Not the END of Teaching with Multimedia.

Before the first day of class I thought I knew what technology was, but apparently I was a new duck as malikaaaa =) puts it.

Prior to this class the role of my computer in my life was for

  • Use of Microsoft word (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, etc) for papers, lab reports, presentations, you name it.
  • Check Yorkmail + Hotmail
  • Online Shopping to spoil the kiddo’s and sometimes spoil myself (big fan of Groupon, Zulily, etc)
  • Checking world news through MSN, AOL, Yahoo, CNN
  •  and lastly watching videos on youtube

Who doesn’t like a bullet list. These are some of the things that I will never neglect and will continue to cultivate throughout my future career.

  • Technology is essential to life as we know it because a variety of sources keeps us informed and uninformed.  I speak only the truth, to some of us its like second nature.  We use it daily, its part of us.
  • Technology is important because now with our new blogs, like mine, melizabethc we can keep others informed, criticize the work of others or speak highly of them too. One good example is Jim Grooms,  Edupunk, and Michael Wesch, “Ed Parkour“.
  • Technology keeps us interconnected so we are able to share information.  For example TEDxNYED, “TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading”
  • Technology, it helps us build tools that support our teaching methods. Like our Maker’s Projects,that will be shown in tomorrow fair and broadcasted live.  In addition Digital Storytelling, Finding Connections, Collaborative drawings, etc.

I’m glad that this experience was not like AC101, which was a little fun, but not as fun as this class.  AC230 has broadened my view and shown me that there are many tools that makes technology unique.  The fact is I have never blogged, utilized photoshop, iMovie, and Garageband.  Now that the course if over I feel that I have gained a lot of valuable knowledge and information.

Honestly, every single blog that we wrote in response to Prof. Smiths blogs were enlightening.  I never expected to learn so much from this course.

I will continue to blog for the rest of the summer and hopefully the fall ( 🙁 sometimes it gets too hectic for me) nevertheless I will try to blog at least once a week.  Seems like this is not the end of my blogging days.

Thank you fellow classmates, Prof. Smith and AC230.

Best wishes to you all.

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Infinity plus TED

The responses my blog recieved were interesting rather they displayed much desire for Mr. Schmidt’s TED talk. Commenters have said that he seemed intelligent and that they can agree with his views as well.
For question #1, “Do you think lecturing is effective?” Polls came by stating that lecturing isn’t always 100% effective. It was said by one commenter that lecturing doesnt create spaces for feedback, and I agree.
For question #2, commenters stated for the question, “Do you think it is important for students to relate to the context of what they’re learning?” Feedback reads, that Yes, it is important to establish a connection between students and context. Direct quote from a replier, “it is important for students to be able to relate to the material learned because it gives them a better understand of what is being learned and connects the material to themselves and reality.”
  • Do you think lecturing is effective?
  • Do you think it is important for students to relate to the context of what they’re learning ?
  1. I like him…he has a slight accent but he is very intelligent and the things that he proposes and the solutions about challenges are pretty cool. He is concerned about creating something personal and sharing it with other people. I like the way that he thinks. It is pretty cool.

  2. I dont believe lectures are 100 percent effective because most of them are just speakers who leave no room for feedback. i believe lectures can be effective if they allow for the audience to ask questions pertaining to the information presented but in most cases lectures dont allot for this type of interaction due to the magnitude of audience present. it would be impossible to answer everyone’s question but to answer the question it is not generally effective but it can be if some room for feedback is alloted

    i think it is important for students to relate to the context of what they’re learning because they should be able to implement their acquired knowledge in practical terms. the good old saying practice what you preach…. you can know about something and recite many different variables concerning a particular subject but you should be able to practice this is everyday life to where it is useful to you in the physical form. It is a matter of doing and not just saying and knowing because that is only half of the equation. it is important for students to be able to relate to the material learned because it gives them a better understand of what is being learned and connects the material to themselves and reality.

  3. I like the quotes. Especially the first one. I think teachers like to beat students over the head with the same concepts even if it does not work. Looking forward to your questions. I’m following the instructions and not having any luck getting my questions up -_-

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A new start with an infinite TED talker

Phillip Schmidt is the co-founder and co-executive of Peer to peer University which is a web based learning community. Schmidt has background in computer science and economics and has worked as an IT consultant for the Accenture Center for Strategic Technology.

Phillip Schmidt

Quoting: Phillip Schmidt in The Digital Media and Learning Conference

  1. For a long time now we know that lectures are a really bad way of helping people learn, but we continue to do that anyway.
  2. What if we look at a different starting point, re imagine what online learning will look like.
  3. Online challenges are problem based learning online, big problems that are relevant to people’s lives…

In the first quote he says that we all know that lectures alone are a bad way to help people learn, but we do it anyway. I think that he’s right and that’s something that should change. I really enjoyed Phillip Schmidt TED talk because he managed to engage the audience and even though it was a TED talk he got the audience to participate in his layout.

I like that Phillip asked, what if we looked at a different starting point. I didn’t think of it before, but he was right we should look at educational resources with new eyes and see what could really happen.

Finally, his last quote which involved explaining what online challenges were but rather having it relate to his audience. In order to learn, there should be some sort of problem that powers your brain and it should definitely be something that you could relate to, it gives it meaning to the context and the context will live on.

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Teaching Design

Emily Pilloton: Teaching design for change

Emily Pilloton founded Project H Design in Bertie County, North Carolina, one of the poorest and most rural county in the state. Project H Design would develop a design-build curriculum for high-school kids. Project H is a design organization merges the power of design to the people who need it most, and the places where it can make a real and lasting difference. It makes way for creative capital that schools may more then need.

What Design Can Do: Emily Pilloton and Project H VIDEO | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

An Interview with Ms. Pilloton:

Interviewer: “Of course none of this would be possible without modern technology—websites and emails—but how do you make everyone feel like they’re a part of this thing happening, together?

Ms. Pilloton: “we’re really big on documentation and telling stories. I think that’s the key to keeping people working towards a collective goal, but being able to do it in their own way. We give them the tools to document and tell stories, but then measure their impact.”
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Visiting Professor Smith’s twitter page got me scrolling onto Tim Owens, then onto Jason Floms… but none were capturing my interest so I figured I’d hit TED talks on youtube and I educated myself about this woman Emily Pilloton and I found someone whose beliefs could match my own. I enjoyed her video and what she stands for hopefully you all do to.