EdTech 513: Worked Example

I have to admit that this assignment scared me at first. The Hippo Video extension made it so easy though. In the past, making videos and screencasts have been a headache because the platforms were frustrating and then uploading to YouTube took forever. The Hippo extension fits so seamlessly with Google Slides and YouTube. It is honestly a game-changer for me.

My Worked Example came out better than I thought. After a summer off, I found that I  actually enjoyed myself as I was teaching this lesson. The Segmenting and Pretraining Principles were things that I did not know I was already doing but after reading about them in chapters 10 and 11, I was happy to find out that I was. Working with middle schoolers requires me to break things down into little steps and to constantly reiterate/review those steps. One thing that I know I will work on doing though is focusing more on the Pretraining Principle. I need to build background knowledge a bit more, particularly in my grammar instruction.

AECT Content Standards 3.1 and 3.2 focus on creating and using instructional products. For this artifact, I created a Google Slides presentation that utilized the Segmenting and Pretraining Principles, along with other Multimedia Principles learned in this course. In addition, I created a screencast with audio narration for my Worked Example. This artifact shows that not only can I apply the principles learned in EdTech 513 but that I can create professional, instructional products using multiple technologies.

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EdTech 513: Digital Story

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The Personalization Principle makes total sense! However, as I was writing my script and planning this assignment, I realized how hard it is for me to break my formal style. Using an informal, conversational tone defies all of my educational training. That being said, the idea of how we present information – down to the selection of what pronouns to use – affecting our students’ level of engagement shows the importance of the Personalization Principle. The most interesting piece of research that I found in reading this chapter came from the idea that people focus harder to learn and understand by interacting in a conversation. After reflecting on that research though, I realized just how true it was. Especially given the social nature of our current generation of students, the Personalization Principle is incredibly relevant.

I enjoyed working with Adobe Spark Video. It was easy to use, especially become of all the free images that were available. The narration seemed like it was going to come out wrong at first, but when I played it all together, things worked. Given how easy this tool is, I can definitely see my students using it. The example in Moodle of the book report really inspired me. I have been looking for a new, engaging way of upgrading my student reports. They love making movie trailers, so using this tool might be the answer I’ve been searching for.

AECT Content Standards 3.1 and 3.2 asks candidates to create and use instructional materials according to learning principles. This digital story demonstrates not only that I can create an exciting artifact, but that I can do so by utilizing an engaging tool. This artifact utilizes all the principles that I have learned in this course, as I specifically included only images and narration to ensure the best possible learning outcome. In addition, AECT Standard 3.2 emphasizes making professionally sound decisions. In this artifact, I made the decision to use free images along with relevant narration. This decision shows that I can use what I have learned in the EdTech program to create appropriate artifacts.

EdTech 513: Collaborative Google Slides Presentation

This artifact is a narrated Google Slides presentation with basic information and examples of the modality and redundancy principles. I felt like I understood the principles well enough after reading chapters six and seven, but I can say that I truly understand these two principles now. Collaborative assignments have their drawbacks, but I can always say that I come away with a better understanding of the content because of my collaboration with others. This assignment definitely supported that. My group members were easy to work with and very communicative.

In our presentation, we focused very hard on demonstrating the principles that we were explaining. To be specific, most – if not all – of our content is in graphic form with narration to explain. In fact, the only onscreen text that we included was in the bad example.

The Google Suite is one of my favorite tools to use both in the classroom and outside of it. That said, I’m absolutely in love with the Hippo Video extension. In the past, I have used Screencastify and Screencast-o-Matic but have been unimpressed and sometimes even frustrated with their function and capability. Hippo was incredibly easy to use and even easier to upload to YouTube.

In this artifact, my group and I collaborated to create an instructional design product that explains and exemplifies two multimedia strategies. In addition, we had to make professionally sound decisions in selecting our method of delivery, the graphics, and the appropriate narration. As such, this artifact demonstrates AECT Content Standards 3.1-3.2 and 4.1.

EdTech 513: Haiku Deck

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Independent Reading – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Haiku Deck is a resource that I have known about for awhile but had not invested any time into utilizing. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity in this class. My Haiku Deck artifact is an introductory presentation to my independent reading program. I began this program last year and realized that I needed some kind of presentation introducing all its details and need-to-knows to my students and their parents. This is a presentation that I can use during the first week of school, at back-to-school night, and as an embedded reminder on my classroom website.

This presentation software is such a fun change from the traditional PowerPoint format. In my middle school computer class this year, I can use Haiku Deck to help students create simple presentations that are not overloaded with text or misused images. It will be great for my digital citizenship lessons or as just a simple presentation about themselves.

My Haiku Deck artifact demonstrates multimedia and contiguity principles in how I used images to complement the text. Haiku Deck made it very easy to create a simple, straightforward presentation that focused on the purpose of the presentation rather than extraneous design. As for contiguity, my text and images work together to relay meaning. They are not separate but function as one.

AECT content standards 3.1 and 3.2 focus on artifacts that create and utilize instructional designs resources while making professionally sound decisions. My Haiku Deck artifact employs both of these standards as it uses the multimedia and contiguity principles to create an instructional product and utilizes an appropriate resource to provide optimal learning conditions. This artifact is clear and concise, as it demonstrates its purpose free of distractions.

EdTech 513: Sketchnote

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For this Sketchnote, I used the Adobe Sketch app to express the basics of the Multimedia Principle and the different types of graphics. This assignment was difficult for me in general. As someone that has no artistic ability and as a perfectionist, it was hard for me to create and “step away” from my artifact. It is nowhere near my normal level of work; however, I do think it demonstrates my purpose and my ability to create instructional design products/utilize appropriate resources and processes (as detailed in AECT Content Standards 3.1 & 3.2).

I learned that sketchnoting is an interesting and creative method of relaying understanding that many of my students would enjoy. This year, I’ll be teaching a middle school computer class, and I think that my students would enjoy the possibilities of sketchnoting as an assessment, a study tool, and a creative platform.

Finally, my Sketchnote artifact demonstrates that I can make professionally sound decisions to select appropriate resources, the Adobe Sketch app, and to create an instructional design product. I looked into several other applications, but this one seemed to be the best blank canvas that I could choose. It was simple, yet detailed enough for me to create to the best of my ability.

Digital Divide / Digital Inequality

The Digital Divide – It sounds like a Ray Bradbury novel, right?  Another future predicting dystopian novel explaining how the future will be full of powerful, mind-numbing technology set to consume society and rid the world of basic human interaction.  Well, maybe I read too much.  The idea is about the separation between those with technology and those without and as a result, those with the ability to use it and those without the ability.  It is not merely a game of have and have not, though our research showed the effect of technology in a person’s or community’s life is large.  Our research also revealed, to my great surprise, that despite massive improvements in the last few years, the divide is actually increasing.  The focus of our project was to counteract that increase and provide solutions that could increase the presence of technology.

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Photo Cred: Lane Terralever

In this project, my group and I studied the Digital Divide and Digital Inequality as a whole and as it related to a specific state, Idaho.  We were asked to act together as a task force to rank six proposed solutions and provide three additional solutions for bridging the Digital Divide.  In our research and discussions, we found that though we may disagree on ranking the provided solutions, we all agree that the solution to the Digital Divide is not in one step or even six.  It is about acting to integrate and encourage technology use at all ages, in all communities, and for all purposes.

This project opened my mind to how great the divide is in the world, not just the least developing countries.  The divide is everywhere, and even though technology is becoming more affordable and more common, it still has a ways to go.  I think it is especially easy for me as an online instructor to forget the breadth and depth of the divide, so this assignment was an excellent reminder for me.  My new information about the Digital Divide and Digital Inequality also demonstrates the value of what I am trying to do as an EdTech major and what one of my priorities should be as a future “techie.”  A girl can dream, can’t she.  🙂

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Photo Cred: Normand Theriault

We formatted our findings in a Prezi consisting of an overview of the Digital Divide and Digital Inequality, six ranked solutions plus explanations, and three additional solutions.  I was incredibly excited to see that we were using Prezi as our presentation format.  Prezi is something I have heard about and seen my students use; however, I have never had the opportunity to use it myself.  This project gave the drive to learn how.  And now, it’s official.  I’m hooked.  As a curriculum designer for an online ESL school, I make PowerPoint presentations all day.  All day.  I repeat – all day.  With my constant use, I’ve grown bored with it, and now, I am over-the-moon excited to have a new toy, so to speak.  Likewise, as a curriculum designer, it is easy to get bogged down with the same templates and lesson formats, so I enjoyed reading the two articles about design.  Many of the principles I knew and implement already in my day-to-day activity; however, I found the idea of using decorative fonts for headings to be a bit surprising.  I try to avoid decorative fonts because I have found that no matter where they are on a slide, they distract readers.  Most of my presentations, for my classroom or designer needs, include only clear, stick fonts so that students can easily and quickly read the information.  Perhaps, I judged too soon though.  Fontspace here I come!!

I love being a curriculum designer.  There is something refreshing to me about getting paid to fret over the small stuff.  My nit-picky, detail-oriented personality is finally paying off! That being said, given the time, I could change a thousand things about our presentation.  Not because I dislike any of the content or design, but because this was my first time using Prezi, and I feel like each time I edited my frames, I learned something new.  I would love to learn more about the animation features and use some of the other templates.  Even with my limited experience, it looks like a resource that my students would enjoy.