Final Class (All due July 31st)

July 22nd is a virtual class. Login here to participate. I will be at the Rowely Hall if you prefer to be in the lab with me for tech support for virtual class and/or class projects.

Mobile in the Classroom

Podcast/Flipped PresentationsGroup 2

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1. What are specific ethical issues you see kids struggling when they use digital media?
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2. How is our sense of identity changing in the digital world? How can adults learn from kids and guide them at the same time?

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3. How does teaching and learning change in a world where information is at your fingertips?

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Required Reading/Exploring/Watching:

Watch the Frontline show called “digital_nation” (90 minutes)


Post 1 response on your blog/class preparation:

Choose one chapter of the Frontline video and share your reaction/reflection on your class blog.


It has been a privilege spending Tuesday nights with you all:)

Thank you for your hard work and open mindedness for learning about technology. A HUGE thanks to those who went above and beyond the assignments. Your creativity was inspiring!

Please consider me a resource for integrating technology into your future classrooms. You can reach me at my MU email, at and of course—Twitter:)

Housekeeping items:

  • Post all assignments (including the last assignment below) to your blog by midnight on July 31st (let me know if extensions are needed)
  • Keep a look out for the course evaluations (should see them in your MU E-Mail on July 28). Your feedback is extremely important to me:)
  • Check out Blackboard after July 27th. I will have all you grades posted for your review.
  • Have a wonderful summer and great school year.
  • Prof. Steve03865b45931cb5e1b15593dad7a52569

Week 7 (July 8th)

Our Class Presentation on Flipped Learning

Media Literacy Class Discussion –

Media Deconstruction/Construction Framework via

Video Analysis – The Three Pigs

NAMLE Key Questions for media literacy


Required Reading/Exploring/Watching:

What do we know about the brain and how does what we know (or think we know) drive how we teach. John Medina and his book Brain Rules breaks the latest brain research into 12 principles/rules. His book is a great read and it is supported by a companion DVD. Much of the video content on the DVD is shared on his website On this site you can access information/activities to support all 12 principles/rules by selection the icon at the top of the media window.

Check out this news report that does a great job of summarizing the book.


Post 1 response on your blog/class preparation:


Screencasting/Tutorial Programs:

Camstudio (Windows only) – free software to capture your computer screen

Jing – free software to capture your computer screen (saves to web only – 5 minute limit)

Screenr – free online tool to capture your computer screen (5 Minute Limit)

Screeen-O-Matic – free online tool to capture your computer screen (15 Minute Limit)

Knovio – easily add narration and video to an existing PPT

TED-ED – Lessons worth sharing

Greenshot –  free software to capture your computer screenshot (still images)

Pixlr –  free online software to edit photos/images

iPadio – podcast via your phone

Quicktime (MAC only) – Free screen capturing

EduCannon – easy add quizzes to your videos

EDpuzzle – add sounds/narration/quizzes


Screencasting/Tutorial Apps:


Educreations – Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard.



Video/Audio Tools

FileWiggler – Download videos from YouTube

Dripy – Download video or audio from YouTube

SoundCloud – A great online service for sharing audio

TubeChop – Allows you to edit any part of a YouTube video to share

YouTube Editor – Allows you to edit your videos in YouTube

Adding Annotations – Are you a Brainiac? – Photosynthesis


 Sign up for your Flipped/Podcast share day here:

Week 5 & Week 6 (Due July 1st)

Examples of Technology Integrated Unit Plan





GOOGLE TOOLS – Presentation from Class


Flipped Lesson Samples –

Phases of Matter – Physics

Finding Area – Pre Algebra

Podcast Samples – 

Poetry – 2nd grade

Weather Forecast – 4th grade

Weather Facts – 4th grade

TIGER Beat Sports  – 4th grade


Required Reading/Exploring/Watching:

Check out the example of the lesson planning tool on TED-Ed @ This is a resource and format that could help you start to Flip your classroom.

Read Podcasting article “Enhanced Podcasts” and explore and listen to at least one of the podcasts on EdReach  or BAM! Radio EdTech sites

Provide a short summary (on your personal course blog) of  the EdReach podcast you listen to. Are podcasts something you would consider for professional learning in the future?


Post 2 responses on your blog/class preparation:

– Watch at least 2 of the TED talks below and create a post (on your personal blog) with a reaction/reflection for 1 of them.

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

TEDxNYC – Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley

Andrew Blum: What is the Internet, really?

David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes

TEDxWarwick – Doug Belshaw – The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies

TEDxPhilly – Chris Lehmann – Education is broken

Not a TED – but still relevant – BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks

– Provide a short summary (on your personal course blog) of  the EdReach or BAM! Radio podcast you listened to and answer this question, Are podcasts something you would consider for professional learning in the future?

– Explore your classmates blogs and post a comment on at least two blogs.

– Embed your group’s Digital Story onto your Google Site.


*Bring Headsets or Laptops for Podcast/Flipped Lesson Worksession.

Week 4 (Due June 17th)

There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.” – Dale Carnegie

Virtual Class Today! Please log in at least 10 minutes before 6pm.

 Login here to participate. I will be at the Rowely Hall if you prefer to be in the lab with me (for extra tech support).

Virtual Class Activity – Choose a resource from slides 45 – 51 ( to either review or create a product. Share your review or product on a blog post (on your personal blog).

Google Site Examples:
Alicia L. Schaefer: Technology Portfolio
Genevieve’s Technology Portfolio


Required Reading/Exploring/Watching:

Read “Copyright Law and Technology” in Learning and Leading with Technology (April 2005) by E. Langran, R. Langran, and G. Bull

Read about Universal Design for Learning until the end of chapter 4.

Read “High-tech vs. no-tech: D.C. area schools take opposite approached to education


Post 2 responses on your blog/class preparation:

  • Complete copyright questions form (use the copyright resources list to learn more about copyright).
  • Virtual Class Activity – Choose a resource from slides 45 – 51 to either review or create a product. Share your review or product on a blog post (on your personal blog).
  • Create a blog post (on your personal blog) summarizing/showcasing one resource that you found via your social learning services (Twitter, Diigo, Blogs).
  • Read “High-tech vs. no-tech: D.C. area schools take opposite approached to education” and be prepared to discuss.
  • Identify a learning standard for your content area/grade level as a target of focus for the semester (see your content area standards  VA Dept of Ed Site) and post your focus in the comments section of this post. Once on this page, use the navigation bar on the right to pick a subject. 

*Bring Headsets or Laptops for Digital Storytelling Worksession (last in-class time).

**During our class, I will be available to help all group combine audio and images to help finish your digital story.


Optional Reading/Exploring/Watching:

“David Thornburg on the Evolving Classroom (Big Thinkers Series).” Edutopia. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 June 2013. Video <>

Perlman, Bob. “Students Thrive on Cooperation and Problem Solving.” Edutopia. Edutopia. Web. 29 May 2012. <>.

Week 3 (June 10th)

“Living and breathing an authentic story is the best way to survive in an conversation-rich world.”

-Seth Godin

PLN – Diigo | Intro Video | MU_ED554

Digital Storytelling Project

You can tell any kind of story with this group project. My goal for this project is that you use  ’new-to-you’ technology tools to create a video that includes audio- narration and/or music sound track in class (some planning for this project might need to happen outside of class – Use Google Docs).  I recommend no more than 10 minutes.

Think of this assignment as practice for incorporating Digital Storytelling into your classroom (and maybe your unit plan). Your digital story can;

  • retell a story/fairy tale/myth/legend
  • retells a story about  a famous figure-Biography/place/event covered in your Standards
  • reflection on a life event
  • movie trailer for the documentary you hope to create in the future

Consider the following elements when planning and producing your Digital Story;

  1. Point of View – What is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author?
  2. A Dramatic Question – keeps the viewer’s attention and will be answered at the end.
  3. Emotional Content – issues that come alive in a personal way and connects the story to the audience.
  4. The Gift of Your Voice – personalize the story.
  5. The Power o the Soundtrack – music to support and embellish the story.
  6. Economy – using just enough content to tell a story without overloading the viewer.
  7. Pacing – the rhythm of the story and how slowly or quickly it progresses.

** Have one member of your group Comment on this post with all the names of your group before you start working.

Some Inspiration:)

Links from class:

PhotoStory – windows software – tutorials

Glogster – online multimedia poster

Animoto – online music video creation

Storybird – online storytelling

ZooBurst – online 3d popup

FreePlayMusic – copyright free music

Pixlr –  free online software to edit photos/images

Apps – A great list of apps

FairUse Guidelines


Required Reading/Exploring/Watching:


Post 1 response on your blog/class preparation:


Week 2 (Due June 3)

“Twitter is the back fence you share with your neighbors. Except your neighbors are people all over the world”


In Class:

Stump your group – 21st Century Skills – create a challenging question based on the lecture content up to that point/Share one or more questions/answer as a group(take notes)/Report to class – Resource – Partnership for 21st Century Skills Framework

Brainstorm via Popplet – Digital Immigrant v. Digital Native – Resources – Marc Prensky & John White’s Digital Visitor v. Resident

Personal Learning Networks – Twitter (, Twitter Directory, Follow ME ) & Diigo (Social Bookmarking in Plain English, Follow MU_ED554 )


Required Reading/Exploring/Watching:

If you were on Twitter – by Scott Mcleod

Frontline – Generation Like (53:41) – PBS

Rosenthal Tolisano, Silvia. “Digital Storytelling – Part I.” Langwitches Blog. N.p., Apr.-May 2008. Web. 11 June 2012. <>.

Rosenthal Tolisano, Silvia. “Digital Storytelling – Part II.” Langwitches Blog. N.p., Apr.-May 2008. Web. 11 June 2012. <>


Post 1 response on your blog/class preparation:

1 – After watching Generation Like, respond to this question on your class blog. How does understanding how children use the Social Web prepare us for our instruction in the classroom?

2- Please bring headsets/laptops (if you would like to work outside the lab) to our next class. Here is a headset I like.

3 – Plan for Digital Imagery & Image Manipulation (Pixlr) in lab activity. Bring images that you may want to use and check out these ideas for inspiration.

Ideas: Explore perspectives; visualize similes; illustrate principles with self-portraits; place self in literature or history; create illustrations of principles or functions; use an improbable scene as a writing prompt


Optional Reading/Exploring/Watching:

The Digital Diet @

Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation @

Fox, Jo-Ann. “Twitter Is My Teacher Superpower: 5 Steps to Make It Yours.” The Huffington Post., 02 Dec. 2013. Web. 27 May 2014.

“Personal Learning Networks for Educators: 10 Tips – Getting Smart by Guest Author – Edchat, EdTech, PLN.” Getting Smart Personal Learning Networks for Educators 10 Tips Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2014.

Week 1 (Due May 27th)

“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. ”
~ Albert Einstein
Welcome to week 1!!!

In Class:

Share your NEW ED554 Blog in the comments section of this post.
Post a ‘selfie’ or avatar ( ) to your new blog.
Create an About Me page

Required Reading/Exploring/Watching:

– 5 Reasons Your Students Should Blog by George Couros

– Choose one blog from the list of recommended blogs and read through as many postings as you can.

– Watch Digital Media* New Learners of the 21st Century and explore resources shared on the site.


Post 2 responses on your blog:

1 – about the blog you chose to read;
2- Choose one of the Learning programs highlighted in the Digital Media* New Learners of the 21st Century video (52 minutes) and share your reaction.


Be sure to regularly check  your Marymount U Gmail and ED554 course blog for announcements related to this class.

Our Syllabus –