This is our first class of the fall ’17 term. We’re going to use a number of activities to get to know one another. Our focus will be exploring the changing roles of student and teacher. As a subtext, we will use some “old school” and cutting edge tools.
I’ll share a copy of my 1971 student teaching evaluation (2 page pdf) Quite a relic – Why did I save it? We’ll examine it as an historic document with a critical eye for answering a number of questions: Who created it and why? Historic context? Point-of-view? What could we learn from it? What other sources might we need to collaborate?
We will explore what it tells us about NYS teacher preparation programs in 1971.
We’ll explore FlipGrid – “a video discussion community for your classroom” and I will email you a link to our first video discussion. I’ve posed a very simple task: “in 90 seconds describe yourself as a learner. Don’t use pedagogical terms. Keep it real.” This will be our change to try out FlipGrid. I’d like us to discuss how we might use it during the course to support each other in our lesson designs.
During the last class session students met it the Clark Library Digital Lab to compile their prewritten text, selected images and video to complete the first drafts of their chapters.
Today we meet in the UP Innovation Center (a very cool collaborative workspace) to proof their chapters.
Write a reflection on your DBL design process and post to our blog (your final post). It will also be added to your iBook chapter – due 12/4. I will add a pdf version of your chapter to this post. See examples from 2015
Image credit: McGuffey’s Reader illustration n.d.
Miami University Library: nn-1351
Digital technologies have put us in charge of the information we access, store, analyze and share. Creating an iBook harnesses those motivational factors into an engaging learning experience. The ease of distribution across the world (via iTunes) means students can communicate with a broader, and more authentic audience than just their teacher and class peers.
This week we will wrap up our first drafts of our document based lessons for inclusion into our collaborative iBook. We’ll be working in the Digital Lab at Clark Library. This will be the fourth iBook published by our EdMethods students.
The iBooks will be designed using iBooks Author in the Mac lab. Students will bring digital versions of their DBQs to the lab – including all image and sound files, text files, citations and URLs. Here’s a quick guide to managing your files to get ready for iBooks Author: edMethods Tool Kit: iBooks Author
I’ve created a YouTube channel with some short tutorials that students may wish to refer to. See iBooks Author Tips
Image credit: Image from page 94 of “History of the Bassandyne Bible, the first printed in Scotland with notices of the early printers of Edinburgh” (1887) William T Dobson,