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Emerging Tools

First a reaction to the readings from this assignment.  I was fascinated and pleased to be introduced to the article by Umang Gupta and his business assessment as to why technology has not translated well into the educational environment.  In this article, he assessed that the US spent approximately 1.3 Trillion in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education each year and that only 1%...
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Annotated Bibliographies

Our PLN delivered yet again as we collectively developed our Annotated Bibliography for this semester’s F431.  I thought there was a great diversity of topics and yet there were some common themes around pedagogy, history of tool development in support of education, and the willingness to share results that did not always show promise - the concept of agile testing to see if a technique even...

Adobe Spark

I evaluated several options before I decided to review Adobe Spark as my third emerging technology   First - the ones that didn’t make the list.     Playposit was suggested as an interactive video and assessment tool that integrates with Blackboard.  I was drawn to the concept of how to do an assessment, but when I went to test it, realized it was similar to Kaltura and...

Kahoot!

I chose this emerging technology because it was described as a study/polling tool for the class.  It incorporates elements of gamification and can be used on either mobile or desktop devices.  I was also intrigued by the concept of implementing personalized learning.   This is a program where the basic model is free, but it still made me provide credit card info.  The four categories...
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Quick Rubric

As one of my emerging tools, I decided to evaluate Quick Rubric   I wanted to see if I could create something that was easier for my students to follow.  I had just completed grading their consequence assignments - which is the 4th in a series of 7 assignments to generate a risk analysis about a target with hazards and threats that they have selected.  Even though I continue to update my...
Course Design

Taxonomies & Objectives

This assignment will be my first attempt to build my own class.  The one I teach now came to me as a package.  It’s been much easier to modify that one as I continue on my journey as both an instructor and a student - as I experiment with my own style and understanding how to build my skills in project-based and student-centered learning. These are the characteristics that help students...
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Situational Factors

As I reflect on the situational factors listed in Fink's book on Exhibit 3.2, I could include all of them.  However,  I'm going to focus on the characteristics of the learner and the teacher.  With respect to the learners, I had this exact conversation with Dr. Cam Carlson last week when we chatted about the type of course I should be building and I asked - Who are the clients - who are we...

Web Presence

Web presence is not a new concept - it has been discussed in the scholarly literature for decades now…For example, Debaty & Caswell (2001) spoke to creating and implementing a uniform web presence architecture.  And Mohorovicic, S. (2013) spoke to implementing responsive web design. I also reviewed two papers looking at the requirements to establish a web presence for both small and large...
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Video-Based Modeling used for Learning and Transfer

Introduction The paper “Effects of creating video-based modeling examples on learning and transfer” by Hoogerheide et al (2014) focused on an experiment to evaluate example-based learning from three different perspectives.  The authors identify this instructional technique as being studied from both the cognitive perspective as well as the social-cognitive perspective, also known as social...
21st century framework

No matter which century….

So many questions to answer and so little time...I’ll focus on one.  In looking at the Framework for 21st Century Learning in the Battelle for Kids program, I’m not sure I see a significant change over the past several decades, although that could be perceived as an opinion, given I don’t have similar documentation to review from that time frame. The reason for my statement is that the...
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