the Floorplanner project.  Remember to follow the instruction.  There should one screenshot of your learning environment and 3-4 paragraphs responding to the following guiding ideas in the NEW page in your e-portfolio.

Guiding Ideas for the description in your “Creating a Learning Environment” page:

  1. insert the image of your learning environment
  2. describes why you chose the design
  3. identify highlights of the room
  4. explain how the design reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum.
  5. give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom.
  6. describe  your students and yourself (their teacher).

COULD

  • Relax and catch up with what you have missed in this classroom.

SHOULD

MUST (By Wednesday, Jan. 30)

  • Keep working on your learning environment.  Remember that you need to create a new page in your e-portfolio which includes a description responding to the questions listed above in 3-4 paragraphs and an image of your learning environment.
  • Make sure that you have completed all four reflections.  If not, check the project page in this course blog.

Foundation– Who, What, and Where You Teach

We have talked about 21st century learners, teachers and different standards in the past two class periods.  How do you feel?  Do you think teaching is a big challenge?  What is the most challenging part to you?  To know your learners?  To adopt TPACK model in your class?  To choose appropriate tools?  Or to meet the standards?  Can any of you share one thing that you think of as the biggest challenge to you right now?

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Infographic by- Shanghai Web Designers


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However, I also think teaching can be an art.  Imagine that you are playing with the play-doh.  Teaching can be like that.  You can make it more effective and pleasant, right?  Learning environment is one thing that teachers can play with and thus maybe motivate and engage your learners more.  Before we talk about how to create your ideal learning environment, think about the role of technology in our life again.  Does technology change your room setting?  Let’s take a look at this interactive Home Technology Environment.

Does this give you some idea about what you can add in your learning environment?  If not, let’s take another look at the classrooms pinned by Ms. Thomas in her Pinterest.

Let’s create our own now.

The tool we are using is called Floorplanner (you are welcome to use another tool if you have one available) to sketch what our ideal learning environment [classroom] will look like. Once you’ve created an account, complete the 12-step tutorial to help you learn more about how to use the tool. Keep in mind that the free version of the tool will only allow you to create ONE floorplan. After creating your ideal learning environment, create a screen shot of the image and insert it into your portfolio.

After creating your classroom layout, use these directions (or scan the QR code below) to create a screen shot of it (you can’t use the “create an image” option on Floorplanner because we’re using the free version) and we will insert the image onto your “Learning Environment” webpage later.

Once you finish designing your dream classroom and taking a screenshot, you need to go back to your e-portfolio and create a new page and name it “Creating a Learning Environment”.

On your “Creating a Learning Environment” page, you should:

  1. insert the image of your learning environment
  2. describes why you chose the design
  3. identify highlights of the room
  4. explain how the design reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum.
  5. give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom.
  6. describe  your students and yourself (their teacher).

The page should be 3-4 paragraphs in length. For an example of this assignment, see Sarah’s Portfolio.

COULD

  • Relax and catch up with what you have missed in this classroom.

SHOULD

MUST (By Wednesday, Jan. 30)

  • Keep working on your learning environment.  Remember that you need to create a new page in your e-portfolio which includes a description responding to the questions listed above in 3-4 paragraphs and an image of your learning environment.
  • Make sure that you have completed all four reflections.  If not, check the project page in this course blog.

Foundation– Who, What and Where Do You Teach?

How was your holiday weekend?  Did you do something fun?  I hope you are not overwhelmed by papers that you need to write and read like me…I need to apologize that I didn’t finish reading all your e-portfolios yet and even haven’t started reading your reflections.  I found a bad “emergency” that I need to deal with and I am still working on it…Please give me a few more days and I will try to finish reading everything asap.  Thanks!

WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING?

I have mentioned in our first class that you need to think about a grade level and a subject that you want to work on for the projects during this semester.  Hope you all have that in mind now.  You need to work on the content by yourself, no matter it is science, math, social studies, literacy, music or PE.  Today, we are going to talk about the “what” in a more general and broad way.  Before we move on, I want you to take one minute to fill out a form in which you will let your classmates and me know what your choices are about content area and grade level.  In this way, maybe you can figure out who you can work with for some future projects.

12:20  Content Area Info Sheet
13:25  Content Area Info Sheet

When you are a teacher, you have already chosen a major that you want to work on.  It can be math, science, social studies, language arts, music or PE.  You are the professional in that field.  And you also learn how to teach children.  You learn how to do class management and assessment.  Then we think about today’s kids, we say, as a teacher, we’d better learn how to use technology as well.  A model called TPACK (or TPCK) is proposed to understand a teacher’s preparation for his/ her instruction.  Let’s watch this short clip to get the basic idea about TPACK.

Now, do you understand what TPACK means?  Let’s take a look at this Presentation.

If you are interested in knowing more about TPACK, you can find more detailed introduction on Dr. Matthew Koehler’s TPACK website.

To me, TPACK is not a difficult concept.  However, how to apply it in the educational setting is an art.  Learning something abstract is always difficult.  In Chinese, we have a saying that it is like you are talking about martial arts on the paper.  A coach can’t always use simulation or imagination to teach his players to play a good game.  Therefore, let’s take a look at how some teachers put TPACK into practice.  This video introduces five projects, so we are not going to watch the complete episode.  We will watch the project done by my classmate.  He is such a wonderful teacher!  Then if you are interested in how other teachers use technology in their content area, you can grab some finger food and enjoy the video in your cozy apartment.

Digital Media-New Learners of the 21st Century (33:50-40)

I also want to introduce you a matrix created by University of South Florida.  The matrix will actually be very helpful for you when you are designing some learning activities or projects this semester, because it covers the major themes that we are going to talk about.

STANDARDS

As teachers, we don’t really choose what we are going to teach. This is mandated at the local, state, and national levels. In the state of Georgia, curriculum standards are called “Georgia Performance Standards” and they are written for every grade level K-12 and most subject areas.

You can view the Georgia Performance Standards, or GPS, by clicking on the link in the right navigation bar on this blog or go to: http://www.georgiastandards.org . Click on the Georgia Performance Standards tab and then select your subject and grade level. If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, and a few others) you can click on the link right below the Georgia Performance Standards tab to view the QCC standards – the predecessor to the GPS (not all subjects have made the conversion yet). If you’re interested in Mathematics or English/Language Arts, you might refer to the Common Core Standards. Here are some possible standards to use if you are interested in speech therapy and special education.

It’s time to decide your focus for the rest of the semester. What grade/subject do you want to teach? View the GPS (or QCC) for that grade and subject. Send me an email if you’re having trouble choosing something or can’t find what you are looking for: schien2@uga.edu

MORE STANDARDS

It’s not just content standards that need to be addressed while teaching. There are national educational technology standards (NETS) for K-12. In my opinion, these standards focus on good teaching and learning – not simply on technology use. Your text is based on these national standards and contains a chapter that addresses the first four standards (we’ll talk about 5 and 6 all semester):

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Research and Information Fluency
  4. Critical thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts

Except for these standards, there is another one that I like to use a lot.  The organization is called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  What they try to focus is also what we focus in EDIT 2000.  You can find some resources on their website.

COULD

  • Relax and catch up with what you have missed in this classroom.

SHOULD

MUST (By FRIDAY, Jan.25)

  • Your 4th reflection on digital generation is due this Friday.  Read the four articles listed above and answer the following questions.
    • Do you see yourself as a digital native or a digital immigrant? Why?
    • How does the idea of a digital generation impact your potential to meet the needs of your future students?
    • How do you think about the problems raised by this kind of divide?

Foundation– Who, What and Where You Are Teaching

I believe that all of you have already completed your e-portfolio and blog by now, so I am looking forward to read all your stories and reflections starting from tonight!  Just want to remind you that you don’t need to send me your reflection any more.  All your reflections should be posted in your blog.

We are moving to our first section today.  In this section, we will focus on the most important things that you need to know about education.  I think this will be good for most of you, since most of you are not education majors. I will suggest that you reflect on your own learning experiences a lot to help you understand about these educational theories and strategies.

WHO ARE YOU TEACHING?

To me, one of the exciting part of teaching is to meet my new students every semester.  Knowing you is not enough for me.  The most important part is to understand you.  If I can understand you and your generation, we will build up a good mutual relationship.  And I think this is very important to every teacher and student. We have a few freshmen in our class.  Let’s take a look at Class of 2016.  Do you agree with what they say?

We have briefly talk about the data generated from your student information sheets last time.  Those analysis can help you understand a little bit about today’s students.  Think about you and your siblings, or even your parents….Let’s make a list about the differences among three groups: you, your parents/ older siblings, and younger siblings/ kids in today’s society.  On the front of your index card, describe how you learn and what are the trendy things in your learning experiences; on the back of your index card, describe how you think your parents/ older siblings/ professors learn; on the second index card, describe how you think your younger siblings/ kids in today’s society learn and what the trendy things are in their classroom.

What are on your list?  Let’s share the ideas.

Is technology a big idea and the main theme emerging from our list?  How do you define technology?  Does technology equal to computer?

In Larry Cuban’s book “Teachers and Machines: The Classroom Use of Technology since 1920″, he proposed that technology is the tool.  Therefore, a pen can be a technology.  Technology does not need to be a machine.  Technology can be multiple.  That is why you will see this term “ICTs” nowadays.  ICTs stands for “Information and Communication Technologies”.  However, some people believe that these tools are good for communication.  Communication can be multiple and should be more important than tools.  Hence, you will see ICT (Information and Communications Technology) sometimes.  But, no matter which term you use, the main purpose is how we can use these tools to help our learners learn well.  It is very SIGNIFICANT for you, as an educator, to know your learners.

But who are the 21st century learners?  What should we teach them?  I am going to show you three different videos and then we can talk about the ideas.

What is 21st Century Education?

How Will You Teach Me in the 21st Century?

The 21st Century Learners

Here are some guiding questions for you to think about these videos.

  • What is the big idea you get from these video clips?
  • Do you think the themes in these three videos are the same or different?  List the theme(s).
  • How important is the content?
  • How important is the skill?
  • How do you think about informal learning and formal learning?
  • Did you hear the term “digital native”?  Do you think you are one?
  • What is the role of teacher in the 21st century then?

I want to talk about one concept mentioned in the video clips– DIGITAL NATIVES.

Marc Prensky coined the terms “digital native” and “digital immigrant” to differentiate different generations.  People who were born after 1982 are “digital natives” who will be your future students.  People like me, who were born before 1982, are old generations and thus termed “digital immigrants”.  Do you agree with him?  Maybe not.

Here are four articles talking about Digital Generation.  Post your reflection on these four articles in your blog by next Friday (Jan. 25).  (4 articles sound a lot, I know…but they are really short articles.)

The Myth of the Digital Native

Digital Natives: Fact or Fiction?

Teachers Becoming More Digital Inclined.

What Does It Mean to be a Digital Native?

COULD

  • Keep thinking about some interesting topics that you want to work on with a certain group of students.

SHOULD

  • Work on your 4th reflection on digital generation.  Read the four articles listed above and answer the following questions. (Reflection is due by Friday, Jan. 25)
    • Do you see yourself as a digital native or a digital immigrant? Why?
    • How does the idea of a digital generation impact your potential to meet the needs of your future students?
    • How do you think about the problems raised by this kind of divide?

MUST (By Wednesday, Jan.23)

  • Read the first chapter in the book “Meaningful Learning”.  You can find the article in our shared Dropbox folder.  Then you need to write your reflection (at least 2 paragraphs) to answer 3 out of 4 guiding questions listed below.  This will be the reflection due next Wednesday (Jan. 23).

    • What is the big idea or takeaway you had from the Meaningful Learning with Technology chapter? Is it a new idea that inspires you?  Or is it a belief that you have already had and the authors just strengthen your belief?
    • Is there anything that surprises you? What is it?
    • Has any ideas in this chapter changed your idea about using technologies in education?  What is that idea and why?
    • Which of the skills described in this chapter are most important to you as an educator? Which are most important to comprehending and being able to apply ideas in your discipline?

    Reference: Howland,  J.L., Jonassen,D., & Marra, R.M. (2011). Meaningful learning with technology. (Fourth ed.). Boston, M.A. : Allyn.

  • Make sure that your first two reflections are in your blog.

Complete E-portfolio and Blog

One of our 21 cats became an angel yesterday because of the urinary crystal blockage…   😦
But, life needs to move on.  So…let’s get things done today!

REMINDER: We start to use the sign-in sheet for attendance record this week.  I know some of you didn’t sign in on Monday.  Please come see me if that is the case.  Make sure that you do sign in every time you come to class!

I. E-PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION

I think most of you are done with the e-portfolio.  If you want to add something more about you, you are welcome to go back and add the information anytime you like.  I believe I will enjoy reading your reflections and the e-portfolio this weekend!

II. PERSONAL BLOG

I know some of you still haven’t created a blog account yet, so let’s work on this together.

When you log into Blogger with your Google account, you have not created a blog yet. You will see this.

Screen shot 2013-01-15 at 11.17.01 PM Click the one on the right. Then it will lead you to the next step.

Screen shot 2013-01-15 at 11.18.17 PMYou can type in the name you like.  You can change it later if you don’t like it.  This will be your Blogger username.  Then we will go to the next step.

Screen shot 2013-01-15 at 11.21.50 PM   Now, you need to create a new blog.  Click “New Blog” and you will see another window pop out. This is the place where you can name the Blog and create the url.

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You might see this.  Then you need to think about a new url until you see something like this.

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Screen shot 2013-01-15 at 11.27.12 PM  Then click “Create Blog”!  Your blog will be there!  BUT, how are you going to get the url for me and post your reflection during this semester?

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    • Click “View Blog” and then your blog will show.  Copy the link and submit it to me.  Some of you submitted wrong links to me on Monday.  Please re-submit the url to me.
    • If you want to create a new post, click that orange pencil and it will let you post a new article.
  • WordPress

First of all, make sure that you go to wordpress.com instead of wordpress.org.  They have another site for business (I think).  After you create an account, it will ask you to confirm the account via your email.  Then you need to sign in again. I will demonstrate in class, because my wordpress blog just doesn’t allow me to insert any more images…

If you want to know more about how to use Blogger, you can watch the following video.

I think this is clearer and helpful for you to learn how to create a blog now.  If you did get a note from me, that means you didn’t submit the correct url.  Therefore, please re-submit the form with the correct links.  Thanks!

Q&A

A few of you checked with me about the purposes of your e-portfolio and personal blog.  Therefore, I think I need to make it clear again.

E-portfolio is where you demonstrate all the projects and your learning experiences in those projects.  Therefore, when people see your e-portfolio, they will understand what you have done and what you have learned.

Personal blog is about your reflection on the reading materials and your observation about technology nowadays.   I think it is a record to show your growth or belief changes in your understanding or idea about technology in 21st century.

COULD

  • Keep thinking about some interesting topics that you want to work on with a certain group of students.

SHOULD

  • If you have sent me both reflections and created your personal blog, you can post the two reflections in your blog by next Monday (Jan.21).
  • Read the first chapter in the book “Meaningful Learning”.  You can find the article in our shared Dropbox folder.  This will be the reflection due next Wednesday (Jan. 23).

MUST (By Friday Jan.19)

  • Submit the links to both your e-portfolio and blog.
  • Complete the first two pages in your e-portfolio.
  • If you didn’t send your second reflection to me, make sure it is in your personal blog already.

E-portfolio Construction

The weather in the past few days was pretty nice.  Hope you all had a great time.

Before we start today’s class, I want to check with you all about several other resources we have as UGA students.
1. We all can download free anti-virus software for both PC and Mac.  Here is the website.
2. We can get most of the software in a student rate.  If you want to buy some software, go to the Software Resource and Services website (SRS).
3. It’s good to have laptop cart, but it also means that you all lose a place to work on your project.  If you really need to use some software that is not free, you can go to Room 228 in Aderhold.

I. HOUSEKEEPING:
1. If today is your first day in EDIT 2000, please make sure that we talk about the e-portfolio and the reflections before you leave today.  Also, make sure that you complete the student information sheet and have no question about the syllabus.

2. If you miss any classes last week, don’t worry about it.  We will make sure that you catch up with us asap.
3. Email communication with me: 24 hours rule.

II. E-PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION

Most of you have already created the first two pages in your e-portfolio.  Please keep working on the two pages and make sure they provide the required information.  If you were not here last Wednesday, I will help you create the e-portfolio today.

Tasks:

  • Create the homepage for your e-portfolio
    • Insert images.  The images are about you.
    • List several things that you want to learn in EDIT 2000 this semester.
  • Create an “About Me” page
    • Insert at least one image
    • Include several links to your favorite websites
    • Write 2-3 paragraphs about yourself

III. CREATING PERSONAL BLOG

If you finished the first two pages in your e-portfolio, please create an account in Blogger or WordPress.  These two blog host sites provide more user-friendly functions and choices.  You might hear people talking about other blog host sites, but we tried several of them and figured out that these two can met most of needs.

This blog will be used for all the reflection papers and several written assignments in EDIT 2000 this semester.  I expect that you use this blog as a personal record of your growth in learning more about technology integration in personal life and in future classroom.  We will talk about more details about the blog later this semester.  Right now, you just need to create a blog and make it your style.

IV. SUBMIT THE WEB ADDRESSES OF YOUR E-PORTFOLIO AND BLOG

After you created both your e-portfolio and blog, I need you to submit the links to both sites.  Please complete the following form.

COULD

  • Keep thinking about some interesting topics that you want to work on with a certain group of students.
  • Read the first chapter in the book Meaningful Learning.  You can find the article in our shared Dropbox folder.  This will be the reflection due next week.

SHOULD

  • Post your first reflection in your blog.
  • Complete the first two pages in your e-portfolio by Friday (Jan. 18).

MUST

  • Your second reflection will be due on Wednesday. Write at least  two paragraphs (with meaningful sentences) to answer the questions: How can technology be used in 21st century classroom?  If you were a school teacher, how would you use technology to enhance your teaching?
  • Submit the links to both your e-portfolio and blog.