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.




Resources
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.

Digital Story – My First Year Teaching Adventure

This week, I chose to create my digital story using an iPad app called Adobe Voice. This was an easy to use app that allowed me to share my first year teaching adventures in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

Resources
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.

Be Frugal, Go Google Podcast

This week our task was to create an original podcast on a topic of our choice. For me, the choice was easy – Google Drive. I chose this topic because it is something that is ingrained in my day-to-day life. It is one constant in my life that helps communicate, create, organize, and deliver information.

For my podcast, I created an introduction to Google that gives an overview of the various features of Google Drive. For subsequent episodes, I would choose a different feature each week and dive deeper into how to specifically integrate into your classroom.

Podcast Format:

  1. Intro to Be Frugal, Go Google
  2. Intro music jingle and intro to me
  3. Overview of Google Drive
  4. Features of Google Drive
  5. Google Drive Collaboration
  6. Closing remarks on Google
  7. Closing music

Be Frugal, Go Google Podcast
Be Frugal, Go Google Narration

Resources
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.

Digital Divide & Digital Inequality

I found this Digital Divide & Digital Inequality assignment to be the most fascinating, endless research I have ever done. I found myself researching one topic, then learning new information that would lead me to research a different topic.

For my project, I initially wanted to find out more information on the digital divide at my affluent high school. This then lead me to look at 3 other high schools of the same socioeconomic status, and 4 high schools of different socioeconomic status.
To do this, I had to find common comparable data among high schools. I chose to investigate schools based on the percentage of students who receive free or reduced lunch and the correlation of state test scores, graduation rates, and SAT scores. I chose 8 schools total with 4 schools having the highest percentage of free/reduced lunch, and the others have 4 of the lowest percentage of free/reduced lunch in Oregon.

This project was tricky because there are so many different variables that go into State Testing, SAT scores, graduation rates, and whether or not a student qualifies for free or reduced lunches. However, I do think there is a correlation between access to technology and achievement on State Testing and SAT scores.
I truly believe I could have researched this topic for another 4 weeks and found many new avenues to add to this project. My understanding of the digital divide has developed immensely through all my research and I look forward to diving into this topic even more.

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.

EdTech Challenges


In the New Media Consortium Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition , they listed 6 significant challenges schools face in adopting any new technology.

  1. Digital media literacy continues its rise in importance as a key skill in every discipline
    and profession, especially teaching.
  2. K-12 must address the increased blending of formal and informal learning.
  3. The demand for personalized learning is not adequately supported by current technology or practices.
  4. Institutional barriers present formidable challenges to moving forward in a constructive way with emerging technologies.
  5. Learning that incorporates real life experiences is not occurring enough and is undervalued when it does take place.
  6. Many activities related to learning and education take place outside the walls of the classroom and thus are not part of traditional learning metrics.

For this assignment, I chose to focus on the rise in importance of digital media literacy in schools.

Reflection

After reading through the six challenges schools face when adopting any new technology, I immediately knew which challenge I wanted to focus on. At my school, there is little to no training in the skills and techniques of digital media literacy. We have professional development days, but they do not focus on integrating technology in the classroom. Also at my school, there is not a lot of turnover amongst teachers. Once teachers get hired, they typically continue teaching here until they retire. This can be great for collaboration, predictability, and fluidity amongst teachers. However, this tends to have a negative impact on our school because teachers tend to teach the same way year after year unless they learn a new way to teach the same material. Without technology-focused training for our staff, our students are not going to learn the digital media literacy skills needed in order to be successful 21st century learners.

References

Johnson, L., Adams, S., and Cummins, M. (2012).NMC Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium

Xtranormal was used to create the video. http://www.xtranormal.com