Personalized Learning & 20%Project

PART ONE: PERSONALIZED LEARNING & 20% PROJECT

How can we relate personalized learning, 20%project, and NETS?

Here is an article about writing with technology (blogging) reading concerning writing and technology. This is a specific section about blogging (very short). According to the reading, there are several reasons to utilize blogs in the classroom:

  • Providing classroom experiences beyond the ‘walls’ of the classroom
  • Posting on a blog may appeal to different learning styles
  • Blogging could enhance the expertise of the blogger on the targeted subject
  • Blogging and the evidence of outside readers and their comments can be motivating to writers
  • Promoting self and critical reflection
  • Promoting collaboration and the development of virtual communities between learners
  • Promoting analogical thinking

There is even an example of how one teacher structures blogging for their students (on page 174). It says, “In your paragraph you need to make sure that you follow the Paragraph Structure that we have been working on as a class.”

  • 1. S— statement.
  • 2. E— explain your statement.
  • 3. E— example of your statement [ quote].
  • 4. E— explain what your example shows.

PART TWO: TOPICS OF INTEREST

So, what interests you around the topic of learning, design, and technology?

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.
If you are quite sure about what you are going to do, think about what types of contents you can post in your blog. Writing with some images..will that be all?
Once you have an idea for your topic, fill out this short form so I’ll know what you’re working on.

PART THREE: CREATING BLOG 

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

Task 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Task 2. 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.

Task 3. Create a PAGE to post your reflection. Each week, one of your tasks will be to spend time working on your 20% project. You’ll record your time and progress on your blog.

Task 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).

FOR TUESDAY:

1. Read two pages of The Partnership for 21st Century Skills. This short video you will watch illustrates these standards.

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