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ETUG Spring 2014 - My Toolbox is Full - How Why and When to use Digital Tools in the Online Classroom


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The purpose of this workshop is to explore digital tools that can be used to facilitate communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity for online students. We will …

The purpose of this workshop is to explore digital tools that can be used to facilitate communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity for online students. We will look at a variety of tools and examine how they can be used for formative learning activities as well as assessments. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore specific websites and applications, reflect on current practices, and consider the benefits and limitations of use. We will also address concerns for implementation, such as evaluating non-traditional assignments, guiding both tech-savvy and tech-wary students, and other issues, such as copyright and privacy concerns

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  • 1. My Toolbox is Full! How, Why, and When to use Digital Tools in the Online Classroom Kelly Warnock ETUG Conference May 13, 2014
  • 2. Presentation Outline 1. Foundations of Teaching and Learning 2. Digital Tools Exploration 3. Resource Sharing 4. Benefits and Limitations
  • 3. Setting the stage… What knowledge, skills, and attitudes are required for the 21st century? What makes an effective learning activity? How do we measure learning? How can digital tools facilitate effective learning?
  • 4. 21st Century Skills • Critical Thinking • Inquiry • Problem Solving • Application • Collaboration • Creativity • Digital Literacies • Decision Making • Communication • Global Awareness BLOOM’S TAXONOMY
  • 5. Back to the Basics
  • 6. Learning Outcomes
  • 7. Choose Your Verbs Wisely!
  • 8. Verbs to promote critical thinking
  • 10. A+ Formative activities and assessments are important for students to know what they are aiming for.
  • 11. Feedback in Formative Assessment
  • 12. Examples of Formative Assessment Diagnostic Tests Observations Peer/Instructor Review Practice Questions and Self Tests Self Reflection, Discussions Practice Exams and Presentations Research Proposals Draft Essays
  • 13. Types of Assessment Tech-based Essays Tests/Quizzes Discussions Journals Group Projects Presentations Research  Websites  Blogs /E-Portfolio / Wikis  Social Media  Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn  Multimedia Production  Videos, PowerPoint, audio  Engaging Activities  Simulations  Webquests Familiar
  • 14. Why Assess Differently?
  • 15. Approaches to Learning From:
  • 16. Universal Design for Learning
  • 17. What makes a good learning activity? • Activate students’ prior knowledge • Make clear and engaging • Involve students in the topic • Make personally relevant • Apply to a real life situation • Facilitate higher level thinking • Students construct and evaluate new ideas • Opportunities for feedback and improvement
  • 18. Reflective Questions  What types of activities and assessments do you have in your courses?  Is there a balance of formative and summative activities/assessments?  Do your activities/assessments promote 21st century skills?  How can you use digital tools to engage students and enhance their learning?
  • 19. Now for the Digital Tools!
  • 20. Digital Toolbox Please Google: TRU KUMU digital toolbox  _Toolbox Wikia digital toolbox  wiki/Digital_Toolbox_Wiki Weebly digital-toolbox   Or kellywarnocksteachingportfolio
  • 21. DIGITAL TOOLS FOR STUDENTS  Communication  Collaboration Wikis, blogs  Critical thinking & problem- solving surveys  Creativity FOR INSTRUCTORS  Course development Content, assessment  Media Resources Images, Videos  OERs  Teaching Feedback, tutorials
  • 22. Effective Teaching
  • 23. The 21st century teacher should be able to: 1. Create and edit digital audio 2. Create screen capture videos and tutorial 3. Use videos, images, and infographics to visually stimulate students 4. Use social bookmarking to share resources 5. Use blogs and wikis to create online platforms for students 6. Detect plagiarized assignment
  • 24. The 21st century teacher should be able to: 1. Use polling software to create surveys 2. Understand issues related to copyright and fair use of online materials 3. Use computer games for pedagogical purposes 4. Use digital assessment tools to create quizzes 5. Use note taking tools to share content 6. Use online graphic organizers
  • 25. Types of Assignments Blog / Wiki Essay / Report Practicum Interview Hands-On Test/Quiz Discussion Presentation Project Simulation Journal Multimedia Production
  • 26. How Can You Use Digital Tools to Meet Your Learning Outcomes?
  • 27. Websites: Blogs USES  Personal journal  Reflective reading  Portfolio  Class discussions  Resource sharing  Learning Management System EXAMPLES  Blogger  WordPress  Tumblr  Blogsome  Blogetery  Blogster Blog: a website with frequent, periodic posts creating an ongoing narrative.
  • 28. Education Blog
  • 29. Wikis USE  Collaborative workspace  Resource Sharing  Knowledge management Organize data  Database/Encyclopedia  Note taking EXAMPLES  Wikia  WikiSpaces  MediaWiki  Blackboard Wiki  WikiEducator Wiki: a website which allows its users to add, modify, or delete its content
  • 30. Wikis
  • 31. E-Portfolios USES Collect Select Reflect Connect EXAMPLES Mahara Weebly WordPress
  • 32. E-Portfolios
  • 33. Social Media USE  Resource Sharing  Surveys / Polls  Collaboration  Publish  Discussions  Network  Optional Assessments EXAMPLES  Twitter  Facebook  LinkedIn  Delicious  Flickr  Pintrest  Tumblr interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks
  • 34. Assignment Examples Using Social Media
  • 35. Surveys
  • 36. Polls
  • 37. CREATION 1. Slideshows (Prezi, Photopeach) 2. Graphic Organizers (Visio, Cacoo) 3. Photos (Pintrest, Museum Box, Photoscape) 4. Audio (Audacity, Soungle, Freesound) 5. Video / Digital Storytelling (Go Animate, StoryBird, Camtasia, Animoto)
  • 38. Timelines
  • 39. Infographics
  • 40. a pinboard-style photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, and hobbies.
  • 41. Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you can make and share on any device.
  • 42. Media Production Examples
  • 43. Time to Dig into that Toolbox! 1. Choose a tool 2. Use it 3. Evaluate it 4. Create something 5. Share what you’ve learned
  • 44. Reflection What are the benefits of using digital tools? What are the limitations or challenges? How can you overcome these challenges?
  • 45. Using Digital Tools in Assessments Challenges / Limitations Benefits Motivating Student Choice 21st Century Skills Privacy Technology Marking
  • 46. Motivation
  • 47. Enhances Learning
  • 48. Digital Tools that Facilitate Critical Thinking
  • 49. CHALLENGE: How do I mark that?
  • 50. SOLUTION: Rubrics Definition: A standard of performance Benefits: Clarity for instructor and students Directions Expectations Objective marking Easier to mark and record
  • 51. Essay Rubric Score Content: Summary  Includes all important ideas (use quote/paraphrase/summary).  Demonstrates a clear understanding of the ideas in the readings. /10 Content: Analysis  Shows critical thinking.  Has specific supporting material: facts, examples, quotations, paraphrased or summarized information, etc. /10 Organization  The essay follows an outline (introduction, body, & conclusion). Introduction:  Begins with general sentences & ends with a thesis statement. Body:  Each paragraph has unity & begins with a clear topic sentence.  Each paragraph has coherence & uses transitions. Conclusion:  Summarizes the main points or paraphrases the thesis statement.  Begins with a conclusion signal and leaves the reader with the writer’s final /5 /5 /5 /5
  • 52. Discussion Rubric Criterion-referenced assessment • Evaluating performance based on clear and measureable objectives
  • 53. Blog Rubric
  • 54. Twitter Rubric
  • 55. CHALLENGE: Privacy
  • 56. Blogs (Private or Public?)
  • 57. CHALLENGE: Intellectual Property
  • 58. SOLUTION: Follow the Policies & Give Students Choices
  • 59. CHALLENGE: Bridging the Digital Gap
  • 60. SOLUTIONS: Tech support Tutorials & training Peer Support Student Choice Other…
  • 61. CHALLENGE: Faculty Buy-in
  • 62. • Impacts heavily on student satisfaction. • Communicates on a more personal level • Presents tone • Motivates students • Informs students how to improve • Forces students to listen to all of the feedback, not selecting only the sections they desire • Provides an alternative to often ineligible handwriting (National Student Survey, HEFCE, 2007) SOLUTION: Tell Them Why Why Use Audio Feedback?
  • 63. Twitter in Higher Ed Uses Benefits  Tweet during learning activities  Tweet summaries of class discussions  Tweet comments and reactions to class presentations.  Improves peer dynamics  Facilitates debates & discussions  Allows people outside of class to join discussions  Encourages instructor/ student interactions Limitations • Distracting • Tech for tech’s sake ▫ Connect to learning outcomes • Learning curve ▫ Difficult for digital immigrants Source:
  • 64. SOLUTION: Show Them How Sample Digital Portfolio Screencast
  • 65. TRU Tutorial - Acrobat Comments.pdf Using Audio Feedback in Blackboard Learn
  • 66. CHALLENGE: Technology / IT Support
  • 67. SOLUTION: Tutorials / IT Support
  • 68. CHALLENGE: What else?
  • 69. Final Reflections 1. Foundations of Teaching and Learning 2. Digital Tools Exploration 3. Resource Sharing 4. Benefits and Limitations
  • 70. Contact Information For references, questions, ideas, please contact me at: Kelly Warnock:   250-852-6336