Create Reflection

iNacol, the International Association for Online Learning, publishes Standards for Quality Online Teaching.

Consider the following standards:

Standard B: The online teacher understands and is able to use a range of technologies, both existing and emerging, that effectively support student learning and engagement in the online environment.

Standard C: The online teacher plans, designs, and incorporates strategies to encourage active learning, application, interaction, participation, and collaboration in the online environment.

Standard E: The online teacher models, guides, and encourages legal, ethical, and safe behavior related to technology use.

Standard K: The online teacher arranges media and content to help students and teachers transfer knowledge most effectively in the online environment.

 

Answer in a complete paragraph response: How has the Create module prepared you to meet each standard listed above? Link to or provide specific examples from your work in Create. What strategies will you take away from the Create module and apply to your teaching?  What lessons were most beneficial for you?

Standard B  The Create module helped me prepare to meet this standard specifically because of Section 2: Web Tools. The specific lesson that I will apply to my online teaching is the Create 2: Web Tools for Differentiation of  Student Assessment.  This lesson specifically supports the standards and has allowed me to think of different ways to assess students that is not the typical multiple choice test.  This was beneficial for me, as I do this in my traditional classroom as summatives but would love to do something like this as a formative.

Standard C:  The Create module helped me prepare to meet this standard specifically because of Section 1: Planning. The specific lesson that I will apply to my online teaching is the Create 1- Content Map. I have never worked with content mapping and found it fascinating and easy to use. I enjoyed being able to add as much or as little as I wanted to the concept map. I am looking forward to coming up with a template that I can use a go to.

Standard E The Create model helped me to prepare to meet this standard specifically because of Section 3: Open Educational Resources. The specific lesson that I will apply to my online teaching is the Create 3: Fair Use and TEACH Act. This lesson specifically allowed me to better understand the Fair Use laws and the TEACH Act. With this information I can model good digital citizenship for my students, and hold  my students accountable according to Fair Use.

Standard KThe Create module helped me prepare to meet this standard specifically because of Section 4: Learning Object Authoring.  The specific lesson that I will apply to my online teaching is the Create 4: Aggregating Lesson Material. This lesson specifically allowed me to think which CMS and LMS will help me arrange resources and content while also being able to teach through the system. The strategies that I will take away from this lesson and those in Create 4, are that I need to make sure that the digital tools that I author are easy to use, can be used throughout the course and contribute an effective learning experience to students.

Create 4 – Build Portable Learning Objects

Create:Using your lesson topic, build two high quality, reusable learning objects.

Artifact: Link to the two high quality, reusable learning objects build by you.

Answer:What is the intended use of your learning objects?  How might the objects be used in an online or blended classroom?

 

Quizlet the intended use for this learning object is a study tool for vocabulary. This can be used in a variety of ways by the students. They can use them as flash cards to help them learn/study. There is also a matching game that allows you to beat your best time and/or compete with others that are doing the same set of words.  Quizlet can be used both online and in a blended classroom. Online you can assign the study set to the class as a whole and they can compete with each other for quickest match time.  In a blended classroom, the teacher can use the Quizlet Live mode, which allows students to work collaboratively to match the term with definition.

 

Vocabulary.com the intended use for this learning object is a tool to acquire and learn vocabulary. This is a great tool for English teachers and history teachers as students can learn vocabulary prior to reading a selected reading, which will ultimately help with comprehension. The great thing about vocabulary.com is as a teacher you can see who is completing vocab set assignments, as well as what are each students trouble words and the class as a whole. The tool also ranks the users by the most points ( the more you go over vocab/get them right, the more points you accrue) As a teacher, both online and blended, you can create a weekly leader board. Giving Kudos and creating a sense of competition.

I am unable to directly link you to my created lists, as you have to be one of my assigned students. Please see the picture belowvocab com

 

Create 4 – Learning Object Authoring Tools

Research: Based on an understanding of learning object authoring tools, locate two learning object authoring tools (free or fee-based).  Link to the tools in your blog.

Answer: How might each tool be used in an online classroom? What features should an online teacher look for in a learning object tool?

TedED – This is tool can be used in an online classroom because this tool is meant to help you flip your classroom.  This tool is great because it allows you to include both videos to start and built in assessment builder to check for understanding.  It also allows you to include extended learning opportunities where students can analyze information from multiple sources allowing the DOK level to go up. This online tool is Free to use; and no you don’t just have to use TED talks

Quizlet  this tool can be used to create a running list of unit vocabulary terms. If you create a class account, every one can contribute to the list, or you can rotate a “scribe” like position through each week. This tool allows students to test themselves as well as play games. You can also copy the list to your private teacher account and assign the list as a quiz once the list is complete.

The most important feature that an online teacher needs to look for in an object tool is to make sure that the tool is user friendly and helps the student learn the content.

Create 4 – Aggregating Lesson Material

Research: As discussed throughout the quest, collecting or curating learning objects, resources, and learning material enriches the e-learning environment. Research and identify two tools that can be used to aggregate and present learning material, other than the two mentioned in the lesson. Link to the two tools in your blog.

Answer: Thinking about instructional design, how does each tool benefit the learner by aggregating and presenting material in a cohesive manner? Are there drawbacks to the tools you researched?

Google Classroom – Google classroom is a great place aggregate learning and present learning. Google classroom aggregates learning by creating folders in your drive. Any assignments/ lessons/ tools etc,  that are given in Google classroom will automatically appear in each students Drive. In Google Classroom you can present information and lessons easily through the “stream”, educators have the opportunity to use the stream as they wish; make announcement, ticket out door, discussion threads, assign assignments. Google tools are automatically embedded into the classroom and depending on your district you can also invite guardians into the classroom so they can see what is going on in your digital space. There WAS a draw back to this as you could only use Google classroom if your district or school purchased Gsuite for Education. However, Google has realized that many other people can benefit from open source LMS/CMS as this. You can create MOOCS or online courses, PD etc with you private gmail account.

Courseites by Blackboard or Blackboard – Courseites is the free version of Blackboard and gives you many capabilities. BLackboard /Coursesites allows teachers to create Modules, units of learning (or whatever verbage you would like to use) and stick everything into the module. You can further break down the module into lessons with resources just for that lesson .  The positive to this LMS is that many universities and business around the country use this platform for their online classes and training’s, so you are helping your students get ready for college and career.  Downside is that it does look a little clunky, as far as the looks, it does not have the streamline look, but otherwise it is great! You have access to student data, down to if they even opened a a resource. With the paid version you can link it to other tools like turnitincom

Create 3 – Locating Resources

Research: Locate one online image designated as an open educational resource. Locate one online text object designated as an open educational resource. Locate one online video designated as an open educational resource.   

 

Artifact: Post the three links to the resources located above and give proper citations.

  1. New York Public Library: Digital Collections

open use

PUBLIC DOMAIN COLLECTIONS: FREE TO SHARE & REUSE

In-text: (“Public Domain Collections: Free To Share & Reuse”)

Your Bibliography: “Public Domain Collections: Free To Share & Reuse”. The New York Public Library. N.p., 2017. Web. 25 May 2017.

2. PLOS Biology

ORTIZ-MERINO, R. A., KUANYSHEV, N., BRAUN-GALLEANI, S., BYRNE, K. P., PORRO, D., BRANDUARDI, P. AND WOLFE, K. H.

Evolutionary restoration of fertility in an interspecies hybrid yeast, by whole-genome duplication after a failed mating-type switch

In-text: (Ortiz-Merino et al.)

Your Bibliography: Ortiz-Merino, Raúl A. et al. “Evolutionary Restoration Of Fertility In An Interspecies Hybrid Yeast, By Whole-Genome Duplication After A Failed Mating-Type Switch”. N.p., 2017. Print.

3. Youtube  

WHAT IS THE RASPBERRY PI FOUNDATION? 10 MILLION COMPUTERS SOLD

In-text: (“What Is The Raspberry Pi Foundation? 10 Million Computers Sold”)

Your bibliography: “What Is The Raspberry Pi Foundation? 10 Million Computers Sold”. YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 25 May 2017.

Create 3 – Fair Use and TEACH Act

Answer: How might an online or blended classroom teacher use Fair Use when gathering resources for educational purposes? What observations have you made about Fair Use and the TEACH Act and how has it changed your approach to finding reliable content for your students?

When teaching in an online or blended classroom a teacher must ask four questions: 1. what is the purpose? 2. How much do I need to use 3. What effect does this material have? 4. What is the nature of the work? The answers to these questions can guide the educator in the right direction. For example,  if the answer to #2 is you need to use 6 chapters of a 12  chapter book, it is safe to say that purchasing a class set would be better.

There are a few main differences between the Fair Use and TEACH Act; Fair use is for anyone looking for educational resources. While the TEACH Act is specifically for educators and media that is copied must be used in a asynchronous classroom setting.

 

 

Create 3 – Open Educational Resources

Research: Spend time perusing the vast amount of open educational resources and examining the different usage rights regarding creative commons items.

Create: In your blog post, create a definition of open educational resources.

Answer: What are the various Creative Commons licenses one may encounter when searching for these resources?

Definition for Open Educational Resources: These resources are ones that can be found in open/public domains and have a licence that is open or free use. The purpose of these open source materials is to: share with the community freely without legal infringement and to create an open data source for educators and learners.

The various Creative Common licenses  are listed below on the image found on an open source website.  There are 6 types of copyright licences:

  1. You can copy, to remix etc. with attributes to the original creator
  2. You can copy, to remix and make profit with attributes but must new product must be given same CC
  3. Allows for commercial and non-commercial distribution as long as original product is unchanged.
  4. Allows for remixing, tweaking etc for non commercial use with attribution, but the new licence does not have to be the same.
  5. This is the same as #4 but the new license must be the same as the original
  6. This allows people to download and share as long as they give that person credit; no changing and no use commercially; this is the most restrictive
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