I am writing this blog from beautiful Mammoth Lakes, CA. This is the week of my daughters' spring break and we, along with 5 other families, are snowboarding and skiing for the week. There is nothing more fun for me than to see the whole family on the mountain having a great time. Anyway, as I you should know by now, my very good friend and partner in technological crime, Mark Rounds, will be teaching class this week. He has taught this course numerous times and is my sounding board when I create new assignments.
When I logged in to Blogger, I noticed that there are some new dynamic views for public blogs. I played around with them. . .Check them outhere.
This Week: There are a number of assignments that you are probably working on right now. . .Prezi, PLN, Excel, and those darn journal articles. . .Mark is more than capable to help you with any or all of these. He will start class like I do, checking in with people and answering personal questions. Then, he will introduce this week's assignment: acollaborative website on cybersafety(click link here). The good news is that, because this is a collaborative assignment, you will have a great resource and only have to contribute one page. If you do groups of less than six, you will have to divide the workload among your members.
In my open labs the last two Mondays, I noticed that students struggled with the PLN the most. Trying to figure out who to follow in Twitter and how to network on Diigo. . .Mark will go over this with the class briefly. Also, if you have yet to do a chat, TweetChat is a great resource to follow and participate in a chat. For the presentation assignment, don't forget that you have to create a short assessment using Google Forms. My expectation is that next week in class, you will present your Prezi/PowerPoint/Google Presentation in small groups in class. If you have any questions for this do not hesitate to ask. I will get feedback from Mark on how the entire class is doing regarding this assignment.
Journal 8: Keeping with the cybersafety theme,"Point/Counterpoint: Should Schools Be Held Responsible for Cyberbullying?" from the March/April 2011 issue of L&L. It is a very short article, but relevant to today's topic! If you would like to choose your own articles for Journal 8-10, you are welcome. Ensure you choose an article relating to technology and education and use the correct APA citation.
This Week's Question:How do you feel about single-gender schools (all-boy or all-girl)? Experience or thoughts?