Tuesday, October 28, 2008

PODetc Professional Development Fall 2008

Folks, I've worked with Alicia Mundt, a mover and shaker at PODetc. I can tell you she is a top flight pro. You'll learn a lot with her and the good folks at PODetc. ~ Dennis

PODetc (Professional Online Development from the Educational Technology Community) is pleased to announce a new course on ISTE’s new NET Teacher standards through UW-Green Bay’s Education Outreach for K-12 educators.

Please consider this opportunity and share with your colleagues. Follow the links below for cost and course instructor information.

Classes are online; no travel to campus required. Participate from your home
Computer. Same tuition rate for in-state and out-of-state participants


Session 1: Full

Session 2:
EDUC 795-9 Introduction to Instructional Technology in the Classroom
1 gr. cr. begins Nov. 17

Session 3:
EDUC 795-9 Introduction to Instructional Technology in the Classroom
1 gr. cr. begins Dec. 8
Alicia Mundt
Online Professional Development Director & Instructor
203 Prospect Ave
Long Beach, CA 90803
Telephone: 1-800-408-
4935 ext 2
E: amundt@podetc.com
W: http://www.podetc.com

Monday, October 13, 2008

Creating and Managing groups for E-Learning

In the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate program at UW-Stout we like to limit classes to 20. Sometimes we'll get 21 - 24 students and have to make the decision to split the group into two classes or use grouping with a single course. I find that groups of about 15 are perfect. Otherwise I prefer to divide the students into different class sections.

Groups help you achieve a sense of intimacy and reduce the stress students feel when facing large numbers of unread posts.

Here's how I divide students into small groups within the course management system.

I start with a whole class icebreaker, then divide the class by alphabet into balanced sized groups.

I like to ask folks to post to their assigned groups first. Then give them permission to visit and post in the other group if they want. This is a form of differentiation for those high achievers who want to do it all.

At mid-term we change up the groups so everyone works with everyone else.

At the end of the course, in the presentation of projects and journals, we join together again as one class.

This allows 'smaller' discussions, while fostering a sense of overall community.

Additionally, I offer optional discussion threads open to all. This is another differentiation method that allows me to present value added resources on topics that may not appeal to everyone. (In my E-Learning for Educators classes this includes additional research into blogs, podcasting, and wikis.)

My 2Cents!


Friday, October 10, 2008

Google Documents (Fully Facilitated 5 Day Online Class)

Moodle Based
Fully Facilitated!

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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

How much time will this take?

Plan for at least 5 hours of instruction (about an hour a day). It will be easy to put in more time than that. We hope you'll find the information so interesting that the time will fly by.

Do I have to login at a specific time each day?

The course is completely time shifted. It's designed so that participants can enter the online classroom 24/7 and still interact. This let's you fit the class to your schedule. We'll go Monday - Friday, with the following Saturday to wrap things up.

What will I learn how to do?

  • Create a Google account

  • Upload documents to Google docs

  • Share a Google document with a colleague

  • View the revision history of a shared document (a wiki like function of Gdocs)

  • Publish a shared document as a web page that automatically updates when the source document is edited.

  • We also have an optional independent study module on how to use Google Docs offline.

How is this course taught?

Instruction includes the use of illustrated webpages and video. Additionally Dennis O'Connor will be facilitating this class. (Dennis is a highly trained online teacher.) There are discussion forums where participants can share ideas. The instructor will also be monitoring the class for questions and be available for trouble shooting help.

What about teaching resources?

You will find many resources with ideas for teachers and librarians interested in using Google Docs in the classroom.

How long will I have access to this course?

The course remains open to you for at least three months so you can continue study and have access to the resources.

How do I register?

  • First establish an account on http://21cif.mrooms.net. Note the graphic on the course home page. (Each person taking the class should create their own account.)

  • Next login using your established username and password.

  • Click into the Gdocs online classroom.(Found in the Information Fluency Category.)

  • When you first enter you'll be presented with a PayPal registration page.

  • Click through to pay for the class by credit card.

  • You do not need a Pay Pal account to use this secure system. (We do not store your credit card information.)

  • Once you have paid you'll be returned to the Gdocs class.

  • The full course will open on October 27th.
We hope to see you online!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Information Fluency: It's Elementary! Beta Testers needed!

Carl Heine is developing a series of online learning games to teach elementary students the essentials of search. We're looking for feedback and suggestions as we begin the development cycle.

We have an Information Fluency group on Joyce Valenza's Teacher Librarian Ning where we are asking for feedback on our new elementary age games.

Please join the Ning and our group so you can participate in our beta test?