Edtech 521 Reflection Week 8

 Quotes from Reading Class Tasks and Activities
Thoughts/Learning/Questions
Developing Online Lesson Ideas: Speaking activity for an asynchronous environment.  Develop reading fluency, pronunciation, learn vocabulary, Develop speaking Q and A.  Need an LMS which easily allows audio and video to be uploaded.
  • Teentimes reading material; have example audio or video recording 
  • Have students upload their recording
  • Instructor checks and corrects
  • Students upload recording again
  • Post a video of a question asked by a student
  • Provide structure of answer and example
  • Students upload their answers
  • Check correct upload again.
How can I get students to speak instead of just reading a script when answering questions?

Which learning management system will work best for this type of lesson?  I briefly tested Edmodo and at this point not sure if it’s the best for posting audio/video clips and for doing discussions.  Although I like it because the layout is simple and very easy for students set up an account without needing an email.  Other options that I’m considering are Moodle, Google community, or a native blog site. 

Determine the Need (Rice p. 182)

  • Who are the learners?
  • What are the objectives?
  • What tools will be used?
  • Does it address different learning styles?
  • What will the assignments be?
  • Create a rubric for grading.

Conrad and Donaldson’s Chapter 8 and 9
Authentic activities .  These activities go beyond the learning environment and can be applied to other contexts.  Allows learners to reflect and learn from failures. 
Activity: Cross region experts.  Create a discussion using an online forum and let groups from another region participate. 
Activity: Problem solving through small group discussions.  Find problems that students need assistance in solving. 
Games and simulations already has a big impact on education and likely to play an even greater role in the future.  

National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (V.2)
Standard A – Online teaching
Standard B – Technology understanding
Standard C – Online lesson planning and design
Standard D – Class management; expectations
Standard E – Safety and ethics
Standard F – Promotes diversity
Standard G – Create implement assessments
Standard H – Connect assessment with learning goals
Standard I – Analyze assess. data and modify content
Standard J – Professionalism
Standard K – Manage media and content for students to transfer knowledge

I’m looking forward to this week’s project of designing a quality online lesson.  It’s the first to use a systematic method and carefully thinking about each of planning of the stages. 

I like that idea of using an authentic activity to fuel motivation and a sense of purpose with their studies.  The cross region expert activity sounded interesting.  It would be a great experience for students to speak to students from an English language country.  I have to check more into websites and see how this would be arranged and the commitment involved.   

Reviewing Standard A some of the teaching standards apply to any environment (online, blended, or face-to-face), but others stress more specifically to online.  In this section it stated a teacher is responsible for academic credentials, pedagogy, knowledge of subject, and professionalism.  These  criterias can be applied to any of the learning environment.  Others stress an online environment such as best practices and strategies.  Technology effects how we teach and as it continues to evolve so will our teaching methods.  

Trying to determine the most important criteria is tough.  All contribute to a balanced education. If a teacher plans to teach online then understanding technology is essential.  Much of the preparation and learning will done through technology such as communication, productivity, collaboration, research, and content delivery.  For me personally, I would include assessment.  It’s a personal goal that I’d like to further improve. We must show that online learning environments and technologies are an effective way to learn.  To do this educators must find accurate ways to measure how much learning is being done.  
For a teacher in a traditional brick and mortar setting, Standard B and C would not apply.  C emphasized class delivery online (group interaction, community building, and projects). D stresses many types of technologies.  Tools to manage, assess, communicate, research, collaborate, etc.    
The quality standards was very comprehensive.  It covered important ideas and details and showed areas where I could further research to personally improve how I instruct online.  

Week 8 Developing Quality Online Lessons
  1. Identify the need
  2. Plan lesson
This week I started to develop a quality online lesson focusing on the students’ needs and learning goals.  The lesson will be a speaking activity in an asynchronous environment.  These are the needs I plan to address:

  • learn and practice new words, phrases, or sentence structures
  • identify and fix grammar mistakes
  • respond to questions with supporting details
  • improve pronunciation

Last week I had a chance to tryout Presenter this week I plan to test Captivate to  better understand how it differs.    

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