Week 14 Dec 1-4, 2009

Topic: Technology Tools for Assessing Student Progress
Formal Assessment
Informal Assessment
Performance Assessment
Portfolio Assessment

Lab: Get to know the rubric wizard on TaskStream.

Assignment Due: TaskStream MTTS Folio - Upload all required projects to your TaskStream technology portfolio.

Week 12 Nov 17-20, 2009

Task: Work on your PowerPoint presentations. Use the Glance Test (given in class) to evaluate your work. Remember - you need to use this to send your message and tell your story well.

Week 11 Nov 10-13, 2009

Topic: Creating a Brochure using Microsoft Word Templates

Create a brochure using your research topic and information found on your Wiki group page. Open your wiki group page to make it easy to copy and paste.

Open Microsoft Word. Find an appropriate design template for your topic.

Your brochure should have appropriate graphics. ALL graphics in it should contribute to making your brochure more meaningful, not distract readers from the topic. To change the picture, right click on the graphic placeholder (the picture) on your brochure and select CHANGE PICTURE. Browse for the picture you want to put in its place. To right click, press down the CONTROL key then click with your mouse. Another way of doing it is to use your tool inspector (or toolbox). Click on the picture then click on REPLACE (found in the toolbox, under Formatting Palate, Picture).


Adjust textboxes to make sure all text can be read. No half-finished sentences or missing words.

In front, put the names of your group mates. Add "Brochure created by (your name)." Add today's date. At the back of it, add your reference list.

When you're done, print a copy and submit to me. Post your work on your TaskStream MTTS portfolio. (Note: We will actually work on this later, but you may want get a head start.)

Week 10 Nov 3 - 6, 2009

Topic: We're still on Creating Web Sites on TaskStream

Task for today: create a web page (not web site) using the info from your Wiki group work.
Watch demo on how to add a section on a web page.

  1. Open your group wiki page on one Safari window.
  2. Open another Safari window. Put the two windows side by side to facilitate cutting and pasting.
  3. Log on to your TaskStream account.
  4. Click on Folios & WebPages.
  5. Name your web page after your group wiki research topic.
  6. Select General Purpose Templates, look under Web Page Templates, select Do not use a template - Create from scratch.
  7. Select the style layout and theme. Stick with Horizontal or Tabbed Navigation. Save changes.
  8. Click on Edit Content. Click on your web page title.
  9. Click on Main Text (at the bottom menu) and copy paste your introductory text into the text box. Save changes.
  10. Click on Section (at the bottom menu). Add sections to your web page. Edit text boxes as you go along.
  11. Make sure to add a section for References. Copy paste your reference list.
  12. Add an Acknowledgements page. Acknowledge your group mates as authors of this article. Acknowledge your editors.
  13. Add appropriate graphics/photographs by clicking on Text&Image (at the bottom menu).
  14. Click on Publish/Share. Click on Publish. Simplify your URL - keep everything in lower case, no spaces, no punctuation marks. Click on No password needed. Publish.
  15. Click on your URL. Copy the URL and post URL on Blackboard, Assignments, TaskStream Web Site on Research Topic. Click on View/Complete assignment. Paste the URL onto the comment box. Submit.

NEXT WEEK: You will create a brochure based on your web topic or PowerPoint presentation topic using a Microsoft Word Template.

Week 9 October 27-30, 2009

Topic: Creating Web Sites on TaskStream
  1. Log on to your TaskStream account.
  2. Click on Folios & WebPages.
  3. Use your name for the webpage name. Use proper capitalization. Click Continue.
  4. Select General Purpose Templates, Reflective Portfolio (Pre-Service). Click Continue.
  5. Select the style layout and theme. Save changes
  6. Click on Edit Content.
  7. Click on Favorite links and resources. Click Rename and rename this page to Teaching Experiences
  8. Click on About Me. Add text and image by clicking on ADD Text & Image button located at the bottom of the page.
  9. Edit the other pages, too.
  10. When you are done, click on Publish/Share. Click on Publish. Simply your web address by changing capital letters into lower case letters and deleting any punctuation marks. Click on Publish, select No Password needed. Post your URL on our class wiki (Home Page, Discussion on TaskStream Projects) and also on Blackboard Assignments. (Click on Assignment 7 View/Complete Assignment Here).

For those of you who have already created lesson plans on TaskStream, these lesson plans will be excellent examples of your work. Follow these steps:
  1. Click on the page Examples of My Work
  2. Click on Attachments (fifth button on the menu located at the bottom of the page)
  3. Click on radio button an artifact created on TaskStream, select category Lesson Plans, select the particular lesson plan you want to create a link to. Click on ADD FILE.
  4. Save and Return.


Week 8 October 20 - 23, 2009

Topic: Presentation Software

1. Explore KeyNote and PowerPoint. Compare and contrast the two programs.
2. Process storyboard plans for individual presentation: Work with a partner or in a group of 3 members. Present your storyboard to each other. Help each other improve on their ideas by providing constructive criticisms and suggestions.
3. Work on your presentation.

Jeopardy Games: http://www.hardin.k12.ky.us/res_techn/countyjeopardygames.htm
PowerPoint Games: http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/PPT-games/


Week 7 October 13 - 16, 2009

Note: Please disregard the notice that "Your subscription will expire in days." I signed up for our wiki to be ad-free for 30 days. That's what's going to expire.

Topic for the week: Design Principles One important role that teachers play is that of instructional designers. As teachers, we are also involved in the creative process of designing instructional programs and instructional materials. In designing audio-visual materials we can use in teaching, we should be knowledgeable of basic design principles. We will be watching a film in class which I hope will inspire you to be more thoughtful of the design of materials you prepare, whether these are PowerPoint presentations, brochures, web sites, or videos, to name a few.

Design Principles Noise Reduction

Picture Superiority Effect Empty Space Proximity and Alignment - http://coe.sdsu.edu/eet/articles/designprin1/start.htm

Repetition and Contrast - http://coe.sdsu.edu/eet/articles/Designprin2/start.htm

Authors on Google - Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ2vtQCESpk

Assignment: Brainstorm ideas for your presentation. What will be your story? What are the important points you want to impart? Create a storyboard showing what you plan to show on your presentation.

Week 6 October 6 -9, 2009

Note: Please disregard the notice that "Your subscription will expire in days." I signed up for our wiki to be ad-free for 30 days. That's what's going to expire.

Video for the week: Did you know?
Watch the following video. Keep in mind that this is the world you are in now as a future teacher. What implications do these emerging technologies have on your future role as teacher? Does this frighten you or excite you? In your opinion, what attitudes and dispositions should future teachers (like you) have? Post your thoughts on our discussion board.

Tasks for this week:
  1. Discuss APA in-text citation.
  2. Read the feedback given by your editors. Post a thank you note on your discussion board for the feedback given. Remember, you may not agree with everything they said, but they took time to read your article and post comments that they sincerely feel would help you improve your work. Keep an open mind and express appreciation for the work they have done.
  3. With your group, address the issues brought up by your editors.
  4. On your group wiki, post a list of your editors names. Write "Article edited by:"

If you're a PC person who wants to get to know Macs better, watch this video: http://www.apple.com/findouthow/mac/#pctom ac

Week 5 September 29 - Oct 2, 2009

Tasks for this week:

  1. If you haven't, please post a profile photograph for your wiki account.
  2. Finish up on editing your group paper on wiki.
  3. At 11:20, put on your Editor's hat. Read the work of the group assigned to your group. Post constructive comments and suggestions for improvement on the group discussion board. You are looking for:
    • logical flow of the article grammatical errors
    • grammatical errors
    • sentence construction - Work should have complete sentences.
    • proper punctuation
    • proper APA citation
    • overall tone of article - Does it sound professional? Friendly?

Follow netiquette on your discussion board posting. Maintain a professional and friendly tone. Sugarcoat your criticism. Begin with what's good and what's working. Then present areas of improvement. Cite specific instances. Copy and paste from the article and provide your suggestion.

Group Editing Partners:

Tuesday Class:

  • Classroom Management please edit School Bullying
  • School Bullying please edit Cell Phones
  • Cell Phones please edit Art in Education
  • Art in Education please edit Cyberbulling
  • Cyberbullying please edit Classroom Management

Thursday Class:

  • ADHD please edit Movement in ECE
  • Movement in ECE please edit Young Children & Tech
  • Young Children & Tech please edit Inclusion
  • Inclusion please edit ADHD

Friday Class:

  • Character Ed please edit Obeity
  • Obesity please edit Tech in PE
  • Tech in PE please edit Dyslexia
  • Dyslexia please edit Skipping/Repeating
  • Skipping/Repeating please edit Character Ed

Week 4 September 22-25, 2009

Task for this week:

1. Post a profile photograph for your wiki account.

  • First, prepare a photo of yourself you want to upload. You can take your photo on the Mac using PhotoBooth, the same way you did when you took your group picture. Or download a photo from your Facebook or other online account. To copy your photo, hit CONTROL and click on your mouse. Save the picture on your desktop.
  • On your wiki, click on MY ACCOUNT. Look for Your Profile, Picture. Click on CHANGE. Upload your photo. You can crop it by selecting "crop your photo online." Select the portion of your photo you want. Click on upload. Scroll down and save.

2. Watch this video and share your thoughts on the discussion board on this wiki.

3. Edit your group paper. Pay attention to how the ideas flow as you read them. Add an introduction and recommendations/conclusion. You can do this today on etherpad. Let's try it. Go to this website:


NEXT WEEK: Your article should be ready to be viewed by other groups. Each group will play the role of editors.


Week 3 September 15-18, 2009

This weeks special topic: Citing in APA Format

In the field of Education, we use the format outlined by the American Psychological Association. Whenever we write papers, we use the APA format to cite our sources. Familiarize yourself with the APA format. When you post your notes, be sure to cite your sources using APA format. Here's a link that may help: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

You may want to try a program such as WorksCited4U (suggested by Emily) at http://workscited4u.com/ or Citation Machine at http://citationmachine.net/

Things to do:

1. Make sure you have uploaded your Search Log on your TaskStream Tech Assessments DRF. Hand-outs with instructions have been given. Ask help if you need assistance.

2. Group Meeting: Share findings from your article readings. After every member has shared their notes, organize your information by sub-topics. Assign members to work on sub-topics you have identified. Post your outline at the top of your group Wikipage, below your working banner.

3. On your group Wikipage, each member of your group should have posted an edited photo, notes from at least three articles, and proper APA citations of sources. These assignments are described in detail on your assignment guidelines as Assignment 1 Photo Editing and Assignment 3 Article Summaries.

Assignment for next week: Write a cohesive paragraph on the subtopic assigned to you, complete with an introduction and conclusion. Post your work on your group wiki page, above the article summaries already posted there.


Week 2 September 8-11

A NOTE on File Names of Photos: Be careful when you name your photos. Make sure you give it a unique name. Otherwise, our Wikispace will show the most current photo uploaded with a certain file name. So if two of you called your photos "photo.jpg," the last picture that was uploaded as "photo.jpg" will show and the first one will disappear.

Things to do:
  1. Set up TechAssessments DRF on TaskStream.
    1. Log on to your TaskStream account. If you do not have an account yet, get one.
    2. Click on ENTER CODE. Enter TechStandardsFall09. Click on Enroll.
    3. Post your Search Log. See the hand out on "Submitting Assignments Through TaskStream."
  2. Locating graphics. Be mindful of copyrights. Pick at least one photo on your topic for each member of your group. Save on the desktop.
  3. Photo Editing with Picnik
    1. Go to http://www.picnik.com Sign up for free membership.
    2. Edit your group photo. Add your names on it. Re-upload on your page.
    3. Create a banner for your page.
    4. Guide: http://sites.google.com/site/onlinetools4teachers/create-a-banner-with-picnik
  4. APA Format: Citing Sources
    Familiarize yourself with the APA format. When you post your notes, be sure to cite your sources using APA format. Here's a link that may help: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

Assignment for next week:
  • Be sure your TaskStream DRF has been set up with your Search Log submitted.
  • Post your edited photograph on your group wiki. One of you should have created a banner.
  • Post notes from your readings on your group wiki, including your sources in APA format.

Welcome to EDUC 346!

Things to do:

1. Course Overview

  • Go over syllabus
  • Visit our Blackboard Course Site
  • Take a look at the MTTS Standards

2. Get into groups

  • Get into groups of 5 members.
  • Select a Coordinator for each group.
  • Pick a topic to report on.
  • Submit a list of group members and selected topic to Dr. Ladores.

3. Get Started with the Wiki

  • Go to http://ed346.wikispaces.com/
  • Click on Join this Wiki.
  • Wait for your request to be approved.
  • Click on NEW PAGE to create your group page. Follow the prompts. Use your topic as Page Title.
  • Type in the names of the members of your group.

4. Take a Photo and Post on your Group Wiki Page

  • Open Photo Booth.
  • Take a group photo.
  • Save your photo. Make sure to rename it to your group's topic, e.g. cellphones group photo.jpg
  • Upload the photograph on our class wiki.
  • Insert it on your page.

Assignment for Next Week:

  • Do an Internet search on the topic you have selected.
  • As you work on your Internet search, fill in the Search Log. It's on Blackboard. Be sure to put in lots of comments on the validity of the web sites you have visited.
  • Bring a copy of your accomplished Search Log next meeting.