Week 2 Beginning May 28

(Under construction until Monday, May 28)
Technology and Me Survey Results from Week
Below are some the results for the survey. It is very interesting and should give you a bit of an idea about your classmates. In reading the narrative section, I am impressed with how honest most seem to be. To address some concerns and hopefully put your mind at ease......

  • Mac vs Windows Concerns: A couple folks mentioned not having a Mac and being worried about that. Let me put your mind at ease. It is true everything in this class is easier on a Mac, but owning one is not a necessity. If you only have a Windows computer use, you will be just fine.

  • Being Tech Savvy: True this is a big issue. But being Tech Savvy and being comfortable trying new things are different. If you are a risk taker and willing to try and be diligent about reading all the instructions and watching the tutorials, you should be fine.

  • Time: This will be much less stressful if you do a little bit each day, don't wait til the end of the week and try to do it all.

  • Is online for you: It is possible that a few of you will discover is not the best way for YOU to take this class. If that is the case, let me know immediately so we can figure out a solution.

  • Getting the hang of whatever we are doing. It is really, really important that you open every document/PDF and read everything, more than once if need be. Many times I will give you links to video tutorials, please watch them. In an online class it really does require you to be diligent in taking advantage of the tutorials. I will try provide a variety of tutorials to fit everyone's learning style. There is a WordPress Tutorial Help page.

  • If you are stuck: If you are stuck and have used all the help and tutorials and still have problems, email me at ded318@gmail.com and ask. Don't stress and let frustration take over, ask for help. That is what I am here for. When you email me, give me more details than you think I need, so I can hopefully give you the right answer.

  • I am dong a great deal of Professional Development workshop is school districts all around the country. So many days, it will be late afternoon or evening before I can check email, so be patient, I will check every day and answer everyday.



Last week I putt everything on the page and you worked your way down. This is somewhat the same but I am going to just attach everything as a PDF file. So, the deal is, do them one at a time, open each and complete the task.

1. Week 2 Reflections Assignment

Weekly Reflection

Grade information:

  • Week 2 Moving at the Speed of Creativity Reflection: 20 points

  • Week 2: The Tech Chicks Tips Reflection: 20 Points

2. Making and Using Infographics in the Classroom

InfoGraphic Assignment Details

Infographics; More Than Words Can Say (article to read)

Learning and Leading - February 2012

Grade information:

  • Added to your Website, 100 points

  • Not due until Week 4, because this requires thought and research.

external image pinterest.jpg

Just for information

37 Ways Teachers Should Use Pinterest

There are a lot of great technology tools out there for teachers that can make it easier to connect with other educators, get ideas for classroom activities, and find inspiration. One of the newest and best of these online tools is Pinterest, which has quickly become a favorite among educators. Using online “pinboards” teachers can save everything from photos to blog posts in one easily accessible and usable place.
Educators who are curious about Pinterest should sign up for an invitation today (it’s still invite only, but it doesn’t take long to get an invitation) and start creating their own amazing collections of pins. Not sure where to start? Check out some of these great ideas on how teachers can use Pinterest.
No assignment, Just read this article!!

3. Multiasking inside the Classroom and out

Read the article: Taking on Multitasking; Students will continue to med-a multitask – to their own detriment. Nonetheless, teachers can limit the multitasking effect and improve learning.


Check out NPR’s story/Podcast: Think You're Multitasking? Think Again


Deepen your thinking:

  • To what extent do you multitask?

  • When are you most likely to multitask?

  • What electronic media to you use?

  • What’s the effect on you short-term memory, retention, and accurate task completion of any one task?

  • What have you noticed about today’s students, even your classmates?

  • To what extent have they increased or decreased multitasking? To what extent has multitasking affected learning?

  • To what extent do you believe that attention is finite (limited) in the brain?

  • To what extent do brains change as demands change?

  • How is multitasking with electronic media like being in a classroom stuffed with irrelevant distractions?

  • How well would these solutions help in a classroom featuring lecture and reading text. Frequent assessment? Limiting competitive stimuli? Working in short modules with a variety of learning media?

  • Is there any way to use students’ multitasking tendencies to enhance learning?

Now do a little research on your own before writing you reflection.

Title the Reflection: Multitasking in the Classroom

Grade information: 50 points

3. Video in the classroom

Video #1

Video #2

Compare and Contrast these video's

  • Compare/Contrast the three videos

  • What was the message of these two videos?

  • How do you plan to engage your classroom students?

  • Include these videos in your reflection. (Instruction Below for how to embed YouTube Videos)

  • Title this Reflection: Video in the Classroom

More to come..........