New Trends and Tools in Educational Technology Janine Lim Instructional Technology Consultant Berrien County Intermediate School DistrictBerrien Springs, MI AVLN Board Member Since 2000 Web: www.janinelim.com Email: email@example.com
Changing Educational Tasks Professional Development: Behavior of life-long learners Research: More information processing, less Googling Direct Instruction and Lecture: Visual & auditory content Creating: Moving from software to web based tools Writing: Syndication, peer review, and digital storytelling Collaboration: Global conversations Learning Environments: From face to face to hybrid Supporting Technology: Balancing creativity with network security
“It’s Not Your Father’s Internet” • “read/write web” • blogs • wikis • del.icio.us • flickr • podcasting • RSS
Cool Cat Teacher Blog • A good teacher never makes excuses. A good teacher always makes the best of a situation. A good teacher pursues excellence. I will be excellent as I learn from NECC.The same teachers and technology administrators who learn from NECC virtually are probably also the same ones that teach incredible things on older technology. "Excuse" is not in our vocabulary. "Do it," is.
Benefits to You You're in a new community, learning from other educators, gaining new friends around the world & receiving support from resources around the world.
EdTech Blogs to Read • NAD TDEC: www.nadtdecblog.org • David Warlick: davidwarlick.com/2cents • Will Richardson: weblogg-ed.com • The Tech Savvy Educator: www.techsavvyed.net • Kevin Clark: remc11.wordpress.com • Search: http://educational.blogs.com/ • Google Blogsearch: http://blogsearch.google.com/
AVLN Online Courses • Active Online Teaching • Active Online Courses (Development) (II) • Desire2Learn Mini-Courses • Developing WebQuests • Integrating Technology in the Curriculum • Integrating Technology Through Service • Internet Research and Projects • Technology in the Early Elementary Classroom www.avln.org
Students Reading Blogs • Current Events • Environmental Issues • Science Ethical Issues • Health & Healthcare Issues
Podcasting Lectures 2006 List of online lectures http://www.productivity501.com/2006/11/free_academic_p.html
Creating: From Software to Web • Word processor → Writeboard, Google • Spreadsheets → iRows, Google • Presentations → Thumbstacks • Inspiration → Gliffy
Podcasting…. Imagine… • World Language teachers creating audio files (MP3s) for students to listen to… • Emailing the link to the students… • Archiving the audio files on their blogs… • Students in other schools listening & responding in writing in the language… • Kids listening to language audio files on their own MP3 players… • Kids creating shows in Spanish… -http://weblogg-ed.com/2006/my-world-lanuages-teachers-are-getting-it/
Class Podcast Examples • Room 208 & David Warlick • News shows • Weekly “what did we learn” reports • Scottish Craft Class Created podcasts to describe the process of creating a project • Scottish History podcast of how children were sent away from the cities during World War II.
My Dream • Kids using blogs and podcasts to share their faith. • Adventist Heritage Ministries & James Nix, E.G.White Estate
Why I Blog • Recording my learning • The power of reflection • Sharing my learning
Blogging as Learning • Modeling: the teacher “puts his/her mind on display” • Coaching: teachers observe students performance of a task, offering feedback • Scaffolding: helping a student complete a task slightly more difficult than the student is capable of completing on his/her own. • Articulating: drawing students out dialogically, helping to convert tacit knowledge to explicit knowledge • Reflecting: debriefing, replaying and discussion after an activity • Exploring: students tackle new areas on their own -Christopher Sessums, http://elgg.net/csessums/weblog/10943.html
Student Blogs Journals vs. Blogs Gaggle.net Blogs Edublogs
Student Blogs • Weblogs are a personal writing space. Easy, sharable, automatically archived. • Weblogs are easily linked and cross-linked to form learning communities. The school logs projects are examples. The school logs also enable a teacher to evaluate a student’s thinking, by reading explanations and assignments. • Weblogs can become digital portfolios of students’ assignments and achievements. • Weblogs are a novice’s web authoring tool. • Accumulated weblogs become a content management system. • Via digital storytelling, weblogs play a role in professional development. - Jay Cross - http://www.weblogg-ed.com/why-weblogs
Students Caring About Work • “You took the blog down,” he said. “You can’t do that.” “You have to put it back up,” he said. • “Can’t we take our old posts with us?” • “It seems awfully quiet without our other stuff.” • “I’m proud of my comments. Do I have to leave them behind?” • “No one will know what who we are and what we’ve done!” • “What about the old posts?” -http://weblogg-ed.com/2006/caring-about-the-content/
Benefits to Blogging • Motivation. Paper is worthless, it goes in the trash when the year is over. Thinking of MySpace…kids are motivated to publish information • Writing Skills. The audience has increased and kids are thinking more about what they’re writing and reflecting upon. • Reading Skills. Writing begins with reading • Connective Learning. • Learning by Community Building. -Will Richardson, weblogg-ed.com
Writing: Digital Storytelling • BubbleShare (free web) • Microsoft Photo Story 3 • Podcasts http://www.coe.uh.edu/digital-storytelling/
Blogs vs. Wikis Web logs are great vehicles for an interactive exchange of ideas between a handful of people, but blogs are not as effective when a large number of people want to collaborate, contribute, and easily find information on a given topic. That's when you need a wiki. -Tim Stahmer
What is a Wiki? • A collaborative web tool for two or more people to work on a document • Wiki-wiki" means "hurry quick" in Hawaiian.
Wikipedia “According to the web traffic rankings site Alexa.com, Wikipedia ranks second in popularity among all reference sites, trailing only Yahoo and ahead of popular resources such as MapQuest and Encyclopedia Britannica Online. What's more, Wikipedia is the 37th most visited web site overall.” Jan. 25, 2006, eSchool News http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/PFshowstory.cfm?ArticleID=6069
Response to Wikipedia • Don’t just use Google. • Don’t just use Wikipedia. • Bibliography: 50% print and 50% web. Compare them!
Peer editing & feedback Group work Collaboration across distance & time Using Wikis http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wiki_farms
Major firewall issues with H.323 Collaboration: Videoconferences Free Skype, iChat, GoogleTalk, Festoon, SightSpeed, ePresence web based proprietary Free open source H323 PC based VC: XMeeting OpenPhone, Ekiga $80 Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000 H323 Desktop VC Polycom PVX $80 webcam + $120 software H323/320 Large Group or Room Systems $4500+ MCUs, etc.
Collaboration: VC in Adventist Ed • Adventist Megaconference, June 22, 2006www.avln.org/conference • AE21 – Adventist Education for the 21st Century • Southeastern California Conference • Peru & Andrews Leadership Program • Loma Linda University • Walla Walla College • Ruth Murdoch & Village SDA, Berrien Springs, MI • Other possibilities – Projects with AIIAS, Australia, Peru, Mexico….