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  • Xeriscape
    Community Education
    Morongo College
    Linda Deneher
    ED TECH 512
    Boise State University
    Fall 2010
  • Background
    Adult Learning Center at Morongo College (MC)
    New building has no decorative plants
    MC offers Community Education courses
    Adult students in new course do landscaping
    Budget
    There is no budget for landscape
    Successive classes plan and plant
    Provides a living laboratory
    Science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM)
    Agriculture is well suited to this model
  • Course Description
    Hybrid: Blackboard, classroom, and fieldwork
    Facilitate participation with face-to-face lessons
    Expand content with Web resources
    Learners
    Twenty adults in a no-credit community education course
  • Objectives
    Learners will be able to design xeriscape that adheres to best practices.
    Learners will incorporate safe working techniques in their daily life.
    Learners will have the ability to identify suitable and problematic plants for their location.
    Learners will reduce the amount of water used in their irrigation.
  • Rubric
  • Face-to-Face Introduction
    Syllabus
    Schedule
    Blackboard
    Connect
    Log in
    Navigate
    Communicate
    Drop box
    Log out
    Directions for self-study
    Share on the Discussion board
  • Pests Versus Xeriscape
    Rabbits
    List of plants they rarely eat
    Rodents
    Pack Rats
    Ground squirrels
    Coyotes
    Will dig up water lines
    Condors
    Nesting flocks can crush small trees
    Rattlesnakes
    Know where you have created shelter
    Thorns, Seeds, and Fruit
    Hazards
  • Fieldwork: Part One
    Meet at the Butterfly Garden outside of Phase III at CMC
    Tour the Garden
    Types of plants and hardscape
    Locate and photograph successes
    Locate and photograph problem areas
    Groups meet to discuss findings
    Select three successes and three problem areas
    Explain why they are either successful or a problem
    Solve the problems
    Whole class discussion of findings
    Identify most significant problem and solve it
  • Fieldwork: Part Two
    Meet at the 29 Palms Inn for lunch
    Walking tour of the grounds
    Oasis
    Garden
    Restaurant
    Cabins
    Joshua Tree National Park
    Meet at the lawn for discussion
    Where were the zones?
    What plants are doing well?
    Any surprises?
  • The Project
    Using your home as the example
    Conduct a water use survey
    Analyze and record the landscape
    Identify problem plants and areas
    Define problems
    Identify successful plants and areas
    Explain why they are successes
    Design a new landscape
    Explain your choices
    Is there a change in water use?
    Present your results
    Your presentation may be in any form
  • Project Presentations
    Student One: project title
    Student Two:
    Student Three:
    Student Four:
    Student Five:
    Student Six:
    Student Seven:
    Student Eight:
    Student Nine:
    Student Ten:
  • Project Presentations
    Student Eleven: project title
    Student Twelve:
    Student Thirteen:
    Student Fourteen:
    Student Fifteen:
    Student Sixteen:
    Student Seventeen:
    Student Eighteen:
    Student Nineteen:
    Student Twenty:
  • Resources
  • Reflection on the process
    Self: Mac user with Office X
    Two New Products: PowerPoint in Office 2010 for Windows
    Downloaded trial version August 25, 2010
    Supported by text and Web-based tutorials
    Likes
    Additional image editing features add variety
    Dislikes
    Trial version download is 600MB
    Dragged text is not visible hindering alignment
  • What I Learned
    Character Map location on a PC
    Shift + drag for minute adjustments
    Arrow keys for larger adjustments
    Home/Format/Drawing Tools is lots of fun
    The random clicking learning method requires notes