Welcome to Cramer's EdL 325 Instructional Technology Course Wiki

Fall 2014

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?
  • Follow the Syllabus link for all the official syllabus information.
  • Follow the Daily Calendar below for what we are doing in class each day.
  • Follow the Assignment Checklist for due dates. (for your convenience Calendar is on one side, Assignment Checklist on the other and Scoring Rubric on page 3) NOTE: The Signature Assessment for your portfolio from this course is as follows --
    Students will design a technology rich instructional plan that includes samples of included multimedia technology projects and a justification for the plan's design.

    EdL 325 Fall 2014 Cramer.pdf
    EdL 325 Fall 2014 Cramer.pdf
    EdL 325 Fall 2014 Cramer.pdf
  • 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).

Your class is scheduled to meet on either Tuesday OR Thursday from 3-5. If you can't make one session, perhaps you can make the other. 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.
Tue = Social Studies Learning Community (plus a few others??)
Thur = Elementary Language Arts Learning Community (plus a few others??)

On the left you will find a long list of pages full of resources and the assignments we will be completing this semester. Please explore them to see what is there. 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!

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.
Emailing Grades Permission Slip.pdf
Emailing Grades Permission Slip.pdf
Emailing Grades Permission Slip.pdf

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.
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Fall 2014 -- Tentative Calendar

Sept 4
Welcome, Course Overview, Getting Going
Start on Getting Going Readings and Signups
Please complete the following items prior to class for the week of Sept 8 (Tue class meets Sept 9. Thur class meets Sept 10)

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, Wed Feb 5, 2014 Who's doing what? national map with events 2014, 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. Spend time looking through Units and Lessons page and Social Studies Unit page
  12. Download and review ISTE Technology Standards and Profiles
  13. Check out Skype in the Classroom for unit/lesson ideas involving collaboration
  14. Read So You Want to Integrate Technology -- Now What?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Explore and bookmark Graphite, a site developed to list "best" apps, games, and websites for the classroom.
  18. Read Robin Williams' design principles book for Oct 28/30 class meeting.
    Williams, R. (any edition). The Non-Designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice. Peachpit Press.

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 and Tech Thoughts page, Above and Beyond page),
    email wiki address to me (cramer@uwosh.edu) -- Due Monday Sept 8, 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 this week. Know your username and password.
  3. Create a Google Presentation about you. Include a photo of yourself and your name on the first slide, describe your dream teaching position on slide 2, tell which professional learning communities or blogs you joined on slide 3 (include url's), tell a bit about you on slide 4, tell about your tech expertise and what technology you have access to on slide 5, and surprise me with something interesting or unique on slide 6. Use photos and graphics to support your words. If you grab photos from the web, be sure to include their web address.
    • To embed your Presentation into your wiki you will need to locate the embed code.
      File -- Publish to Web -- publish in Medium size -- read options, make open for viewing
      After you think your show is embedd into your wiki and viewable, log out of Google Drive and all associated files, refresh your wiki page and see if we can still see your show, if not, make it open for viewing through the Share options.
    • Want to work on your presentation off line? It's possible. Read How to Set Up Offline Access.
    • 6 Video Tutorials to Help Teachers Use Google Presentation in Class
  4. Create entry 1 on Teaching and Tech Thoughts page describing the following:
    1. what is drawing you to teaching
    2. your dream teaching position
    3. what you believe learning, teaching and classrooms should look and feel like
      (extra: check out the Classroom Cribs Challenge)
    4. what students and teachers should be doing in the classroom or while learning
    5. technology's role, function, purpose, and frequency of use in your classroom
    6. Your confidence level with technology
    • Please be sure to weave ideas from the above readings into your discussion. You don't have to agree with the ideas in the articles but demonstrate you have thought about them.
    • Embed Google Presentation (slideshow) you created in #3 above on Teaching and Tech Thoughts page. (Widget, Other)
    • Entry 1 and slideshow due on Teaching and Tech Thoughts page by Friday, Sept 12, noon.
    • Completely lost? Can't complete above tasks? Ready to cry and/or hyperventilate? Send me an email (cramer@uwosh.edu) telling me where you are lost. Come to class on assigned day. We will get you on track and flying.

Learning Contract
Print off Checklist of Assignments so you can keep track of due dates and assignments
EdL 325 Fall 2014 Cramer.pdf
EdL 325 Fall 2014 Cramer.pdf
EdL 325 Fall 2014 Cramer.pdf
(Yes, this is the same attachment that was at the top of this page)
If you wish, consider the alternative to 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.
Sept 9,11
Tue Group: Welcome, Course Overview, Getting Going
Tue and Thur Groups: Videorecording your teaching
Bring your Ipad, smartphone or other recording devise AND CABLES if you have them.
(email Dropbox link with video recording to cramer@uwosh.edu by 8 am next class meeting day - Sept 16/18)
16, 18
Photos and More -- Photos, Photo Editing, Avitars, Still Graphics with Audio Tracks,
(click on link above for class details and assignments)
(due Sept 24, 8 am)
23, 25
QR Codes
Creating Instructional Videos
(due Oct 7, 8 am)
Sept 30, Oct 2
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
Where are we going? View and discuss Computational Thinking: A Digital Age Skill
What standards guide us? ISTE Technology Standards and Profiles

Assignment areas:
Teaching and Tech Thoughts Entry 2 (due Wednesday, Oct 15, noon)
Communication Tools (Skype) -- (due Oct 15, noon)
Interactive Whiteboards (SmartBoards) -- (due Oct 15, noon)
Finding Instructional Materials -- Learning Objects -- (due Dec 9/11, class time)
7, 9
Creating Technology Rich Instruction (Units and Lessons, Language Arts Tools, SS Units)
(unit due by Dec 9/11, 3 pm)
Rubrics -- (due Oct 15, noon)
Catch up

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."")
14, 16
Assessment -- Google Forms, Poll Everywhere
(due Nov 5, noon)
Read Robin Williams' design principles book for Oct 28/30 class meeting.
Williams, R. (any edition). The Non-Designer's Design Book: Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice. Peachpit Press.
21, 23
Mapping -- Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Lit Trips
(due Nov 5, noon)
28, 30
Design Principles, Desktop Publishing (Newsletters, 3-Fold Brochures),
(due Dec 3, noon)
4, 6
(due Dec 3, noon)
11, 13
Posters (and books), Concept Maps,
(due Dec 3, noon)
18, 20
Audio Podcasting
(due Dec 3, noon)
25, 27
Work time, Thanksgiving
(class attendance optional on Tue)
2, 4
E-Safety, Copyright and Fair Use
(due Dec 9/11, 3 pm)
Work time, catch up
Reminder, Teaching and Tech Thoughts entry 3 (tell what you now believe, 1-3 paragraphs), due next week
9, 11
Wiki presentation (show us what you have created, your unit, and what you believe about technology, student learning and your classroom)
Teaching and Tech Thoughts Entry 3 (due last day of class, 3 pm)

EdL 325 Fall 2014 Cramer.pdf
EdL 325 Fall 2014 Cramer.pdf
EdL 325 Fall 2014 Cramer.pdf

(Good eyes! Yes, this is the third time I placed this file on this page. It's important.)

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