Second day of class

Before class begins – please complete the following:

1. Make a name card only if you are new today.

2. Learn classmates’ name (at least two).

3. Check out a laptop if you did not bring your own.

 

PART ONE: LET’S BACK UP A BIT

So, what is this class really about? What project or topic mentioned yesterday really interests you? What were you hoping to learn that wasn’t mentioned? What can you tell us about the 20% project or project-based learning?

Hopefully, the purpose of this course is becoming clearer to you and you’re finding it a good fit with what you had hoped to learn this semester.  We’ll spend a little time today talking about the kind of projects we’ll do this semester.

PART TWO: CREATING A PROFESSIONAL WEBSITE/PORTFOLIO

Everyone should have a professional website. We’ll be using about.me to create ours. Today you’ll post your background pictures and write your biography.  Work with a partner to help each other write something short, but interesting for your biography. We’ll also add some of the “apps” – like Facebook, Twitter, and some links – like Pinterest. You can view some student examples from the summer session here.

PART THREE: MEANINGFUL LEARNING WITH TECHNOLOGY 

What was the big idea or takeaway you had from the Meaningful Learning with Technology chapter? Was there anything that surprised you? My favorite takeaway? This quote from the Jonassen text (p. 2): “In order for students to learn meaningfully, they must be willfully engaged in a meaningful task.” I strongly recommend you memorize it. Seriously, say it with me: “In order for students to learn meaningfully, they must be willfully engaged in a meaningful task.”

Each group has been assigned a characteristic of meaningful learning with technology. Let’s watch a video of a learning activity and see if we can identify any of the characteristics.

If you are going to memorize anything this semester (besides the quote) – I would strongly recommend that you memorize these 5 characteristics.  You’ll be seeing and using them all semester long . . .

FOR TUESDAY:

  1. Complete the student information sheet if you’ve not already done so.
  2. Finish organizing your about.me page: add your picture and biography.
  3. Read the introduction to the National Educational Technology plan. You can find the plan in our Readings Dropbox folder. Be prepared to talk about it in class on Tuesday.
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