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Week 11 - Why do so many Web two-oh apps end in the letter O (F2012)

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Collaboration is not a new concept to education. It is, however, rather new to the technology savvy classroom. Not only are new tools being developed almost every day, district permissions for educators to integrate them into the curriculum are becoming more commonplace as well. Our focus this week will be on tools that can be used to share information in the classroom in ways that are both safe and as well as engaging. 


Learning Outcomes

  • Create and participate in online collaborative activities. 

  • Evaluate products designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of this tool with regard to engaging and motivating students

  • Create a product that is reflective of good teaching practices for your classroom



This week you will read:



  • Option 1 - You will attend a seminar that will discuss assignments for the upcoming week. We will also discuss the responses to last week's case study. Access to Meeting of the Minds is via the collaborate tool in Blackboard.


  • Option 2 – This option is to provide flexibility in meeting the scheduled portion of the course. If selected, your assignment is to listen to the archived seminar and then write a 350+ word synopsis, including your own responses, to each of the questions posed during the meeting. All APA formatting and citations conventions are to be followed (see syllabus).


          Because of the time sensitive nature of the information given during our seminar

          time, this assignment is to be received no later than the Thursday following the

          seminar meeting date. The synopsis is to be emailed to your instructor and

          timestamped by midnight. Papers received after Thursday will be accepted until the

          Sunday of the course closing for this week with a 20% deduction. After midnight,

          papers will no longer be accepted.


Your grade for attendance will be predicated upon the following rubric:


To do


Offer quality, reflective commentary regarding all readings (see rubric)


Arrive on time, stay entire meeting, follow rules of netiquette



Your grade for a written response will be predicated upon the following rubric:


To do


Quality reflections concerning discussion and statements by both faculty and students


Quality response to each question posed during MoM



Weekly Assignment


Part one:

Collaboration is the WORD! Not only do we need to teach our students "readin', writin', and 'rithmetic", but we also need to teach them the very real-world skills regarding how to function as an online group as well as utilizing collaborative workspace for a variety of activities and resources.  This week, we will begin with Edmodo.




Edmodo features


To do--

  Your grade will be predicated upon the following rubric:


To do


Open an Edmodo account. Include your full name in the title. (For example: Linda Newell's Tech Mania or Linda Newell's Learning 2.0.) That way we know who the group belongs to. Click on Join Group and put horldd  in the pop-up box. This allows you to join my group. Go the the assignment page and read the assignment.  (Time sensitive information in directions.)





Follow the directions in the Edmodo assignment on my group page.  Set up the three activities. 


Follow assignment directions and fill in information on this page.

Participate in all three activities in each group you have joined.




Part two: 

On the Internet, there are those who feel that Vimeo is the next YouTube. While I think Vimeo is awesome, I am not sure that YouTube is falling that far behind. However, this does offer an alternative to YouTube which might be more palatable to your district. There is far less traffic than YouTube but it seems to offer equivalent tools and capabilities. Personally, I like it for a classroom. 




To do-

Your grade will be predicated upon the following rubric:


To do


Open a Vimeo account.. 


Create a one minute "how to" video. The topic is up to you. Upload the video to Vimeo using one of the available methods (I love the cell phone opotion, but you must be a Plus user!) 


Share the video two ways: First, share the video by uploading it directly to your Edmodo group. Second, upload it to Vimeo, mark your video public, and link it here.  


 Quality comment on two videos uploaded to Vimeo using the Vimeo site.




Part three: 

If you are unfamiliar with Mark Prensky, he should definitely be on your "get to know" list. Creator of the terms "digital immigrants" and "digital natives", he has long been an advocate for use of cell phones in the classroom (going back to 2003!) While many school districts are still in a cell phone ban, some of them are beginning to allow limited usage for instructional purposes with administrative permission. Our next tool is one I guarantee the students will love - Yodio!




A great series of tutorials can be found here.


To do-

Your grade will be predicated upon the following rubric:


To do


Open a Yodio account.


Consider the age and maturity level of your students or your own children. Create a 1 minute Yodio targeting an area of character education you feel would be valuable for these children.



Share the Yodio by uploading it directly to your Edmodo group.



One last thought -- 

  Other "o" tools to consider are


Congratulations - you have just finished week 11!




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