Live Meeting Reflection

I plan on finishing my live meeting project on 12/8 but I have been working on it for a while.  My partner is Mike Maki.  Mike and I have worked a lot with google hangouts.  It took a while for us to get used to it but we seem to understand the capabilities.  This looks like a great way to present online to students. 

I have also been experimenting with Adobe Connect.  I have found that I can set everything up for my lesson before I actually go live with the students.  There is a notes section and I can open up a bunch of little windows with everything I am working on.  i just need to click to make those files available for my students to see.

My lesson is computing the volume and surface area of a rectangular prism.  I am actually doing this lesson in class this week so I am going to see how it works out with my students.  I have a powerpoint that I can present and review live on screen.  Within the powerpoint are formative assessments.  I have included a link to a summative assessment that they can take online once they complete the classwork.  This is a very good lesson for me because I hope to teach online classes in the very near future. 

I would recommend that it is definitely very important to be prepared for any technical problems when presenting live.  I am sure that with experience there tends to be less problems but preparation will keep the problems to a minimum.  It is also worth mentioning that having a plan B in case of any problems or technical issues also helps. 


Reading Quotes

I have gathered some of my favorite quotes from the readings over the semester;

“K–12 online programs represent a growing opportunity for learners who want
to engage in alternative educational experiences and educators who are willing
to embrace change in traditional models of teaching and learning”
Page 19, Making the Move to Online Teaching – Rice.
I like this quote because I think that as an online teacher we need to think outside of the box with our lessons.  We are not in the same room as our students so we need to be creative in the way we engage our students.
To go along with the quote above I thought this quote was also important.
“You must be willing to throw out the notion that face-to-face instruction can simply be transferred online.”
– Page 172, Making the Move to Online Teaching – Rice.
In chapter 4 of the book we learned more about netiquette and the quote that stuck out for me was the following;
“One of benefits of using the Internet for learning is being able to use social

and peer-based interactions to promote powerful and deep learning. Teens,
especially, crave interaction with their peers. Online teachers can draw on this
natural desire and tendency by providing a classroom climate, expectations,
and norms that allow learners to interact and collaborate in positive ways while

simultaneously supporting their learning”

Page 79, Making the Move to Online Teaching – Rice.
I thought this was one of the most important things I need to recognize when teaching online.  A teen’s relationship with other teens may be one of the most important aspects in their lives.  They want to interact with each other all of the time so if we need to try to use this in the learning environment.  I think that interaction an collaboration are more important,
I found this quote when we were learning about designing the online lesson.  This came from one of the articles we read for research.
“I want my children to understand the world, but not just because the world is fascinating and the human mind is curious. I want them to understand it so that they will be positioned to make it a better place.”
– Howard Gardner, multiple intelligences and education
This quote is why I love to teach and I just believe that as teachers we have to understand that there is a purpose to teaching our students.  This quote also scares we because I see my students as the future of this world and I don’t want to see them fail.
There was no much great reading this semester and I think these are just a few of the quotes that really influences me.

Congruent Triangles Final Product

I have completed the synchronous lesson for the Edtech 521 course.  I added a formative assessment and another video which I got from Khan Academy.  I have added links to my Edtech website that I will use for my portfolio.

I also added identification information on the lesson website.  I hope you enjoy my website and lesson.

How To identify Congruent Triangles

So for some reason this is the second time I have to type this because somehow the first time got erased.  I hope I remember what I wrote.  I don’t know how the link ended up at the bottom but I will keep it there for now.

This lesson has been fun, but also a lot of work at the same time.  I got some great ideas from Amanda Weiskircher with her feedback.  I plan on adding some more examples and some links to Khan Academy.  I also need to add another assessment.  I will look at all of this during this week.  I want to improve this lesson and use it for my Geometry classes when I teach this subject in the near future.  So far I think the lesson looks good but I want to make some improvements.


How To identify Congruent Triangles.

Class Expectations for Online Communication.

This week I made a video using on Netiquette using Captivate.  This was a very interesting but fun assignment.  For some reason I had some problems with getting  Adobe Presenter to properly load on my computer so that is why I used Captivate.  I also had issues with Adobe Connect playing only the sound and not the video.  I loaded my video to Youtube where it played perfectly fine.  I used the information that my Netiquette team put together during our online chat and the information I gathered when I did the netiquette project in Edtech 502 over the summer.

I created a website to use for my scavenger hunt.  It was a lot of fun making another website.  i learned so much in Edtech 502 and I hope to make more websites in the future.   I learned a lot from this netiquette project and I now have a video that I can present to my students on netiquette.

Below are links to my scavenger hunt webpage and my Youtube video.

Nettiquette Chat Edtech 521

On Friday September 23, 2013 at 8PM eastern time the diamond group had a google hangout chat on the netiquette rules.  Participating in the chat were Robert Sanders,  Jim Murtagh, Shari Meuser, Daniela Richard, Lisa Samborsky, and Amanda Weiskircher.  It took about 10 minutes to get everyone on and their mikes tested but once we got started the chat went extremely well.

We posted an initial set of rules that we synthesized from the Netiquette project we each did in Edtech 502.  We then spent time brainstorming how we wanted to setup our rules then we went through the list we had established and modified it to our liking.  What was interesting is that all of the members participated in editing the same google document online.  It was such a great example of how a group that was scattered all over the country was able to collaborate and edit the same document at the same time.

Google hangout chats id definitely a great tool to use in online teaching.  It worked really well for our group and allowed the group to work on the same document at the same time.  It was really amazing.  I hope to do more of these chats in the future with possibly this class or others.

Attached is the file for our Netiquette Rules.


Community Building

Reflection on Online Community Building.

I have joined several communities through Linked In.   Linked In is geared towards professionals more so than students but I have found a lot of great information on elearning and online teaching. Linked In is a great place to network and get new ideas or just ask another teacher questions on certain topics.

I joined several groups on Linked In, but the two that I really like a lot are;

Instructional Design & E-Learning Professionals’ Group and Learning, Education and Training Professionals Group.

I have found that working with online communities can be very interesting, but there is a lot of information out there and it does take time to sort through the information.  Some things that are posted my not be relevant to my interests or the interests of my students.  There are people who are just looking to network for new jobs or human resource professionals who are looking for people to place in jobs.  I have not seen too much out right spamming but any spammers are usually immediately removed from the groups.

For my students I have found that starting discussion groups on Moodle is the best way for my students to share with each other because it is a private and safe environment.  Our high school does not permit us to involve students in any outside online community groups like Facebook or twitter.  There are too many liability risks so we stick to our internal systems for online communications.  I have setup some private online communication with blogs that cannot be accessed by anyone who has not been approved.

I think for teachers online communities are a great way to exchange ideas that support student engagement in learning. With online discussions students generally exchange information and answers questions posted by other students, but what I have found that really support student engagement is when I set up collaborative groups where student can work together can projects.   I setup private groups for my students within the class so that only the group members have access.

Online communities can be fun a great place to learn but we need to make sure that the environment is safe for our students.  Student safety should be our number priority.

Attached is my  Community Building Strategies and Rationale