The Physical versus the Virtual

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Aug 052013

“Given that both E-Books and online courses be used for the sole purpose of learning, which one would you say was a more effective option?”

I don’t see this as being “either…or” (it’s like asking what’s better, a book or a course). An ebook is a resource and an online course is a means of delivery that includes a whole host of possible resources, learning theories, and types of communication (i.e., asynchronous and synchronous communication).

We might ask: 1) What do you prefer, ebooks or physical books? 2) What do you prefer, online, blended, or face-to-face courses?

Heidi says, “…I know my team would not be receptive to e-books as a form of learning“.

When I think of ebooks, I think of books found in Google Books, ebrary, etc. where parts or entire books can be accessible via the web. If someone rejects the use of ebooks, I’d be interested in knowing how much of it is a personal preference and how much of it is due to accessibility and know-how of the Internet and technology as a whole. It would be interesting to know Heidi’s corporate learning environment, but I would say that if I have limited access to the Internet and/or I do not know much about technology, that’s one thing. If I have access to the web, I’m technologically savvy, and I prefer not to use ebooks, that’s a different notion.

Would like to hear additional thoughts on the matter.

 Posted by at 10:57 am

Blended Learning

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Aug 032013

Today we are discussing blended learning. Some sites we’ll be using this week are the following:

Here are some sites we will be using this week:

After watching this video, review some of the following sites to determine which would best serve your own content class: 

  • Blogs: Blogger, WordPress, Edublog
  • Wikis: Wikieducator, Wikispaces, Wetpaint, Teachers First Wiki Walkthrough
  • Presentations: Powerpoint in the classroom, Slideroll, Slide
  • Videocasts: Youtube, Youtube Proxy1, Youtube Proxy2, BlipTV, UStream, Procaster
  • Podcasts: iTunes, Podomatic
  • Social networks: Ning, Facebook, MySpace
  • Aggregators: Google Reader, NetVibes
  • Course management systems: Moodle, Ninehub (Free Moodle Host), Sclipo
  • Mashable
  • AASL Best Web Sites for Teaching and Learning
  1. How do you feel blended learning can improve instruction and assessment within your own teaching context? What technologies would and wouldn’t work? (include your name when submitting post.)
  2. Go to our wikispaces and add any links to websites that you currently use, both as a learner and educator.
  3. As a separate post, but posting to this same thread, answer the questions to the project found in lesson three, exercise six (unit 1).
 Posted by at 11:00 am

Balancing Blended Learning

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Aug 032013

Today we are continuing our discussion on blended learning and the different web 2.0 tools that can be used in your own classroom: PowerPoint, internet, video, audio, podcasts/iTunes/twitter, chatrooms, social networks, wikis/blogs, and smart boards. Since PowerPoint presentations are used quite a bit in the classroom, I thought it appropriate to include a humorous “tutorial” on what not to do when creating your own.

In a prior class, we videotaped ourselves:

Here are the notes generated by each group:

Session 6 Group Feedback Notes

To embed this video to this blog, I did the following:

  1. Downloaded the video to my computer
  2. Converted the video to flash (I used Free Studio Manager)
  3. Uploaded flash video to BlipTV
  4. Copied the embed code from BlipTV
  5. Pasted the embed code to the blog

One of the key concepts in blended learning is understanding when to use synchronous and asychronous communication, both from a technological and non-technological perspective.

  • Discuss the following by responding to this thread: a) your content course, b) synchronous, non-technological ways to deliver information, c) asynchronous, non-technological ways to deliver information, d) synchronous, technological ways to deliver information, and e) asynchronous, technological ways to deliver information. Which of these will be use the most and the least? Why?
 Posted by at 10:59 am