The other type of presentation you will be asked to do during the semester relates to a particular technology and how you envision it being used in a teaching and learning context. This will be done in your teams, with each person participating at an equal level. The desired outcome is a presentation in class that you will provide the class an introduction to the technology and will specifically answer the following 7 questions:
- What it is?
- Who’s doing it?
- How it works?
- Why is it significant?
- What are the downsides?
- Where it is going?
- Why it matter to teaching and learning?
- Podcasting – Team Heather (Heather, Mihn-Dan, Betsy) (Feb 28, 2008)
- Wikis – Team Jackalopes (Steve, John, Pooh) (March 20, 2008)
- Twitter – Team Tweets (Liz, Mike, Brandon, Donna) (April 10, 2008)
- FaceBook – Team PC (Tim, Bennet, Janmarie) (April 17, 2008)
- YouTube – Team We’re Thinking About It (Jason, Becci, Doug, Keith) (April 3, 2008)
- Del.icio.us and Social Bookmarking
- Select your technology.
- Schedule your presentation date.
There are two readings for next week.
Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice : learning, meaning, and identity. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York, N.Y.: Cambridge University Press.
Turkle, S. (1995). Life on the screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet. New York, NY. Touchstone.
These are the introductions to these two books, so not too heavy weight. Please remember that responses are due by 5 pm on Monday 02.04.08 and you need to read and vote by Tuesday 02.05.08 at 5 pm.
At least one week this semester your group will be asked to take the top vote getters on the Pligg site and facilitate an in-class discussion. To the degree it is possible, you should focus the in-class discussion around the themes of the course (community, identity, and design). How you run the discussion is up to you. You can be as creative as you like, and draw upon technologies (either ones we have discussed in class or not) to help you. You will need to check the Pligg site after 5 pm on Tuesday and then organize your discussion in time for Thursday’s class. If you need things (materials, etc.) from Cole and I make sure to request them ASAP. We will do what we can to accommodate you. You should anticipate approximately one to one and a half hours of discussion, so plan accordingly.
One of your weekly assignments will be to post responses / reflections on the readings that you are doing. These responses should focus around the three themes of the course: Community, Identity, and Design. Not all readings will address all themes, so it is not a question of commenting on each theme with each reading. The idea is for you to start to build up a strong theoretical foundation for the way technology should be used in teaching and learning and the implications of various technologies. You will also be asked to respond to the responses / reflections of your classmates. Here are the deadlines and details:
- Monday (by 5 pm) – Post your reflection to your blog, it will automagically be posted to our course Pligg site.
- Tuesday (by 5 pm) – Read reflections of your classmates, pick three (3) that you think are interesting / provocative / need more discussion, vote for these three reflections and write a response about why this reflection earned your vote.
Each week one group will be responsible for harvesting the top vote getters and facilitating a discussion about them in Thursday’s class.
We will not be in class for week 1 … we’ll be doing some virtual stuff instead. It doesn’t mean you get a pass for the first week, we’re asking you to get familiar with some of the themes and with some of the technologies we’ll be using throughout the semester. It may feel like we’re throwing a lot at you, but if you just go down the list and check each item off you’ll be in good shape.
The development of a virtual community takes time … we have an entire semester, but we’d like to get it started immediately. Even though this is a face to face course, one of our goals is for us all to connect well beyond the walls of the classroom. To that end, one of the first things we need you to do is to create a personal blog using the Blogs at Penn State toolset. It is really very easy and if you need help you can visit the PSU Blogger Community Hub.
This serves two important purposes for us … one is so we can meet each of you and learn a little about you. Really all we are asking you to do is create a short introduction on your own blogs. This assignment has a second purpose as well — it gets you all in the space and posting right away. All we are asking you to do is create a quick post that adresses the following:
- Your name
- Where you’re from
- What are your interests
- Why you are taking this class
- Anything interesting about you
- How would you describe your overall comfort level with the use of technology?
- Does technology interest you?
- Talk a little about how you see technology influencing teaching and learning.