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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%...

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...
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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...
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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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Serendipity!

Introduction The article “Comparing the Effectiveness of Classroom and Online Learning” by Ya Ni (2013) focused on comparing the effectiveness of two distinct delivery methods, a topic not dissimilar to the report by the Department of Education (2010).  Unlike that report, which was a statistical meta-analysis of several different platforms and approaches, this study focused on the analysis...
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Online Learning in Practice (2010)

I reviewed this document both as a Federal Government employee, immersed in the various standards that have been passed to encourage performance and evaluation as well as an online instructor.  For example, why would the Dept of Ed be interested in sponsoring this?  As many will recall from their civics classes, although the President suggests a budget, only Congress has the power to authorize...
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