Due Tuesday

Due Wednesday

  • Blogging
    • Blog your takeaways from the EdCafe discussion. Title the post EdCafe 1.
    • Use the Labels "edcafe" and "usmepc512" for your post. Use any other labels you want to use to help organize your work.
  • Reading
    • Read pages 17-18 in Teaching the iGeneration Book
    • Read pages 22-24 in Teaching the iGeneration Book
    • Look over and familiarize yourself with with the documents on pages 38 - 43 in Teaching the iGeneration
  • EdCafe
  • Google Docs
    • Make notes about key points of the reading in your Google Docs: EdCafe 2 Notes (in your USMEPC512 Google Drive folder).
    • Share it with me alicebarr [at] gmail.com with editing privileges.

Due Thursday

  • Blogging
    • Blog your takeaways from the EdCafe discussion. Title the post EdCafe 2.
    • Use the Labels "edcafe" and "usmepc512" for your post. Use any other labels you want to use to help organize your work.
    • Embed the Tony Wagner video in the post EdCafe 1
    • Add the tag usmepc512 at the bottom of each post that you have made so far. (labels aren't searchable anymore!).
    • Look at 2 other classmates blogs. Leave a comment on one post for each classmate. Help and suggestions for leaving good comments is here. The list of all class blogs is here:
    • Go to the Blogs for Learning page. Choose 1 site from the Blogger section and 1 site from the Ideas section. In a blog post explain why you chose them and how you might use them for your personal learning. Use the Labels "assignment" and "usmepc512" for your post.
    • (By the end of class Thursday) Write a brief summary of your final project. Use the labels "project" and "usmepc512" for your post.
      • Explain the purpose of the project, the grade level, why you chose the tool you are using, and how you will implement it. (Why, What, How?)
      • Clarify what the student directed activities will be.
      • It should include a collaborative component
      • Describe the student centered activities.
      • Include a sample of what the project might look like
      • Be sure to add any links to sources outside of the blog.
      • Look at the NETS for Teachers Standards. Choose two areas that you will be working towards in your project. On your blog, write up how those 2 standards will be used in your work. Use the labels "NETS" and "usmepc512" for your post.
  • EdCafe
    • Prepare for tomorrow's EdCafe discussion by reading pages 1 - 11 in Teaching the iGeneration
    • If you are a leader, please be prepared with your session topic.
  • Google Docs
    • Make notes about key points of the reading in your Google Docs: EdCafe 3 Notes
  • Diigo

Due Friday

  • Blogging
    • Blog your takeaways from the EdCafe discussions on Thursday. Title the post EdCafe 3.
    • Use the Labels "edcafe" and "usmepc512" for your post. Use any other labels you want to use to help organize your work.
    • After exploring the sites on the Blogs for Learning Page, add them to your blog roll.
    • Write a post on your blog about the tool you explored in Speed Geeking or fill out the form
      • Use the Labels "speedgeek" and "usmepc512" for your post.
      • tell what you liked/didn't like about the tool
      • how you would use it in your classroom
      • whether you would recommend it for teachers and/or students to use
      • link to the tool and any resources it had
      • tag the tool in your diigo account and label it usmepc512
  • Edcafe

  • Google Docs
    • Make notes about key points of the reading in your Google Docs: EdCafe 3 Notes
    • Make a folder in Google Drive called "USMEPC512 - Your Name" and share it with me with editing privileges. Put all of the edcafe documents inside the folder.
  • Other
    • Be prepared to present your final project next class.
      • it should include a collaborative component
      • describe the student centered activities.
      • please share a write up of your project on your blog (you might want to use the same format as in the form below.
      • be sure to include a link to any parts of the project you are sharing
      • include a sample of what the project might look like
    • Fill out the Final Project Form

Due by the end of the week

  • Blogging
    • Blog your takeaways from the EdCafe discussions on Friday. Title the post EdCafe 4.
    • Use the Labels "edcafe" and "usmepc512" for your post. Use any other labels you want to use to help organize your work.
    • Write a final reflection about your learning from this course. Use the Labels "reflection" and "usmepc512" for your post.
    • Catch up on all the reading and reflection. If you need more time, please see me.
    • Make sure you have done your commenting (a total of four comments on your classmates' blogs)

OPTIONAL: But well worth it

Building your Personal Learning Network
  • Digital Media - New Learners of the 21st Century: (Note: if the video gadget doesn't load on the page the video can be watched at: http://video.pbs.org/video/1797357384. (about one hour). Write a blog post titled (PBS Video) that is a reflection on 4 key ideas you heard described in this video. Select one and describe how you might use it to expand the way you currently do things in your classroom.
  • Making the Implicit Explicit
  • Read Mustacchi, Johanna. "What's Relevant for YouTubers?." Educational Leadership March, 2008: pp.67-70. Web. 7 Jul 2010. <http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar08/vol65/num06/What%27s-Relevant-for-YouTubers%C2%A2.aspx>. (you'll need the log in from me)
  • Ohler, Jason, . "Orchestrating the Media Collage." Educational Leadership March, 2009: 8 - 13. Web. 30 Sept 2009. <http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/mar09/vol66/num06/Orchestrating_the_Media_Collage.aspx>.
  • Read Prensky, Marc. "Turning on the Lights." Educational Leadership March, 2008: 40-45. Web. 12 Oct 2009. <http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/mar08/vol65/num06/Turning_On_the_Lights.aspx>.
    • In "Turning On the Lights," Marc Prensky argues that many students today learn more from their technological devices than from teachers who rely on traditional methods. He encourages schools to use technology to engage students in learning and to help them connect with the world. Speak to the following prompts in a blog post.
      • Do you agree with Prensky's notion that requiring students to "power down" in school actually impedes their learning? How might allowing students to use technological devices in class help or hinder their learning?
      • What place do you see in the classroom for laptops, cell phones, mp3 players, social networking sites, Wikipedia, and other technologies?
      • What is your school's policy regarding technology in school? Do you believe your policy meets the needs of your students? If so, why? If not, what changes would you make?
      • How can teachers and administrators balance the desire to stay up-to-date with the need to always make sure that teachers can use the techniques and technologies that best suit their students? (1)

(1) Preston, Teresa. "EL Study Guide." Educational Leadership March, 2008: n. pag. Web. 30 Oct 2009. <http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/mar08/vol65/num06/EL_Study_Guide.aspx>.