Steven Knight

Adjunct professor with Marymount University and Instructional Technology Coordinator for Falls Church City Public Schools.

Last Class (due July 31st)

Thank you for an awesome learning experience! I feel very privileged to have spent so many Tuesday nights with such a wonderful group individuals.

  • Please use this week to complete any pending assignments (blog postings, Digital Story, Revised or New Presentation, Integrated Technology Lessons/Unit Plan). All assignments are due by July 31st.
  • Share ( Integrated Technology Lessons/Unit Plan with Steve via Google for comments and suggestions. Submit final version by July 31st at midnight. Your final submission can either be an e-mail with attached files or an e-mail message saying that the your Google Doc is final.
  • Optional Assignment – Post a final reflection (on your blog or via Twitter ) about your experience with ED554.
We will not meet on Tuesday, July 31st since your final (Integrated Technology Lessons/Unit Plan will be submitted online).

I am unsure when you will have access to the Course Evaluation, but please take the time to complete it.

Please stay in touch (consider me your ‘tech guy’ for the upcoming and future school years). You can reach by e-mail – and/or and of course, via Twitter at @Plan3t_t3ch.

Enjoy the rest of your summer.

– Steve

Congrats Mike!


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Week 9 (July 24th)

  • Visit at least 4 of your classmate’s blogs to view their Digital Storytelling submission and leave  comments.
  • Twitter – Retweet at least three tweets from people you follow and send at least one tweet (could be a link to one of your blog posts). Make sure you include #ed554 or @plan3t_t3ch
  • Share ( Integrated Technology Lessons/Unit Plan with Steve via Google for comments and suggestions. Submit final version by July 31st at midnight. Your submission can either be an e-mail with attached files or an e-mail message saying that the your Google Doc is final.
  • Be prepared to present your Group Podcast Assignment during our last class, July 24th.

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Respecting the Brain

What do we know about the brain and how does what we know (or think we know) drive how we teach. John Medina and his book Brain Rules breaks the latest brain research into 12 principles/rules. His book is a great read and it is supported by companion DVD. Much of the video content on the DVD is shared on his website On this site you can access information/activities to support all 12 principles/rules by selection the icon at the top of the media window.

Check out this news report that does a great job of summarizing the book.

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Week 8 (due July 17th)

Links share in class:


Prezi – create a presentation online

Google Presentations – create a presentation online/Google Docs

HelloSlide – easily add narration to slides

Knovio – easily add narration and video to an existing PPT


Slideboom – share presentations with animations and PPT narration – share presentations

Scribd – share presentations


  • Visit at least 2 of your classmate’s blogs and leave  comments that continues/enhances the conversation.
  • Share ( Technologically Integrated Unit Plan with Steve via Google by July 17th.
  • Create or Re-Work (share before and after) a presentation using a creation program and/or slide sharing site while apply new presentation skills addressed in class. Your presentation needs to be shared on your class blog by July 24th.
  • Read at least one of the posts on mobile learning and post a reaction/review of the post. Please include the link of the post you are writing about and include an image that supports the topic.

5 Reasons to Allow Students to Use Cell Phones in Class via The Innovative Educator

Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology via Mindshift

***July 17th is Virtual. Login here to participate. I will be at the Joseph Hall if you prefer to be in the lab with me (for extra tech support). Since class will be no longer than a hour, please plan for a few online assignments to be completed before the July 24th class (last class).

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Copyright Quiz

Thanks for completing the Copyright form. Here are your answers (from the summary of responses) and the right ones.

False. Copyright is granted to anyone who records an original creative work in a fixed, tangible form.


True. According to the MPAA, they’ve trained two black Labradors named “Lucky” and “Flo” to sniff out DVD piracy.


True. Reselling a CD that you bought is legal according to the First Sale Doctrine


False. Copyright was established to encourage the growth of science, education, and the arts.


False. Sharing your own original work using peer-to-peer file-sharing technology is legal.


False. Amy took the pictures, so she’s the copyright holder, and she’s given Daniel permission to download.


False. Given the amount and significance of the portion Jason has taken, the commercial benefit he would receive, and the likely harm to the market for the Harry Potter book, a court would be unlikely to view his use as a fair use.


True. Kathy can legally use the photos as long as she follows the rules of the license.

False. Unless Dwight has permission from the copyright holders (band/publisher/songwriter etc.) it would be copyright infringement.


False. Since she’s using a short quotation for the purpose of scholastic commentary, it would be fair use.


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Week 6 and 7 Assignments (due July 10th)

Happy July 4th!

July 3rd Class is an Open Lab. I will not be on campus, but will be able to respond to all your questions via e-mail.

Please work on your own to complete any of our assignments.

  • Group Podcast
  • Digital Story
  • Technologically Integrated Lesson Plan
  • Blog

Use this class to catch-up or get ahead.

Revisit one of the Educational Technology blogs from Week 1. or visit the blog of someone you follow on Twitter. Try leaving a comment on their blog! On your own blog, post a response about the latest postings you read. Find anything interesting and new to share?

Choose one lesson/activity from the CommonSense Media’s Digital Literacy and Citizenship Classroom Curriculum and summarize/review the lesson on your blog.

Read “PowerPoint is Evil” by E. Tuften or listen to NPR story about PowerPoint in the classroom, post a reaction to your blog

Course Reading:
Read about Inquiry-based learning (be sure to read all sections up to and including “How can I use inquiry-based learning in conjunction with other educational techniques?”) and Historical Thinking

Optional reading: “The Power of PowerPoint” by V. Brown

*** Podcast Presentations (podcasts need to be embedded on Google Site before class)

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Digital Storytelling Project

You can tell any kind of story with this project. My goal for this project is that you use  ‘new-to-you’ technology tools to create a video that includes audio- narration and/or music sound track in class (although planning for this project should happen outside of class). There is no time requirement, although I recommend no more than 10 minutes.

Think of this assignment as practice for incorporating Digital Storytelling into your classroom. Your digital story can;

  • tell the story of you (serve as an introduction to a new class)-Autobiography
  • retell a story/fairy tale/myth/legend
  • retells a story about  a famous figure-Biography/place/event covered in your Standards
  • reflection on a life event
  • movie trailer for the documentary you hope to create in the future

Consider the following elements when planning and producing your Digital Story;

  1. Point of View – What is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author?
  2. A Dramatic Question – keeps the viewer’s attention and will be answered at the end.
  3. Emotional Content – issues that come alive in a personal way and connects the story to the audience.
  4. The Gift of Your Voice – personalize the story.
  5. The Power o the Soundtrack – music to support and embellish the story.
  6. Economy – using just enough content to tell a story without overloading the viewer.
  7. Pacing – the rhythm of the story and how slowly or quickly it progresses.

On Tuesday, we will demo software that you can use to produce/publish and promote.

Here are a few of my digital stories from my past classes.

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