Friday, September 23, 2016

Session 3-Research Supporting Edublog Usage


This session is research-based, and a little heavy on the statistics, so take what you can from the information, save the citations, and use them in the future if you need to substantiate and legitimize edublogging in the classroom.  You'll notice that many of the readings were written 6,8, or even 10 years ago and discuss the impact of edublogging, technology, and collaborative software for the children.  This was done intentionally for two reasons:
1-The students that were included in the demographics w/i the statistics are now old enough to be your students in the Adult Ed. program of your particular setting, and
2-They have been exposed to, and have been using these digital tools throughout most of their educational lives, so it is imperative that we integrate them into our own instruction.  They expect nothing less, and that's why I've been immersing you in these tools from the start.

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This session will be spent on gaining background knowledge on the research out there suppporting edublogs in the classroom. It has been embedded below using Authorstream.com.  But before we begin please check out just a few of your peers' blogs and post a comment to theirs. They should have set-up the ability to have each post emailed to them, so that they know you left it.

I have been posting links in the left-hand margin.  If you don't see your name, then I may have missed it.  Please send me your blog address again.

Also, I'd like you to begin experimenting with adding additional multi-media to your blog.  Add an interactive, video, poll..---experiment and play with it.  Nothing is permanent.

Additionally, one recent posting that I really like is from: http://anne.teachesme.com/2007/01/17/rationale-for-educational-blogging/
this is from just one of the blogs that I subscribe to. It addresses the "Rationalization for Educational Blogging." It is very well written and a great place to start when trying to substantiate edublog usage in the classroom.  When you are finished skim some of the 'comments' as well.  Then wrap your head around the fact that this was written over 8 years ago.

I mentioned earlier that my presentation was uploaded to Authorstream.com   After you view it below and go through the assigned readings, I'd like you to practice this week with setting up a free account with Authorstream, then try uploading a slide show (like a PowerPoint) and then embedding it (or someone else's to your blog).

One of the areas that was mentioned, during our first session, was that people wanted to experiment with alternative forms of presentations.  Authorstream gives you lots of options, for example you can 'present live' using the directions here.  You should also scroll to the bottom of their home page and go through the "Why Authorstream" directions.  Once you have had a chance to immerse yourself in this tool, please share your reaction in Week 3's comment's section and let us know if you can see any practical applications to this tool.


EDC525-Session3

More presentations from Dave


This week also try: Movenote.com  and Authorstream.com

Good luck and have fun!

Dave

Past participants' comments from one of my previous courses about using blogs in education:


and older past participant comments and insights may be accessed here.


79 comments:

  1. Wow, talk about good timing!
    I spent the day at a meeting discussing professional development needs and methodology for our statewide PD system for adult education programs. I was able to share some of the experiences we have had so far in this course. People were very interested to learn of the course structure as the PD system has not really tried asynchronous or blog based presentation yet. I look forward to reading and learning more.
    Leslie

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    1. Interesting Leslie. I think that more and more companies are moving in the asynchronous, web-based PD direction because it offers the on-demand needs of a growing and changing business the versatility of picking and choosing what to focus on and when. As companies grow and there are natural amounts of transiency, having an archive of PD sessions accessible makes on-boarding of new employees much easier.

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    2. That archive makes a lot of sense to me, Dave, as some training needs do not change. Depending on which tool(s) are used, modifications could be made for the topics that do need updating. Another issue we are struggling with is the lack of human interaction among peers in the field so that is also a big consideration in planning future professional development.

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    3. Leslie,
      We face the same challenges here at CCCRI with regards to lack of human interaction among peers. CCRI is made up of four campuses, and I rarely see many of my coworkers that I constantly speak to over the phone or through email. And because of everyone's busy schedules, it is difficult to attend PD workshops offered at a different campus. Fortunately, the college has offered PD Day for a number of years now. Classes are cancelled in order for all faculty and staff to attend or participate in a PD workshop for the day. I think that offering a PD workshop, in an asynchronous, web-based format 3-4 times a year, would really help bring faculty and staff together and make those yearly PD Day's more meaningful.
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    4. I agree - one of the biggest problems I have with learning new technology is that if I don't constantly use it, I may not remember what I had previously learned when I do, in fact, need the info. In addition, sometimes I just need a quick brush up, or review. Having PD sessions available makes sense.

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  2. Admittedly, I really didn’t know exactly what type of impact blogs could have on education. When I think of the changes in technology that we’ve seen in just the past five years, and how they should be applied to education, I am excited for what the future holds. When utilizing a blog format, students will have the opportunity to communicate with other students from all over the world, utilizing a platform that excites them making them more apt to participate.

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    1. I agree I definitely didn't know what impact a blog could have on a classroom setting. I really like the article about the educational use of blogs. The statistics really got me. The reason the did so is that I am native american and seeing how native Americans were part pf the percentage that didn't have internet at home, it made me realize how lucky I am that I did. There are too many children this day and age who aren't as lucky as we all are. It kills me that many students don't have internet at home and I feel as teachers we should be able to provide a way for them to do online work at school if they can't at home. But I do hope that when I have a class I am able to provide the students ways to use the internet even if I have to stay after with them to help them.

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    2. Laura,
      I am glad you are sensitive to the fact that not all of your children have access to the internet. We know that is the case for our adults too. Are you aware of the resource http://everyoneon.org/ ? The intent is to provide reduced cost access to internet service and hardware. Some programs here in MA have had great success with helping students that way. Educators in low income districts can also utilize the service. Check it out! :)
      Leslie

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    3. Thank you for sharing this Leslie; it is a great idea for struggling students. Leslie, Laura and Sharyn, I used to provide an hour a week for my students to use the reading lab (the computers.) Some of the students did not have access to a computer, and my students had weekly online homework. We can't assume everyone has access to the same materials.

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    4. All good points girls. I agree about those students who don't have internet access. I experience this first hand with my nursing students. It is now required you purchase an ipad. Many students who are older don't know how to use the internet, though it may be available to them. Others who have some computer knowledge don't have internet access or printers. In both cases I see them struggle. One student who I know, does not have internet access stated that after she puts her kids to bed she goes to Starbucks to do her homework. Even those who have internet, its a problem if you loose your electrically for a period of time. My nephew who is at URI in online programs was at my house for three days because he did not have electricity in his home and did not want to get behind. So many factors to think about. Thank you Leslie for that reference. I will share it.

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    5. Thank you all for sharing your knowledge to those of us (myself) that are very new to higher education. As a graduate student in the Adult Education Master's Degree Program my project involves helping adult students acclimate to college culture. My definition of an adult is thirty five years of age and older and mainly those that are enrolled in college classes for the first time. I would like to use this new found technical information for my "How To Be a Successful College Student" workshop starting in the spring semester, depending how well I can maneuver authorSTREAM.
      As for the population that I work with, technology is a huge issue but not in terms of accessibility but fear of how to use it and use it correctly.

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    6. @Stephanie, @Leslie---Sounds like a great plan Stephanie. When we get closer to the end of the semester your Final Projects (Final Exam) will be to put together a lesson using some of the tools that we will be practicing with this semester, so it would be great if you could use that Spring course as your foundation. Authorstream isn't a panacea for neophites, but it also gives you the ability to upload it to YouTube which even the most novice tech user can access. Leslie may want to look into this as well for her potential asynchronous PD program.

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    7. @Stephanie & @Dave,
      yes it will be interesting to see this model once you have it developed. I am seeing many options for enhancing our face to face program both with orientation for new students and to expand instruction. One aspect I find very appealing is the ability to integrate more visual and auditory and even kinesthetic aspects for learners with varying styles. I may poach Dave's method by immersing staff as part of oour program professional development since they are more likely to employ a tool they are familiar with. Exciting!!

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    8. I finally got a chance to watch MOVENOTE.com & AUTHOSTREAM slides. it looks like the perfect technology that would work for my training and educating my adult learners in research arena. The interesting part of MOVENOTE is how convenient it is to share once you put the pictures/slides of whatever you want to present. I am always responsible in disseminating information about research policies/compliance and new regulation and showing ways to implement them. By this tool it will reduce so much of the training my staff and I do all over the URI campuses.
      Looking also on how PAUL stated it might help him with Police training. - Winnie Nwangwu

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  4. Here is something near and dear to my heart. I created it for a presentation class using Movenote.

    https://www.movenote.com/v/HCGYffum0_07R

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    1. Hi Sharyn,
      What great opportunity that is! We talk about a global economy but why not capitalize on global educational resources too?

      I have not used movenote yet myself but liked how we can see you speaking alongside the PowerPoint presentation.

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    2. Thanks Leslie, it is a little unnerving seeing and listening to yourself with the Movenote, but it is a great tool to have.

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    3. Wow Sharyn, This was really cool. Mentoring is very important to me as well. And you are so right that we can always use these tools in everyday life to help others. It does not have to be formal. Chris

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    4. Hi Sharyn,

      I like how you used Movenote to present. It was helpful to see the program in use, and now I can definitely see how it can be used to publish a presentation on the web. Although there are often some technical issues when using tools like this, I think they are a great resource that are valuable for an instructor to use as part of their arsenal. You did a great job on the presentation, thanks for posting it!

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    5. Great topic Sharyn! Nice pictures and it kept my attention.

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    6. @Sharyn--Love the idea of 'Reciprocal Mentoring'. I've always viewed this course from that perspective, just never put a label on it. I really like the idea of changing the description and mindset from Mentor-Mentee to Mentor-Mentor. Great product you've created. I watched the entire thing and loved it. Great example for the class to watch. Thanks.

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    7. Sharyn, I just finished watching your Movenote. Great topic. I was not sure how to use it or why I should use it but after watching your presentation I came away with a few idea of my own. Thanks

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    9. Dave you are correct, I watched Sharyn's MOVENOTE presentation on Reciprocal mentoring and as a person who have mentored many people in my career, I have always felt like a life long learner. I have mentored so many people over my 20 years of professional life and each one is different and brings a total different prospective, excitement and energy in their new roles and careers. The use of Feedback has been a great source of success for me which I have always embraced and used when making changes.
      I always make sure we're open, honest and transparent which are instrumental to the success of mentor-ship.
      Great job Sharyn using MOVENOTE. it is a very good learning tool which I can't wait to start using.
      -Winnie N.

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  5. So, I was exuberantly telling my husband about this class and how edublogs and technology in general will be changing the direction of education in the future. First, you must know, he is very, very old school. I presented my thoughts and he listened quietly which is not his usual demeanor, when he finally said that he couldn’t see this happening as long as there was a threat of technology failing. That got me to thinking of this song – it is basically a metaphor between the failing of circuits and how it will impact all aspects of our lives.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrq6tf2nIiI

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    1. @Sharyn--love that song, but never delved too deeply into its meaning until now. Thanks for sharing it. Hope you swayed your husband a little. ;-)

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    2. Hahaha, I had never heard that before, Sharyn. Isn't it so true? We talk about this all the time as we watch society devolving in ability to interact socially. As a user, I love the ability to explore and learn. It is helpful to limit my screen time much like one would with a child. It is sooo easy to get swallowed up into a time abyss! What WOULD we do if it all went out one day?

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  6. Attached is a movenote presentation I created from a practice run. Please know that when I actually presented this to the class, it did not sound as though I was reading like it does here! HA!!
    https://www.movenote.com/v/dBOs9pFnVcqW4

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    1. Nice Job Gail. I had not heard about movenote prior to watching this. I think it is a really neat way to present material to students. Sometimes powerpoint presentations can be a bit stale but this gives you a little something more engaging. Great tips for reading as well.

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    2. Gail this was awesome! I love how you called out to students and kept the flow of the presentation going. This is new to me but I feel like this would be great for a health lesson. Thanks for showing this!

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    3. Hi Gail,

      After watching your presentation, I thought of ways I can use Movenote as a training tool in the police department. We face a lot of challenges with training due to the different shifts involved, and mandatory training usually causes overtime. In addition, some officers that are mandated to stay may not be 100% after working all night and then attending a training. Using a tool like Movenote can allow me to place the presentation on a shared network drive or in our training software and the officers can view it at their leisure. This is a great way to increase the effectiveness and delivery of training to the officers!

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    4. Paul,
      Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to track access/viewing time spent as well? That would be a really useful tool for us too since most of our staff hold other jobs in addition to working in our program.
      Leslie

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    5. Hi Gail, I thought this was great! I actually replied while watching to see what it did. So this isn't a prerecording, it's an actual workshop in live time but people just log into it? Like webex? Or is it either way? Like Paul, I am always looking for new ways to get trainings out to the users who have a hard time attending a training session. I loved this!

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    6. Hi Gail. Love the way you got your pretend students to reply or interact with you. You can see that if one could not teach a lecture, you could send this to the students for their e-learning experience. This was an effective presentation. Nice job!

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    7. Thank you everyone. When working with adult students, we have previously learned that is is our duty to try to keep our students in the classroom. We need to create an environment that meets our student's needs. Paul, you mentioned the different shifts, and having some participants too tired to do training after working all day or night. These different technologies do make things easier for us all. The only problem I have noticed with my students is that some of the students I teach are older and very uncomfortable with technology. We all need to grow, though, so being a little uncomfortable is not a bad thing!

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  7. Gail,
    You did a great job with this presentation. I really liked how you engaged the students and then had them do some group work. I kind of wish we would have known about this tool sooner since it would have been great tool to use for our presentations previous semesters. Seeing the instructor during an online power point presentation really does make a difference, in my opinion.

    Luz

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  8. Thank you Luz!! It was a practice run!!

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  9. Hi everyone,
    I have played around with Authorstream and just watched the tutorial for the PresentLive function. I think this would be a useful tool for educators who would like to share their powerpoint presentation and have real time interaction with their students through an online discussion board. It allows you to upload, share, and discuss your presentation in a chat board with an unlimited amount of people. It's compatible with any browser, so connectivity wouldn't be an issue. There does seem to be a monthly fee involved, and I wonder if everyone has to view the presentation at the same time in order to join in on the discussion? I would assume you do in order to get immediate feedback on questions?
    What did you think of this tool? Would you use it as opposed to something like Webex, where you can have F2F interaction, present and discuss? I think it would be interesting to use Authorstream during a Webex meeting. It may cut down on the issues we've all faced when trying to present.
    Luz

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    1. Hi Luz,
      I would agree with everything you mentioned above. To answer some of your questions... I like that Webex is similar to a real classroom and it is possible to hold discussions with other students and the professor. I enjoy hearing others discuss their opinions and/or experiences, it makes the concept more real (at least for me). Based on my short experience with Authorstream, I am not sure I would get the same out of a discussion board. Because of what Webex can offer, I would not want to use this tool in place of Webex all the time, but occasionally it might be nice. I am always up for trying something new / mixing it up, I feel it keeps me engaged.
      - Jen

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    2. Hi Luz,
      I am glad you brought up this subject about Webex, because I was thinking the same thing. It seems to me they are very similar but as Jen says, I like that we are basically face to face on Webex and can converse with one another. One thing that seemed to be a bit better was that the format is set up ahead of time and there isn't fumbling around with trying to get documents to show and sharing screens and the other issues we've faced with Webex.
      In Gail's presentation, she conversed with other students (pretend!) but if they were live, would everyone hear them? Is it just for the presenter to hear them?
      I definitely think this tool can be very useful but not sure if it is a good tool for collaborating with others in a classroom setting, if we can only hear the presenter and not the other questions or comments being made. I am going to look further into this for the training I do. I think I could create a few sessions on it for users to view at their leisure for extra help.

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    3. Hi Paula,
      I think you are right about not being able to interact with your students or audience on Movenote. I think I would personally use it by posting it on my blog for my students to view, and using the comment section for questions and answers. I do like that one is able to see the instructor as he/she presents their power point. I feel more engaged by seeing a 'live' person. It also allows you to draw on your slides while you present, which is a neat feature. Maybe we can create a Movenote on how to use WebEx, so future classes aren't fumbling around like we did?
      Luz

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  10. Authorstream live seems like a great option for having interactive presentations with real time discussions without having to actually be in a seminar setting. My husband works for the federal government and has to give trainings. One of the most difficult things for him is to coordinate meetings where everyone can attend. Many out of state participants can not make it, making his trainings difficult. This form of presentation would alleviate many of the issues with getting people together. This can be done live, online all over the country, not just on one place. Cool. Chris

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    1. Hi Chris,
      Authorstream and Movenote seem to be great options for educators in similar situations as your husband. This could help projects move forward at a faster pace because one wouldn't have to deal with accomodating another person's schedule. I think it would be interesting to see how many people view your husband's presentation, if he were to use one of these tools, within a certain amount of time as well as the turn around time for questions and feedback.
      Luz

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  12. I feel old! With all the technology we are learning and using I wish I had this growing up. Certainly would have made it more fun and interesting.

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    1. Heidi,
      Look at it this way, we have the curiosity to explore all of these new tools and the wisdom to find beneficial applications for them. To me, that is the best of both worlds! ;)
      Leslie

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  13. Here is my Movenote presentation. I combined this presentation by using information from my blog to do this and pretended I was giving a presentation or opening remarks. https://www.movenote.com/v/dxkLurSFA3H0l

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    1. Heidi,
      I really like how you relate the 23rd Psalms to helping students learn through support and guidance. I really believe that our job as educators is to teach our students to be self directed learners. I think the shepherd/sheep analogy is an excellent way to get this point across. Nice job.
      Luz

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    2. @Heidi---I'm glad there seems to be so many positives regarding Movenote. I'm also glad that a few (bold) students are brave enough to practice with it and share it with us. There is more to come...

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    3. Heidi, I really enjoyed your presentation. I, like Luz, really loved how you related the 23rd Psalms to every step in a student's education! And..I learned a lot too!!
      Great job!

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    4. Heidi,
      I love your closing quote. We try to help our teachers remember that they are truly teaching process through content. That is a huge instructional shift. I liken it to the adage about teaching a man to fish. You put together a very powerful presentation. Nice job!

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    5. I am so humbled by all your wonderful comments. Thank you for mentoring me through your encouragement.

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    6. Heidi, Great use of Movenote. I can now go forward knowing much more about sheep, the 23rd Psalm and helping our students to learn. I was truly able to absorb the information you presented because you used visual tools to relate your information. I am afraid now I will not look at nurses the same but as sheep in a pasture. Loved it!

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    7. Heidi, You did a great job I enjoyed watching your slide. I plan to test and play around with it this weekend. I can see it is a tool I have come to embrace I think will help me right now in my job and without a doubt as teacher down the road. - Winnie N.

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  14. I don't know about the rest of the older students in the class, but I was confused as to the difference between technology enhanced and blending technology. I found this clip that really helped.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MjgVTi2oLk

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    1. @Sharyn---thanks for sharing this. I think I'll use it next semester.

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    2. Thanks for sharing that video Sharyn! I did not know the difference between blended and technology enhanced classes - i thought they were the same thing, so this video really helped me see the ways they are different!

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    3. Sharyn,
      Thanks for sharing! @Dave, based on the video, we are in a blended course, correct?
      Luz

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  15. After going through all of the highlighted sections in the Why authorSTREAM I found almost all to be useful for what I need. I will incorporate those useful sections into my workshop starting the spring semester. It seems to be many sources rolled up into one neat package.
    There is one issue that I have with authorSTREAM, only one time free video format usage. I realize its not that expense but free is always for me.

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    1. @Stephanie--no worries. I will be exposing you to many more tools that may just fit your needs. Each one should be added to your 'tech-toolbox' and you can pull from it whenever it suits you.

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    2. Stephanie,
      You may want to check out Adobe Spark. It was free last semester and many of us used it to put together both individual and group final presentations. You can integrate a PowerPoint presentation, create text/picture slides and record an a narrative to accompany the presentation.

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    3. Great, thanks Leslie. I can use all the help I can. I have a good idea of what I want to showcase its just a matter of how do I do it. I'm glad I took this class and I'm excited to incorporate what I've learned but not until I'm better at it. So far, I feel like a kid playing with crayons for the first time. It's fun but all over the place.

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    5. Stephanie,
      I second Leslie's suggestion regarding Adobe Spark. It was really easy and fun to use. You might also want to check out Prezi. You can also add your own slides and record a narrative like Spark. The main difference is that with Prezi, the presentation zooms in and out as it goes from topic to topic, with the aim of keeping the audience engaged. It is free as long as you're ok with having your presentations public.
      Luz

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    6. I third Leslie's suggestion regarding Adobe Spark. It is very easy to use, and you can be creative with it. I did not care for Prezi though - I don't like the zooming in and out - it was not for me. I did load my powerpoint (finally) through authorSTREAM. I am hoping to practice with it more before I use it professionally.

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    7. Although the cost issue is a big factor for me, as well.

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  16. Hi Sharyn, I just watched your movienote video and I think you did an awesome job!

    I was just wondering, is there an editing tool for this, if you are not doing a live presentation? Also, I saw that there were issues with using links with this. Are links an issue in general? or is it just a learning curve on how to get them to play?

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  17. Hi Paula, there are some editing features. After being in this class, I think what had happened was that I did not embed the links. I will try that moving forward. I'm sure you will like it once you try it.

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  18. Hi everyone, I have just finished adding an AuthorSTREAM presentation to my blog. I honestly think that if you are using cutting-edge technology, this is the tool for you. It allows you to share things live and get instant feedback. I’m not sure that I can see anything in the near future where I would be using it, but you never know!!

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Sharyn. Have you every thought of sharing your art/talent at Professional Development day? I'm sure there's many of us that would enjoy seeing you in action.
      Luz

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    2. Luz, that is a great idea! Sharyn's work is beautiful - I should know - I happen to be the proud owner of a few of her pieces.

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    3. Actually, I never thought of that. I will look into it for sure!! Thanks!!!!

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  19. One of the things I like the most about using blogging for educational purposes is that there is a record of what everyone has said. There are times I need to look up what was discussed, or what the class' opinion was on a specific topic, so that I can create additional discussion questions. Blogging contains everything in one place.

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  20. Gail you captured some of my thoughts of the benefits of blogging in an educational setting. As Laura said too, "I definitely didn't know what impact a blog could have on a classroom setting. I really like the article about the educational use of blogs. The statistics really got me."It helps to take some time to focus and explore this developing technology world around us, doesn't it?

    From reading the comments, we all have learned something new and all want to try something in their setting- that is pretty cool! We were all introduced to Movenote.com and Authorstream.com and can add them to our toolbox. Thank you for the opportunity to learn the facilitation side and good luck to those who go next. Have a great weekend everyone!

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  21. Hi everyone,
    Many of your comments support the points made in the "Rationalization for Educational Blogging" posted above. Like some of you stated, blogging allows students to communicate with others from around the world and it provides us with a place to record our thoughts that is easily accessible for future reference. Blogs also allow students and teachers to learn from one another. I have already learned so much from reading all of your blogs. I look forward to reading your future posts and seeing the many different things you will do with your individual blogs. Thank you everyone!

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  22. I enjoyed the reading, especially the paper "Blogs and Community" . The one thing that I come back to is how to get participants engaged. If one forces engagement with a stick but no carrot, you are likely to find mechanical and robot like answers. To avoid this, we sometimes need to focus on other activities which complement the blog experience, like we do in this class. My other concern was with the idea of a blog being democratic. One does not want to curtail free and open thinking, but it can't always be become a free for all.

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