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February 25, 2009

Muckrakers: From Then to Now


Rich's Standards Based Blog Posting

First, students will drink in a multimedia presentation/lecture on the “muckraking journalists” during the “Progressive” reform era of the early 20th century.

Then we shall read "The Beast is Dead," "Yes, the Chair," and "Is There a Santa Claus?" articles as examples of high-interest, succinct, and engaging op-ed pieces that make a point. Then students will be assigned to write an op-ed piece themselves on any topic they might choose. Students can start here:
and then some real life examples thereof from professional journalists:
Students are then to post their work to class wiki where other students and instructor can read, respond, offer positive feedback or constructive criticism. (Various drafts of op-ed are expected before final piece is considered ready.)

Students can also observe the writing of students from past years in this assignment. This helps them to get excited about, gain ideas from, many other students. They also understand that students far into the future will be reading their words.

This assignment, besides giving practice to important writing skills, can give students a glimpse of “real writing” for an “authentic audience” – what journalists do only almost a daily basis.

And here are the specific state standards this assignment hits:

February 11, 2009

Welcome Educ 515 Students!


Evolving Trends in Educational Technology: The Podcast

With just our laptops and free, "open source" software, a classroom teacher can create and post "podcasts" to showcase student learning and create enthusiasm around class content. For example, this podcast -- "Check us out"! -- was completed in a mere twenty minutes. Its creator barely broke a sweat creating it.

Click here to hear Educ 515 Students!

And this is just the beginning: watch what we are capable of doing this year in Educ 515 in the Spring I semester at the Ventura Satellite Campus of Azusa Pacific University.

Stay tuned!

February 04, 2009

"Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants"



This week we opened our class by looking at Marc Prensky's metaphor of "digital natives" and "digital immigrants." Prensky argues that young people today are fundamentally different than they were ten, twenty, fifty, of five hundred years ago. But is this true?

Take some time to reflect on the students in your classroom currently. To what extent have digital technologies influenced them to the point that they are different than when you were in school? To what extent are your students the same as when you were their age? Do you agree with Prensky? Disagree? How? Why?

Please explain yourself fluently and insightfully in 700-1,000 words, and pepper your comments with some quotes taken from the articles handed out in class.

This blogsite posting will come due at the beginning of our next class meeting on February 11th, 2009.