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Edu-616: Week 2

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Edu-616: Week 2

NOTE: An "SME" - Subject Matter Expert; eg, "an orinthologist". "SMA" - Subject Matter Area; the area of knowledge that the SME is an expert in; eg, "birds". "K-domain" - Knowledge domain. Should be sufficient to locate via googles. Thus "an orinthologist" is an SMA in "birds" (K-domain: aves). NOTE: For proper spelling refer to the Dewey Decimal System; specifically "Melvin Dewey". - that is all (well, for now ;) IN THIS Block: -[Case Studies: Paper 1]- (word doc) -[EDU in USA - The Future is Now!]- (National EdTech Plan) -[]- -[]- -[]- On this page: {Intro} {Stuff} {} {Drill and Kill} {} {} {Refs} {Links}



Week Three Overview Assignment Due Date Format Point Value The Many Modes of Multi-Media 7/31/08 Discussion Forum 5 Presentations 7/31/08 Discussion Forum 5 Graphic Libraries on the Web 7/31/08 Discussion Forum 5 Week Three Assignments To be completed during the third week of class Readings 1. Read the following selections from Teaching and Learning with Technology: a. Chapter 6 (pp. 209-223) 2. Read the following selections from Technology for Teaching: a. Chapter 3 (pp. 35-63) b. Chapter 8 (pp. 187-215) 3. Please look ahead at this course’s final project assignment. The final project requirements and related rubric are included in the “Components of Course Evaluation” section of the course guide and in the “Final Project” link in the left navigation of your online class. The final project requires that you use presentation software such as PowerPoint or Keynote. This final project will be due at the end of Week 6 and will constitute 20% of your grade. It is recommended that you start preparing your thoughts and resources for this final project so that you have several weeks to work on it. If you need clarification on the requirements, please contact your instructor. If you are unfamiliar with using presentation software, please review the assignment and contact the instructor. The instructor will point you to tutorials and online resources you can use to learn the basics of how to use presentation software. Discussion Forums Participate in the following Discussion Forums: 1. 1st Posting Due by Day 3. The Many Modes of Multimedia. Multimedia software can be used to create “multimodal” projects. Multimodal means “many modes” – learners can use different modalities in one project. When learners create a multimedia project, they can use text, graphics, audio and/or video. This can be very useful for learners who have different learning styles (for instance, visual learners). It can also be helpful for learners who are learning English as a second language or learners who have special learning needs. Do a search on the World Wide Web for multimedia projects. Review at least three websites in your area of focus. Write 2-3 paragraphs on how the projects you reviewed addressed multiple modalities of the people who made them. Be sure to include a quick synopsis of the different project and a little background information on each. Please make sure to cite the three websites you chose to complete this discussion forum. References: a. www.apple.com/ali b. http://www.adobe.com/communities/ Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings. 2. 1st Posting Due by Day 3. Presentations. Whether you’re attending a conference, sitting in a board room or observing a classroom, it is not an unusual sight to see someone using presentation software, such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple’s Keynote, to present their main points. It is even expected of presenters in professional settings to have text and graphics and even audio and video to support their points. Consider how you use presentation software in your professional career. What organizational skills do you need and use as you decide what points to make into bullets? How do you decide what supporting information, graphics, audio or video to use? Think about your first experience using presentation software and what you have learned as you have continued to use it. If you have not used presentation software, consider what skills you will need to know to begin using it. (You can do a search for tutorials on PowerPoint or Keynote to see what the basic steps are). In a 2-3 paragraph post, discuss the skills you need and use. Include your reflections on what skills students of today need to be proficient presenters of information in their future careers. Additionally, address how teachers/facilitators can support the acquisition of those skills in classrooms or training rooms today. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings. 3. 1st Posting Due by Day 3. Graphics Libraries on the Web. Conduct a search on the World Wide Web for libraries or databases of digital images, clip art or graphics that are relevant to your work. If you are a school-based educator, look for images you may use as an educator. If you do not work in schools, look for images that are useful to you professionally as a trainer. Pick one or two of your favorite sites. Check to see what restrictions they have for use of their content. Do they require you to purchase their images? Or just give credit to them? Is it a shareware download or do you have to buy CDs? In your discussion posting, note the following information. This discussion posting will provide a way for you to find out about good sites your classmates found and share the ones you found. Please post the following information in your message: a. Title of site b. URL of site c. Type of images it contains (What genre? What audience is it for?) d. What is the cost of the images? e. Are there any other restrictions on the use of images? f. If the site offers a product (such as a CD with images), is it compatible for both a PC and a Mac? Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings. ==================================

Drill and Kill

As i recall in the film "Stand and Deliver" all about a H/S in California, one of the instructors Jaime Escalante ??sp?? when they had to approach a bunch of learning would get the kids doing a chant - to psyche them up. The idea is that our body (mind, etc) isn't a separate and im-mutable thing. Thus, using "body rhthms" (low notes - drumming, repetition approaching the heart-rate) he was able to stir them up and get them ready to tackle the "rote stuff". But, the idea should be clear: In order to understand *anything*, you have to learn the basics and get over that level of ignorance (eg, Wow, i'd never even heard of XYZ...). Then it becomes a secret language. As does every kind of thing. But, we are stead-fastly derrogating deep learning and actually enjoying knowledge that we are being left behind. Not that there's anything really wrong with this. I mean the dinosaurs had their 65 million years, and then these little rat-like creatures showed up (ie, our ancestors). So, so what if we just vanish (and by the way we're going it doesn't even look like it will take an asteriod - just plain old fashioned greed, ignorance, and asserting that we know when in fact we DON'T KNOW. (squat, or otherwise) So, some millions of years from now the Koala bears will be digging up our bones and wondering how it was that we had brains TEN times the size of dinosaurs, that we only lasted 6 measley million years. And you know, i honestly don't know that i;d say to them. So: 2 times 3 is six 2 times 4 is eight 2 times 5 is ten .... learn by rote - or die.