20% Project & Blogging

Before begin the class, here are videos that will show you what is Dropbox and Google document. If you are not familiar with two tools, please watch these.

  • Watch this video, if you are not familiar with Dropbox.com.
  • Using Google document or Google drive: what is Google docs? Watch this video or this.

PART ONE: NETS

What do we all need to know about the National Educational Technology Plan? What are the ISTE standards? For that matter, what is ISTE?

 

PART TWO: THE 20% PROJECT 

1. During the semester, 20% of your project time will be spent working on something you want to work on related to learning, design, and technology.

2. It has to be some type of learning, and you must document it via a blog

3. You’ll present your accomplishments to the class twice.

4. That’s it. Have fun. Find your passion. Explore it. Enjoy learning what you want.

– Adapted from A.J. Juliani’s directive to his 11th grade English class

5. Brainstorming your idea- concept mapping

PART THREE: TOPICS OF INTEREST

So, what interests you around the topic of learning, design, and technology? We’ll spend some time brainstorming ideas with classmates – the goal is to get as many ideas as we can. We’ll work with our tables first and then share what you came up with.

Let’s think about some questions about blogging.  What are the potential benefits of blogging for facilitating communication and collaboration among people?  What advantages do you see in blogging versus sending responses directly to the instructor? Who is your audience? What makes a good blog?

PART FOUR: CREATING BLOG 

Create a WordPress blog to document and share your 20% project work.

  1. Create a blog at http://www.wordpress.com Take a few minutes to think of an appropriate name for your blog – something related to your 20% project.
  2. If you need help creating your blog, log in to:http://eits.uga.edu/learning_and_training/lynda with your UGA MyID. Search for “Wordpress Essential Training” and choose relevant videos to show you what you need to know.
  3. Create a blog post summarizing what you’ve accomplished so far on your 20% project. You can include links to resources you’ve found, photographs, etc. Each blog post for your 20% project should be 3 to 5 paragraphs.  It can be written completely stream of conciousness if you need it to be.
  4. Add a link to your blog on your about.me page (WordPress can be added as an app or as a link – it’s up to you).

CHECKLIST FOR BLOGGING IN WORDPRESS

  • Setting up site
  • Dashboard functions
  • Creating pages
  • Creating posts (choose the “new post” tab on the top right or use the dashboard mode)
    • Insert media (photos, video, files, etc.)
    • Creating a link
    • Select different fonts and headings
    • Adding tags to posts
  • Change your blog title (if you want to)
  • Customize your blog
  • Transfer your first reflection to your blog
  • Add your WordPress blog to your About Me page (either an App or a link)

** If you still have questions about WordPress blog, feel free to email me or watch this tutorial on YouTube.

FOR THURSDAY:

1. Read Bray, B., & McClaskey, K. (2013). A step-by-step guide to personalized learning. Learning & Leading with Technology40(7), 12-19.  You can find this article in the May 2013 issue of Learning & Leading with Technology in our Readings DropBox folder. This article directly relates to a large portion of what you read from the NETP. It is also a good introduction for the 20% Project you’ll begin working on later this week.

2. You’ve brainstormed ideas for your 20% project. Now, take some time to look at our to see what other students are thinking about exploring. Then, take a few minutes to look through a blog created by a student during Maymester or a blog from previous semester as she worked on her 20% project (remember, posts are in chronological order so you’ll be reading it backwards). Each month or week you’ll be asked to spend time exploring the question/topic that’s of interest to you. Some of the topics explored during Maymester were:

  • Bridging the Technology Gap
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Online Learning
  • How is technology used in special education classrooms?
  • What motivates young children to read?
  • How can technology improve school safety?
  • Standardized test cheating scandals
  • Charter Schools
 Now, spend some time exploring your topic. Do a Google search and see where it takes you. Ask around if your topic is controversial or it’s simply something everyone has an opinion on. Make sure to contact me if you are unsure of where to start or you are struggling with an idea.
Each week or month, one of your tasks will be to spend time working on your 20% project. You’ll record your time and progress on your blog.
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