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August 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

Welcome, Monday!

If today is your first day of class, please view previous blog posts by using the link on the calendar.

REVIEW: Meaningful Learning with Technology

What was the big idea or takeaway you had from the Meaningful Learning with Technology chapter?  My favorite takeaway? This quote from the Jonassen text (p. 2): “In order for students to learn meaningfully, they must be willfully engaged in a meaningful task.” I strongly recommend you memorize it. Seriously, say it with me: “In order for students to learn meaningfully, they must be willfully engaged in a meaningful task.

Each group has been assigned a characteristic of meaningful learning with technology. Let’s watch a video of a learning activity and see if we can identify any of the characteristics.

Read Reeves 2006. This is probably the most important reading in this class. This reading sets the tone of our class and under which philosophies I ground our class. In response to this reading, I want to hear your opiion about what Reeves say. What things struck you? What part of the paper do  you agree with him? What are some of the things you do not agree with him?  We will use Flipgrid to record your video responses.

PART ONE: CREATE YOUR e-PORTFOLIO

Do you have your personal or professional website? Even if you don’t have a website, you probably already have an online presence – through Facebook, Twitter, etc. As a learner in the 21st century – it is important for you to know how to create your own website. We’ll be working on this project, the e-portfolio, throughout the semester. Today, we’ll build the structure of your site, create an introduction page, and write your autobiography page. You’ll be using your website throughout the semester to store, display, and reflect upon course projects and readings.

Google Sites is like a combination website, blog, and wiki all rolled into one. We’ll be using it for all three functions. You’re going to be really amazed at what you can create without knowing anything about HTML code!

Examples:

Justine’s Class Project Site

Thomas Lay After-School Program

K-12 Classroom Website

Sample EDIT 2000 e-Portfolio

Our tasks for today:

We are going to use Google Site as a class e-Portfolio. First, you need to have the Gmail account.  If you have one, please go to http://sites.google.com to log in. If you haven’t got one yet, please go to http://gmail.com to create one.

  • Create the homepage for your e-portfolio.
    • Name it “Welcome” or whatever it is appropriate for your site.
    • Insert an image
    • Write a few sentences about what you hope to learn this semester
  • Create an “About Me” page (This is different from About.me profile you created)
    • Insert at least one image of yourself
    • Include several links to your favorite websites
    • Write 2-3 paragraphs about yourself (biography).

We’re just getting comfortable with the tool – so we’ll mess up a few times – but in a few weeks we won’t remember what is was like to not be able to create webpages. Here’s a link to the Help section for Google Sites if you have questions.

For Wednesday:

1. Read the introduction to the National Educational Technology plan. (Only the introduction!) You can find the plan in our Readings dropbox folder.

2. Finish your homepage and about me page on your Google Site.

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