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Unity 3D Worlds

September 2nd, 2014 Comments off

One of the stumbling blocks of online classrooms is the lack of community building that happens almost naturally in a face-to-face classroom.  It’s difficult to, especially in an asynchronous environment, to connect with classmates and the instructor.  They are words on a screen with some photos and maybe a video.  As I transitioned from face-t0-face into the online classroom, I was fortunate, at first, to have a completely synchronous online environment in Adobe connect.  Even though we all met at the same time and spent time together, I was still concerned about connecting with my students and having students connect with each other.  As it turns out, with a few tweaks and breakout rooms, those connections develop.  Things and mindsets have to be modified so that students have time to get to know one another.  Activities have to be redesigned so that they can be successful in a virtual space.  Generally speaking it is a rewarding and very feasible method for instruction from the standpoint of learning and community.  This is not a feasible method for most education.  My position, in t his instance, is training new employees to do a job while working from home.  They are paid an hourly wage and given a specific schedule.  It’s not difficult for everyone to meet at the same time on their computers because that is the job they were hired for.

In colleges and high schools, this method is not very feasible.  Schedule will never align and asynchronous methods have to be used.  In my opinion, asynchronous teaching has tremendous value for learning and content engagement, but not for learning communities with out some artificial and deliberate activities and practices.  If done properly and with a bit of luck, those connections can be made asynchronously as well.  One of the best methods is a regular live meeting similar to what we are conducting this semester in EDTECH 531.  This gives students “face time” with each other to hear voices and interact in a spontaneous manner that can lead to community forming and connections being created.  I think the use of virtual worlds and spaces is a tremendous opportunity to really lock those connections in and build the community.  It gives students a chance to see others and how they act.

I had never heard of Unity 3D worlds before but they are promising to me.  I do have some questions that I would like explore.  The interface seems simple enough, but how complex is creating the worlds? I’ve had some experience with Second Life and I’m wondering if the object creation is similar.  How long would it take to create a simple classroom or a larger area for writing prompts?  After our meeting and exploring these worlds, I’m excited to delve a little more into it and possibly use it in my teaching at IDLA.

I’m looking forward to Minecraft.  I play it with my daughter and am excited.

 


Course Expectations Lesson for Grades 11-12 Language Arts

April 6th, 2014 Comments off

Developed by Fabio Cominotti for consideration by IDLA during EDTECH 524 – Experience in Online Teaching at Boise State University.

March, 2014

Rationale / Needs Assessment

Online classrooms traditionally suffer from a lack of community.  Students and instructors simply don’t develop the natural relationships and sense of community that form in a face-to-face setting.  That is to say that the relationships don’t form if the online instructor, instructional designer, or facilitator does not introduce activities at the beginning of the course and throughout (more at the beginning) that help to foster community, allow students to get to know each other, and start to break down those walls.

The following activities have a several purposes.  One aspect of online classrooms that tends to be weak or non-existent is expectations.  Learners often suffer from a lack of understanding of what is expected of them.  Also, instructors usually don’t know what is expected of them from their learners.

In this lesson, the instructor will present the expectations of the learners.  I have provided sample expectations that I would include in my online courses as well as a sample attention getter video.  Then after viewing the presentation, students will complete a discussion board activity in which they convey what the course expectations mean to them with some analysis and they will also present two expectations that they have of the course and instructor along with a rationale of their expectations.  Students will also respond to two peer posts.

Learning Outcomes

1.)  The learners learn what is expected of them and have time to interact with and analyze those expectations as they complete the writing activities.

2.)  The learners gain practice in critical thinking as they synthesize, present, and discuss their expectations of the course and instructor on a discussion board.

3.)  Since this lesson takes place very near the beginning of a course, the instructor can gain an understanding of the learners current writing, organizational, and critical thinking skills at the beginning of the course which has several benefits

It provides a baseline for measuring improvement during the course of the semester.

  • It provides instructor with an idea of which students might need interventions and what types of differentiation might be needed at the beginning of the course.

4.)  The learners and instructor will begin to get a sense of who they are participating in class with.

5.)  The instructor can begin to get to know and understand thinking processes of the learners.

6.)  The learners can start to get a sense of their instructor through the discussion boards.

7.)  A sense of community can start to build that can be bolstered through other activities in the course.

Idaho Content Standards Addressed in this Module for Grade 11-12 Language Arts.

W.11-12.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

  1. Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
  2. Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
  3. Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.
  4. Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.
  5. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
  6. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).

W.11-12.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

W.11-12.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

W.11-12.10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

SL.11-12.2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

L.11-12.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

L.11-12.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  1. Observe hyphenation conventions.
  2. Spell correctly.

L.11-12.6. Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.

Materials

Compressed (.ZIP) Archive of Materials

Design Document (this document)

Course Expectations PowerPoint Presentation

Kindergarten Cop – Setting Classroom Rules (MP4 File)

Kindergarten Cop – Setting Classroom Rules (AVI File)

Generic Discussion Board Rubric (IDLA)

 

The following prototype can be found at my coursesites.com by blackboard.  When viewing on Coursesites, please log in with the username: user8903 and password: user

Note:  This lesson can easily be adapted for other language arts courses.  With a few more modifications, it could be adapted for humanities and science courses as well.


Design Prototype

Course Expectations

Welcome to the course.   (Main Lesson)

For this first module, we will discuss and learn what is expected of you in the course and what you expect to take away from the course and how I can best help you.

Objectives

By the end of this module you will:

  • Be able to name and explain what is expected of you from this course and instructor.
  • Be able to identify and explain what you expect from this course and your instructor.

Idaho Content Standards Addressed

W.11-12.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

  1. Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
  2. Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
  3. Use appropriate and varied transitions and syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships among complex ideas and concepts.
  4. Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.
  5. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.
  6. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the information or explanation presented (e.g., articulating implications or the significance of the topic).

W.11-12.4. Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

W.11-12.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.

W.11-12.10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

SL.11-12.2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

L.11-12.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

L.11-12.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

  1. Observe hyphenation conventions.
  2. Spell correctly.

L.11-12.6. Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


Please watch the following YouTube Video.

 Kcop YouTube URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mce3yiMF4iQ
Used under fair use guidelines.Kindergarten Cop. Dir. Ivan Reitman. Perf. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed. Universal Pictures, 1990. Youtube.com. 

The preceding image is a placeholder for a video or interactivity to be inserted here.

Okay, so I’m not as strict and angry as good old Schwarzenegger as a Kindergarten teacher, but I do have some expectations of you during this course.  Please take a look at the PowerPoint presentation below.

 gdrive The image to the left is a placeholder for an actual PowerPoint Presentation or interactivity that presents the course and / or instructor expectations.

Now those aren’t too bad.  Right?

Please complete the discussion board for this module.

You will be graded for this discussion on the following rubric.  Don’t worry, it’s mostly on effort.


DB1-Course Expectations (Discussion Board)

For this initial post, you need to write three paragraphs.  Please read and respond to your classmate’s posts as well.

1.) Write, in your own words, what the course expectations mean to you.

  •  How do they affect your thoughts about the course?
  • Will they be easy to follow?  Are they too lax or too extreme?
  • Please, let me know your opinion.  I am always interested.
  • If you have any questions about my expectations or the syllabus and course schedule, you can include those in this first paragraph.

2.) For you second and third paragraphs, please list two expectations (one in each paragraph) that you have for me or that you expect to get out of the course.

  •  This is where you get to voice your opinion and help to shape the interactions in the course.
  • I want to know what you expect from me so that I can strive to meet those expectations.  Teaching and learning is not a one-way street.  It’s a give and take.  Please let your voice be heard.
  • In your paragraphs, please discuss your expectation.  Let me know why you expect it and how I can meet it.
  • Feel free to use examples from your past as well.
  • If you have more than two expectations, please add paragraphs.  I’m here to help you, so let me know the best way I can.

3.) And finally, respond to a minimum of two peers.

  • Do you agree or disagree with their expectations?
  • Why?
  • Be thorough in your responses.

4.) Before posting, please review the rubric for this discussion board assignment.  Discussion Board Rubric

Grading Rubric—15 points possible

5 pts.

4 pts.

3 pts.

Initial Post Posted early to ensure sufficient time to respond to classmates. Posted sufficient detail to completely address the discussion board prompt Posted by the end of the unit, but did not allow time for others to comment. Posted enough detail to cover the prompt but could have expanded and explained points more thoroughly Posted after the unit deadline. Minimal detail that required more explanation in order to clearly understand points
Responses Responded to at least 2 classmates prior to the end of the unit. Replied to questions from classmates in response to original post Responded to at least 2 classmates Responded to one classmate
Correctness No distracting errors—followed expectations for online communication as outlined in Netiquette presentation 1-2 distracting errors Some distracting errors. Used slang, acronyms, or emoticons in original post (Review the netiquette presentation for appropriate online communication expectations) 

 

 

 

Rubric, originally created from Idaho Digital Learning Academy.  No modifications were made.

 

 

 

 

 


Instructional Design Project – Citing Sources Correctly Using APA Style

December 28th, 2011 Comments off

This was, by far, the most intensive and thorough project to date that I completed in the EDTECH program.  I designed a whole unit using valid ID models.  I designed every aspect of this course and completed a Instructional Design Document detailing every phase of the project.

Instructional Design Project – Citing Sources Correctly Using APA Style


Standards Addressed

S1 – Design – Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to design conditions for learning by applying principles of instructional systems design, message design, instructional strategies, and learner characteristics.

  • 1.1 Instructional Systems Design – Instructional Systems Design (ISD) is an organized procedure that includes the steps of analyzing, designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating instruction.
    • 1.1.1 Analyzing – Process of defining what is to be learned and the context in which it is to be learned.
    • 1.1.2 Designing – Process of specifying how it is to be learned.
    • 1.1.3 Developing – Process of authoring and producing the instructional materials.
    • 1.1.4 Implementing – Actually using the materials and strategies in context.
    • 1.1.5 Evaluating – Process of determining the adequacy of the instruction.
  • 1.3 Instructional Strategies – Instructional strategies are specifications for selecting and sequencing events and activities within a lesson.
  • 1.4 Learner Characteristics – Learner characteristics are those facets of the learner’s experiential background that impact the effectiveness of a learning process.

S2 – Development – Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to develop instructional materials and experiences using print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.

  • 2.1 Print Technologies – Print technologies are ways to produce or deliver materials, such as books and static visual materials, primarily through mechanical or photographic printing processes.
  • 2.3 Computer Based Technologies – Computer-based technologies are ways to produce or deliver materials using microprocessor-based resources.

S3 – Utilization – Candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to use processes and resources for learning by applying principles and theories of media utilization, diffusion, implementation, and policy-making.

  • 3.1 Media Utilization – Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning.
  • 3.3 Implementation and Institutionalization – Implementation is using instructional materials or strategies in real (not simulated) settings. Institutionalization is the continuing, routine use of the instructional innovation in the structure and culture of an organization.

S5 – Evaluation – Candidates demonstrate knowledge, skills, and dispositions to evaluate the adequacy of instruction and learning by applying principles of problem analysis, criterion-referenced measurement, formative and summative evaluation, and long-range planning.

  • 5.1 Problem Analysis – Problem analysis involves determining the nature and parameters of the problem by using information-gathering and decision-making strategies.
  • 5.2 Criterion-referenced Measurement – Criterion-referenced measurement involves techniques for determining learner mastery of pre-specified content.
  • 5.3 Formative and Summative Evaluation – Formative evaluation involves gathering information on adequacy and using this information as a basis for further development. Summative evaluation involves gathering information on adequacy and using this information to make decisions about utilization.

 


WebQuest

November 30th, 2010 Comments off

WebQuest

A higher-order thinking activity that asks students to evaluate articles and determine their credibility.   This was also turned into a District Assessment for Riverside High School while I taught there.
[Designed for 10th grade language arts students as a district assessment required for graduation]

  • Standard 1.1.2.b – Create instructional plans (micro-level design) that address the needs of all learners, including appropriate accommodations for learners with special needs.
  • Standard 1.1.2.d – Incorporate contemporary instructional technology processes in the development of interactive lessons that promote student learning.
  • Standard 1.1.3.b – Demonstrate personal skill development with at least one: computer authoring application, video tool, or electronic communication application.
  • Standard 1.3.b – Identify at least one instructional model and demonstrate appropriate contextualized application within practice and field experiences.
  • Standard 1.4.b – Describe and/or document specific learner characteristics which influence the selection of instructional strategies.
  • Standard 2.3.2 – Design, produce, and use digital information with computer-based technologies.
  • Standard 2.4.1 – Use authoring tools to create effective hypermedia/multimedia instructional materials or products.
  • Standard 2.4.2 – Develop and prepare instructional materials and products for various distance education delivery technologies.
  • Standard 2.4.4 – Use telecommunications tools such as electronic mail and browsing tools for the World Wide Web to develop instructional and professional products.
  • Standard 2.4.5 – Develop effective Web pages with appropriate links using various technological tools.

 


Virtual Field Trip

November 29th, 2010 Comments off

Virtual Field Trip

A virtual tour of some amazing scenes for inspiring writers.
[Designed for 10th grade language arts students]

  • Standard 1.1.2.b – Create instructional plans (micro-level design) that address the needs of all learners, including appropriate accommodations for learners with special needs.
  • Standard 1.1.2.d – Incorporate contemporary instructional technology processes in the development of interactive lessons that promote student learning.
  • Standard 1.1.3.b – Demonstrate personal skill development with at least one: computer authoring application, video tool, or electronic communication application.
  • Standard 1.3.b – Identify at least one instructional model and demonstrate appropriate contextualized application within practice and field experiences.
  • Standard 1.4.b – Describe and/or document specific learner characteristics which influence the selection of instructional strategies.
  • Standard 2.3.2 – Design, produce, and use digital information with computer-based technologies.
  • Standard 2.4.1 – Use authoring tools to create effective hypermedia/multimedia instructional materials or products.
  • Standard 2.4.2 – Develop and prepare instructional materials and products for various distance education delivery technologies.
  • Standard 2.4.4 – Use telecommunications tools such as electronic mail and browsing tools for the World Wide Web to develop instructional and professional products.
  • Standard 2.4.5 – Develop effective Web pages with appropriate links using various technological tools.

 


EDTECH Home Page

November 28th, 2010 Comments off

EDTECH Home Page

This is my EDTECH homepage showcasing my EDTECH coursework.  This page has become obsolete and is now represented with this site and learning log.  It is kept here for documentation purposes only.

  • Standard 1.1.3.b – Demonstrate personal skill development with at least one: computer authoring application, video tool, or electronic communication application.
  • Standard 2.3.2 – Design, produce, and use digital information with computer-based technologies.
  • Standard 2.4.5 – Develop effective Web pages with appropriate links using various technological tools.

 


Writing about Nature mQuest

November 15th, 2010 Comments off

Writing about Nature mQuest

A learning activity designed for use with mobile phones or other hand-held devices.
[Designed for 9th Through 12th Grade Students]

  • Standard 1.1.2.b – Create instructional plans (micro-level design) that address the needs of all learners, including appropriate accommodations for learners with special needs.
  • Standard 1.1.2.d – Incorporate contemporary instructional technology processes in the development of interactive lessons that promote student learning.
  • Standard 1.1.3.b – Demonstrate personal skill development with at least one: computer authoring application, video tool, or electronic communication application.
  • Standard 1.3.b – Identify at least one instructional model and demonstrate appropriate contextualized application within practice and field experiences.
  • Standard 1.4.b – Describe and/or document specific learner characteristics which influence the selection of instructional strategies.
  • Standard 2.3.2 – Design, produce, and use digital information with computer-based technologies.
  • Standard 2.4.1 – Use authoring tools to create effective hypermedia/multimedia instructional materials or products.
  • Standard 2.4.2 – Develop and prepare instructional materials and products for various distance education delivery technologies.
  • Standard 2.4.4 – Use telecommunications tools such as electronic mail and browsing tools for the World Wide Web to develop instructional and professional products.
  • Standard 2.4.5 – Develop effective Web pages with appropriate links using various technological tools.

 


MLA Jigsaw Activity

November 14th, 2010 Comments off

MLA Jigsaw Style Activity

Cooperative learning activity to teach the basics of MLA style for academic papers.
[Designed for 10th and 12th Grade Students]

  • Standard 1.1.2.b – Create instructional plans (micro-level design) that address the needs of all learners, including appropriate accommodations for learners with special needs.
  • Standard 1.1.2.c – Integrate information literacy skills into classroom and media center instruction.
  • Standard 1.1.2.d – Incorporate contemporary instructional technology processes in the development of interactive lessons that promote student learning.
  • Standard 1.1.3.b – Demonstrate personal skill development with at least one: computer authoring application, video tool, or electronic communication application.
  • Standard 1.3.b – Identify at least one instructional model and demonstrate appropriate contextualized application within practice and field experiences.
  • Standard 1.4.b – Describe and/or document specific learner characteristics which influence the selection of instructional strategies.
  • Standard 2.3.2 – Design, produce, and use digital information with computer-based technologies.
  • Standard 2.4.1 – Use authoring tools to create effective hypermedia/multimedia instructional materials or products.
  • Standard 2.4.2 – Develop and prepare instructional materials and products for various distance education delivery technologies.
  • Standard 2.4.4 – Use telecommunications tools such as electronic mail and browsing tools for the World Wide Web to develop instructional and professional products.
  • Standard 2.4.5 – Develop effective Web pages with appropriate links using various technological tools.

 


Interactive Concept Map – Digital Communication with Students

November 13th, 2010 Comments off

Interactive Concept Map – Digital Communication with Students

Information page with an image of a concept map containing hotspots that link to related information online pertaining to electronic communication with students.
[Designed for Teachers]

  • Standard 1.1.2.b – Create instructional plans (micro-level design) that address the needs of all learners, including appropriate accommodations for learners with special needs.
  • Standard 1.1.2.d – Incorporate contemporary instructional technology processes in the development of interactive lessons that promote student learning.
  • Standard 1.1.3.b – Demonstrate personal skill development with at least one: computer authoring application, video tool, or electronic communication application.
  • Standard 1.3.b – Identify at least one instructional model and demonstrate appropriate contextualized application within practice and field experiences.
  • Standard 1.4.b – Describe and/or document specific learner characteristics which influence the selection of instructional strategies.
  • Standard 2.3.2 – Design, produce, and use digital information with computer-based technologies.
  • Standard 2.4.1 – Use authoring tools to create effective hypermedia/multimedia instructional materials or products.
  • Standard 2.4.2 – Develop and prepare instructional materials and products for various distance education delivery technologies.
  • Standard 2.4.4 – Use telecommunications tools such as electronic mail and browsing tools for the World Wide Web to develop instructional and professional products.
  • Standard 2.4.5 – Develop effective Web pages with appropriate links using various technological tools

 


Copyright and Fair Use Scavenger Hunt

November 12th, 2010 Comments off

Copyright and Fair Use Scavenger Hunt

Learning activity with questions and linked resources to teach fundamental issues of copyright and fair use.
[Designed for Teachers and High School Students]

  • Standard 1.1.2.b – Create instructional plans (micro-level design) that address the needs of all learners, including appropriate accommodations for learners with special needs.
  • Standard 1.1.2.d – Incorporate contemporary instructional technology processes in the development of interactive lessons that promote student learning.
  • Standard 1.1.3.b – Demonstrate personal skill development with at least one: computer authoring application, video tool, or electronic communication application.
  • Standard 1.3.b – Identify at least one instructional model and demonstrate appropriate contextualized application within practice and field experiences.
  • Standard 1.4.b – Describe and/or document specific learner characteristics which influence the selection of instructional strategies.
  • Standard 2.3.2 – Design, produce, and use digital information with computer-based technologies.
  • Standard 2.4.1 – Use authoring tools to create effective hypermedia/multimedia instructional materials or products.
  • Standard 2.4.2 – Develop and prepare instructional materials and products for various distance education delivery technologies.
  • Standard 2.4.4 – Use telecommunications tools such as electronic mail and browsing tools for the World Wide Web to develop instructional and professional products.
  • Standard 2.4.5 – Develop effective Web pages with appropriate links using various technological tools.
  • Standard 3.4.3 – Identify and apply copyright and fair use guidelines within practice.
  • Standard 3.4.5 – Identify policies and regulations which apply to the utilization, application, and integration of distance delivery technologies.