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ET 513 Week 16 “e-Learning Strategies for F2F Classrooms”

Wow, it’s been a fast 16 weeks! This class was exceptionally useful, and I look forward to applying the Multimedia Principles to my future presentations & updating some of my old presentations! I will have a busy summer!

Below is my final assignment.

This class has been super useful for me in terms of learning the Multimedia Principles and then attempting to implement the Principles all while learning some new technology tools. I always love when I create projects for my grad class that I can use in the classes that I teach. I have used several of the artifacts for this class in my face to face (F2F) classroom.

I teach in a F2F suburban public high school. My classroom has a set of Chromebooks, so in my projects for this class I tried to use tools that my students could use on the Chromebooks. I am looking forward to implementing both some of the Multimedia Principles in my own presentations, and using some tools.

In particular, I plan to update my presentations using the Multimedia Principles. I have slowly started to do this.

Here is an example of my Google Slide Presentation on Newton’s Laws prior to learning about the MultiMedia Principles. As you can see, I broke almost all of the principles; so many words and so many slides! Since taking this class, I have broken the presentation into several shorter presentations (Segmenting Principle). Additionally, I have added images (Multi Media Principle) and reduced the amount of words on each page (Modality Principle), where I do have words I try to reduce the amount of words. I have updated my speaker notes & the speaker notes are used with the images (Redundancy principle). See Below links to presentations. I am considering adding narration for a fully flipped environment. 

Updated Presentations by topic: What is a Force?The Three Laws (these are the first two updated presentations).

The thing that I am most excited about trying is using the narration tools  that I learned about to create Flipped Presentations.  I would like to try creating some narrated presentations either with Prezi or using my SmartBoard recorder. I have been looking for a way to record presentations, and am so glad that I finally figured out that I can record from the SmartBoard. This will be particularly useful in terms of solving Physics problems. For last week’s assignment, I created a faded worked example on how to solve horizontally launched projectile problems. It was very timely, as I  am using it this week in my classes!

Last, but not least, I will introduce some of these tools to my students, and will hopefully have them create some multimedia presentations as well. I usually have them create a couple presentations throughout the year, but I think I may add narration to at least one! I currently use Google Classroom, and post all of my assignments, presentations, worksheets, etc, but I am still trying to figure out the best way to organize the information so as not to overwhelm students. I find the Google Classroom feed can sometimes seem very long for students who are searching for old assignments (I do use the topic tool, but still lots of information for students!). The last student project that I would like to try is the creation of website for students to showcase their learning. I most likely will use Google Sites since we are a Google Classroom school and it will be easy in terms of sign on, etc.

This class was very useful in terms of learning how to improve my presentations & how to use some new tools. I am looking forward to implementing what I have learned. I think I will have a busy summer creating & updating my presentations!

Old Presentation

Updated Presentation (broken into several shorter presentations, here is the first and second in a series on Forces)

ET 513 Project #8 Worked Example ScreenCast

I was so excited for this project, as I have been trying to figure out how to create a video for a flipped classroom. I have been talking with IT at my school and other teachers, but none of us knew that we could record using our Smart Boards! Sounds unbelievable, but it is true!

Dr Hall suggested that it was very easy to record on a Smart Board, so like many when trying to find out how to do something, I “googled” how to use the Smart Board recorder. It is incredibly easy. I ended up creating a Google Slide presentation, and used that as my screen cast.

The hardest part was limiting the text to only what is necessary! I had a script, but found I kept ad libbing as I was solving the problems. This took a few takes, but finally I think I had it. I did find one physics error in the narration at about 2:20, and I mentioned that in the comments on You Tube. For my topic, I chose to solve three horizontally launched projectile problems, which can be quite time consuming. The finished product is about 20 minutes, longer than I would like, but it again, solving projectile problems take TIME to solve these problems. I included a link to the original Google Slide presentation as my transcript is in the “notes” section. I also had You Tube add the closed captions, but there are some errors in translating form my Boston accent to the closed captions. Again, I “googled”how to fix the closed captions, and it was relatively quick!

I realize that on my last solved problem, I must NOT have hit play, and I  do not read the problem, just give the students a chance to solve & then do a quick explanation if needed.

While creating this video was relatively easy, I think that I will need to practice to get “good” at these, but I will definitely make more of these videos; they are prefect for Physics, as it requires practice to solve problems. I have been looking for a way to create videos for “flipping my class”, and there are several good websites Flipping Physics and Kahn Academy, but I have read that students prefer videos in their teachers’ voice. So I   plan to create a series of videos going forward (now that I know how!). I will use this video in the next couple of weeks, and get feedback from my students. I will still give my students the links for Flipping Physics & Kahn Academy if they would like to use those for a review, but will also have my own toolkit of videos!

Here is a link to the original Google Slide Presentation, the transcript is in the notes section for each page.

ET513 Project #4 Prezi w/ Narration

This week we read chapters 6&7 (Modality Principle & Redundancy Principle), and then created a narrated Prezi explaining one of the principles. Modality Principle states Present words as narration rather than as onscreen text, and the Redundancy Principle states explain visuals with narration or on screen text (but not both). The two go together nicely, when explaining a graphic use narration OR on screen text, but not both to limit overload in visual processing. The Modality principle then takes over suggesting that narration is better than on screen text.

One of the biggest challenges for me was figuring out how to include narration in the Prezi. I am trying to do most of my work for this class on a Chromebook, as that is what my students use. I decided the easiest way to add narration was to use Vocaroo to record, download each recording to the Chromebook, and then add to the Prezi.

Here is the link to my Prezi on the Redundancy Principle.

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ET513 Static Multimedia Instruction using Clarify Project #2

This week, we created static multimedia tutorials that employ  both the Multimedia Principle and the Contiguity Principle using Clarify it, a screen shot tool. Clarify it made it very easy to take screen shots & annotate the screenshots.

For this tutorial, I decided to create a tutorial on cardinal directions and vectors for introductory high school physics students. This  is a topic that students often struggle with. After using Clarify it, I think that I probably should have used Clarify it for a tutorial to show students how to log on and access our grading system or some other “how to” tutorial, but I thought I would forge ahead & use it for a physics tutorial.

The learning objectives are:

After reviewing the tutorial, the student will be able to (TSWBAT):

  1. Identify the parts of a vector.
  2. Identify Cardinal Directions  and Ordinal directions on a compass rose.
  3. Measure a vector’s direction from the two nearest cardinal directions.
  4. Measure a vector’s direction counter clockwise from 0 degrees (due east).

To create the tutorial, I broke the tutorial into the following steps:

  • Definition of a vector
  • parts or “anatomy” of a vector
  • definitions of cardinal & ordinal directions
  • comparing cardinal directions to Cartesian coordinates
  • Examples of how to describe the vector’s direction
  • Practice on how to describe the vector’s direction

The Multimedia Principle states “use images with words rather than words (text) alone. When multimedia presentations employ this principle, images help ease the cognitive load and allows learners to encode & decode in their working memory. This tutorial follows the Multimedia Principle because it uses images with word to describe the concepts.

The Contiguity Principle states that graphics/images should be close to corresponding text which helps learners to determine relationships between words and pictures. When the images and text are close together the learner can more easily put the information into working memory because there is less cognitive overload.  The tutorial follows the Contiguity principle because the text is close to the parts of the image to which they relate. Additionally, the tutorial tries to avoid captions underneath the images in an effort to attempt to reduce cognitive overload. It is better to have the text next to the image so the viewer can see the image & the words to help make sense of it.

One problem that I ran into was in the export process. I created it without any problems. In fact it was an easy to use tool. The problem was when I exported the document as a PDF, there were blank spaces before the image  some of the steps. I struggled trying to figure out how to fix it. (Thank you to my classmates & Dr Hall!) I went back and reduced the tutorial to one image per step which fixed the problem. One thing I did not like about the Clarify it was I could only draw straight lines, I would have liked to have drawn curving arrows to show a counter clockwise direction. However, that is a rather a small item. I think the software was easy to figure out and use.

Below is my Tutorial on vector direction.

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Final Project and reflection for ET542

Here is the link to my website for the PBL, “Life in the Fastlane, The Science of MHS Hornets” that I created for EdTech 542.

This was quite a process! I am excited to try this project in my classes, although I must admit that it makes me a little nervous. How will it go? Will I be able to manage effectively? Will it take too much time so I cannot cover other topics? These are all concerns of mine.

I think that as a teacher hardest part for me will be effective management. I will need to manage the process by utilizing regular formative assessments as well as meetings with teams.

Like anything new, doing PBL will take practice, evaluation, revisions, etc (just like what I am asking my students to do!).

As part of the this last week of reflection, we are to do the following: Discussion Forum – Let’s Debrief!

Another avenue for self-evaluation involves reflection on the learning process itself. For our discussion this week, use the prompts below to think about and reflect on your experience in this course:

  • What do you know understand best about Project Based Learning? What do you understand least?

Now that I have taken ET542, I have a much better understanding of PBL. First, I understand that the project is the learning activity (Before taking ET542, I thought of PBL as “the dessert”. Students learn content, then create something). In PBL, students learn the content through creation of the project. Second, PBL require LOTS of upfront planning! In order for PBL to work, the teacher needs to plan, and plan some more. The teacher needs to be ready for possible roadblocks, and have paths to success ready. Next, assessment and management are paramount to success. There needs to be continual formative assessment throughout the project. I learned this the hard way a few years ago when I gave my students an assignment (create a children’s book on the solar system) and the final rubric, but didn’t have midway assessments!. Project management is a daily process, of meeting with teams, and using formative assessments to determine where each team is. Again, I learned this the hard way with that same project. Each day teams would get together and research and create. I asked them “how’s it going?” but I realize that  I needed to by much more present in the management process and with the formative assessments!

I think the part that I understand the least are what are the best tools for formative assessment throughout the project. I feel that this will vary from project to project and teacher to teacher to teacher. Every teacher has their own toolbox, and some tools work well, others not so much! Additionally, the daily management will require lots of practice to determine what works and what needs improvement!!

  • What did you expect to learn in this course? What did you actually learn? More, less, and why?

When I look back at the week one introduction, the three things that I hoped to learn were: 1. what exactly is Project Based Learning? 2. how do I create a lesson using PBL?  learn how to implement PBL within my current course structure? 3.  get some great new ideas for Project Based Learning Assignments (once I figure out what it is, and how to do it!)

I think I achieved those three goals then some! I have a much better understanding of PBL now and the necessary components. Before ET542, I didn’t realize the importance of the assessment and management components.

  • What will you do with what you have learned?

I hope to 1. try my PBL lesson.  2. plan some additional PBL units for other units and other classes that I teach. 3.  Hope to implement some key pieces of PBL in all of my lessons. In particular I hope to implement more formative assessment throughout all of my lessons, and more student reflection.

ET 541 Week 6 assignments

This week had two assignments…

We had to choose two content areas.

I chose math and science for my first assignment which was a review of four simulations plus links/comments on twenty more. Here is the link in Weebly for the first assignment.

The second area I chose  was ELA. I wrote a book with MixBook about the Earth Science expecatations, and created a lesson where students write a book using MixBook on the solar system. Here is the link to second assignment.

ET541 Week5 Social Networking Lesson

This was harder than I thought. I understand the benefits of using social media to increase learning; however, the challenges remain to ensure student safety and privacy, as well as to ensure students are creating a positive digital presence that is appropriate for a classroom. Here is the link to my Weebly page.

Week 5 Internet Enhanced Lesson

This week has two assignments. This is the first, create a internet enhanced lesson. One caveat, no use of videos as that is another lesson. That was challenging as I have a couple of ideas for lessons I would like to create, but they include watching some You Tube videos as tutorials.

I created a lesson on heat transfer that involves some online tutorials, hands on classroom activities, and students showcase their learning by creating an infographic.

Here is the link to my Weebly page that contains the lesson.

Below is the embedded Google Lesson.

Week 4 Video Integration

This week was a two part assignment: 1. Create a video library for use in our content area and 2. create lesson plan that utilizes video.

For my video library, I decided to find videos to use during the Astronomy unit of Earth Science. The videos used range from the Big Bang to Star formation to eclipses.

For my lesson, I chose to do introduction to the Big Bang. This is topic that is can be difficult to grasp for students, and the use of video enhances the understanding. I look forward to incorporating this lesson in the fall.

Here is the link to Video Integration page in Weebly.