Wednesday, December 14, 2016

525---Session 13--What the Future Has in Store for Education





Session 12--What the Future Has in Store for Education



Some believe the future will look like more of the same—more smartphones, tablets, screens embedded in every conceivable surface. David Rose has a different vision: technology that atomizes, combining itself with the objects that make up the very fabric of daily living. Such technology will be woven into the background of our environment, enhancing human relationships and channeling desires for omniscience, long life, and creative expression. The enchanted objects of fairy tales and science fiction will enter real life.

No one really has a crystal ball telling us what the future holds. Given that this course's mission was to revolve itself around, and expose you to, technology that can be used to teach the adult learner; and given the fact that the evolution of the tools and resources covered this semester are evolving at an exhausting pace I thought that we would end with 'possibilities...'


We will meet in room 301C Thursday, 12/14 from 4:30-7:30ish at the Providence Campus.  This is a computer lab and will allow you to use the projector to present your Final Projects.  Please review the description on the syllabus to make sure that you are aware of the criteria and guidelines. AND ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN B in case the tech doesn't work right.

Until then dream...






Thursday, December 1, 2016

525-Session 12--Open Education Resources aka: "OER's"


Welcome to Session 12


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We will begin this section on OER's with more detail and some practice exercises with Creative Commons Licensing, but first let's hear from David Wiley.  David and I worked together on an OER course waaaaaay back in 2008.  We were sponsored by the Hearst Foundation and Curriki.  Let's listen to David's introduction on "Open Education and the Future."




Now, you've heard me reference CC Licensing throughout the semester, but we haven't really had any practical application or experiences with it, so I thought that we would practice with some hands-on work.

This 'challenge' will familiarize you with the range of Creative Commons licenses which grant permission to the world to use creative work in specific ways. It also will get you started on the road to being "CC savvy" with a few short videos and activities, and we will end this week with you making a video of your own.

As you go through all four tasks in this module, called, "Get CC Savy" I want you to think about the following questions and respond in your comments this week:

First, decide what license you think the creator in each scenario would choose. Then go to the Creative Commons license chooser tool and answer the questions like you were the creator.
  1. You are a relatively obscure musician who wants as many people to discover your music as possible, but also wants to be able to reserve the commercial right to sell your work. Which license(s) might you choose?
  2. You are an elementary school teacher who has created a great resource on how the solar system works, and want other teachers to benefit. Which license(s) would you choose?
  3. You are an amateur photographer who has taken photos of landmarks in your area and want them to be featured in their Wikipedia articles. Which license(s) do you choose?

In each case, was the license choosen result the same license you chose? If not, what do you think happened that led to the discrepancy? Did you choose different licenses depending on the type of creator? If so, why? What was different?


These questions can only be answered as you go through the module.  In addition to these questions, I'd like you to do one more exercise when you get to part 4 of the module.

I'd like you to videotape yourself (you can use a cellphone camera, nothing fancy) completing the exercise in part 4.  Then upload it to YouTube, make it shareable, and paste the link in your comments for this week.

Please return to this blog and post your information in the comments (due by Mon., 12/5) before moving on to the second-half of this week's work below.

The second-half of this week's session will be an extension of the content that we covered above.  In Part 1 we will build upon our foundational knowledge of OER's and learn how to find and recognize open content on the web.

Part 1


This challenge will help you learn how to find and recognize open content, such as public domain and Creative Commons licensed videos, images, and websites, in the 'wild'. You'll get acquainted with valuable collections of open content and discover new ways to find them. 

There are three elements within Part 1 of S12. 
  1. Choosing a topic or question to focus on, (Try to choose something 'pragmatic' for your present or future work-setting.)
  2. Finding your resources for #1, and 
  3. Posting links to the results of your search.
You may find the exercises for Part 1 "Teach Someone Something with Open Content"  here.  

Thursday, November 17, 2016

525-Session 11--The Flipped Classroom--Part 2


Welcome back!  As you know, our class is scheduled for Thursdays and next week is T-Day!  Therefore, we will have two weeks before our next class/session.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

525-Session 10--Facilitating and Implementing Online Professional Development

Welcome to Session 10 where we will be delving more deeply into tools and resources that can be used for 'Flipping' your classroom.

BECAUSE WE MET LAST WEEK WE WILL BE PUSHING WEEK 10's READING IN THE SYLLABUS TO WEEK 11.  PLEASE COMMENT AND REFLECT UPON THE CONTENT POSTED BELOW. ALSO, I'VE JUST BEEN NOTIFIED THAT THE DATE FOR OUR FINAL PROJECTS MUST FIT IN LINE WITH A PARTICULAR SCHEDULE, SO CHANGE THE PREVIOUS DATE (12/8) TO THE NEW DATE (12/15).  PLEASE ADJUST YOUR SCHEDULE ACCORDINGLY.  ASSUME WE WILL BE AT THE PROV. CAMPUS UNLESS NOTIFIED DIFFERENTLY.

As some of you mentioned in your comments and reflections under Session 8, flipping an entire course, or training program, may not be the ideal scenario. Video lectures should be brief and clearly focused on specific learning outcomes.  (and not all lessons are meant to be 'flipped')  What you really want to do is slowly transition your teaching style so that you can begin to take advantage of the 'flipping concept' without getting too overwhelmed.

Several of you commented on the 'up-front' workload involved.  This is a significant factor when you are taking all of the work on yourself, but as I've preached many times this semester--'no man is an island'.  You can, and should, take advantage of the vast trove of videos and interactive lessons that others have created and integrate them to reduce your workload. As I said in Session 8, 'Stand on the shoulders of giants'.

Also this semester, we have lightly touched upon the concept of 'open educational resources' or OER's.  The concept of 'Openness' becomes extremely powerful when you begin to access videos, tools, and resources that have been created by others and are freely licensed.  They allow you to not only use the work of others, but often allow you to modify, remix, and reuse material for your own purposes.  Once you begin to dive more deeply into these resources you'll begin to see how much easier it will become to educate others.

Just like when we spoke about using wikis as a knowledge base or as an eTextbook.  If you start off small, and slowly, then your momentum can build. Also, if you can find a partner or peer group to collaborate with, then your project can really pick up some speed.

Let's start off this session by looking at some teachers that have used Google Docs in a practical setting and hear about their path to success.  It's about an hour long webinar.  Please stop at minute 36 to take a break and experiment with a few of the resources that they have mentioned up to that point, then post any comments or reflections here before going back to the webinar to finish it.


Click on this image to begin. Please follow the directions closely when downloading the necessary software. This may take awhile, so you may want to multi-task as its working. It it still doesn't run, then follow the next step software download. (If you can't open the .collab file, download the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher.
Still can't get into your session? Please read our troubleshooting help topic.)


Next we'll delve more deeply into Google Forms and their ability to streamline your teaching, instruction, and life.

Please go through these in order.  Let's start with,




5- "Google Forms Challenge"  (The directions for this week's 'comments' are in #5.)

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Session 9

Good afternoon,

During Week 9 we will be attending a film/media/video creation talk (details below) and then pulling out as a smaller group to discuss topics pertinent to our group specifically. This workshop is particularly poignant b/c of the timing w/i our curriculum discussing and learning about video production and its uses and impact w/i a flipped classroom.

Hope to see as many of you as possible.

Thursday, November 03, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
URI, Kingston campus - Gender and Sexuality Center 19 Upper College Rd (All Purpose RM)
Series: Media Smart Libraries

Speaker(s): Sherilyn Brown, Director of Education Programs, RI State Council on the Arts
The GiveMe5 Media Teachers Lab is a time for film/media educators, school and public librarians, and others developing video programs to come together and share ideas, challenges and solutions with colleagues. Whether you're experienced, new to the work, or somewhere in between, the "open space" style of this event makes a place for you. In the "open space" format, each facilitator will each spend a few minutes describing their areas of expertise and related topics, and you will then be free to join the discussion(s) you feel will be most helpful for you. You may move among discussions.
Topics are expected to include (but are not limited to):
  1. creating or revising curriculum; gaining expertise in editing
  2. buying and using basic equipment; exploring possibilities with high-end equipment
  3. learning to use a new online film education resource
  4. making a case for a media education program.
If you are inspired to facilitate a discussion on your own topic, "open space" allows for that as well.
Our facilitators and key focus areas for this event:
  • Katie Reaves, Film teacher, Beacon High School School for the Arts, Woonsocket Building a program and equipment on a budget and short timeline, "It's about thinking like a filmmaker!"
  • Brien Jennings, Library Media Specialist, Narragansett Elementary School Connecting curriculum to film at the elementary level (including equipment, roles of a library media specialist, making the case for a program, media literacy)
  • Dana Neugent, Information Technology Services, University of Rhode Island Touring studio facilities and viewing student work
  • Nick Marcoux, Film teacher (middle and high school), Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, Building a curriculum sequence from middle to high school (including equipment and evolving editing choices)
  • Anisa Raoof, Providence Children's Film Festival, Film Hub Connecting educators and the community to film through a new website.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

525-Session 8--The Flipped Classroom!

Before we get started, please make sure 
you have voted in the poll above.

Over the past few weeks we've been slowly transitioning towards learning how to use technology to aid in teaching and learning.  The next step in this evolution is to merge your face-to-face teaching with some of these 'blended learning' tools to create what is called, "The Flipped Classroom."  It's turning the traditional classroom on its head.


Flipped Classroom
Created by Knewton





Many of you may have heard of this.  Here's a brief introduction:



The concept is really simplified here (obviously given the penguins). You don't have to always make your own videos or screencasts (which we still can cover more in-depth this semester).  You can always just borrow from others.  After all, why recreate the wheel, but let's learn a little more about this by joining a discussion group on Edweb.net that focuses specifically on the flipped classroom.  Not only do they have a group of like minded educators who want to learn about using technology to teach others, but they have discussion groups and a list of archived webinars for you to pick from and watch.

So now please take a break from this page and visit: http://www.edweb.net/flipped You'll need to create an account, and then join the group, then watch the recorded webinar,  "Flipped Learning Primer Part I: Basics of Flipped Learning"

After watching the webinar take the corresponding quiz to earn the CE.


Once you have taken the quiz and earned your CE, come back to this page and watch this more in-depth video:




Now I'd like you to think this week about the different ways you may 'flip' your own classroom and reflect on the concept this week, but before you do that you should know that there are always two sides to a new initiative, so let's end this week with some criticisms of flipping.




Good luck this week. Don't get too overwhelmed, and I look forward to hearing about the connections you may make to your future classroom environment.

Thank you Paul for helping as a Facilitator this week. Please email me when you are finished.

This week we have both Gail and Heidi. Good luck ladies!




Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Deliverable #2

Please post your response to Deliverable #2 below.

To quote the description on the syllabus:

#2- Pick the Blogging service that you think might be the most pragmatic for your work and provide a description of how you will, or potentially could,  integrate this tool into a potential class or training session- Due before Session 8 (Oct. 27th)

If you have already written your response and posted it under another entry, then please copy and paste it below for ease of organization.