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New Course Mark Breakdown

Based on the time, effort and importance of the projects completed in this class, here is the new mark breakdown.

Term Work (70 %)
Project 1 5%
Project 2 10%
Enriching Technology Assignment 10%
Placement 25%
Project 3 20%
Summative Tasks (30%)
Blog 10%
Greatest Hits Presentation 10%
Course Reflection 10%

There will be no more blog entries for the year.  The entries that you should have completed in the second half of the course are as follows:

All of these entries should be finished and posted by now.  I have been tracking them.  You must be finished all fixes to the structure and layout of your blog by Wednesday, January 12th.

Reading Responses – Part 3

Don Tapscott, the author of the a series of books on the new digital generation, has written a response to the New York Times article we read.  Read the article New York Times Cover Story on “Growing Up Digital” Misses the Mark.

On your blog, answer the following questions:

  1. What are the three most important criticisms Don Tapscott makes of the Times article?
  2. Do you agree with Mr Tapscott when he says we need to change “the relationship between student and teacher in the learning process”? Why or why not?
  3. Of the two articles, which one demonstrates a greater understanding of technology and your generation?  Justify your choice.

Due: Beginning of class on Wednesday (project managers excused)

Placement Self Evaluation

Using the Placement Evaluation, grade yourself based on your work for your placement teacher.   Include justifications for each mark you are giving yourself.

Two ways to complete this task – using the google doc – copy it, complete it and share it with me  or create a post on your blog.

Due: End of class today (unless you are a project manager)

Reading Responses – Part 2

Blog post due:  End of class on Monday (project managers excluded)

Choose one of the following sections of the NY Times series:

Teachers’ Views on Technology in the Classroom

Watch the videos created by teachers on how they use technology in the classroom.  Are any of these ideas worth pursuing at Mackenzie?  Which ones and what would need to happen for these ideas to work.  Respond to at least two videos.  Remember, we want ideas that enrich and enhance student learning not simply to use technology so we can say we are using technology.

OR

Read the debate First Step to a Digital Detox.  Pick two of the reponses and comment on them on your blog.  Do you agree or disagree with the author?  Why or why not?  What is reasonable about what they say?  Does anything they say seem unreasonable?

Follow up question:  Would you consider a digital detox?  Why or why not?

 

Article Response – Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction

The New York Times has an ongoing series on Your Brain on Computers.  We are going to look at some of the content published.  For those of you that have completed your placement, I expect two blog entries,  for those of you still working away, you only need to do the first entry.

Part 1: Everyone reads this article

Read the article, Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction from the New York Times.

Write a response to this article on your blog.  Consider the following questions in your response.

  • Do you have anything in common with Vishal?  Do you have trouble disconnecting from the digital world?  Do you think your time online has a positive or negative effect on your grades?
  • Does technology amplify your personality?
  • In your own experience, do you think gaming affects your sleep patterns or your ability to to retain information?
  • Does Alan Eaton have a point when he says that  technology has led to a “balkanization of their focus and duration of stamina”?
  • Should schools be embracing more technology or do the costs of technology (not just financial costs) outweigh the benefits?
  • Are the students in this article a realistic depiction of your life?  Does the writer of the article have a good grasp of technology use among teenagers?

You do not need to answer every question.  Consider them prompts for your own response.

Part 2: If you have finished your placement, you must also complete this section as another blog post.

Choose one of the following sections of the NY Times series:

Teachers’ Views on Technology in the Classroom

Watch the videos created by teachers on how they use technology in the classroom.  Are any of these ideas worth pursuing at Mackenzie?  Which ones and what would need to happen for these ideas to work.  Respond to at least two videos.  Remember, we want ideas that enrich and enhance student learning not simply to use technology so we can say we are using technology.

OR

Read the debate First Step to a Digital Detox.  Pick two of the reponses and comment on them on your blog.  Do you agree or disagree with the author?  Why or why not?  What is reasonable about what they say?  Does anything they say seem unreasonable?

Follow up question:  Would you consider a digital detox?  Why or why not?

 

Placement Update

By the end of class on Monday, everyone must complete a blog post addressing the following questions:

1) What did you accomplish last week in your placements?

2) What do you need to do this week?

Three things that need to be completed this week are:

Interview Summary – A summary of your interview with the placement teacher.  This can be a post on one group member’s blog

Placement Action Plan – See the google document.  One plan per group.  Please copy the file to your own account and share the document with me.

Placement Consultation – A meeting with me to discuss your action plan and interview and map out the rest of your placement.

Due Date: By the end of class on Friday.

Placement Blog Post

To create the best teacher-student groups for the IDC class placements, I need each of your to write a blog post answering the following questions.  Please be honest about your strengths, weaknesses and preferences so that I can make the best possible matches.

1.   From the topics listed below, which two would you be best at?  Which one would not be a good fit for you?  Explain why.

–         Learning new pieces of software
–         Developing innovative classroom lessons using technology
–         Finding ways to incorporate technology into existing projects
–         Designing and developing websites
–         Teaching teachers and students to use technology and software
–         Finding online resources for teachers
–         Teaching video creation and editing techniques using Movie Maker

2. On a scale of 1 to 10, rate your skills in the following areas (include a one to two sentence justification for your rating)

–         Creativity
–         Responsibility
–         Web design
–         Developing action plans
–         Teaching other people
–         Meeting deadlines

3.  Are you comfortable leading a group of students?

4.  Would you prefer to work on your own, with a partner or in a team?

5.  Which subject area would you be most comfortable working in?  Are there any subjects areas you don’t want to work in?

–         Geography
–         History
–         Media
–         Business
–         English
–         Biology

Post due by 10:00 am on Wednesday, October 27th