Thursday, November 6, 2014

Inquiry-Based Learning Project

ED 307 students completed a module on inquiry-based learning. To begin the lesson, a brief overview was provided, leaving students with many unanswered questions....

    1. What is the student’s role in inquiry-based learning?
    2.  What is the teacher’s role in inquiry-based learning?
    3. What does research say about student achievement/success when using inquiry-based learning?
    4. What are the best practices associated with inquiry-based learning?
    5. What are the steps involved in using inquiry-based learning in the classroom? 

            To answer these questions, students were encouraged to search the Internet for information, determine relevance and correctness of information, and then organize the information in a mind-map, using MindMiester. Students then created digital presentations of their findings.

            307 students complete this assignment each semester, but the presentations linked below are some of the best ever submitted. These students did an OUTSTANDING job - I am very appreciative of their hard work - work that is definitely worth sharing.

            1. Alisha: http://www.screencast.com/t/EQ8xrgWju 
            2. Barbara: http://youtu.be/-626K_YAyDg
            3. Savannah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQbywV6w5R
            If you had questions about inquiry-based teaching/learning before watching these videos, I'm sure they are answered now. Way to step up 307 students!!!

            A bit more about MindMiester - it's a must have resource for the classroom. Here's why -
            1. It's a great mind mapping tool that allows multiple forms of media to be attached to the map (videos, links, etc.). 
            2. Lots of design choices
            3. Mind maps can be shared and used collaboratively
            4. MindMiester includes a presentation component
            5. Apple and Android apps available too
            6. And there's a FREE version!! But for those who have a little $$ to spend, there are educator discounts.
            Be sure to check it out.

            Tuesday, November 4, 2014

            Teaching with Technology Presentations

            ED 305 students really stepped it up with their teaching with technology presentations. For this project, students are encouraged to implement best practices for creating and delivering digital presentations. Overall the 305 students did a great job. One area of shortcoming for most students was the use of graphics in the presentation - I think this is mostly due to the availability of open-source graphics that matched their content.

            One area where just about every student did an outstanding job was with presenting the information. There was VERY little reading of content. Most students discussed their content in a manner that made the presentation enjoyable and easy to listen to and learn from. I've never had a group of students do so well on this particular area.

            A few students that I would like to recognize for their submissions are listed below. While these presentations may not be perfect, I've detailed the aspect of the presentation that was particularly good. You will notice that most of these had a nice presentation rhythm, with few extended periods of time on a zoom.



            Thursday, October 2, 2014

            Amazing Student Work

            I had a very nice surprise awaiting me as I graded one of my 305 students Digital Citizenship lessons, created using SoftChalk. I am AMAZED at her work, which to say the least is WAY ABOVE AND BEYOND!

            Enjoy this really great lesson:

            Tuesday, September 30, 2014

            Course Authoring with SoftChalk

            ED 305 students have been learning how to create lessons using SoftChalk. They put a lot of time and hard work into creating a digital citizenship lesson. While all were good, a few rose to the top - thanks for your hard work!!





                                                                                                                                     ~ Maria Montessori


            I humbly thank my wonderful family for their support in all that I do. Robert Robbie Cowan, Robert Drew Andrew Cowan, and Hunter Cowan Hartselle, Decatur, AL

            Friday, September 19, 2014

            Technology Integration Frameworks

            This week ED 410 students learned about technology integration frameworks. They presented learned information as a multimedia presentation. Enjoy the following presentation - the student does an excellent job presenting the information in a non-linear format that is enjoyable to watch.


            http://screencast.com/t/0DuFhkqIiVqq



            If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.
                                                                                                                                     ~ Maria Montessori

            James 1:2-4 ESV 

            Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


            I humbly thank my wonderful family for their support in all that I do. Robert Robbie Cowan, Robert Drew Andrew Cowan, and Hunter Cowan Hartselle, Decatur, AL

            Monday, September 15, 2014

            ED 307 - It's Flipping Awesome

            ED 307 students participated in an inquiry-based lesson about flipping the classroom. They answered back with some awesome videos. Kudos to the student videos posted here - they were selected for their great work!

            Video 1: This video takes top prize for a truly animated video - https://plotagon.com/12317
            Video 2: This video is also very good! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX-r9Wi6O2U&list=UURfA9oRSDsDj1PO4YWri31A

            Thanks 307 folks for your hard work!
            If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.
                                                                                                                                     ~ Maria Montessori

            James 1:2-4 ESV 

            Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


            I humbly thank my wonderful family for their support in all that I do. Robert Robbie Cowan, Robert Drew Andrew Cowan, and Hunter Cowan Hartselle, Decatur, AL


            Monday, August 25, 2014

            Partnership for 21st Century Skills - ED 305 class review

            How did the mission of P21 become clearly defined?

            Let's review the findings of the Are they really ready to work reporthttp://www.p21.org/storage/documents/key_findings_joint.pdf

            Let's visit the P21 website: http://www.p21.org/

            We are going to play in some Google drive products:

            1. Google document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19fFrT-l1JdFIw-jyNMzIePiBM_nfk6n1aYzIHTzmM6I/edit
            2. Google presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qfaxSmmi1bll-4Dvpdldl2yDd8sOEgmMmUy8UvsrYtI/edit
            3. Google form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dC1jR2FzUTZYdXBldGFEUXZmck1PVEE6MQ#gid=0

            If an educational act is to be efficacious, it will be only that one which tends to help toward the complete unfolding of life. To be thus helpful it is necessary rigorously to avoid the arrest of spontaneous movements and the imposition of arbitrary tasks.
                                                                                                                                     ~ Maria Montessori

            James 1:2-4 ESV 

            Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


            I humbly thank my wonderful family for their support in all that I do. Robert Robbie Cowan, Robert Drew Andrew Cowan, and Hunter Cowan Hartselle, Decatur, AL