Part One: Delicious
Unfortunately, I have recently read some articles that have caused me to reconsider using Delicious as a bookmarking tool for this class. They are “owned” by Yahoo and when trying to create an account, you are asked to set up a Yahoo account. There are also rumors that Delicious may not exist much longer. I will keep looking for social bookmarking tools that will work for our class. I encourage you to do the same.
Part Two: Supporting Student Content Learning
Chapter 2 talked about content learning. What does that mean? What does it mean to you? to your subject? What’s the difference between structural and procedural knowledge? Using the guidelines for designing opportunities to learn content from your text – which of these 5 guidelines do you feel you don’t see enough of here at UGA? Which do you see followed frequently? Which matters most to you? Click here to complete the class survey.
1. Incorporate principles of just-in-time learning.
2. Differentiate instruction.
3. Teach in a culturally responsive manner.
4. Adapt materials to be accessible for all students
5. Balance content and tools
Part Three: Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
c. develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
d. contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.
*Page 7 in your book
This is what is expected of 21st century learners. How can a teacher do this and still make sure students understand shapes, the causes of the Civil War, parts of speech, and the phases of the moon? And don’t forget – they are supposed to differentiate, be culturally responsive, make sure materials are accessible to all students and a host of other expectations. Oh – and the learning should be engaging to students . . Can technology help or hinder the process of communication and collaboration in K12 learning environments?
There are many tools available to support communication and collaboration. We’ll spend the next few days looking at some of them. Here are a few that we will discuss:
1. Select one of the tools listed above that you would like to explore. Let me know which tool you choose by completing this form. Please do not select a tool if 3 other classmates have selected it. View what tools have already been chosen for your class.
2. Spend some time exploring the tool and think about how you would explain this tool to someone else.
3. Start thinking about how you will create a commercial about your tool. What are its features? Why would a teacher, parent, administrator, resource teacher, and/or student use it?
4. Download Jing to your home computer BEFORE Monday. Then, watch the short video tutorial that is linked on the Jing Download page.