Week 7 & 8 (Due July 23rd)

No virtual session for tonight and no recorded lecture for next Tuesday’s week 8 class:)

Please continue to work on your Unit Plan and Podcast/Flipped project. Post both on you GSite when finalized (add new pages).

See you at Rowley Hall for our next to last class on July 23rd.


  • Watch the video with Howard Gardner on Digital Youth via @edutopia and respond to at least 2 of the questions below the video.
  • Explore the resources at BrainRules.net and add a comment to this post about how you can apply a few of these rules in your future classrooms.
  • Read and comment on at least one of your classmate’s blogs.
  • Read at least one of the posts on mobile learning and post a reaction/review on your personal blog. Please include the link of the post you are writing about and include an image that supports the topic.

5 Reasons to Allow Students to Use Cell Phones in Class via The Innovative Educator

Schools and Students Clash Over Use of Technology via Mindshift

1. What are specific ethical issues you see kids struggling when they use digital media?
Answer here >>> http://padlet.com/wall/foxmyrlthz

2. How is our sense of identity changing in the digital world? How can adults learn from kids and guide them at the same time?

Answer here >>> http://padlet.com/wall/nzmz3n8811

3. How does teaching and learning change in a world where information is at your fingertips?

Answer here >>> http://padlet.com/wall/4rs30vdbik

What do we know about the brain and how does what we know (or think we know) drive how we teach. John Medina and his book Brain Rules breaks the latest brain research into 12 principles/rules. His book is a great read and it is supported by a companion DVD. Much of the video content on the DVD is shared on his website @BrainRules.net. On this site you can access information/activities to support all 12 principles/rules by selection the icon at the top of the media window.

Check out this news report that does a great job of summarizing the book.

From Chalkboards to Tablets: The emergence of the K-12 digital learner.

Week 7 (Due July 9th)

***July 9th is a Virtual class in canceled. I will NOT be at the Rowely Hall on Tuesday.

Links from class:

Camstudio – free software to capture your computer screen

Screenr – free online software to capture your computer screen

Knovio – easily add narration and video to an existing PPT

TED-ED – Lessons worth sharing

Greenshot –  free software to capture your computer screenshot (still images)

Pixlr –  free online software to edit photos/images

iPadio – podcast via your phone

Screencasting/Tutorial Apps:


Educreations – Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard.


Flipped Lesson Samples –

Phases of Matter – Physics

Finding Area – Pre Algebra

Podcast Samples – 

Poetry – 2nd grade

Weather Forecast – 4th grade

Weather Facts – 4th grade

TIGER Beat Sports  – 4th grade


Watch at least 2 of the TED talks below and create a post (on your personal blog) with a reaction/reflection for 1 of them.

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

TEDxNYC – Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms

Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley

Andrew Blum: What is the Internet, really?

David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes

TEDxWarwick – Doug Belshaw – The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies

TEDxPhilly – Chris Lehmann – Education is broken

Not a TED – but still relevant – BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks

***July 9th is a Virtual class in canceled. I will NOT be at the Rowely Hall on Tuesday.

Week 6 (Due July 2nd)

In Class Assignment:

Create a mind map to either demonstrate your understanding of UDL or to meet the requirement for graphic representation (or PPT) of our unit plan for the last class. Please use a ‘new to you’ resource.

Links from class:

https://bubbl.us/ – brainstorming made simple

https://www.draw.io/ – online diagramming

http://www.exploratree.org.uk/ –  create your own thinking guides

http://www.mywebspiration.com/ –  free online version of the popular software Inspiration/Kidspiration

https://conceptboard.com/ – my favorite, when it was free:)

http://todaysmeet.com/ – private backchannel service


Check out the example of the lesson planning tool on TED-Ed @ http://ed.ted.com/on/TV4tnUj3 This is a resource and format that could help you start to Flip your classroom. Please create your own account, complete the TED-Ed and find the blog assignment.

Read Podcasting article “Enhanced Podcasts” and explore and listen to at least one of the podcasts on the EdReach or BAM! Radio sites

Provide a short summary (on your personal course blog) of  the podcast you listen to and address this question – “Are podcasts something you would consider for professional learning in the future?”

Embed your groups Digital Storytelling video on your Google Site.

*Bring Headsets or Laptops for Podcast/Flipped Lesson Worksession.

Week 4 (Due June 18th)


*Bring Headsets and Laptops for Digital Storytelling Worksession.

Suggested Reading on Project Based Learning:

“David Thornburg on the Evolving Classroom (Big Thinkers Series).” Edutopia. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 June 2013. Video <http://www.edutopia.org/david-thornburg-future-classroom-video>

Perlman, Bob. “Students Thrive on Cooperation and Problem Solving.” Edutopia. Edutopia. Web. 29 May 2012. <http://www.edutopia.org/new-skills-new-century>.

Week 3 (Due Jun 11th)

Links from class:

PhotoStory – windows software – tutorials

VoiceThread – online collaborative, multimedia slideshow

Glogster – online multimedia poster

Animoto – online music video creation

Storybird – online storytelling

Pixlr –  free online software to edit photos/images


  • Storyboard, script, and photos for digital story uploaded it as a Google doc . See http://www.learndst.com for guidance/resources on digital storytelling. Please compared to work on 6/11.
  • Explore your classmates blogs and post a comment on at least two blogs.
  • Read “PowerPoint is Evil” by E. Tuften, listen to NPR story about PowerPoint in the classroom,  and post a response to the class blog (not your personal blog). Be sure to make specific references to the reading & radio program in your response.

***June 11th is our first Virtual class. Login here to participate. I will be at the Rowely Hall if you prefer to be in the lab with me (for extra tech support).

Week 2 (Due June 4)

Twitter Directory
You can tell any kind of story with this group project. My goal for this project is that you use  ’new-to-you’ technology tools to create a video that includes audio- narration and/or music sound track in class (although planning for this project should happen outside of class). There is no time requirement, although I recommend no more than 10 minutes.

Think of this assignment as practice for incorporating Digital Storytelling into your classroom. Your digital story can;

  • retell a story/fairy tale/myth/legend
  • retells a story about  a famous figure-Biography/place/event covered in your Standards
  • reflection on a life event
  • movie trailer for the documentary you hope to create in the future

Consider the following elements when planning and producing your Digital Story;

  1. Point of View – What is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author?
  2. A Dramatic Question – keeps the viewer’s attention and will be answered at the end.
  3. Emotional Content – issues that come alive in a personal way and connects the story to the audience.
  4. The Gift of Your Voice – personalize the story.
  5. The Power o the Soundtrack – music to support and embellish the story.
  6. Economy – using just enough content to tell a story without overloading the viewer.
  7. Pacing – the rhythm of the story and how slowly or quickly it progresses.

On Tuesday, we will demo software that you can use to produce/publish and promote.

Course Readings:

Rosenthal Tolisano, Silvia. “Digital Storytelling – Part I.” Langwitches Blog. N.p., Apr.-May 2008. Web. 11 June 2012. <http://langwitches.org/blog/2008/04/19/digital-storytelling-part-i/>.

Rosenthal Tolisano, Silvia. “Digital Storytelling – Part II.” Langwitches Blog. N.p., Apr.-May 2008. Web. 11 June 2012. <http://langwitches.org/blog/2008/04/25/digital-storytelling-part-ii/>.

Post a response on your blog:

1 – Share what Social Learning site you are using during this course. Describe why the tool will be helpful for your personal/professional learning. (Please include a image and hyperlink in this post)

Please bring headsets/laptops (if you would like to work outside the lab). Here is a headset I like.

Optional Readings:

“Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants”  Marc Prensky, On the Horizon (MCB University Press, Vol. 9 No. 5, October 2001)[7]

White, David S., and Alison Le Cornu. 2011. “Visitors and Residents: A New Typology for Online Engagement.” First Monday 16,9 (5 September). Available online at:http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3171/3049.

Week 1 Assignments (due May 28th)

“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. ”
~ Albert Einstein
Welcome to week 1!!!
Share your NEW ED554 Blog in the comments section of this post.
Choose one blog from the list of recommended blogs and read through as many postings as you can.
Post a ‘selfie’ or avatar (https://www.diigo.com/user/plan3t_t3ch/Avatar ) to your new blog.

Identify a learning standard for your content area and grade level as a target of focus for the semester (see your content area standards and/or the ISTE NETSAASL, or VA Dept of Ed Site).

Post 3 responses on your blog:
1 – about the blog you chose to read;
2 – What standard are you using as a target of focus this semester? How can you link activities for different learning styles to this standard?
3- Choose one of the Learning programs highlighted in the Digital Media* New Learners of the 21st Century video (52 minutes) and share your reaction.

Be sure to regularly check  your Marymount U Gmail and ED554 course blog for announcements related to this class.

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