Welcome to Cramer's EdL 325 Instructional Technology Course Wiki

Fall 2015

I'm passionate about learning, teaching, working with students, technology, and creating learning experiences that are engaging for both students and teachers. The past was fine, for "back then," but the future is where we need to set our sights. YOU will be the one to shape the future. What do you think it will/should look like? What role will technology play? In this course we will explore some options then you will design technology rich instruction to promote student learning. Course grading will be based on you demonstrating: (1) that you are able to use technology fluently and (2) you can plan for the use of technology by your students. This is a class to explore, discover and create. Push yourself to go beyond what you already know. Propose alternative activities if all appears to be what you already know. Technology offers so many options that there is something for everyone. Lastly, have fun learning!

Your class is scheduled to meet on either Tuesday OR Thursday from 3-5. (Actually, we should be meeting until 6 but a few of you will have an evening class scheduled so we made the in-class meeting time only until 5. Stay longer if you are able, we are a 3 credit course and I have those expectations of you.) If you can't make one session, perhaps you can make the other. We have plenty of room in the Tue section, not so much in the Thursday group. You are welcome to attend either or both. You can also work in the lab while the other group is in session if there are empty chairs or after class if no one else is scheduled for the lab. I am also more than willing to stay after class to finish answering your questions or come early (assuming no one else is in the lab and you let me know you would like to work with me). This course is technically being scheduled as a hybrid with a two hour face-to-face class meeting once per week and one hour per week online or working on projects PLUS the normal homework expectations of 2-3 hours outside of class time for each credit each week.
  • Tue = Secondary Social Studies Learning Community
  • Thur = Elementary Language Arts Learning Community

Our class does have a signature assessment that can be used for your COEHS portfolio. Those details are as follows:
  • The Signature Assessment for your portfolio from this course:
    Students will design a technology rich instructional plan that includes samples of included multimedia technology projects and a justification for the plan's design.
  • InTASC Standard 5: Application of Content portfolio artifact -- The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use different perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues. Foliotek requires you to upload a document. Write a quick, one page document telling the name of the unit you created, how it meets the above ideas and the url from your wiki. Upload this document then request me to be your assessor. Some folks have also figured out how to upload the URL of their wiki. That's great to do also.

You will be expected to take charge of your learning in this course. I am here to provide assistance but you are the learner who will need to take charge of your own learning. Resources available include:
  • Syllabus link - click on it for all the official syllabus information.
  • Daily Calendar - scroll down to see what we are doing in class each day.
  • Assignment Checklist - see for due dates. (for your convenience Calendar is on one side, Assignment Checklist on the other and Scoring Rubric on page 3) If you wish, propose an alternate contract that will have you diverging from the Checklist of Assignments. Tell what you will be doing, due dates, grading criteria, and a rationale for its equivalency. Did you know there is a name for people who prefer to be self taught? It's Autodidact. Bill Gates is like this. Read Bill Gates Is an Autodidact. You're Probably Not
  • Email permission slip -- If you would like me to be able to email you your course grades, fill out the following permission slip and give it to me.
  • If you need to meet with me outside of class hours, I'm typically on campus daily 8-4:30. Stop by my office Dempsey 337 (Graduate Studies Office) or shoot me an email (cramer@uwosh.edu).

A few words about our course....
This course is designed as a project based course. I have two main goals I need to see you demonstrate. They are:
1. You are able to use technology (so you will be making sample projects)
2. You can plan for student use of technology in your classroom (so you will be planning technology rich instruction)
Together these two goals should help ensure you are set for today and tomorrow's classrooms.
(Our EdTPA signature assessment is: Students will design a technology rich instructional plan that includes samples of included multimedia technology projects and a justification for the plan's design.)

Today's schools and classrooms have different needs than in the past. Why? Our world is different than yesterday. Information and computing power are everywhere. We MUST take advantage of them if we are to help students thrive in today's reality. Satya Nadella of Microsoft portrayed this world quite well in his letter to employees:
Our Worldview
We live in a mobile-first and cloud-first world. Computing is ubiquitous and experiences span devices and exhibit ambient intelligence. Billions of sensors, screens and devices – in conference rooms, living rooms, cities, cars, phones, PCs – are forming a vast network and streams of data that simply disappear into the background of our lives. This computing power will digitize nearly everything around us and will derive insights from all of the data being generated by interactions among people and between people and machines. We are moving from a world where computing power was scarce to a place where it now is almost limitless, and where the true scarce commodity is increasingly human attention.
In this new world, there will soon be more than 3 billion people with Internet-connected devices – from a farmer in a remote part of the world with a smartphone, to a professional power user with multiple devices powered by cloud service-based apps spanning work and life....

Everyone enters a new course with widely varying knowledge, skills and abilities. When one adds technology to the mix, it seems that the gap gets even wider. Some of you are already fluent in some areas of technology, others less so. Either way, be sure to push yourself so that you can grow. When figuring on how much time to allocate to class, university time expectations still hold -- for each credit hour per week expect to spend two hours outside of class plus one hour in class for a total of 3 hours per credit per week. (If you are uncomfortable with technology, it will take longer until you build your fluency.) I am setting due dates to help you keep yourself on track. Please feel free to work ahead. However, I understand some procrastinators just can't get going without a deadline staring them in the face. So, I'm setting deadlines. Please adhere to them.

Because this is a project based course, you will have a wide latitude in the hardware and software you use. In all instances the apps and Web 2.0 tools suggested are only suggestions. You are always welcome to find an alternative that works better for you. In fact, iPads and Mobile Devices and Interactive Whiteboards are two of the hottest tool categories in today's classrooms. You are most likely carrying a mobile devise in your pocket (your smart phone). You may also have an iPad or tablet or a Google Chromebook or other devise with you or you may have one or more at home or in a classroom where you work. This is great! I am going to encourage you to use them this semester. The same goes for Interactive Whiteboards (SmartBoards). Unfortunately, our classroom has none of this equipment :( So, you are going to have to push yourself to gain familiarity with them. To practice using a SmartBoard, go to Polk Library and reserve/use the SmartBoard room on the 3rd floor. It's there just for you!!! Check out the key at the circulation desk. To access an iPad talk to me, we have some in the college. I can check them out for a class period. Polk Library also has iPads, Google Chromebooks, IPod Touch's, cameras and more for you to check out for a week at a time. Or, borrow one from someone you know. You won't want to go to student teaching or a job interview without familiarity with these tools. It's up to you here... create instructional plans that incorporate their use.

A quick note on grading. Because this is a project based course your grades will be based on projects, not how much time you spend. You will display these projects on a course wiki (or another platform of your choice). Information will either be present and working (when I click on a link or item it should work) or not (full credit if present and working, no credit if not). Complete all projects, earn a B. (If you can't stand sampling so many different apps/Web 2.0 tools, propose a comparable alternative.) To earn an A, go above and beyond. How you go above and beyond is entirely up to you. Be more creative, and/or create more technology activities and samples, and/or work with a teacher and his/her students, and/or work with a UW Oshkosh faculty member as a tech mentor/tutor, and/or ?????. Create a page in your wiki documenting and telling how you have gone above and beyond. Go ahead, do it, challenge yourself, make this work real!

Some of you want to work with partners, others don't. Again, the choice is up to you. I simply need to see you demonstrate that you know how to use technology and plan for its use in your classroom. Figure out how this course will best meet your needs then share your ideas with me. I'm flexible. Creativity is our biggest hurdle.

Now it's time to start building a shared mental model of what technology rich learning might look like. We are preparing for classrooms of today and tomorrow, not yesterday. You will be part of creating that future and it starts now.

Fall 2015 -- Tentative Calendar

Please complete the following items prior to class meeting for week one
(Tue class meets Sept 15)

Building a Framework for Technology Rich Learning:
  1. View and think about A Vision of K-12 Students Today -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A-ZVCjfWf8
  2. Compare and contrast video with What do you want kids to do with technology (graphic)
  3. Read Incorporating 21st Century Skills into Everyday Instruction
  4. Review 24 Ed-Tech Terms You Should Know
  5. Check out Digital Learning Day, March 13, 2015 Who's doing what? WI 2014, WI 2013, WI 2012
  6. Read Report: Most Districts Have Deployed Mobile Tech, Want More
  7. Consider your position as an adopter or disruptor -- From the Principal's Office: Adopting a Digital Disruptor Mindset to Transform Education -- “When people adopt technology, they do old things in new ways. When people internalize technology, they find new things to do.” James McQuivey, Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation
  8. Read When Not to Use Technology: 15 Things That Should Stay Simple In Education
  9. Examine Bloom's Ditigal Taxonomy
  10. Review What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"?
  11. Read article and write down a few examples where you have seen this happen: What are the Biggest Mistakes Teachers Make When Integrating Technology into the Classroom?

  12. Read article on Texting and Tweeting during lectures, does it help or harm learning?
  13. Read Robin Williams' design principles book for Oct 27 class meeting.
    Williams, R. (any edition, the older the better and less expensive!). The Non-Designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice. Peachpit Press.

Spend some time thinking about what content area(s) you are most interested in teaching and what age/level of student. Become familiar with Standards you need to be teaching toward, lesson ideas and professional resources.
  1. Spend time looking through Units and Lessons page.
  2. Download, review and bring to class ISTE Technology Standards (Teacher Standards and Student Standards) and Profiles
  3. Check out Skype in the Classroom for unit/lesson ideas involving collaboration
  4. Read So You Want to Integrate Technology -- Now What?
  5. Join a professional learning community and/or subscribe to (and read) one or more blogs written by teachers focusing on your grade/age level or content area. [You are looking for ideas as to what real teachers are doing with their students in classrooms.] Poke around the web to see what's out there. Or, join a Twitter group. [Check out The Comprehensive Dictionary of Educational Hashtags for Teachersand A Simple Guide on The Use of Hashtag for Teachers.] If you are still totally lost, check out 35 Educators to Follow on Pinterest, maybe someone there will be interesting. Personally, I like to read the SmartBriefs that are out there and find some of my best resources in Tech and Learning.
  6. Explore Lynda. All students, faculty, and staff now have access to Lynda, an online subscription library that teaches the latest software tools and skills through high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts. By visiting uwosh.edu/lynda, the campus community can access more than 1,400 training videos on a broad range of subjects, including business skills, photography, design, music and video, home computing, animation, and web design and development. New courses are added every week.
  7. Explore and bookmark Graphite, a site developed to list "best" apps, games, and websites for the classroom.

Web 2.0 Tools: Create FREE accounts for the following Web 2.0 Tools. Use any email address you wish when signing up for accounts. Sign up as a teacher.
  1. Wikis and Web Pages -- Click on link to left for more details on this assignment. Wikispaces is suggested, you may use another tool if you wish.
    Create wiki and a couple of other pages (homepage, Teaching with Tech page, Above and Beyond page),
    email wiki address to me (cramer@uwosh.edu) -- Due Monday Sept 14, noon
  2. Dropbox -- This is not the dropbox in D2L. We will use Dropbox to host videos of you teaching. If you already have an account with Dropbox, you don't need to create a new one.
    You will need this for class next week. Know your username and password.
  3. Create Teaching with Tech page entry one (click on link to see assignment details).

Bring to class
  1. Your wiki username, password, address
  2. ISTE Teacher Standards, Student Standards, Student Profiles
  3. Checklist of Assignments (or Proposed Individualized Learning Contract)
  4. Email Grades permission slip
  5. Enthusiasm
  6. Notes you took on any of the above readings
Sept 15
Welcome, Course Overview, Getting Going
Discuss course and the role of technology in pk-12 classrooms plus ISTE Teacher and Student Standards
We now live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Organize your instruction accordingly. Where have we been? View and discuss Shift Happens http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljbI-363A2Q
View and discuss 10 Ways Mobile Devices Have Changed Education
Extra resource: PowerUp Making the Shift to 1:1 Teaching and Learning (click on preview online to view for free)
What powers the internet? under the ocean cables
How does the internet work? a series of 6 videos
In groups, collaboratively create a slideshow on the role of technology in pk-12 classrooms, post to your wikis - Teaching with Tech page
Sept 22
Videorecording your teaching (click on link for class details and assignments)
Bring your Ipad, smartphone or other recording devise AND CABLES if you have them.
Interactive Whiteboards (SmartBoards)
Sept 29
Instructional Resources
Learning Objects
**Communication Tools (Skype)**
Oct 6
Photos and More -- Photos, Photo Editing, Avitars, Still Graphics with Audio Tracks (Fotobabble)
Reminder read Robin William's Design Principles book for Oct 27
Oct 13
QR Codes and Creating Instructional Videos
Reminder, read Robin William's Design Principles book for Oct 27. Also read How To Utilize Negative Space in Web Design
Check out Wisconsin (and National) Digital Learning Day activities
Oct 20
Assessment -- Google Forms, Poll Everywhere, Rubrics
Reminder read Robin William's Design Principles book for Oct 27
Oct 27
Design Principles (discuss principles, illustrate in all your projects)
Desktop Publishing (Newsletters, 3-Fold Brochures)
Posters, Books, Slideshows, Concept Maps
Nonlinear PPT -- slideshow page
Nov 3
Work time
Teaching with Tech entry 2 due Nov 1
Nov 10
Mapping -- Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Lit Trips
Nov 17
Catch up. How's your SS unit coming along? Does it include 10 Learning Objects AND 10 technology project options with samples?
Nov 24
Work time, attendance optional
Thanksgiving week
Dec 1
Audio Podcasting
Dec 8
E-Safety, Copyright and Fair Use
Dec 15
Wiki presentation (Show us what you have created, your unit, and what you believe about technology, student learning and your classroom. Base your presentation and discussion around the ISTE Teacher and Student Standards chart that you are completing in your third Teaching with Tech entry.)
Teaching with Tech Entry 3 due

Creating Technology Rich Instruction -- Units and Lessons, Language Arts Tools,
Extra, extra, extra.....Are you ready for now? Are you ready to teach in a blended learning environment? How about an online environment?
Snow Days Turn Into E-Learning Days for Some Schools,
DAILY INSIGHT: This ain't your 1970's snow day
Using Online and Blended Learning To Help Students Design Their Educational Experience -- "in 2000 there were 45,000 K-12 courses delivered online, the number jumped to more than 3 million in 2009. "It's being estimated," said young, "that by 2019, more than 50 percent of all high school courses will be delivered online." Young does not challenge those claims, saying, "Once kids and families have gotten a taste of this kind of learning, they don't want to go back."")

Student wikis

Some of my wikis
701 Introduction to Educational Leadership
575 and 760 Teaching Online and Teaching from a Distance
714 Curriculum for Leaders
794 Seminar

Can't have a product without one of these today!


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