Podcast Assignment: Clarfication

The Podcast can be about anything. Think of this assignment as practice for creating ‘online learning objects’ that your students can use to prepare for class (Flipped Classroom model) or review during/after class (blended modeled). Your podcast can;

  • describe a instructional strategy that you have some experience with (or want to explore), Project-Based Learning
  • retell a story
  • summarize the life of a famous figure covered in your Standards
  • demonstrate how to use a program
  • recreate a classroom lecture
  • summarize an article from class

Podcasts can be audio only (like podcasts shared on the EdReach site), or can include images. Technology has advanced to a place where it is just as easy to create a podcast that includes audio and video.

On Friday, we will demo software that will record only audio, audio and video and audio, video and your computer screen.

If you haven’t invited me to your Google Planning Doc. yet, please do.

Here are a few of my favorite podcasts from my past classes.

Abraham Lincoln Podcast by Jen R., Mindy and Meg

Prezi – How To by Jennifer O., Merete and Suzanne

Gardening in Northern Virginia by Cindy, Karen & Shabrayle

Using word clouds to enhance reading comprehension. from Gabriela Rivas on Vimeo.

Chapter 7: Curriclum 21 from Steven Knight on Vimeo.


Week 3 Assignments (Due June 15th)

Post a response on your blog:
1 – Can podcasts enhance/support your classroom instruction? What are the benefits and barriers?

2-Provide a short summary of  the EdReach podcast you listen to. Are podcasts something you would consider for professional learning in the future?

3- Choose one of the Project Based Learning Articles and post a reaction/review

4 – Watch the TEDxPhilly – Chris Lehmann – http://bit.ly/LsLWcU and right a short reaction post to what he shared.


Course Readings:

– Read “The Power of Digital Media”

Project Based Learning-

Lands, Brad. “Digital Learning Series.” : Project Based Learning: Explained. Falls Church City Public Schools, Jan.-Feb. 2012. Web. 29 May 2012. <http://www.digitallearningseries.com/2012/02/project-based-learning-explained.html>.

Perlman, Bob. “Students Thrive on Cooperation and Problem Solving.” Edutopia. Edutopia. Web. 29 May 2012. <http://www.edutopia.org/new-skills-new-century>.

– Read Podcasting article “Enhanced Podcasts” and explore and listen to at least one of the podcasts on EdReach site.


Activity Planning:

– Plan for Digital Imagery & Image Manipulation (Photoshop) 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

*** Decide on a topic and group (no more than 4) for group  podcast assignment. Plan over the week (using Google docs-share document with me) and be prepared to begin work on June 15th.

Week 2 Assignments (due June 8th)

Post 1 response on your blog:
1 – respond to The Nuts & Bolts of 21st Century Teaching blog post

Read “High-tech vs. no-tech: D.C. area schools take opposite approached to education” and be prepared to discuss.

Create a Twitter account. Follow me and Tweet a message to me (@plan3t_t3ch) with the hashtag #ed554. Explore one of these sites for finding Twitter Users – Listorious or wefollow and begin to follow at least 10 people.

Recommended activities:

 Add an About page to your Blog. Consider using a graphic/avatar or word cloud to represent you.
***June 8th is Virtual. Login here to participate. I will be at the Reston Center if you prefer to be in the lab with me (for extra tech support). Since class will be no longer than a hour, please plan for a few online assignments to be completed before the June 15th class.

Fun with Avatars

Some of you have already discovered the fun in creating an avatar or cartoon version of yourself. This is an activity that I do with 4th graders every year as part of my Internet Safety/Digital Citizenship lessons. It is a fun way to help kids find an alternative to sharing pictures of themselves on their social profiles. You too can have fun in creating your own avatar to share on your blog (this is an optional activity).

These are 4 of my favorites-

Lego with http://www.reasonablyclever.com/mizers.html

Lego withhttp://www.reasonablyclever.com/mizers.html

Simpsonize Me (uploading photo)… http://simpsonizeme.com/

EightBitMe http://eightbit.me/

SP Studio & Create South Park Avatar.. http://www.sp-studio.de/index.htm & http://www.southparkstudios.com/avatar/

To find more options for creating avatars, visit my Diigo Library @ http://www.diigo.com/user/plan3t_t3ch/avatar

Week 1 Assignments (due June 1st)

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

Giving Reluctant Students a Voice” (R. Redekopp & E. Bourbonniere)

Identify a learning standard for your content area and grade level as a target of focus for the semester (see your content area standards and/or the ISTE NETSAASL, or VA Dept of Ed Site).

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

Post 4 responses on your blog:
1 – about the blog you chose to read;
2 – about the “Giving Reluctant Students a Voice” article
3 – What standard are you using as a target of focus this semester? How can you link activities for different learning styles to this standard?
4- Choose one of the Learning programs highlighted in the Digital Media* New Learners of the 21st Century video and share your reaction.


Be sure to check regularly your Marymount U Gmail account for email announcements related to this class.

Optional readings: Chapter 4: “Using Drama to Extend the Reader” from J. Wilhelm’s You Gotta BE the Book;

Teddy Bears Go Blogging” by B. Sherry;

Writing for Real Purpose” (C. Ikpeze) from Learning & Leading with Technology vol. 36 no. 7