Saturday, January 31, 2009
The technology tool I want to examine for effectiveness for teaching and learning is podcasting. I want to examine the effectiveness of podcasting in regards to ESL students in a blended model of learning. In using podcasting the students will n also learn how to upload the information and create mp3s of their own.
1. How does podcasting enhance a classroom learning experience?
2. How can podcasting be used in a blended model of learning?
3. Is podcasting limited to learning subjects in the classroom?
Yes, I need help with my questions. I’m not clear on the change that you noted in our discussion area.
3 Websites that provide information about tech tool etc.
2 links to peer-reviewed journals that relate to my topic.
The iPod Project: A Mobile Mini-Lab: http://www.rcetj.org/Default.aspx?type=art&id=90086
Maintaining the Personal Touch in a Growing Program: Strategies for Establishing Social Presence in Online Classes: http://www.rcetj.org/Default.aspx?type=art&id=79598
Sunday, January 25, 2009
In my portfolio I hope to include:
1. Greeting with photo
2. Resume (Standard 1)
3. Lesson plan (Standard 2)
4. A powerpoint presentation (Standard 3)
8. graphs and charts (Standard 4)
9. Link to another website (Standard 5)
10. Webpages (Standard 6,7)
11. Blog (Standard 8)
I have many of these artifacts from my previous classes. This week I will collect all that I have and place them in a folder so that I can start organizing my portfolio. I will then begin polishing them to better align them with each of the standards. I expect to start building the site this week and insert the simpler pages like my resume so that I can concentrate the majority of my time on the more challenging pages.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The point of this article is to demonstrate that teachers must go beyond implementing technology for technology's sake and consider the evolving nature of texts and the literacy skills associated with consuming and producing those texts.The authors share examples for adapting teaching to the impact of technology, rather than adapting technology to teaching.(Borsheim, Merritt, & Reed, 2008, p.87)They contend that teachers who use a variety of media and technologies in their teaching do more than familiarize students with specific technologies. They are preparing their students for the multiliteracies of the 21st century.
This article applies to all ages and levels of teaching. It is an important concept that we embrace that technology is here to stay. It is not a toy to play with in the classroom to meet a standard, but an important tool to learn how to utilize for learning.
Each writer demonstrated the use of a different technology. Carlin Borsheim project was the traditional research paper unit in which she utilized the internet, wikis, film-editing software and Word.
Dawn Reed utilized podcasting to with her class. After listening to essays, the students wrote their own and then recorded and edited their podcasts, and posted them on a blog.
Kelly Merritt used wikis in her classroom to communicate, share documents, fet feedback, build collective experiences and integrate additional forms of technology into the classroom experience. (Borsheim, Merritt, & Reed, 2008, p. 90)
The focus of this article was how a new technology is revolutionizing the way faculty and administrators interact with students. It has been determined that 80 percent of college students own at least one device that can download and play recordings. Given this information, it falls to reason that pod casts would be an excellent medium for enhancing instruction. In an effort to promote podcasting Duke University handed out about 1600 iPods preloaded with orientation material to its entire incoming 2004 class.(Lum, L. (2006). These iPods were used for class lectures, as well as general information about courses. At Mansfield University the administrators did an ongoing series of podcasts exploring student life, especially for freshman. These podcasts explored everything from their favorite Saturday night pastimes to what the seniors believe their most important lessons have been, educationally and personally. This has produced an 11 percent spike in student applications for the fall semester compared to last year's numbers.(Lum, L. 2006)It appears that podcasts are finding more and more uses and won't be going away for quite a while if ever.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
This article discusses the efficacy of the use of podcasts at South Valley Junior High School in Liberty Missouri. Experiments were made podcasting for test reviews which were called StudyCasts.The special education teachers found that the StudyCasts benefit students with reading disabilities. Students can repeat portions of the recorded review or listen to the entire session as many times as they wish. This also helped the teachers use their time more efficiently.(Languorous,2007)
The school also established a Virtual Book Club where the students all accessed a blog where they could discuss the book and listen to interviews by the author of the book. The use of podcasts also added another dimension to the special education population. Their teacher recorded the book which allowed these students to be active participants too.
The author feels that the use of podcasts is an excellent way to address the different learning styles of students. He says that,"blogs and podcasts can more flexibly meet the needs of individual students both in and out of school."(Langhorst,2007)
I appreciated this article because it demonstrated varying uses for podcasts and the effectiveness as well as the benefits that it afforded the special education population.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
McCafferty, P. (2006). Podcasts Replace Acceptance Letters. Recruitment and Retention in Higher Education , 1-2.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Reducing the Effects of Isolation and Promoting Inclusivity for Distance Learners through Podcasting
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of podcasting in relationship to the feelings of isolation of distance learners. According to the authors, at most higher education institutions, distance learners have the highest risk of dropping out, and they attribute it to the feelings of isolation.
For this study the podcasts were structured as a series of short, 3-5 minute talkback radio-style segments, with senior students holding discussions on pertinent issues realted to the subject and its content in a relaxed and informal style. (Lee & Chan, 2007) The findings were positive and the students felt much more connected with their class.
I think this is important information for distance education leaders, because by using this information they can insure a better connection with their students and better education. I find it interesting that these podcasts were not necessarily educational but more about clarify assignments, and talking about them so that the students were more comfortable with it. This would be simple to do and according to their research very beneficial.