Participating in a professional online community
1. ePortfolio development
2. Online community
3. Professional library
1. School edtech culture eval
2. New media development
3. Individualized learning project
1. Evaluation, grading
2. Schedule, timeline
3. Rubrics and assessments
4. ISTE NET T Standards
Alysyn Thibault (Wikispaces) (2011-12)
Callie Wilder (Weebly) (2013-14)
Emily Buck (Google Sites) (2011-12)
Rebecca Hartwell (Google Sites) (2011-12)
Spencer Beckman (Weebly) (2014-15)
Model digital stories
The Matanuska Colony
The Vital Marine Highway System
Confessions of a Runner
Double Replacement Reaction
The Moose Hunt
Time frame: Throughout the semester.
Essential question(s): How do I find, participate in, and support my professional practice and the practices of colleagues using an online community, for the purposes of sharing resources, experiences, strategies and insights?
Objective: Students will identify an online community in the area of their professional practice, participate in it, and produce an essay reflecting on its value.
Activity: Students identify and participate in an online community in the area of their professional practice for the semester. OverviewUsing Social Media (often called Web 2.0 resources) is all the rage. From Facebook to wikis to blogs, the new social landscape of the internet has provided a number of ways to find personal and professional communities of discussion, thought and practice.
Your task is to find a professional online community related to your field. That is, find a listserv, blog, wiki, or any other social networking resource that is important to you as an educational professional in your field. This can also be one of the many professional portals that exist, like sites set up by, for example, NCTE (National Council for Teachers of English) or NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics).
Join it, read it and contribute to it from time to time. Write one to two pages about its value to you; link to it from within your discussion. Include examples of what you found, and how you contributed.
ISTE Standards addressed
Timeline, due dates
Although the reflection is not due until the end of the semester, you should start this now so you can experience the online community throughout the semester. Your evaluation needs to based on at least 1 month of participation. Therefore, I highly encourage you to start now. It may take awhile to find an online community that works for you. After you do, you will probably want to "lurk" in the background until you get a feel for how it works, before you contribute to it. This all takes time. So, start right away.
Examples from 2011-2012:
Alysyn Thibault: Diigo
Abe Olsen: Wikispaces
James Vanderloos: Slideshare
Nick Steele: Scholastic for Teachers (includes lesson plans)
Rebecca Hartwell: Edutopia (read her reflection)
- National Academy of Sports Medicine
- USA Swimming Coaches Association
- National Federation of High School Sports
- PBSteachers network
Cassidy Patnoe: Reddit/r/teachers
Fahren McCrehin: Mount Edgecumbe Library
Gabe Bailey: A to Z Teacher Stuff
Your ePortfolio, texts
It is the goal of this course to immerse you in the reality of the world wide web as a teaching and learning environment. Toward that end, you will be using resources that will be accessible to you after you graduate from the MAT program. In the case of the ePortfolio, this might mean using Google Sites, Blogger, Wordpress, WIX - whatever you choose.
You have one required text for this course
It is Digital Storytelling in the Classroom, 2nd edition. I used to give students the last PDF version I had created of it before sending it to my publishers, but then my publishers found out. They weren't happy. But feel free to borrow it from past MAT students. Libraries have copies of it too. All other resources needed in the course are free and are identified as the course progresses.