I developed the Step Model when re-designing my large undergraduate course. This model is only one way to design a GBL environment. In this model,
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Summer is almost over and the excitement for the new school year has begun! Each semester, my preservice teachers ask me for games and simulations in their own secondary content areas. This summer was my time to curate resources for each of my STEM groups. Below is the list I created for AgEd, and I have to be honest with you, most of these were new to me! It was a great experience to just sit down and search. Below you will see a variety of games, including board games, digital games, and even VR games.
With all of its advanced features, Blackboard lacks the dynamic elements that encourage users to click, read, and watch each time they visit a page. This is something that social media does very well, through advertising, community posts, comments, and slideshows. Blackboard 9 now has the "mashup" feature, which allows you to add the following:
Add embed code to Blackboard:
My most recent exploration of this process was to add an RSS feed of my Google+ Community. It worked for a while using this workaround, but now the feed is blank. If anyone else has solved this problem, please let me know! How about you? What social media tools have you integrated into Blackboard?
Each semester in my introductory educational technology course, I require my undergraduate students to create a public service announcement. To be successful in this project, the student groups must use the skills learned in class: information literacy, video editing, digital storytelling, fair use, and creativity. I also ask them to make age-appropriate PSA's; demonstrating their understanding of the cognitive level and motivation of students at different places in life.
I grade students on the following categories: Content Accuracy (5), Audience Response (5), Visuals (5), Technical Production (2), Fair Use (2), Slogan and Statistic (2), Title and Credits (2). You can watch some of the submissions on my YouTube Playlist, as I require them to post the video online.
At the beginning of each new semester, I review my course design for improvements. I almost always end up redoing my presentations in newer, more easily blended, technologies. Although Prezi isn't exactly new, this is the first time I've had to sit down and immerse myself in the visual creation process - and be very proud of the results. Check out my two new Prezi's below:
My expertise in educational technology has always been with older students. My teaching experience is in middle school and my certification is 6-12. Having young children has opened my eyes to a whole new world of technological innovations, but it has also increased my concerns. What skills do I want them to have? How much TV/computer/LeapTag is "ok"? Will they be too dependent on technology? Will their teachers make the right choices? I want to protect them, but also prepare them at the same time. Below, I highlight some of the choices I have made with the best of my knowledge in EdTech.
The YouTube video above is of my youngest daughter. She is 2 1/2 and representative of a whole new generation of learners. She isn't able to use the computer yet, but the iPad is perfect for little fingers. I limit her use to about 10 minutes, a couple times a week. Her TV watching is also limited to a couple of shows a week (PBS or Sprout only).
My older daughter will be entering Kindergarden next year. She has become more interested in the computer in the past few months, and today, I just set up her own account on my Mac. The account settings are are strict: only allowing the calculator, TextEdit, dictionary, and the internet. The internet only allows the following websites: StarFall, Bembo's Zoo, Sesame Street, PBS Kids, Discovery Kids, BBC Kids, Crayola Digi-Color, Sheppard Software (paid version), and BoohBah. No software yet.
I hope this information helps other parents make smart choices, and I'd love to hear about your choices as well. What are your limitations for your young learners?