Resources

YouTube editing tool

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TubeChop allows you to chop out and share a section of a YouTube video. Using this you can easily show pertinent clips of longer videos in class, allowing you to only target the exact information you wish the students to watch. You can share your chopped video through a variety or social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook or you can even e-mail your clip.

Impact On The Role of Adult Educators: Challenges Surrounding Implementing Tech 

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5 Tech Implementation Challenges for Teachers By Kristen Hicks

The use of technology in the classroom has many benefits, but as with any change there is always growing pain that must accompany it.  In this article Kristen Hicks explores the top five tech problems that teachers face. She looks at the how having to learn new technology can put added pressure on a teachers already busy schedule, how relying on technology can backfire when the technology stops working, that it can create more of a barrier to learning than it can aid as well as the added complexity of coming up with the money to fund the technology. She then goes on to provide some ideas of how to solve these problems. Most of the solutions include collaboration with the proper entities within your institute to gain the support you need to make the integration of technology work. It all comes down to communication and making sure that you find the right place to voice your concerns or suggestions. Complaining about an issue with the internet at the water cooler may make you feel better, but it will not solve the issue when the people with the power to implement the solution are not aware of the problem.

Current Trend in Education: Social Media in The Classroom

Social Media plays a huge role in our lives, it is estimated that 93% of college students have and use a Facebook account (http://dailygenius.com/how-students-are-using-social-media-in-education/) and that 90% of all faculty are using social media in courses they’re teaching or for their professional careers outside of the classroom. Of that it is estimated two thirds are have used social media during a class session according to research performed by Pearson Learning Solutions, the Babson Survey Research Group, and Conversion(http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED535130.pdf). Due to the staggering usage of this technology  I am very interested in learning more about this current trend, and the value of its usage in education. Many of the social media sights such as Facebook and Twitter often hold lots of ones personal information, as well as they can be hard to ensure security of the content placed on them. For these reasons I can see this being a barrier to implementing them into the classroom. Some faculty may not wish nor may not be permitted to share details of their personal lives with their students, as well as students may not wish to share their personal information with the faculty or other students in the class. So I was curious to find if there was a tool that one could use that would operate similar to Facebook, but have a design that incorporated more privacy and security that is needed in a classroom setting.

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Edmodo

Is a web based platform that is very similar to Facebook, but is a safe and controlled environment that lends itself to be more appropriate for school. It allows the teacher to create and manage a secure classroom group. Access to the group is only permitted with the correct access code that is created by the teacher. At any point in time the teacher can change this access code without affecting any members that have already joined. Anything that is posted is seen by the whole group and the post cannot be anonymous so that everyone knows who is posting what. The teacher can control posts through monitoring what is being posted, and deleting posts if they see fit. This platform can be used to create assignments, quizzes, assign homework and do polls with the students, it can be set up to mark student submission and give them instant feedback on their progress. It also allows educators to connect and network with others in their subject matter area, to share and collaborate on  ideas. Currently this platform is designed more for the K-12 school system than it is for higher education, but I can see some features that could be very valuable for post secondary students. Being able to belong to a safe and secure platform focused just on their studies and not including the distractions that come with other social media sights, I feel would aid in interaction and collaboration during study session. They could connect and discuss topics, ask questions and network with one another. In addition this platform would allow the instructor to observe and facilitate in steering discussions, clarifying grey areas for students or uploading material or homework that would be relevant to the current classroom discussion.

Resources

Dunn, J. (2015, March 2). How Students are Using Social Media in Education. Retrieved from http://dailygenius.com/how-students-are-using-social-media-in-education/

Moran, M., Seaman, J., Tinti-Kane, H., (2011, April) Teaching, Learning, and Sharing: How Today’s Higher Education Faculty Use Social Media. Retrieved from  http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED535130.pdf

Lesson Planning Component: Assessment

Poll-Everywhere
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This tool allows you to pose questions to a class and have them answer using their mobile device. It works in real time to provide instant feedback to the instructor. I have chosen this resource as a great way to do pre and post assessments in class. I plan to utilize this during my lessons to asses prior knowledge, highlight key objectives of the lesson and gauge how effective my delivery was in giving the students an understanding of the objective. When the results of the poll illustrate that general understanding is low it will highlight areas I need to review.

Lesson Planning Component: Media

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This article contains good tips on how to effectively use PowerPoint in the class, and some pointers on how not to use PowerPoint. PowerPoint can be an incredibly effective learning tool when used correctly. I plan to refer to the tips and suggestions on this site when creating presentations in order to make them more engaging for the students. I will endeavor to employ more participatory content and mixed media in my presentations as the article suggest. As well I will use it a tool to identify and correct some of the problems with my current presentations.

Lesson Planning Component: Creating a Positive Learning Environment

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The University of Saskatchewan has complied a great resource with examples and videos tutorials on creating a positive learning environment.  It is important for students to feel comfortable and safe in the class so they can participate and be engaged in the learning. I strongly believe when the class is enjoyable students are successful. I plan to review these videos and tips before the start of classes and periodically throughout the school year to make sure I am consciously building and maintaining that positive environment for my students.

Lesson Planning Component: Motivational Techniques

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Cammy Bean provides a nice summary and links to more in depth information on John Keller’s ARCS model of motivational design. This model illustrates four conditions that must be met for learners to become, and remain motivated. This design provides strategies to make your lessons more engaging for the learner and keep them interested and motivated. Although I already sub consciously employ many of the strategies that Keller’s model suggest, I am going to strive to diversify how I am accomplishing those strategies and be more conscious of ensuring I complete the model in all of my classes.

Lesson Planning Component: Instructional Processes/Strategies

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Carnegie Mellon University has published a nice table outlining Instructional strategies and some suitable ways to incorporate that strategy into the class. All the strategies listed within the table are hyperlinked to a page that explains the strategy in greater detail and provides additional information on how to implement them. I want to start using more diversity in my instruction, so I plan to utilize this information to change up the delivery of my material and bring more diversity into my instructional style.

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