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Final Project Presentation

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Final Project Presentation

  1. 2. <ul><li>Albuquerque School District through the NM Governor’s Graduate 10k Initiative set requirements for all teachers to complete 3 credit hours of Technology training for classroom instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>APS Technology Department is in the process of training teachers across the school district in the use of Blackboard LMS. </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Most of the teachers surveyed showed interest in learning a new technology tool to help them engage their students into communicating and working on class assignments together. </li></ul><ul><li>Current State- School teams use a education site gaggle.net to communicate with their students and share with the students parents work that is being done in class </li></ul><ul><li>Desired State- Utilize a web tool that will allow for more open access to create, easier for students to communicate, and site to allow for collaboration </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>The blog course that I designed is Teaching with Blogs using Edublogs educational site. The course is designed to introduce teachers to web 2.0 tools like blogs and required them to participate in a online collaborative learning activity. </li></ul><ul><li>The blog course is an extension of a Learning Activity introduced in OLIT 538, a eLearning course being developed using the Learning Management System- Moodle </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Formative survey identified interest from elementary teachers for support of technology in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>8 years average of education experience </li></ul><ul><li>100% female; 50% Hispanic; 25% Native American; 25% Caucasian </li></ul><ul><li>90% of teachers surveyed have undergrad degrees in education </li></ul><ul><li>75% of teachers have graduate degrees </li></ul><ul><li>40% learn through auditory/visual methods, 25% learn in group settings, 25% learn by observation, 10% learn from text </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>The course will focus on the blog for creating interaction with content and writing process for course discussion thread </li></ul><ul><li>The course will create social construction through collaborative learning activity with group </li></ul><ul><li>The course will engage teachers into the process of learning how to use blogs beyond the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>The course content will be aligned to the LMS curriculum and to constructive learning </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>At the end of this course learner will be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>Enter a comment in the course blog with self-directed approach by using the discussion thread </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute to collaborative learning activity by doing activity research using blog web links </li></ul><ul><li>Given a blog the learner will create blog to use in classroom instruction and facilitate online instruction </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Learner will demonstrate beginner comment replies while using blog </li></ul><ul><li>Learner will share in writing their research work about LMS applications </li></ul><ul><li>Learner will apply learning strategies from blog curriculum to complete group activity </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Teaching Strategies: </li></ul><ul><li>Constructivist learning theory is a constructive process in which the learner is building an internal illustration of knowledge, a personal interpretation of experience (Bruner,Piaget, Vygotsky) </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative Learning Model (five phases for designing instruction for collaborative learning): </li></ul><ul><li>engagement </li></ul><ul><li>exploration </li></ul><ul><li>transformation </li></ul><ul><li>presentation </li></ul><ul><li>reflection </li></ul>
  9. 10. Based on Oliver, R. (1999). Exploring strategies for online teaching and learning. Distance Education , 20(2), 240-254
  10. 11. <ul><li>Course designed in Edublogs was created for elementary teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Course was initiated in OLIT 538 as a added learning web tool for teaching with technology </li></ul><ul><li>Course is about 5-10 days long </li></ul><ul><li>Course will contribute to usability testing evaluation and design assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Learning activities for teachers using blog will self-directed with small amount of instructor facilitation </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Usability testing has been administered to 30% of teacher participants </li></ul><ul><li>Summative surveys have been administered to the same 30% of teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Learner observation of 15% of teacher population was conducted with the interface of LMS course as well as use of blog site </li></ul><ul><li>Blog collaborative learning activity will be assessed by instructor </li></ul>
  12. 13. http://gmluna.edublogs.org/
  13. 14. <ul><li>Alessi, Stephen M. & Trollip, Stanley R., Multimedia for Learning Methods and Development , 3 rd ed., 2001 Pearson Ed. </li></ul><ul><li>Moore,Michael & Kearsley,Greg, Distance Education: A Systems View, 2 nd ed., 2005 Wadsworth </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://edublogs.org/ </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>Edublog </li></ul><ul><li>Screentoaster </li></ul><ul><li>Authorstream </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarking </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul>

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