Thursday, February 25, 2010

Week 6: Take a Deep Breath. . .Now TaskScream!!

Many of you might be feeling like you will never catch up. . .but trust me you will.  There is a lot of work to do in this class, but the more comfortable you feel on the computer and using web-based tools, the easier it will get.  If you are completely frustrated, please see to make an appointment for some One on One or small group support. . .With a class of 30, we will sometimes move at what might appear to be a fast pace, but the pace is necessary to get us through all we need to do. . .but there is help. . .if you ask.

Tonight we will revisit the TaskStream narratives, learn how to put some things on your blog visually, like your Newsletter & Delicious tag cloud (emerging tech), and discuss the PowerPoint assignment.

Journal 5:  Remember this is extra credit. . .if you wish to complete this journal, you can search the L&L past issues and use an article of your choosing. . .don't forget to use the Citatioin Machine to give your articles proper citation. . .You are welcome to use another online journal, but ensure you use the proper citation and that the article is about technology in education.
We will begin the Journals 6-10 Assignment on March 11.

This week's Question: What is your favorite Painting or Piece of Artwork? Here is a look at mine, Picasso's Guernica, which I saw in Madrid!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Week Five: Wading Through TaskStream & Feeling Delicious!

The furlough week has come and gone.  I hope you all feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and reenergized!  We will begin two new assignments today.  You should have received either a grade or feedback on the first three assignments: IntroLetter, Scan, and EdTechProfile. . .let me know if you have any questions.  Did you ensure that your newsletter is saved as a PDF?  I will grade those this weekend.

Today will will discuss social bookmarking and wade into TaskStream.  I have most of you enrolled in our course shell. . .I will go over how to access TaskStream and how to enter your first narrative!  If you forget, I have included a short video for your viewing pleasure.

There is also a link to a GoogleDocument for how to begin to write your TPE 14 Narratives.

Journal 4:  "Finding Students Who Learn Through Media," by Glenn Bull, Curby Alexander, and Bill Fester from the Feb 2010 issue of L&L!

This week's question:  Who was your favorite teacher in school?  What made her/him so memorable for you?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Week Three: Harnessing Your Personal Technology Power!

Hopefully, you are all feeling amazingly confident with you newly acquired mad tech skillz ;-)  You have already accomplished a lot in a short amount of time:  blogging, RSS, tweeting, etc. . . .
I hope you have your scanned self-portrait completed because today I will show you how to put the picture on your blog as well as how to incorporate it into your newsletter.  I also expect that you should have your ISTE & TaskStream subscription(s) by now.  I will show you how to self-enroll in the appropriate courses.
Local TPE: 6SG3BA
Journal 2: There is a new issue of L&L that hit the Internet this week, February 2010.  Journal 2 comes from this issue: "Using Podcasts to Develop a  Global Perspective," by Brad Maguth and Jeff Elliott.

Journal 3:  As next week is a furlough day, I will provide journal 3 as well.  It's from the same issue, "Keeping the Peace," by Matt Levinson.

As I said in class, you are more than welcome to look for your own articles in L&L or any other journal that deals with technology and education.

This Week's Question: What is the best book you ever read for school?  Is it different from the best book you have ever read?