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 – https://goo.gl/clYlLF


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.



9 thoughts on “Week 6 and 7 (Due July 16th)

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

    Howard Gardner makes a good point about digital media. Due to the digital age, a huge amount of information is available, it is easy to access, and it allows other people who also have this technology to keep in touch any time they want. I see this completely transforming education, although I believe financial limitations may slow this progress in some areas. Rather than having teachers directly teach, lessons will be set up for student-centered learning where students have out their laptops and are requested to complete independent research on various topics. For an example of this transformation in education, I imagine that a lesson on science in which students use a textbook to gather their information will be transformed to a facetime meeting with scientists across the world who are willing to talk to the students about various topics. Some people believe that digital media prevents face-to-face connections, however, if used properly, it could definitely increase those connections. Furthermore, I think teachers will begin to transform their activities from worksheets to a computer platform. There is a time and place for kinesthetic/ hands on activities, but the computer offers various creative computer-based lesson ideas and convenient storing options for students.


    • I definitely think that technology is creating a huge impact on education today, and it will continue to do so throughout the years. We have access to literally anything we want, which can be both dangerous and extremely helpful. I do like the idea of being more of a “Guide on the Side”, but I don’t want to ever feel like teachers are being replaced by technology. I think we definitely need to be as knowledgeable as possible about it so we can incorporate it into our classrooms. I think your idea about the science lesson in which students can have FaceTime meetings with scientists across the world sounds awesome! I would love to implement that in my future classroom. I also agree that digital media can increase face-to-face connections and that it allows students to be able to enhance their creativity!


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

    I agree with Howard Gardner that children, and all people with an online prescience, need to take ownership and authorship of what they put out on these social media platforms. We see children starting to bully their peers online, and it is easier for them to say these cruel and hurtful words because they are behind a screen and do not have to see their peers’ reactions firsthand. I wonder how many of these online bullies would have the courage to say the mean and awful things they write to the person’s face. Even some adults lack the knowledge of how to act online, which in turn sets a bad example for the next generation. I have seen adults on Facebook calling each other names and cursing each other out over the upcoming election. This does not create a healthy model of communication for our students to follow. I think technology in the classroom is great and has so much potential to further the learning process, but teachers need to first teach proper online etiquette. We need to ensure that our students know that their online presence is there forever, no matter if they try to delete it, and that their words are just as hurtful on a screen as they are in person. If teachers take the initiative to spread this message to students, technology and social media platforms can be used safely and effectively in the classroom and at home.


    • Caroline – You’ve made such a good point. I see online bullying so often. Take a look at any PEOPLE Magazine Facebook post about celebrities and you will see hundreds of derogatory comments by young and old people alike. While I think that social media has helped give a voice to many people who may not have voiced their opinions aloud before, too often is this opportunity used to bully and shame others. I do believe teachers in schools have a responsibility to discuss online etiquette to their students.


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

    Howard Gardner mentions in this video that, “Once you enter into the digital world, you become part of a community of unknown size and duration.” It is so easy for anyone to create numerous identities, which can be extremely dangerous. For example, a lot of issues have arisen with cyber bullying. A bully can now hide behind the mask of the Internet and torment another kid just for fun, and they may never be caught. Another issue that kids deal with today is plagiarism and credible sources on the Internet. For example, Wikipedia contains a plethora of information, but since anyone is able to upload whatever they want on a certain topic it is definitely not a credible source. Kids need to be careful and aware of what sort of websites from which they are getting their information. They also need to be taught how to properly cite the information they use in their projects, papers, etc. so they do not get in trouble for plagiarism. Some other ethical issues that Howard Gardner brought up in the beginning of the video were a sense of identity, a sense of privacy, a sense of ownership/authorship, trustworthiness/credibility, and what it means to participate in a community. One of these issues, a sense of privacy, is especially important for kids. They need to make sure that their privacy settings on their social media pages are set so that not just anyone can view their information. They also need to understand that whatever they put up on the Internet can be accessed by anyone. Nothing is actually “private” on the Internet. I think this issue is especially important for us as teachers to convey to our students. They need to understand that future employers are looking at their pictures, statuses, etc. They can’t just put whatever they want on the Internet and expect that no one will see it.


    • Emily, I agree that privacy is a big issue facing students who are a part of an online community. The other 4 issues that Gardner identifies are huge too: identities, ownership, trustworthiness and community. All of these are ethical issues. Students need to be discerning andethical as they navigate the digital world. A lot of responsibility falls to parents and teachers to help make social media a safe place for our students.


  4. Howard Gardner identifies 5 areas that students sometimes struggle with as they join online communities: identity, privacy, ownership, trustworthiness and community. As he says, when you join an online community, it is one of “unknown size and duration, which leads to a lot of ambiguity.” The important issue that I see as concern is that of creating multiple online identities, and sometimes identities that conceal the truth about your true identity. On the other hand, I recognize that I do have many different identities that I may reveal on social media: that of a professional teacher, a mother, a wife and friend. These are all parts of my identity that make me who I am. I can use Twitter for my professional identity and Facebook for my mother/friend identity.

    I want my students to be able to identify their true multiple identities, and to be able to express those identities as accurately and creatively as possible.


    • That part of the interview stuck out for me, too.
      If only there were some way to digitally connect our multiple identities! I agree we have them in real life. (I was once unrecognizable by a friend, because my work persona was so different than my social persona.)

      I think students should also know how to “trim” unneeded, or harmful identities. We do that in real life, when our experiences force us to grow, molding our being, and we decide we have made a mistake we do not wish to repeat.


  5. How does teaching change in a world where information is at your fingertips?

    I do believe the biggest impact on educators is that they are no longer seen as the content knowledge expert. This is an enormous part of our role, and is more important than ever in this digital age. Think about it: if we don’t know our content, we might pass on bad/faulty understandings.

    As educators, it is our duty to thoroughly vet each piece of digital content introduced in the classroom, but this role isn’t being appreciated in the current culture. It’s as though having the depth of content knowledge we have is unappreciated because teachers can just “Google It”.

    Our role is to teach our students to become just like us: this has always been our role. We are mentors, role models, citizens, researchers, creators, critical thinkers, engaged in learning for the sake of learning. We are so much more than a search engine, and always have been! Our role is unchanged.

    So, what has changed? For millennia, teachers have been asked to pass on the scope of their knowledge. We still need that scope of knowledge, but we use it like a background application in the process of skill acquisition. Today, we impart our amazing knowledge, and our amazing skills.


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