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September 03, 2012

To Teach in 2012....!

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

TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTER-GENERATIONAL 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 approximately 700, 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 September 12, 2012.

THEN VS. NOW: COMPARE AND CONTRAST

Fall II EDUC 515 Begins!

AN OPPORTUNITY TO START ANEW THE LEARNING PROCESS

Ready for a productive, busy nine weeks 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 or four paragraphs.

This blogsite posting will come due on Wednesday September 12, 2012.

THE FEW, THE PROUD: EDUC 515

Morgan gives two "thumbs up" during first class meeting!!

April 15, 2012

Spring II EDUC 515 -- Check 'Em Out!

AN OPPORTUNITY TO START ANEW THE LEARNING PROCESS

Ready for a productive, busy nine weeks 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 or four paragraphs.

THE FEW, THE PROUD: EDUC 515

Shane gives a "thumbs up" during first class meeting!!

How Different Are Young People Today? How Similar?

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

TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTER-GENERATIONAL 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 approximately 700, 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 April 23, 2012.

THEN VS. NOW: COMPARE AND CONTRAST

November 13, 2011

Of Digital "Natives" and "Immigrants"

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

TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTER-GENERATIONAL 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 approximately 700, 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 November 21, 2011.

THEN VS. NOW: COMPARE AND CONTRAST

Introducing the Awesome EDUC 515

AN OPPORTUNITY TO START ANEW THE LEARNING PROCESS

Ready for a productive, busy nine weeks 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 or four paragraphs.

THE FEW, THE PROUD: EDUC 515

Morgan gives two "thumbs up" during first class meeting!!

July 05, 2011

Face-to-Face? Online? Blended?

AN ONLINE CLASS

We met online last week for some forty minutes. What did you think? Compared to our first two classes, was it necessary last week to come sit in class in a brick and mortal building listening to the professor? Or was it just as easy to perform your assignments at home?

THE FUTURE IS...

The trends in education seems to be one of increasingly "online" and "blended" classes, and some analysts claim that some fifty percent of all classes will be online ones by the next decade. Is this, in your opinion, a positive or a negative trend? Or both!?! Please read these essays and explore the links below:

and then think about your own experience with online classes. Was it a good educational experience? Bad? Both maybe? Why? EXPLAIN! Please write up in some 600 words your experiences and opinions so far with online learning. In addition to as a student, please reflect on how you would like/dislike to teach an online class?

Please write up your responses to the relatively new phenomenon of online learning by our next class session on July 8th, 2011.

GOOD? BAD? BOTH?

June 21, 2011

Of "Digital Immigrants" and "Digital Natives": Change Versus Continuity

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

TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTER-GENERATIONAL 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 approximately 700, 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 28, 2011.

THEN VS. NOW: COMPARE AND CONTRAST

Summer 2011: Evolving Trends, Evolving Students, Evolving Teachers

AN OPPORTUNITY TO START ANEW THE LEARNING PROCESS

Ready for a productive, busy nine weeks 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 or four paragraphs.

THE FEW, THE PROUD: EDUC 515

Ready to leap tall buildings!

May 08, 2011

Online? Face-to-Face? Or Blended?

AN ONLINE CLASS

We met online last week for some forty minutes. What did you think? Compared to our first two classes, was it necessary last week to come sit in class in a brick and mortal building listening to the professor? Or was it just as easy to perform your assignments at home?

THE FUTURE IS...

The trends in education seems to be one of increasingly "online" and "blended" classes, and some analysts claim that some fifty percent of all classes will be online ones by the next decade. Is this, in your opinion, a positive or a negative trend? Or both!?! Please read these essays and explore the links below:

and then think about your own experience with online classes. Was it a good educational experience? Bad? Both maybe? Why? EXPLAIN! Please write up in some 600 words your experiences and opinions so far with online learning. In addition to as a student, please reflect on how you would like/dislike to teach an online class?

Please write up your responses to the relatively new phenomenon of online learning by our next class session on May 16, 2011.

GOOD? BAD? BOTH?

April 18, 2011

The Digital "Immigrant" Compared with the Digital "Native"

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

TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTER-GENERATIONAL 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 approximately 700, 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 April 26th, 2010.

THEN VS. NOW: COMPARE AND CONTRAST

April and May of Spring II: Evolving Trends in Educational Technology

AN OPPORTUNITY TO START ANEW THE LEARNING PROCESS

Ready for a productive, busy nine weeks 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 or four paragraphs.

THE FEW, THE PROUD: EDUC 515

Morgan gives two "thumbs up" during first class meeting!!

September 13, 2010

Of Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives...

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

TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTER-GENERATIONAL 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 approximately 700, 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 April 26th, 2010.

THEN VS. NOW: COMPARE AND CONTRAST

September 12, 2010

The Start of a New Year and a New Class

AN OPPORTUNITY TO START ANEW THE LEARNING PROCESS

Ready for a productive, busy nine weeks 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.

THE FEW, THE PROUD: EDUC 515

A "thumbs up" on the first day of class!

April 19, 2010

Digital Immigrants? Digital Natives?

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

TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTER-GENERATIONAL 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 approximately 700, 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 April 26th, 2010.

THEN VS. NOW: COMPARE AND CONTRAST

Welcome Spring II 2010: Goals!

AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN

Ready for a productive, busy nine weeks 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.

THE FEW, THE PROUD: EDUC 515

Two "thumbs up" on the first day of class!

February 08, 2010

Of Digital Immigrants and Others

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

TECHNOLOGY AND THE INTER-GENERATIONAL 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 approximately 700, 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 16th, 2010.

THEN VS. NOW: COMPARE AND CONTRAST

Getting Started: Goals for Spring I 2010

READY TO LEARN!

Ready for a productive, busy nine weeks 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.

THE FEW, THE PROUD: EDUC 515

Two "thumbs up" on the first day of class!

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

February 25, 2009

Muckrakers: From Then to Now

TO BE A "MUCKRAKER"

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 04, 2009

"Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants"

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 February 11th, 2009.

July 18, 2006

Towards the Finish Line...

THE READ/WRITE WEBLOG

"New technology is common, new thinking is rare."'
Sir Peter Blake

CASE STUDY, NEXT DRAFT

Go ahead and refine your ideas further over the next week as we head towards the finishing line here in this blogsite entry.

July 10, 2006

Brainstorm for Final Case Study

THE READ/WRITE WEBLOG

"This notion of self-publishing, which is what Blogger and blogging are really about, is the next big wave of human communication. The last big wave was Web activity. Before that one it was e-mail. Instant messaging was an extension of e-mail."
Eric Schmidt

CASE STUDY PONDERINGS

For your final case study, you will want to examine the potentialities for blogs both today and into the future. Think both about what you might be able to achieve pedagogically this next year, and also think well into the future about where you might be able to expand into. Think big, think ambitiously! There is no limit to what you could choose to do with blogs, taking into account multimedia and all its possibilities.

While you brainstorm about the technology of Weblogs, keep these questions in mind:


  • Implication on the classroom environment -- how has/can this technology help teaching and learning to address the learning needs of all students?

  • Ethics of using the technology in the classroom -- what are some of the new issues we need to address because of this technology? Include issues as related to parents, teachers, and students.

  • Where has it come from and where is it going? How might bandwidth increases and ubiquitous Internet access both in school and at home alter your use of Weblogs?

This case study will not come due for some two weeks, but take this opportunity to let your mind start to chew over the technology of the Weblog in the educational setting.

June 19, 2006

How Might a Blogsite Work in My Classroom?


The Blogsite, as Possibly Applied to MY Classroom:

Take a couple of hours to see what other teachers have done with blogsites in their own classrooms, and then filter that information through your own understanding of teaching and what will work in your own classroom. The purpose of this blogsite posting is to help you to find best practices by other educators and then to begin to see ways in which you can employ blogs and blogging in your own unique teaching practice according to the individual needs of the school where you teach.

This blogsite posting, coming as it does as the beginning of our class, is an opportunity for you to think WIDE and BIG. As teachers we have almost unlimited creativity in making our lesson plans. So what might you do with this powerful read/write technology?

I suggest getting an early jump on seeing what other teachers are doing with blogs, and then allowing it all to sit in your mind before posting towards the end of the week.

At any rate, this blogsite posting will come due next Monday June 24, 2006 at the beginning of our class meeting. Good luck!