Wednesday, July 22, 2009

You Might As Well Not Have Existed!

You've got to listen to this...
Now Go Forth and Twitter Yourself Senseless!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

EDU 255 ePortfolio Project

Your final portfolio for this class should be created in one of the environments we have used in class; a blog, a wiki, or a Ning site. You will need to create a new site, depending on the tool used in your portfolio. The portfolio should reflect the learning you have experienced in this class and the best work you have done. Not each and every assignment needs to be in the portfolio, though the portfolio should contain content you have created. These may be in the form of hyperlinks, embedded content and so forth. It is fine if some of the content will be copied and pasted from one place to another. Blog posts, other class assignments, or discussion board posts are all potential items that might demonstrate your learning. The portfolio should contain your thoughts about web 2.0 technologies we have seen, as well as demonstrations of your ability to use it.
Your portfolio must contain:
* Creation of a new blog, wiki, or Ning site which will be the main ePortfolio (30 points);
* Your Educational or Teaching Philosophy (This may have changed from your first blog post, so update as necessary) (15 points);
* A blog incorporated into your portfolio (15 points);
* A wiki incorporated into your portfolio (15 points);
* Use of Ning is optional;
* Ten links to relevant blogs, wikis, or other websites with short descriptions; clean links are best (50 points or 5 points each);
* Embedded media: photos (15 points), video (15 points) and audio (15 points) that you have created;
* Additional embedded media relevant to the content of the portfolio;
* Creativity in ePortfolio assignment (10 points);
* The final reflection on the work you have done in this course and the uses it may have should be foremost in the portfolio. (20 points)
30 Creation of ePortfolio Project
15 Updated Teaching Philosophy
15 Blog
15 Wiki
50 10 links to relevant resources (5 points each)
15 Embedded Photo Gallery
15 Embedded Video File
15 Embedded Audio File
10 Creativity in ePortfolio Project
20 Final Reflection
Please submit the URL to your EDU 255 ePortfolio by clicking on the View/Complete Assignment link in Blackboard.
This assignment is worth 200 points and is due no later than Saturday, July 25th at 10:00 pm.

Creating a Jing Recording... What Fun!

For this assignment you will be creating a Jing screen capture and either adding a link to it from your blog or embedding it into you blog.
I was not too sure about doing a screen recording since I have never done it before. Once I practiced a few times and convinced all of the hardware to cooperate with me, I decided that it is easier to have all of the screens showing in different tabs in my browser before starting the demonstration. I wanted some background music from Kraftwerks to accompany me so I started the music playing before I began. It worked best with the microphone I was using to turn the sound all of the way up since the mic is the noise canceling type. My project is t explain how to post a GPS bike ride log to an online service called Garmin Connect. I then go on to share the activity on Facebook. Thanks for taking a look!

Audio, Effective? Let's Hope So...

Video Head Gear: Sony Glasstron PLM-A35
How might an audio clip be more or less effective that text? Give one example of how you might use one that you make or one you find on the internet in class.

Using audio in everyday life is a given. That is, unless you are unable to hear or speak! We use speaking and listening everyday in our interactions with each other and the media that we interact with. Just getting out in traffic requires one to be aware of the sights and sounds around us. We use audio when we talk on the telephone. We can even leave a voice mail for someone who will listen to it later to find out what we wanted them to know.

Using audio on our computers shouldn't be such a difficult thing, but it really does seem to be that way. I remember my first computer that had answering machine software on it about 10 years ago. Macintosh computers very early on had voice control software built in. You could tell your computer what command to carry out and it would do what ever you told it to - that is if you spoke the right words! You could ask the computer what day and time it was and a pleasant voice would answer back telling you. This type of software is still available, but seldom used by most.

Using audio in our online world is becoming more commonplace. It is easier and more acceptable to leave an audio or video message online for your followers to listen to. We can even chat by video with our friends and not only hear them, but see them live also. At least we think that they are really live.

Using audio and video in a course makes perfect sense. One could record their own voice to give a message to their students or link to something already online that you want your students to learn from. I recommend several audio and video podcasts to my students. Here is a brief list.

And finally one of my favorites...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Adding an Embedded Podcast to Your Blog

Logitech USB Microphone Review

Monday, July 13, 2009

Week 6: Impact of Online Video

Online video has quickly become accepted among our students much like the use of computers in delivering off-line, face to face classes. The use of video offers the ability to provide instruction in multiple learning styles such as listening and seeing. Does this mean that TV is taking over our courses and that we must broadcast our entire course and materials? I hope not! I have always prepared my courses to offer something special to the student in the face to face interactions. This offers an incentive to participate and attend class on a regular basis. I can see how this must be modified for online courses, but am unsure of what might work best. The discussion board offers some interaction, but I feel it is a poor substitute. Maybe our discussion boards could be more like Facebook where we just cant wait to see what is going on with our friends. I could imagine a Facebook type of interface becoming part of Blackboard or something that could be used by students and instructors. The problem with Blackboard is that you lose all of the content that makes up the course once the course ends and is closed. More ownership and participatiion might be instilled if we the course could be part of our online identity where we could keep in touch with instructors, fellow students and future alumni of the same course.

Week 6: Online Video Lesson

The video that I have chosen focuses on the assembly of a computer case and internal hardware to result in a complete working computer tower. The lesson objective is to assemble a working computer with all of the a necessary components. An understanding of each component will include the identity and purpose of each. Proper safety precautions are discussed and expected to be followed strictly. This lesson would follow a class lecture and demonstration.

The success of this lesson is essential in becoming a computer technician. Hands on experiences are the key. I might be concerned that some students would simply watch the video of the computer assembly and not complete their own. This course requires attendance in hands on lab activities.

Video: Assembling Your Computer