Week 5 Assignments (June 26th)

Links from class:

PhotoStory – windows software – tutorials

VoiceThread – online collaborative, multimedia slideshow

Glogster – online multimedia poster

Animoto – online music video creation

Storybird – online storytelling

Course Readings: Copyright & Universal Design for Learning

Read “Copyright Law and Technology” in Learning and Leading with Technology (April 2005) by E. Langran, R. Langran, and G. Bull

Read about Universal Design for Learning until the end of chapter 4.


  • Explore your classmates blogs and post a comment on at least two blogs.

*Bring Headsets or Laptops for Digital Storytelling Worksession.

**During our class, I will be available to help all group combine audio and images to help finish your podcast. We will either use MovieMaker or if you have a MAC – iMovie to create a video file.

Click here for the recording of our Virtual Class on the 19th


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Week 4 Assignments (Due June 19th)

Links from class:

Camstudio – free software to capture your computer screen

Screenr – free online software to capture your computer screen

Myna – free online software to record sound

Greenshot –  free software to capture your computer screenshot (still images)

Pixlr –  free online software to edit photos/images


Check out the example of the lesson planning tool on TED-Ed @ http://ed.ted.com/on/ITfkrdI5 This is a resource and format that could help you start to Flip your classroom. Complete the activities and post your reaction to the lesson on the comment section of this post (The link in the Ted-Ed is not working).

Course Readings:

Rosenthal Tolisano, Silvia. “Digital Storytelling – Part I.” Langwitches Blog. N.p., Apr.-May 2008. Web. 11 June 2012. <http://langwitches.org/blog/2008/04/19/digital-storytelling-part-i/>.

Rosenthal Tolisano, Silvia. “Digital Storytelling – Part II.” Langwitches Blog. N.p., Apr.-May 2008. Web. 11 June 2012. <http://langwitches.org/blog/2008/04/25/digital-storytelling-part-ii/>.

Post a response on your blog:

1 – How important is it to use visuals to support your instruction? Use a blog and/or online article to support your opinion (provide link).


***June 19th 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 June 26th class.


Podcast Assignment

The Podcast can be about anything. Think of this assignment as practice for creating ‘online learning objects’ that your students can use to prepare for class (Flipped Classroom model) or review during/after class (blended modeled). Your podcast can;

  • describe an instructional strategy that you have some experience with (or want to explore), Project-Based Learning, Flipped Classrooms.
  • retell a story
  • summarize the life of a famous figure covered in your Standards
  • demonstrate how to use a program
  • recreate a classroom lecture
  • summarize an article from class

Podcasts can be audio only (like podcasts shared on the EdReach site), or can include images. Technology has advanced to a place where it is just as easy to create a podcast that includes audio and video.

On Tuesday, we will demo software that will record only audio, audio and video and audio, video and your computer screen.

If you haven’t invited me to your Google Planning Doc. yet, please do.

Here are a few of my favorite podcasts from my past classes.

Abraham Lincoln Podcast by Jen R., Mindy and Meg

Prezi – How To by Jennifer O., Merete and Suzanne

Gardening in Northern Virginia by Cindy, Karen & Shabrayle

Using word clouds to enhance reading comprehension. from Gabriela Rivas on Vimeo.

Chapter 7: Curriclum 21 from Steven Knight on Vimeo.

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Week 3 Assignments (Due June 12th)

Read Podcasting article “Enhanced Podcasts” and explore and listen to at least on of the podcasts on EdReach site

Read “The Power of Digital Media”

Plan for Digital Imagery & Image Manipulation (Photoshop) in lab activity. Bring images that you may want to use and check out these ideas for inspiration.

Ideas: Explore perspectives; visualize similes; illustrate principles with self-portraits; place self in literature or history; create illustrations of principles or functions; use an improbable scene as a writing prompt

Decide on a topic and group (no more than 4) for group  podcast assignment. Plan over the week (using Google docs) and be prepared to begin work on June 12th.

Post responses on your blog:
1 -Can podcasts enhance/support your classroom instruction? What are the benefits and barriers?

2-Provide a short summary of  the EdReach podcast you listen to. Are podcasts something you would consider for professional learning in the future?

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Week 2 Assignments (Due June 5th)

Post 2 responses on your blog:
1 – answer this question, “what could 21st century learners experience in your classroom?”
2 – create a post in response to The Nuts & Bolts of 21st Century Teaching post.

Add an About page to your Blog. Consider using a graphic/avatar or word cloud to represent you.

Read “High-tech vs. no-tech: D.C. area schools take opposite approached to education” and be prepared to discuss. Thanks to Elaine for sharing this article on her blog.

Recommended activities:

Suggested Reading on Project Based Learning-

Lands, Brad. “Digital Learning Series.” : Project Based Learning: Explained. Falls Church City Public Schools, Jan.-Feb. 2012. Web. 29 May 2012. <http://www.digitallearningseries.com/2012/02/project-based-learning-explained.html>.

Perlman, Bob. “Students Thrive on Cooperation and Problem Solving.” Edutopia. Edutopia. Web. 29 May 2012. <http://www.edutopia.org/new-skills-new-century>.

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Fun with Avatars

Some of you have already discovered the fun in creating an avatar or cartoon version of yourself. This is an activity that I do with 4th graders every year as part of my Internet Safety/Digital Citizenship lessons. It is a fun way to help kids find an alternative to sharing pictures of themselves on their social profiles. You too can have fun in creating your own avatar to share on your blog (this is an optional activity).

These are 4 of my favorites-

Lego with http://www.reasonablyclever.com/mizers.html

Lego withhttp://www.reasonablyclever.com/mizers.html

Simpsonize Me (uploading photo)… http://simpsonizeme.com/

EightBitMe http://eightbit.me/

SP Studio & Create South Park Avatar.. http://www.sp-studio.de/index.htm & http://www.southparkstudios.com/avatar/

To find more options for creating avatars, visit my Diigo Library @ http://www.diigo.com/user/plan3t_t3ch/avatar

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Week 1 Assignments (Due May 29th)

Choose one blog from the list of recommended blogs and read through as many postings as you can.

Giving Reluctant Students a Voice” (R. Redekopp & E. Bourbonniere)

Identify a learning standard for your content area and grade level as a target of focus for the semester (see your content area standards and/or the ISTE NETSAASL, or VA Dept of Ed Site).

Post 3 responses on your blog:
1 – about the blog you chose to read;
2 – about the “Giving Reluctant Students a Voice” article
3 – What standard are you using as a target of focus this semester? How can you link activities for different learning styles to this standard?

Be sure to check regularly your Marymount U Gmail account for email announcements related to this class.

Optional readings: Chapter 4: “Using Drama to Extend the Reader” from J. Wilhelm’s You Gotta BE the Book;

Teddy Bears Go Blogging” by B. Sherry;

Writing for Real Purpose” (C. Ikpeze) from Learning & Leading with Technology vol. 36 no. 7

“Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants”  Marc Prensky, On the Horizon (MCB University Press, Vol. 9 No. 5, October 2001)[7]

White, David S., and Alison Le Cornu. 2011. “Visitors and Residents: A New Typology for Online Engagement.” First Monday 16,9 (5 September). Available online at:http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3171/3049.