Twitter Newbie Notes

The purpose of this page is to use, document, and better understand two social networking tools LinkedIn and Twitter to see their potential for active learning potential.

 Date  Comment
 9/7 1 hr. Completed retweet; it was about twitter for education but mostly about how to use twitter; very helpful for a newbie; located here One recommendation was to view twitter chat; helped to better understand twitter; #lrnchat and also Interesting; questions posted on homesite and discussion, replies on hashtag.
 9/7 1 hr. More twitter navigation. One thing I don’t like is that there is no editing options for tweets. Another Twitter experience I still find confusing is this: you click on a hashtag and it provides info that’s very distant from original tweet. Nokia image said “explore from anywhere” from couch and so I thought it had something to do with virtual worlds due to VR hashtag; the HT had nothing to do with nokia; Not sure what the purpose of the tweet was; seems like a poorly connected advertisement.
 9/3 1 hr. Goal was to send a tweet with a hashtag; hashtags are subjects of messages; clicking it will find others who have used the same hashtags. My tweet was to let people know I was using a video editor app; created and searched a hashtag to see if others also using this app but came up empty; did a search of app name (powerdirector video editing) in Twitter and that provided list of other users. 
 9/2/16 for 1 hr. Created a Twitter account; thought about purpose of the account. Did some basic navigation; followed edtech@boisestate. The look and user experience is similar to FB.

Smartphone App Evaluation: Video Editing


Power Director is a video editing software for mobile devices. Users can import videos, images, music, and use the built in tools to create a video using their smartphones. I would recommend this app. It was easy to use with nice in-app tools for making videos. A comparison review coming soon.


  • Free to download and use
  • built in video tutorials that shows how to start using tools
  • nice editing tools
  • easy to use

Weakness: only available for Android devices

Learning objectives that are best met: 

  • Develop and use multimedia features and skills on smartphone: audio, video, images
  • collect information outside the class environment
  • explain, show, analyze

How can it enhance cognitive, social, instructor presence:

  • Cognitive: Information presented through both the visual and audio channels deepens understanding; experiential learning for user
  • Social: students can share and critique eachother’s work; possibly collaborate as a group assignment: pool resources, discuss through storyboarding, each responsible for particular section
  • Instructor: video introductions for class assignments and information; improves social presence for async online classes; video demonstration of an example

Soundcloud Test

In this recording I talk about following up on an application that I submitted for instructional design at U of Texas at San Antonio. But also wanted to test Soundcloud as a way to connect audio files to WordPress. Previously I had used the sharing option for files in Google Drive but found it had a significant delay in opening a file. Using Soundcloud takes care of that and thus provides a better user experience. 🙂

EDTECH 513 Course Reflection

EDTECH 513 Multimedia was an enriching experience.  I found it satisfying in gaining knowledge on how effective multimedia presentations are created.  Prior to the course, I had used images, callouts, and narrations in presentations but without a clear understanding as to how it supports or detracts learning.  Much of this was the result of not being aware of the cognitive theory of multimedia learning and principles mentioned in ELSI.  By being aware of the theory and principles, I learned that the choices we make affect how information is received, processed and understood.  As a result of the course, I’ve learned to design instructional materials which will avoid cognitive overload and make choices that are more effective for learning and supported through research and evidence.

I plan to regularly use all the principles from this course but especially the multimedia principle and the contiguity principles.  Images are a great way to explain concepts in reading comprehension, but unfortunately, the textbooks that I use do not have them.  As a result, I recreate passages from a book into a document editing software to add images, charts, and notes.  The main difference now is that I’ve become conscientious in selecting the images and placing them in relation to the text.  I will also regularly add labels and arrows to improve the effectiveness of the image in conveying a message.

Among the projects that we worked on, I really enjoyed the digital storytelling because it utilized variety of multimedia tools and principles to create a story from a personal experience.  It’s a project that I’d like my students to work on.  I can picture them benefiting a lot by watching examples and creating their own stories.  I thought that analyzing a story prior to making a story was very effective to begin the planning and understanding of a digital story.  It would also be good way for them to practice their writing and critical thinking skills.  One concern I have is that it may be too much information within a limited time frame, and so I may need to further consider alternative methods for segmenting and pretraining.

Reflecting on this course, media is a method for communicating content, and this course utilized multiple forms of communications using different tools.  The first project used textual and graphical information using a presentation tool.  The second project used recording tools to produce an audio communication.  The third project (digital storytelling) encompassed the first two in the creation of a video.