The Digital Divide Presentation


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Digital Divide Presentation – EdTech 501, posted with vodpod

     This was a really interesting, fun, and sometimes frustrating project.  To begin with, the content was very interesting and informative.  Through research and reading the commentary of fellow students, I learned a great deal about not only the history of the digital divide, but also how the definition has evolved and what different states are doing about this problem.  I was even enlightened about my own state, Idaho, as to what our Superintendent is striving for and why.  In addition, I learned a lot about how Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin are dealing with this, and I think that much of the country should follow their example.
     I really had a lot of fun collaborating on Blackboard and using Google Docs for notes and creating a Powerpoint that we could all work on at the same time!  That was cool!  I learned a lot about the technology, and even though it is a bit difficult sometimes in terms of multiple people speaking at once, there were definitely ways around that, and we all worked together to make it a success.  VoiceThread is also unique, and I liked learning and using the interface, though the doodle tool was a little annoying; I wish it worked better.
     Currently, my Honors English 11 students are creating a powerpoint in the same way that we were required to create,  but their only form of communication is through Google Docs; they cannot speak, or they lose points!   I want them to experience what I experienced; communication via writing; a clear and concise form of communication that involves thinking about the written word, the tone, and the intent. Most of my students were new to all of the ways that I showed them they could communicate using Google Docs (directly on the PP using comments, on the side chat area, or on a separate doc).  They are enjoying it very much, and I am too.  They have to actually copy and paste their chats for me and add them into their docs so that I can monitor their conversations and decisions.
     The frustrating aspect involved a few group members who were not truly committed to the project.  In fact, one member completely quit.   However, the group members who were dedicated followed through, and we produced a good product while learning to work together in a digital, collaborative environment.

Glog: Roll with it! The Evolution of ETECH Definition


NOTE:  THIS WILL PULL UP IN EDITING MODE; PLEASE CLICK ON PREVIEW TO VIEW.  Also, items move around each time the Glog is accessed, so please consider this because if something isn’t lined up, it was, and this is a glitch in the program.  Thank you.

I approached this assignment with the intent to create a Glog that I could actually use to teach at the high school level.  Although I wouldn’t normally teach the evolution of the definition of technology, I would, however, teach the evolution of Post Modernism.

I thought about my approach, and I envisioned presenting this Glog on a smartboard, so I came up with a game board theme because I thought it would be a good attention getter.  It’s colorful, and it leads the reader from start to finish, or in this case, infinity.  I added the # 1 pop hit for the decade and/or year because during our discussion of the evolution of post modernism, I would have my students make connections between the culture of the decade and the literature.  Similarly, I thought that in understanding the evolution of EDTECH, it is important to understand the culture and make connections between the two because not only does technology influence the culture, but the culture influences changes in technology, thereby forcing the definition of EDTECH to evolve.  Moreover, students love music, and I know it would add to their engagement in the lesson.

I learned a lot from this interface; some of the technology I liked while other aspects of it were a little frustrating.  To begin with, I liked having two layout options.  In addition, the features including the multimedia tools added much-needed dimension to the project.  On the other hand, not only would my project not save and share, but every time I pulled it up to work on, items would mysteriously be misplaced, and I had to constantly realign them.   I hope that these glitches can be resolved because they would impact my decision to use this interface or recommend it to my peers.

Rationale for AECT standard 2.0; 2.4

Not only is this glog a computer based instructional tool, but also it integrates technology using several forms of media including audiovisual and text to impact learning.


I have probably spent over 10 hours on my first glog, and though it was confusing at first, I got the hang of it (after that many hours, I would sure hope so).  At first, I was concerned that this interface was geared toward elementary or middle school, and that I wouldn’t be able to really use it in my classroom, but after seeing all it can do, I think it’s actually pretty cool.  My biggest concern now is that it won’t save!