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June 30, 2009

Welcome Summer 2009 Educ 515 Students!

THE FEW, THE PROUD: SUMMER 2009!

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 Summer 2009 semester at the Ventura Satellite Campus of Azusa Pacific University.

Stay tuned!

PROFESSIONALISM IN MOTION:SUMMER 2009!

June 23, 2009

Summer 2009 Desideratum: Goals, Goals, Goals!

AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN

Ready for a productive, busy summer of academic and professional growth.

GOALS:

Here we are at the beginning of a new semester, and as always it is a fresh start and a new opportunity to learn and grow both as a professional and human being.

So let's address a few basic questions: What are some of your personal or professional goals in EDUC 515 this semester. What would you like to be able to accomplish at the end of this class that you could not do at the beginning? What technologies might you be able to utilize to "teach digitally"? As technology continues to change profoundly how we live and work, what might be the implications for education? Or to be more specific, the implications for teachers? Students? What do you think?

Take a few minutes here as we begin to gather your thoughts and to brainstorm on a plan for progress in this class. Your final posted blogsite entry should be at least three of four paragraphs.

Marc Prensky: Change vs. Continuity

DIFFERENT THAN BEFORE? SAME AS IT'S ALWAYS BEEN?

TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTERGENERATIONAL EXPERIENCE

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 June 30th, 2009.

THEN VS. NOW: COMPARE AND CONTRAST