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