Class 1: Teachers and Students

Changing roles students and teachers

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.

pappas-rookieI’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 read and discuss – Snapshot of a Modern Learner by Mike Fisher. We are going to use Prism – a tool for “crowdsourcing interpretation” to collaboratively mark up the reading. Here’s a link to that Prism markup tool. Below – some instructions for using Prism.

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.

Class 15: Final Pre-pub Checklist

Civilian_Conservation_Corps,_Third_Corps_Area,_typing_class_with_W.P.A._instructor_-_NARA_-_197144We’ll be using iBooks Author to finish our iBooks today (Report to Digital lab / Clark Library).

Note: You will be adding your last blog post (reflection) as a final portion of the lesson. That can be your look back at the of the entire document based lesson process.

Here’s our final pre-publication checklist

  1. We will use the Inspector/ Document to disable “Hyphenate.”
  2. Your chapters will need your names. If you have a website, Twitter or LinkedIn page, etc – you can link to it so readers can find you.
  3. Does your chapter include relevant dates (or eras).
  4. You will need to have links back to documents / content. They should not just link to jpg file, but the entire source as listed in whatever archive you used.
  5. Sources can be cited adjacent to document or at end of the lesson as Work Cited.
  6. All links should all be checked to see if they work. To save space consider just using the words source and making it a hyperlink.
  7. Looking for icons to spice it up? Check out The Noun Project. They are free and should be cited in your sources if the name gets cut off of icon.
  8. Some of the images you used are bit fuzzy in resolution. We can look for higher resolution versions.
  9. If you have large images, you can use a setting to make the images pop out to full size. (inspector/ widget/ interaction/ goes to full screen)
  10. Be sure you do not have any placeholder text in widgets “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet….” That needs to be removed. iTunes will not accept the iBook.
  11. Look to be sure you don’t have any empty text boxes you might have added. They will be in the center of the page

Image Credit: Civilian Conservation Corps, Third Corps Area, typing class with W.P.A. instructor ca. 1933
National Archives and Records Administration Identifier: 197144


Class 14: Proofing our iBook

McGuffey's Reader

Here’s our workflow for collaborating on an iBook showcase of student-designed document-based lessons.

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

Class 13: Working with iBooks Author

History of the Bassandyne Bible

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.

Technical aspects
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,