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Week 3: The Present

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This week we are exploring emerging innovations (or re-invigoration) of the learning frameworks reverse (aka flipped) instruction, game-based learning and play based learning. As with all ‘buzzword’ initiatives in education, we must take some time and investigate what these types of learning frameworks entail and how they are applied appropriately and effectively. I’ve seen many examples of them used in very innovative ways that engage and motivate learners, I’ve also seen them applied in simplistic, superficial ways that, in some cases, created even more work for the teachers and the students and/or the focus on learning was lost or diluted. I think of the SAMR model when considering these (and any) frameworks. Is this type of instruction just a substitution or augmentation of a traditional, teacher-centered method? Or is the learning experience being modified or redefined for the benefit of the student? Has it taken on a life of its own through a variety of interpretations and re-iterations? Is the variation innovative or burdensome for students? Whichever learning framework you choose to explore, please consider how it is defined and how it can applied to enhance learning for our students.

Here are a few videos and additional resources you might consider in your exploration…

Reverse (flipped) instruction

Jon Bergmann’s site  (pioneer of Flipped Learning)
10 Pros and Cons for a Flipped Classroom

Simplifying Flipped Learning (Jon Bergmann)

Game-Based Learning and Gamification

The Difference Between Gamification And Game-Based Learning
Gamification, Game-based Learning, Serious Games: Any Difference? 




Play-Based Learning (not just for the little ones!)

Play in education: the role and importance of creative learning
Institute of Play
Playtime Isn’t Just for Preschoolers—Teenagers Need It, Too


Week 3: Understanding Presentation Design

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Essential Question: How can visual presentations effectively communicate a message?

As we continue through Course 3 focusing on Visual Literacy, we now take a look at presentation design. As I’ve mentioned before, Course 3 really helped me reflect on my own presentation design AND delivery and make adjustments (both in my perspective and how I used the digital tools). Just like with any kind of communication, audience and purpose is key and impacts how you design your presentation and how you deliver it. One of my colleagues who is very skilled and designing and delivering presentations, would ask, “If you include all the information the audience needs in the visual presentation itself, why not just print it out for them and not waste their time talking about it?”

Not only has my design and delivery of presentations evolved over the years (a constant work in progress!) but I’ve made an effort to work with students in developing more effective presentations. (At one point I even banned fancy font, rotating words and explosion animations from presentations by middle schoolers!) My question is how do we get more educators (and schools) to invest time in helping students develop these valuable communication skills?

Don McMillan’s comedy routine “Life After Death by PowerPoint” is included this in Recommended Readings this week and is very funny but it also reminds us what is ineffective in digital presentations. There are lots of useful resources regarding Presentation Zen and presentation design as well in this week’s Recommended Readings. Another video resource I found is David JP Phillips TEDxStockholSalon presentation “How to avoid death by PowerPoint”. I think PowerPoint gets a bad rap, but as Mr. Phillips points out, “Use PowerPoint as it is supposed to be used.” 

Progress Check for Week 3

  • 2 blog posts completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
    • Remember as a part of your GET certification it is important to start trying to incorporate ways you are planning trainings for your colleagues and using GSuite tools in your daily work
  • 2 comment completed and listed on your grading spreadsheet
    • You are encouraged to comment more, but only log one per week. Try to keep them timely, not necessarily get them all done the first week.
  • Please continue to check for and approve all comments on your own blog (and of course respond to them – keep the conversation going!).
  • Hopefully you’ve started thinking about the final project for this course. Remember you can start it at anytime. 

As always, let me know if you have any questions or would like any feedback about final project ideas!

Resource to share: Check Out Slides Carnival for free PowerPoint templates and Google Slides themes!

Week 3: The Impact of Digital Footprints

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This week’s topic is Digital Footprints and Profiles and is an opportunity to do some self-assessment of your own presence out the on the interwebs and then consider how we address this with our students…and parents and even our colleagues!

I took a look back at my own COETAIL post from 2012 on this same topic in which I reflected on my experience Googling myself and my reaction to a postcard I sent from Japan that ended up on the internet. You find out more from my post Digital Footprints: Where Will They Lead?

Another Digital Footprint experience that I like to share happened a few years ago when I was deep in the search for a new job at an international school. At the end of one interview I asked if there was any additional information I could provide to the school regarding my qualifications or experience. The administrator said, “We’re good. We’ve seen you on Twitter.” At first I was surprised (I did include my Twitter handle in my digital portfolio) and then I was actually pleased because I knew that my presence on Twitter was positive and professional.

Final Project Alert

I know it’s only week 3 but it’s important you stay on top of what needs to happen for this course. The Course 2 final project requires you to collaborate with at least one other cohort member who is not in your school. The idea here is to work on a globally collaborative project. I strongly suggest that, if you haven’t already,  you start making these connections with your cohort and figure out a plan soon.

I noticed Mistral has already reached out via Twitter to find a connection. I will send an email so I can find out who is working with whom. Additionally, please review the options and their requirements and the rubric as you work on your final project for Course 2. Let me know if you need any clarification or support.

Common Sense Media

We’ve had some readings and reference to Common Sense Media and I recommend signing up as an educator if you’d like access to all their resources and research. I’ve used their Digital Citizenship lessons (with modifications for language and culture) and they’ve also got resources for parents and for working with parents. Some of their resources tend to be US-centric but I’ve heard that they are working on updating and modifying their resources.

Have a great week and keep building a positive digital footprint via your posts and your Tweets!

Week 3: Classroom Applications and Building Your PLN

Application to the Classroom

In Week 2, you were introduced to framework and expectations of the Final Project for Course 1 and we’ll continually refer to it. This week, you have some focused readings about tech integration in the classroom around the essential question “How can we effectively, practically and authentically embed technology within our curricular areas?”. This is a constant question educators must ask themselves in regards to technology used in our classrooms and schools. I’ll be interested to read about your perspectives and also how your answers to this question evolves over the course of your COETAIL experience.

Social Media for Professional Growth

I’ve found huge benefits of being active on Twitter professionally (I do know it’s not for everyone), and it’s become a huge resource for me especially for my work in technology integration and coaching. All our Online 9 participants are on Twitter so I made a Twitter List (COETAIL Online 9) that you can subscribe to so you can follow and interact with each other. Lists are an example of a way to manage people you follow on Twitter. (I highly recommend TweetDeck for organizing and managing the tweets you see) Check out the resources in the Week 3 module for more ideas on how you can use Twitter and Google+ to building your PLN. It’s a process and I always recommend starting where you are comfortable and building from there.

Educators are also making connections via Facebook and @kehrimagalad shares a great story about how she found the power of Facebook for connecting with other music educators.

You’re checking Facebook? At work?!

I’ve already started Tweeting out some of your blog posts on Twitter and I encourage you to tweet about them yourself! Really! You can get some great interaction this way. I tweeted out @nicholasgarvin’s blog post mentioning Will Richardson (the author of the article he referred to in his post) and Will responded! 

Blogging Tips

Everyone has their blogs up and running and we encourage you to develop and personalize your blog over time. You can try new out different themes and look at adding widgets.

Embedding videos into a blog post is a great way to share content. A video or document that is embedded (instead of just linked) makes it easier for the reader to view the content. Here’s a simple method for embedding a YouTube video.

You can “tag” people in your post or comment by using the @ sign. When you do this it sends that user an email telling them they have been tagged in a post or comment. A great way to give people credit or point them to something that you think might interest them. Type @ and then the start of someone’s username and you’ll see a list of usernames start to appear. (I’ve done this twice in this post already)

Hyperlinking in a comment is a great way to keep a conversation going and share resources. The trick is you need to use an HTML code to do this in comments. Don’t worry – you don’t need to be a programmer to do this! You will need a line of code and add the link and the text in. See here for the code and an example of how it’s done.  

Add a question or two at the end of your blog post to encourage interaction from visitors to your blog. See an example of this on @nicholasgarvin post “Connectors first, Content experts second”.

A few thoughts…

I know there’s been a lot to do and learn and figure out already over the past few weeks and it can feel like information overload. The main thing about COETAIL is learning and growing and this means that you are starting where you are and going from there. Of course you have certain expectations to meet (blog posts, commenting and final projects) but you will all meet those in your own way. We will also offer you suggestions on things you can work and expand on but if you are not ready to add widgets to your blog or a hyperlink in a comment this week, it’s okay. You’ll get there.