Thursday, December 8, 2011

Week 15: Is it Really Over?

I'll admit that I'm a little sad that this is our last class together.  I have really enjoyed my Thursday evenings this semester.  To see all of the amazing work you have created makes me proud.  The other reason that I'm not very excited to reach the end of the semester is that I have to grade all those TaskStream narratives ;-)  However, I know that you will all do such a great job with them that there will be very little revision necessary, right?  Right?
Yesterday, I started at the first assignment and worked my way up.  That way, I was able to regrade any revisions.  I still have to finish Journals 6-10 and the PLN assignment.  You all still have to complete your iMovie PSAs, emerging tech checklists (Yes, you need the physical checklist!!), your short reflection in Attendance and Participation, Sybaloo Webmix of NETS narratives, and, alas, your final TaskStream narratives.  We will take a few minutes in class to go over the checklists and Symbaloo.  I hope we can embed the webmix into TaskStream!
The majority of class time tonight will be either completing/revising work, or writing your TaskStream narratives.  I will try to touch base with each of you to see if you have any questions about the narratives.  I realize that the majority of you are not really looking forward to writing these, but I expect that you have had enough support to complete the narratives without too much trouble. Before you leave this evening, I expect the blogs to be complete and the Symbaloo webmix to be on your blog and in TaskStream. We also have to discuss the course evaluations, which should have been mailed to your CSUSM email a week or so ago.  And, and, you will be leaving this class with some mad tech skill that no one can ever take away from you. . .So you got that goin' for you, which is nice!

Final Question:  What is the best thing that you will take away from this class?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Week 14: Almost to the Top of the Mountain!

Here we are approaching the end to a fairly awesome semester.  I have been truly fortunate to have had you ladies in my class this semester.  All of your hard work is going to pay off when you become the tech guru of your future schools!  As such, I am really excited to do yet one more ground-breaking activity to show your proficiency in technology.  Now is when you will use you newly acquired Symbaloo certification to highlight your work for TaskStream.  I have created a webmix for my EDUC 578 course at USD that contains student blogs as well as the tools we used and some other exciting products the students created.  It was not only fun, but the end product is very cool.  Here is a link to the webmix:
A few amazing things about Symbaloo as a portfolio tool:  If you use a Google Doc as a tile, it will show without having to leave the page (e.g., your TaskStream narratives).  If you add an RSS feed of your blog, the center of the blog will show your latest posts.  The Twitter tile will function in the center as well.  You can name tiles and put pictures or screenshots of your own work on a tile.  And lastly, we will be able to embed the finished product into TaskStream!!
As far as this evening goes, you will be working on your iMovie PSAs and any other work you may be missing.  I will discuss the final TaskStream narratives as well as go over the Symbaloo webmix that will be an impressive portfolio of some of the work you have completed for this class. I also want to apologize for being behind in grading your assignments.  I have been a bit overwhelmed this semester with multiple classes and it has put me a behind in my grading.  I will do my very best to get everything graded by the end of the weekend so you can fix anything that may need to be revised. Please do not hesitate to discuss any assignments that you may need help completing or are not quite understanding.  I can create some time next week to come to campus on a separate day if I need to, but does this required communicating with me.

This Week's Question:  What has been your favorite assignment this semester and why?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Week 12: In the Spirit of Giving

'Thanksgiving Spread' photo (c) 2007, David Goehring - license: we are the week before Thanksgiving!  It seems like just last week, we were on the eve of a holiday. . .wait we were ;-)  Hopefully, you are feeling a little less stress as we approach the end of the semester.  In the spirit of giving, we will not be having class next Thursday. . .I know, I know, I am a giver.
Tonight we will be working on our public service announcements (PSAs) for our lovely university using iMovie.  If you haven't edited video before, I think you will really enjoy the process. In order for you to edit sound, you will need headphones. . .I told you all about a month ago that you should bring headphones to class.  Try to remind your friends that tonight it is especially important to avoid the cacophony that will occur if too many of your peers forget.
Last week, we began the mindmaps for your TaskStream narratives.  If you were on of the many who was absent, discuss with a peer what you missed.  Also, there are a number of students who didn't leave a comment from last week.  Even if you were absent, you can leave a comment.
There are still quite a few assignments that you are probably working on; however, after tonight, you will only have your TaskStream narratives to complete.  This should give you plenty of time to catch up if you are behind and allow you to concentrate on completing your TaskStream narratives early if you are ahead.  Please don't hesitate to ask me if you need any help. . .I am always in the lab early.

This week's Question: What has been your most challenging assignment in this class and why?

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Week 11: Becoming One with Technology

'wat mahathat bangkok' photo (c) 2007, telmo32 - license: we are approaching our last few assignments, you should have more time to be creative and less time of frantically trying to complete all of your work (well, at least in this class ;-)  Tonight, I am going to cover the all-new mindmapping assignment (previously known as Inspiration).  I am going to give you a lot of freedom to find and use a mindmapping tool to brainstorm how you have met the NETS-T.  Journal 8 has been polished up a bit. . .so I will clarify what the expectations are for this journal.  I am also releasing the final TaskStream assignment, which will not be due until the last night of class.  After this evening, the only new assignment will be the iMovie assignment!  Of course, you have multiple assignments pending and will have a lot of writing to do for TaskStream.  However, my hope is that when class ends on December 8, you will have everything completed for the course. . .It's a lofty goal, but one that I know you are all up to, right? Oh yeah, you should also have some time to work on your Google Sites tonight as well. 
Remember that for each of the artifacts that you put on your blog will also be connected to a NETS-T as well as contain a brief description of exactly what the artifact represents.  Doing this as you go makes it a lot less painful.  And don't forget to get your Symbaloo certification completed.  Forward me your email and put your badge on your blog. . .We will use Symbaloo towards the end of the semester where you will showcase all of your hard work in an amazing webmix ;-)
I want to thank all of the students who volunteered at the SDCUE Fall Tech Conference.  I saw Karla, Shayla, and Emily working hard to ensure the attendees had a good experience.  It was a record-setting event in terms of the number of people who attended.  I hope we can continue to have it on our campus for years to come!

This Week's Question: What feeds your spirit?? Watch the following video and then respond!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Week 10: Three-Quarters of Awesome!

'universal thank you note' photo (c) 2010, woodleywonderworks - license: figure we are about 75% complete with this course.  I really want to tell you all that I am really impressed, not necessarily with the required work you have completed for this course, but with the work you are doing that you don't have to do.  Many of you are active on Twitter when you don't have to be(although I strongly recommend you do), many of you are putting extra effort into your blogs, and you are all willing to help your peers achieve success.   These are all qualities that I would look for if I were hiring teachers.  So, for that, thank you.
I believe that I have graded and regraded everything up through the presentation assignments.  I still have the PLN and some other projects that aren't technically do yet. . .well, I actually extended the PLN assignment another week so you can all participate in a quality educational chat, which is much more important to me than an artificial due date.
Anyway, tonight, I hope we can accomplish a few things:  I want the TaskStream narratives completed and ready to move to TaskStream (I will walk you through this process), discuss the Symbaloo certification and future use, and I will Introduce the CyberSafety Collaborative website assignment.  It shouldn't be too painful. . .Oh, and remind me to discuss my personal PLN experience with you. . .some cool things happened in the last couple weeks. . .An remind me to discuss Google+ hangouts!

This Week's Question: How would you describe yourself as a learner?  In what ways do you feel like you learn best?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Week 9: Technology is so Ghoul!

Happy HalloweenI have this haunting feeling that we are going to have a scary good time this evening ;-)  Okay, enough of the Halloween references.  However, as I have mentioned that I like to front load my course content, you should see a noticeable reduction in the number of assignments.  We will take some time tonight to go over the TaskStream collaborative narratives and discuss the Emerging Technology Rubric.  I would like everyone to leave class this evening with a complete NETS-I narrative, which can stand as a sample for you to complete NETS II-V.  As this may require some small group meetings with me, I requested that you bring headphones to class so you can work on your Excel assignment as well as becoming certified in a new tool, Symbaloo!  "What is Symbaloo?" you ask.  Think of it as a mix between iGoogle and Diigo. . .It's a way to house resources, links, and other types of web content, like RSS feeds on one visually interesting page. . .once created, you can also embed a "webmix" into your blogs.  Sounds awesome, right? The amazing folks at Symbaloo have generously offered to get your certified for free!
Here are the steps:
1. Click Here to sign-up for the certification program.  (I will give you the code in class)
2. Click Here to access the certification website.
3. Follow the tutorials by row, check out the webinar assignment & take the webinar quiz.
4. Repeat the process until you complete the four tutorials.
5. Take the final exam.
6. Wait for your confirmation email that you have been certified. . .
7. Forward the confirmation email to me:
8. Celebrate your new skill by sharing with friends and family!!
A few reminders. . . Even if you did not attend class, you need to answer the weekly question.  Don't forget to check Twitter and our hashtag #ed422 to keep up on class information.
Lastly, the San Diego Computer Using Educators is having the Fall Conference right here at CSUSM.  I mentioned this last week, but I want to remind you again.  I would also like to put out a plea for student volunteers.  We have over 900 people registered for the event and there is a great need for more volunteers.  If you are willing to volunteer for two hours, I would excuse one absence (keeps you from having to write any extra journals).  Here is the link to the volunteer website.

This week's Question:  What would be your ideal teaching job?  If you are not an aspiring educator, what is your ideal job?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Week 8: Is the Class Half Empty or Half Full?

'Teepötkö' photo (c) 2009, Anssi Koskinen - license: believe that tonight is actually the mid point of this amazing semester.  Gee, time flies when you are having so much fun, right?  Right?  Anyway, we are cruising along quite well in terms of the assignments.  I gave all of the NETS collaborative narratives a look.  If I can find some time today, I will try and give some more feedback before class.  Overall, I would say that you are all doing well.  Don't forget to give each other detailed feedback. . .it really does help.  The journal 1-5 assignment has been graded.  There were a lot of you who cited L&L as a paper journal.  The assignment requires you cite L&L as an online journal as that is how you are all accessing it.  Small fix, shouldn't take very long

Tonight we are going to go over the Excel assignment, the PLN assignment, and I will remind you again that Journals 6-10 have started.  If you are caught up on all of your work, you can probably finish the Excel assignment in class; however, you will need to BRING HEADPHONES as you will be watching a video tutorial.  If not, you will be completing the assignment at home.  There should also be some time to discuss TaskStream narratives and I can answer any questions the group has about the process or the content.  Lastly, we can revisit the Emerging Technology Checklist and maybe learn a new trick or two for your blogs!

This Week's Question: What is the last good book your read. . .it could have been for please or something assigned to you for a class? 
I am using a book called A Whole New Mind by Dan Pink for my other two classes.  It is an awesome book about the need for right-brained thinking in today's Conceptual Age.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Week 7: Revenge of the Nerds

'40+133 Nerd' photo (c) 2010, bark - license: the semester moves along you may start to notice some subtle changes to your personality. . .maybe you are starting to look at cool things on web pages and think to yourself, "That's awesome! I think I could do that." Perhaps you are finding people with pocket protectors surprisingly suave. You have a sudden liking of argyle, penny loafers and sweater vests. Acronyms like HTML, JAVA, WWW and NETS are becoming sexy. You are now the person your family and friends come to for tech advice or assistance. . .Do any of these symptoms apply to you? If so, I'm afraid to tell you that you may be turning into a tech nerd . . .Not that there's anything wrong with that ;-) Well, okay, maybe it's not that bad, but you are all becoming amazingly techie–in a good way of course.

I expect that your Prezis and GoogleForm assessments are complete and you are ready to present to your peers this evening.  I will ensure that everyone can get the Prezi, the assessment, and the link to the assessment results on a page of your blog.  You should also have completed your Diigo, School 2.0, and journal 1-5 assignments.   I will get everything graded by class time next week.

You were also to have the rough draft of your NETS I collaborative narrative complete.  Tonight, we will discuss how to leave comments for your peers and how to embed links to your assignments.  I will introduce the Emerging Technology Rubric/assignment as well as the PLN assignment.  That should be more than enough to keep everyone busy.  And, oh yeah, Journals 6-10 also begin today.

This Week's Question:  Let's talk education:  Should high school exit exams be a requirement to graduate high school?  Why or Why not?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Week 6: Swimming Against the TaskStream?

' swimming against the current' photo (c) 2009, steve - license:, I am beginning week 6 with some type of cold/sinus infection or something is clearly compromising my ability to function well.  However, as a company person, I will do my best this evening to keep my distance and perhaps even get you out of class a bit early.
Tonight, I want to ensure that everyone can get the Diigo Tagroll on her blog (as a tabbed page) and I might even show you how to put your newsletter on a blog page as well.  I have graded everything that is due and even some things that aren't due until this evening (School 2.0 & Diigo), so please check your gradebook to see if you have any revision to do.  I am also giving you a gentle reminder that the journals 1-5 is due next Friday.  If you haven't completed 1-3, it is going to be more work than it should before the deadline :-(
To begin the evening, I will answer any Prezi questions that you may have and then I will show you how to use GoogleForms to create your assessment.  Remember that you will be presenting these to your peers next week and they will be taking your assessment of your presentation.  We will also begin to write the NETS-I collaborative narratives for TaskStream.  NETS I will be completed in pairs on GoogleDocs.
It is nice to see so many people using Twitter for both questions and the posting of resources. . .Thank You!
A note to my Type A Students:  Remind me to tell you about Jing as an alternative way to present the Prezi.

This Week's Question:  If this class were Pass/Fail, would you try as hard?  Why or why not?  (it's okay to be honest, your answers will not be held against you)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Week 5: Learning to Prez-ent!

As we continue to move forward in your technology transformation, I hope that you are beginning to feel more comfortable with your skill.  In an odd way, everything you learn technology wise builds your mental schema of how to work with new tools.  There is a lot of overlap in what skills are required for each of the new tools you use!
You should continue the balancing act that is your workload for this class.  You are tweeting, writing posts for journal articles, working on your newsletters, and oh, yea, you probably have other classes too ;-)
Tonight, we will finally get into TaskStream, but just to ensure you have accounts and that you are self-enrolled in the Local TPE. Here is the code you will need:  Local TPE: 6SG3BA.  Last week I discussed that I expect you to complete the Technology Self-Assessment on your own.  However, I will briefly cover the requirements in class.  Lastly, we will learn a new presentation tool, Prezi, that you will use to create a presentation on the NETS for Students (See link on the left).  Finally, I will ensure that everyone understands how to convert their classroom newsletter to PDFs!

This Week's Question:  What is your current favorite musical artist or band?  Currently, I can't stop listening to Portugal. The Man, who are in fact playing at House of Blues tomorrow. . .But my all-time favorite band is Radiohead

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Week 4: I Tweet, Therefore I Am!

'Twitter Monster' photo (c) 2009, Rosaura Ochoa - license: you believe you are actually using Twitter?? I have noticed that many of you are already tweeting interesting sites and tools. Thanks. As the semester continues, I will revisit this tool as an amazing part of your personal learning network (PLN). This week you will learn about social bookmarking as well as create an amazing classroom newsletter. Ensure that you have your self-portrait complete and are ready to use it in class.  You were also to have your TaskStream and ISTE account/membership and you were to complete the survey from the Week 2 blog.  We also have a technology self-assessment assignment to complete; however, I do have a video for how to complete this assignment which is on the Ed422 YouTube Tutorials link on the left column of the class blog. I will discuss in class how to access the video and complete the self-assessment.
I will do my best to get the first two assignments graded.  I will remind you how to access your grades in Moodle/Cougar Courses. Don't forget to answer the weekly questions and to always check the blog.  The journal articles are also on the class blog. . .try and keep up. . .it will make you much happier!

This Week's Question:  Who has been one of your favorite teachers, at any level, and why?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Week 3: I Can See Clearly Now, the Lights are On !

'Light Painting' photo (c) 2008, Vincent Ghyssens - license: any other catastrophe, natural or otherwise, we should be having class tonight.  It seems a little odd to have a break in the beginning of the semester, but I know we will all be fine. . .right?  Anyway, I will revisit everything tonight to ensure that you know how to wrap and/or insert images into your intro letter, how to adjust the comment settings on your blog and how to add various gadgets to your blogs.  We will discuss how and where to submit assignments, as well as what to call them if they are not web-based, etc.
If you were able to scan your image, you will be able to use in your newsletter that you will start tonight. If not, you have time to get it done.  I will also show you how to get your scan on your blog.
'Twitter escultura de arena' photo (c) 2009, Rosaura Ochoa - license: do believe that you are supposed to have your TaskStream and ISTE accounts by now. . .please complete the survey from week 2 post to give me your information. . .You will need the ISTE account to access articles from L&L for the journal assignments.  You should have noticed by now that we do indeed have 100% of the student blogs linked on the class blog. . .which is a great start.
Lastly, you will be introduced to Twitter this week. . .Don't be afraid! I assure you, it will be fun and educational.

This Week's Question:   What is something you have learned well without formal teaching?  How did you learn it?  This could be a sport, hobby, musical instrument, etc. .

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Week 2.1: We Lost the Power. . .

Please watch the screencast below to hopefully get caught up on class assignments the blackout caused us to miss. . .Forgive the crude audio and any screaming children that you hear in the background.  Don't hesitate to email any questions or to plan on coming to class early on Thursday to get some extra help.
Please leave a comment below that you watched the video!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Week 2: Getting Your Feet Wet?

It seems as if everyone has survived week one, which is a good thing, right!  I know that we went over a lot of acronyms and concepts relating to technology, education, and your future digital lives.  I appreciate everyone feigning interest on the first night ;-)  I can assure you that it will all make sense before the end of the course.

The expectation from last week was that you would create your blog and give me the address.  We did fairly well, but there are still some student blogs not on the blog roll.  If you need help with this, please come to class early so I can help you get your blog up and running!  Remind me to talk about design, and how to incorporate your images into your blog post.  I asked that you get a picture of yourself on your Moodle profile. . .While I adore babies, I really want to see a picture of you so that it will help me put names to faces at the beginning of the semester. I realize that you will also have a picture on your blog, but the redundancy helps me the redundancy helps me. . .Also, you were to subscribe to ISTE and TaskStream. . .(see survey below to give me your information)

This week, I want to discuss how to better organize your iGoogle page.  You will learn about RSS, which I promise is more exciting than it sounds.  I'll revisit how to comment on blogs and how to make some very cool adjustments to your existing blogs. . .We will also discuss how to submit assignments, read instructions, and some general file naming conventions.  I will introduce you to the journal article  and scanning assignments.  And lastly, yes, you will learn how to begin to incorporate Twitter into your digital lives. . .And if I have time, we will discuss Dropbox. . .

Click Here to give me your TaskStream/ISTE information.

App of the Week:  Evernote

This Week's Question:  What should every teacher know about you?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Week 1: Welcome to Ed422!

Welcome to another awesome semester of EDUC 422. . .Technology Tools for Education. By the end of this course you will learn a lot about how to integrate technology into your classroom, as well as a few tricks and tips for how to ramp-up your so-called digital life ;-)

I will use this blog to keep everyone updated on the weekly requirements for the course, as well as model for you how to create a blog for your future classroom!  I need you to read each entry carefully, as I will be giving away $50 a week to the person who finds the hidden gnome in this very post. . .Okay, not really, but I need everyone to read each entry ;-)

Technical Issues:  
First order of business:  If you do not have a Gmail Address/Account, you need to get one!  (and no, your CSUSM email does not count).  Don't worry, I have worked it out with Google to give you free email accounts!
You will be asked to join and/or participate in a number of web-based tools, software, etc. . .I recommend that you find a user name that identifies you, is appropriate for school/parents, and one that you can remember. . .
While this course has no required text, you will be required to subscribe to ISTE, the International Society for Technology in Education (see link on this blog), as well as purchase a subscription to TaskStream, an online portfolio generator.  
     For TaskStream (also linked on this blog): You will need to self-enroll in the Local TPE.      
     Here are the code you will need:
                                               Local TPE: 6SG3BA

I will also ask you weekly questions on this blog that you will need to answer. Some are related to education and most are related you your lives. . .It allows me to build community while ensuring that you are reading the weekly posts!

This Week's Question:
 What is your current favorite piece of technology and why? (currently, I think I would have to say my iPad. . .although my quest to beat Angry Birds is almost becoming an obsession)