Project #5: Worked Example Screencast

For my worked example screencast, I chose to create three different examples for an online Google Apps for Educators course that I teach. I created three different ones because they all cover different topics within the realm of Google Apps. The three topics I specifically chose were based upon the questions I get asked most frequently in the last two years.

I have already added these videos to my syllabus as well as added them into my canned responses. This assignment was great because it allowed me to create three products that are immediately applicable.

I created each one of these using Jing, then had to convert the file into and AVI before uploading it to my YouTube channel.

Clark, R. & Mayer, R. (2011). E-Learning and the science of instruction: Proven guidelines for consumers and designers of multimedia learning. (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Wiley & Sons/Pfeiffer.

Reflection #3

The past three weeks in EdTech 522,  we have been planning, designing, and facilitating a unit in a LMS (Learning Management System) testing site called Moodle. Before this module in EdTech 522, I did not have any experience using an LMS site as an administrator. My only knowledge of any LMS site has come from being a student at Boise State University’s EdTech program and using Moodle for the courses I am taking.

The most difficult part about creating this unit was becoming familiar with how to create different types of assignments, and the overall flow & organization of the course. From my experience of taking courses online, I have found that the course organization and differentiation of assignments has been key to my learning. Therefore, I put a lot of effort in making sure my unit was easy to follow and the type of assignments vary.

When I was having issues with organizing my unit, I searched videos on YouTube and used the Moodle support page to problem solve. Both of these were very helpful in resolving my issues and it was great to be able to choose between watching videos or reading.

Currently, I teach a few classes through an online institute and I really enjoy it. However, this institute does not have an LMS available for instructors to use, so I use Google Drive to run all of my courses. After creating a unit in Moodle, I am intrigued and wish that my institute would switch to using Moodle to manage their system. Once you play around with the administrative tools of Moodle, it becomes very user-friendly and seems like a great way to instruct students.

Additional Artifact #1

For my first additional artifact, I chose to create a presentation on the benefits my district would experience if we were to “Go Google”. Currently, my district uses Microsoft Outlook for our email and calendar, EdLine for our teacher sites, and the Microsoft Office for our documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. I believe the current Microsoft products we use are valuable tools, but Google Apps for Education would provide our district the collaboration, accessibility, streamlining, and unity our staff, and students need for the ever-evolving 21st century.

A few benefits of using the Microsoft products are that they are fairly reliable and all teachers know how to use them. The allow us to use basic email, create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and many others. However, these Microsoft products are the same products I have been using since I started using the computer. They have updated their ease of use, and added some flair, but they have not evolved into the collaborative machine that is needed in today’s world. I also realize Microsoft has come out with it’s own cloud-based products called Office 365, but those products are computer-based that have been modified to be cloud-based (unlike Google).

In the presentation, I evaluated the accessibility, storage, collaboration, maintenance, streamlining, finances, security, and connectivity. In all of these categories, I believe it is more advantageous to use Google. I created this presentation to be interactive with numerous links that my administration and colleagues can click on to learn more information about the Google Apps for Education I discuss.   I included links to all the Google Apps, videos, editorials, and what Google believes are the benefits to using Google Apps for Education. I created it this way because I wanted the viewer to be able to watch the videos Google does such a great job creating rather than listening to me explain the benefits of using Google.

I hope this presentation will educate my administration on the benefits of “Going Google”. This will not be an end-all, but I hope it will help open discussion on the future of collaboration within our district.