Final Class

Virtual Class on Tonight! So you can participate anywhere with a computer and an Internet Connection. Please log into Schoology>ED554 Course>BigBlueButton at least 10 minutes before 6pm.


It has been a privilege spending Friday nights with you all:)

Thank you for your hard work and open mindedness for learning about technology. A HUGE thanks to those who went above and beyond the assignments. Your creativity was inspiring!

Please consider me a resource for integrating technology into your future classrooms. You can reach me at my MU email, at and of course—Twitter:)

Blog Assignment Check in –

The following artifacts should be on your Blog (with a short description of the assignment, process and relevance to your future instruction) by now.

  • Digital Story
  • Podcast/Flipped Lesson (including interactive support materials)
  • LOC Certificate
  • Unit Plan NEW PAGE – (including lessons and assessments

Housekeeping items:

  • Post all assignments to your blog by midnight on July 27th (let me know if extensions are needed)
  • Keep a look out for the course evaluations. Your feedback is extremely important to me:)
  • Grades will be shared on Canvas by August 1st and will be posted to Marynet on August 8th.
  • Have a wonderful summer and great school year.
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Week 8 (Due July 22)


Tiffany Shlain Resources –

Profile –

The Future Starts Here series –

Brain Power – Book and Film 

Connected Viewing BackChannel  –

Our Transcript –


Blog Assignment Check in –

The following artifacts should be on your Blog (with a short description of the assignment, process and relevance to your future instruction) by now.

  • Digital Story
  • Podcast/Flipped Lesson (including interactive support materials)

Soon to come –

  • LOC Certificate
  • Unit Plan NEW PAGE – (including lessons and assessments)


What do we know about the brain and how does what we know (or think we know) drive how we teach. John Medina and his book Brain Rules breaks the latest brain research into 12 principles/rules. His book is a great read and it is supported by a companion DVD. Much of the video content on the DVD is shared on his website On this site you can access information/activities to support all 12 principles/rules by selection the icon at the top of the media window.

Check out this news report that does a great job of summarizing the book.

Post 2 responses on your blog/class preparation:

Virtual Class on July 22nd! So you can participate anywhere with a computer and an Internet Connection. Please log into Schoology>ED554 Course>BigBlueButton at least 10 minutes before 6pm.


Please share with me (via Google Drive) your lesson plans, if you want my feedback, before July 24th.

Unit Plan is  due on your blog (on at least one new page) by midnight July 27th.

All Professional Blog posts must be completed by midnight July 27th in order to get full credit for the Professional Blog (20%) assignment.

Grades will be shared on Canvas by August 1st and will be posted to Marynet on August 8th.

Please look for the course evaluation. Your feedback is important to me and helps me improve ED554.

Week 6 and 7 (Due July 16th)

“To understand their world we must be willing to immerse ourselves in that world. We must embrace the new digital reality. If we can’t relate, if we don’t get it, we won’t be able to make schools relevant to the current and future needs of the digital generation.” – Ian Jukes

Universal Design for Learning –


Lesson Plan Examples:
Alicia L. Schaefer: Technology Portfolio



SMARTBoard Resources

TeachersLED – Online Resources

Illuminations – Online resources for teaching Math

 Diigo Bookmarks tagged SMART board

SMART Exhcange – free and purchase lessons/Widgets/Manipulatives

SMART Notebook Express – create and view Notebook files

Intro to SMART board video by me and Dr. Langran

SMARTClassrooms YouTube Channel

SMARTBoard Search Engine

Favorite Lessons to Download

Download SMARTboard Notebook 11 (Installation code – Marymount Students only).

After watching the video above, choose one of the questions to answer and post your answer to the comments on this post. Please read and reply to at least one of your classmates answers.

1. What are specific ethical issues you see kids struggling when they use digital media?

2. How is our sense of identity changing in the digital world? How can adults learn from kids and guide them at the same time?

3. How does teaching and learning change in a world where information is at your fingertips?

 Required Reading/Exploring/Watching: Equity

“Free Computers Don’t close the Rich-Poor Education Gap” by Gregory Ferenstein, TechCrunch, May 20, 2013

“Digital Divide is ‘Major Challenge’ in Teaching Low-Income Students, Survey Finds” by Betsy Isaacson, The Huffington Post, February 28, 2013

Bridging the Digital Divide by Comcast

Black Girls Code: Crashing the Digital Gender Divide video

BYOD to Bridge the Digital Divide by Michael Mills

Week 6 – Post 1 responses on your blog
  • Post at least 1 response about the discussion on equity. Include strategies that you can use in your classroom.
  • Find a group and become experts on one of the Social Learning Tools bookmarked here. Create a less than 5 minute presentation using tips/tools from June 24th class. Be prepared to share your group presentation (posted on your Blog) at the July 16th class.
July 15th – Week 7 – No Class – Virtual Assignment

Complete the two online learning modules anytime before midnight on, July 27th. It should take you approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete (including a 15-minute break).

Our two modules are
  1. Online Learning
  2. Digital Citizenship and Online Safety
We will use the free online platform, Schoology, for our online modules. Once you log into our ED554 course, you will see two folders. Please begin with the first link in each folder, it has you tasks for each module. In order to receive full credit for this, all discussions and dropboxes must be completed.
  • Embed/Link your Podcast/Flipped lesson (that includes at least 4 paragraphs of description of process/experience) on a new post on your blog before July 16th. Sign up to present.
  • Upload a copy of your CommonSenseEducation (completed during online class) certificate to your blog before midnight on, July 27th.


Week 5 (Due July 8th)

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick

Flipped Classeroom –

New Lens – Class Discussion – David White’s Digital Visitor v. Resident – Video #1 (7:07)

PLN – Diigo | Intro Video | MU_ED554

Flipped Lesson Samples –

Phases of Matter – Physics

Photosynthesis – Elem. Science

Angles – Elem. Math

Phases of Matter – Physics

Finding Area – Pre-Algebra

Podcast Samples – 

Poetry – 2nd grade

Weather Forecast – 4th grade

Weather Facts – 4th grade

TIGER Beat Sports  – 4th grade

Screencasting/Tutorial Programs:

Camstudio (Windows only) – free software to capture your computer screen

Screenr – free online software to capture your computer screen (5 min limit)

OBS – download

Jing – free online software to capture your computer screen (5 min limit)

Knovio – easily add narration and video to an existing PPT

Office-Mix – add on to Powerpoint

Moovly – add animation

MoveNote – easily add video and audio to anything

TED-ED – Lessons worth sharing

Pixlr –  free online software to edit photos/images

iPadio – podcast via your phone

Quicktime (MAC only) – Free screen capturing

Screencasting/Tutorial Apps:


Educreations – Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard.


Adding Interactivity:

EdPuzzle – Upload and add questions to your video

PlayPosit – Add questions to your video

Video/Audio Tools

iPadio – podcast via your phone

FileWiggler – Download videos from YouTube

Dripy – Download video or audio from YouTube

SoundCloud – A great online service for sharing audio

TubeChop – Allows you to edit any part of a YouTube video to share

YouTube Editor – Allows you to edit your videos in YouTube

Adding Annotations – Are you a Brainiac?Photosynthesis


Required Reading/Exploring/Watching:

Read Chapter 4 of Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice (requires registering for a free account)

Read “Should all educators have a professional social media presence?” and be prepared to discuss.


Post 2 responses on your blog/class preparation:
  • Explore your classmates blogs and post a comment on at least two blogs.
  • Read “The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher” via the Atlantic and post your reaction/reflection.
  • Groups need to be preapared to share Digital Stories.
  • Watch at least 2 of the TED talks below and create a post (on your personal blog) with a reaction/reflection for 1 of them.

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

TEDxNYC – Dan Meyer: Math class needs a makeover

Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley

Andrew Blum: What is the Internet, really?

David Christian: The history of our world in 18 minutes

TEDxWarwick – Doug Belshaw – The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies

TEDxPhilly – Chris Lehmann – Education is broken

TEDxCERN – Linda Liukas – A delightful way to teach kids about computers

Not a TED – but still relevant – BRAIN POWER: From Neurons to Networks

Week 4 (June 24)

There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.” – Dale Carnegie

This week is our 1st Virtual Class. Please long into Schoology>Find our ED554 Course>Open BigBlueButton


Virtual Class Activity – Choose a resource from slides 58-65 ( to review. Share your review on a blog post (on your personal blog).

New Lens – Class Discussion – David White’s Digital Visitor v. Resident – Video #1 (7:07)

PLN – Diigo | Intro Video | MU_ED554


Required Reading/Exploring/Watching:

Read “Copyright Law and Technology” in Learning and Leading with Technology (April 2005) by E. Langran, R. Langran, and G. Bull (Use Marymount Google Account to access)

Check out the example of the lesson planning tool on TED-Ed @ This is a resource and format that could help you start to Flip your classroom.

Read A Teacher’s Guide to Flipped Classrooms.

Read Podcasting article “Enhanced Podcasts” and explore and listen to at least one podcast on any of the BAM! Radio Channels

Read “High-tech vs. no-tech: D.C. area schools take opposite approached to education” and be prepared to discuss.

John White’s Digital Visitor v. Resident Video part #2 – Credibility  (10:40)

Post 2 responses on your blog/class preparation:
  • Virtual Class Activity – Choose a resource from slides 59-65  to either review or create a product. Share your review or product on a blog post (on your personal blog).
  • Provide a short summary (on your personal course blog) of  the BAM! Radio podcast you listened to and answer this question, Are podcasts something you would consider for professional learning in the future?
  • Find at least two articles about Flipping the classroom or using Podcasting in the classroom and Tweet using the #ED554 hashtag

*Bring Headsets or Laptops for Digital Storytelling Worksession (last in-class time).

**During our class, I will be available to help all group combine audio and images to help finish your digital story.

Optional Reading/Exploring/Watching:

“David Thornburg on the Evolving Classroom (Big Thinkers Series).” Edutopia. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 June 2013. Video <>

Perlman, Bob. “Students Thrive on Cooperation and Problem Solving.” Edutopia. Edutopia. Web. 29 May 2012. <>.

John White’s Digital Visitor v. Resident Video part #2 – Credibility  (10:40)

Week 3 (June 17th)

“Living and breathing an authentic story is the best way to survive in an conversation-rich world.”

-Seth Godin

In Class:

PLN – Diigo | Intro Video | MU_ED554

The 4Cs: ABOVE and Beyond –

Brainstorm via Padlet -21st Century Skills – Focus on these new skills does not mean we ignore 20th century skills.


Create a Schoology account – Referral Code: SKnight15 – Enrollment Code – WWDS3-J2XRV

Digital Storytelling Project

You can tell any kind of story with this group project. My goal for this project is that you use  ’new-to-you’ technology tools to create a video that includes audio- narration and/or music sound track in class (some planning for this project might need to happen outside of class – Use Google Docs).  I recommend no more than 5 minutes.

Think of this assignment as practice for incorporating Digital Storytelling into your classroom (and maybe your unit plan). Your digital story can;

  • retell a story/fairy tale/myth/legend
  • retells a story about  a famous figure-Biography/place/event covered in your Standards
  • reflection on a life event
  • movie trailer for the documentary you hope to create in the future

Consider the following elements when planning and producing your Digital Story;

  1. Point of View – What is the main point of the story and what is the perspective of the author?
  2. A Dramatic Question – keeps the viewer’s attention and will be answered at the end.
  3. Emotional Content – issues that come alive in a personal way and connects the story to the audience.
  4. The Gift of Your Voice – personalize the story.
  5. The Power o the Soundtrack – music to support and embellish the story.
  6. Economy – using just enough content to tell a story without overloading the viewer.
  7. Pacing – the rhythm of the story and how slowly or quickly it progresses.

** Have one member of your group Comment on this post with all the names of your group before you start working.

Some Inspiration:)

Links from class:

PhotoStory – windows software – tutorials

Adobe Spark – pictures/video/sound online

PowToon – online animated slides

Animoto – online music video creation

Storybird – online storytelling

ZooBurst – online 3d popup

FreePlayMusic – copyright free music

Youtube Music Library –

Pixlr –  free online software to edit photos/images

Apps – A great list of apps

FairUse Guidelines

Required Reading/Exploring/Watching:
Post 1 response on your blog/class preparation:

June 17th is our first Virtual class at 6:00PM. I will be at the Reston Campus if you prefer to be in the lab with me (for extra tech support).

Week 2 (Due June 9th)

“Twitter is the back fence you share with your neighbors. Except your neighbors are people all over the world”

In Class:

Jigsaw – Digital Immigrant v. Digital Native – read, watch and take notes (12 min.) on your assigned resource, find others that reviewed the same resource (discuss/plan – 20 min.), Return to row group and present (20 min).

  1. Marc Prensky research paper (6 pages) optional ready or Video Version – Notes gDoc
  2. Ian Jukes – Teaching the Digital Generation (10:31) – Notes gDoc
  3. Sreenivasan | TEDxNewYork – Digital Immigrant v. Digital Native (8:30) – Notes gDoc
  4. Catalyst – Are You A Digital Native Or A Digital Immigrant? (8:56) – Notes gDoc

Bonus – Zamboglou – eLearning for Digital Natives – Ella’s Story


Hands On Demo – Personal Learning Networks – Twitter (, Twitter Directory, Follow ME ) & Diigo (Social Bookmarking in Plain English, Follow MU_ED554 )

Create an About Me Page

FreePlayMusic –

Youtube Music Library –

Intro to Digital Storytelling –

Digital Storytelling Samples

Required Reading/Exploring/Watching:

If you were on Twitter – by Scott Mcleod

Frontline – Generation Like (53:41) – PBS

Rosenthal Tolisano, Silvia. “Digital Storytelling – Part I.” Langwitches Blog. N.p., Apr.-May 2008. Web. 11 June 2012. <>.

Rosenthal Tolisano, Silvia. “Digital Storytelling – Part II.” Langwitches Blog. N.p., Apr.-May 2008. Web. 11 June 2012. <>

Post 1 response on your blog/class preparation:

1 – After watching Generation Like, respond to this question on your class blog. How does understanding how children use the Social Web prepare us for our instruction in the classroom?

Optional Reading/Exploring/Watching:

The Digital Diet @

Rethinking Learning: The 21st Century Learner | MacArthur Foundation @

Fox, Jo-Ann. “Twitter Is My Teacher Superpower: 5 Steps to Make It Yours.” The Huffington Post., 02 Dec. 2013. Web. 27 May 2014.

“Personal Learning Networks for Educators: 10 Tips – Getting Smart by Guest Author – Edchat, EdTech, PLN.” Getting Smart Personal Learning Networks for Educators 10 Tips Comments. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2014.