This blog post is to reflect on what I have learned while completing the Create lesson. The following standards were addressed during these lessons:
Standard B: The online teacher understands and is able to use a range of technologies, both existing and emerging, that effectively support student learning and engagement in the online environment.
Standard C: The online teacher plans, designs, and incorporates strategies to encourage active learning, application, interaction, participation, and collaboration in the online environment.
Standard E: The online teacher models, guides, and encourages legal, ethical, and safe behavior related to technology use.
Standard K: The online teacher arranges media and content to help students and teachers transfer knowledge most effectively in the online environment.
There have been many lessons in this module that have helped me to meet each standard. Standard B and Standard C were met in Create 2 - Web Tools for Differentiation of Teacher Instruction and in Create 2 - Web Tools both of these lessons provided me with the information to support student engagement in a fun and interactive online environment.
Standard E was met in Create 3 - Open Educational Resources this section, I feel, prepared me to show students how to use resources in an ethical and legal way. I will also be able to share information that is safe for my students.
Standard K was met in Create 4 - Aggregating Lesson Material where the focus was to help students by having information in an easy to follow LMS. Without delivery the students will never learn.
The strategies I will take away from create are; how to find save material to deliver to students, and how to create learning objects to make learning more engaging. Throughout the lesson one of the most useful items was the learning maps. The maps make lessons easy to follow for the instructor and the student.
Searching for a LMS that can aggregate lesson material can be an overwhelming task. I have done some research and testing and found two that seem to work well. The first is Litmos. Litmos is a SAAS/Cloud platform for e-learning, also known as a learning management system or LMS, based in Silicon Valley, CA, USA. Litmos is used for employee training, customer training, channel training, and compliance training. The virtual classroom is easy to navigate and a huge plus is the phone application. This means students can complete work and learn along the way. There is a free trial in place that will let you examine the site for yourself. The top of the price bracket that has all the bells and whistles is only $15 per month.
The second LMS I found that can aggregate lesson materials is BluVolt. BlueVolt has some nice amperage with extended enterprise LMS distribution. This company gets it, and effectively marries learning with marketing. Manufacturers, distributors, associations and service companies use the BlueVolt LMS to develop and deliver highly effective online training. There are a few problems with BlueVolt; there is not free demo and there is limited access until you pay to use the LMS. This is a sleek and easy to navigate LMS but it is not intended for instructor-led classrooms.
Building portable learning objects is the title of the blog, but what is a portable learning object? A portable learning object is a easy and fun plug and play learning activity.
I have two examples that I have created. The first is of the Auburn State Prison that was made using Thinglink. The intended use for this learning object is to give students a visual reference and link to more information about Auburn State Prison. This object can be posted as an easy icebreaker to the subject.
The second learning object I made was a lot more time consuming, but very fun for the students. I created a Jeopardy game using JeopardyLabs. This tool does cost $20 to purchase, but you can use it to create as many objects as you like. This object is intended to be used as a review and study tool for an entire unit. This item can be played by more than one classmate allowing them the opportunity to be a support network in study.
Please follow the link to play Motor Vehicle Law Jeopardy.
The purpose of this blog post is to discover new learning object authoring tools. Through my research I was able to find two tools that I really like. The first tool is Smartbuilder. Smartbuilder This tool is the award-winning course authoring tool that enables you to create rich Flash e-learning with an easy-to-use interface. With the easy to use interface the teacher can author material with easy to use puzzle pieces. I personally would use this tool for the action mapping and elearning authoring functions, but there are so many more applications to explore.
The second tool I found is easygenerator. Easygenerator provides cloud-based eLearning authoring software. Easygenerator enables instructional designers and subject matter experts to rapidly create the most engaging courses that have the highest learning impact. Easygenerator is affordable, easy to use, and future proof. Simply create, design and publish your eLearning courses. Used and loved by 5000+ users in more than 120 countries in both enterprises and universities. I love this tool for the simple use with the drag and drop features. I will use this tool in my classroom to create easy to follow lessons.
Locate one online image designated as an open educational resource. Locate one online text object designated as an open educational resource. Locate one online video designated as an open educational resource.
The following are open educational resources:
Openclipart is an open educational resource where pictures such are this can be located.
Onetonline is a site where creative common text can be found. This site was found using a Google Search with a creative commons filter.
This video was found on Youtube using a common source filter.
How might an online or blended classroom teacher use Fair Use when gathering resources for educational purposes?
Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is a fair use and identifies certain types of uses such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research as examples of activities that may qualify as fair use.
Online and blended classrooms rely heavily on media. The teacher may link videos, post pictures, post article and or even play sound bites to provide a learning point in the lesson.
What observations have you made about Fair Use and the TEACH Act and how has it changed your approach to finding reliable content for your students?
Fair Use and the TEACH Act has changed my approach to finding reliable content by opening many doors. There are valuable scholarly resources that can be found online. These resources are often created in a higher quality than the teacher would be able to create, such as a video. Without the fear of violating a copyright law I feel confident that I can find and use many sources to provide my students with the best learning experience possible.
What are Open Educational Resources?
Open educational resources are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.
What are the various Creative Commons licenses one may encounter when searching for these resources?
Creators choose a set of conditions they wish to apply to their work.
All CC licenses require that others who use your work in any way must give you credit the way you request, but not in a way that suggests you endorse them or their use. If they want to use your work without giving you credit or for endorsement purposes, they must get your permission first.
You let others copy, distribute, display, perform, and modify your work, as long as they distribute any modified work on the same terms. If they want to distribute modified works under other terms, they must get your permission first.
You let others copy, distribute, display, perform, and (unless you have chosen NoDerivatives) modify and use your work for any purpose other than commercially unless they get your permission first.
You let others copy, distribute, display and perform only original copies of your work. If they want to modify your work, they must get your permission first.
This blog post is used to explore using a web tool as a differentiation of student assessment. I chose to use Piktochart. For the assessment students would follow these directions.
For this blog, I focused on Prezi as a use of a Web Tool as described in Web Tool 2.0. The focus of my Prezi is on the History of the American Jail. I really enjoyed using Prezi and look forward to using it more in the future to create interactive presentations to distribute material to students. This allows students to move through material in an asynchronous lesson. Additional links an actives can also be embedded. Please follow the attached link to view my Prezi.
The History of the American Jail
This lesson involved discovery of web tools. Prior to this lesson, I had very little knowledge of web tools. I have complied a list of some that I found on my journey that I hope you find useful also.
My name is Kris Martinez and I blog about learning public safety.