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Video Links

Here are the videos created so far for the course.

Futureshop Entry

Website Intro


Final Due Dates

  Greatest Hits Course Reflection
Abdulkadir Abdi Friday Monday January 31st
Neel Amin Wednesday Friday, January 21st
Christopher Avetikyan Wednesday Friday, January 21st
James Chaves Wednesday Friday, January 21st
Yoav Cohen-Rimmer Friday Monday January 31st
Anzella Gasataya   Friday, January 28th
Steven George Wednesday Friday, January 28th
Sasha Haber Friday Friday, January 28th
Jenny Hoang Thursday Friday, January 28th
Paul Huynh Friday Friday, January 28th
David Jo Thursday Friday, January 28th
Paul Kim Friday Monday January 31st
Igor Kizejev Wednesday Friday, January 21st
Jina Lee Thursday Friday, January 21st
Aaron Lefler Thursday Friday, January 28th
Nico Leone Friday Friday, January 28th
Shayan Masood Friday Monday January 31st
Tal Milman Friday Monday January 31st
Vlad Popa Thursday Friday, January 28th
Akiva Reiken Wednesday Friday, January 21st
Lindsay Rosen Wednesday Friday, January 21st
Noah Schafer Wednesday Friday, January 21st
Ariel Shain Friday Friday, January 28th
Anna Toronova Thursday Friday, January 21st
Ilnar Ulan Uulu Thursday Friday, January 21st
Calvin Ung Wednesday Friday, January 21st
John Wang Thursday Friday, January 21st
Alan Wu Thursday Friday, January 28th


Final Assignments

There are two summative tasks (besides the blog) for this class. You cannot begin these projects during class time until your project manager has confirmed that you have finished all work on Project 3.

Task One: Greatest Hits Presentation

Goal: Design a 5 to 10 minute multimedia presentation composed of your “greatest hits” from our class.

Due Date: Presentations will occur Wednesday, January 19th to Friday, January 21st

Format:  Multimedia. Possible examples include a movie, PPT, Jing, VoiceThread, spoken word, podcast or a combination of media.

You will be presenting in class; however, you may prerecord all of your presentation if you are not comfortable speaking in front of the class.

All technology must work during your presentation.  Be sure to check to see that it works before the day of your presentation.

Requirements: Your “Greatest Hits” will be combination of skills and projects from the entire course. It must include:

  • 2 examples from your placement
  • 2 examples from projects 1, 2 and/or 3
  • 1 other example from class – i.e., Staples Contest, Blog Entries, Enriching Technology Assignment

The rest is up to you!

Task Two: Course Reflection — To be negotiated on an individual basis.

The course reflection is part of your summative mark in the class.  It is a written assignment.  For each of the three categories, choose one question to answer. While there is no specific word count I am looking for, aim for 250 to 400 words per question.


  • Full sentences, proper spelling and grammar
  • Content that demonstrates a high degree of thought and reflection on your experiences in the course.
  • Specific examples to support your points

Submission Method

  • Either a Google document (be sure to share it with me) or a blog post on your blog.

Course Reflection Questions

General Course Experiences

a)       What part of the course did you enjoy the most? Why?  What part of the course did you enjoy the least? Why?
b)      What skills (technology and non-technology) did you develop?  How will these skills help you in your future pursuits?
c)       What did you struggle with in this course? Why did you struggle?

Areas for Improvement

a)       What changes could be made to the assignments in the course next year? Be specific.
b)      What changes could be made to improve the placements next year? Be specific.
c)       What advice would you give future IDC students? Be specific.
d)      This year the course focused on primarily on web 2.0 tools.  What area of technology should be focus on next year? Why?

Technology in Education

a)       Do you believe that technology can improve education by increasing student engagement in class, increasing student understanding of class material and/or improving student results?  Use specific examples from your own experience or your placement to support your ideas.
b)      A teacher is reluctant to invest the time and energy it takes to use more technology.  What would you say to this teacher to convince him/her that using technology is worth the effort involved?

Bonus Question

One of the main differences between this course and many others, besides the lack of tests, is the potential to do more than is expected of you.  At any point do you demonstrate superior leadership, involvement or commitment to this course that you would like me to take into consideration when determining your final grade.  Please be specific and clear in describing what you did and why it went ‘above and beyond’ the expectations of the course.

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 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.


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?


Work for Monday, November 22nd

If you are finished all the work for your placement, this will be your last work period for your portfolio summary.  We will be moving on to new projects tomorrow.  Today, you need to create your summary of what you did.  Remember, you can use any technology you wish to demonstrate your projects.  The complete details are available in an earlier post.

As I have yet to add everyone to this blog, please post your material on your own blog for now.

For students who are done all their placement work the due date for their final post is Friday.  You will not be given any more class time.

If you are still actively working on something for your placement teachers, continue to work.  You have the rest of the week to finish your placement projects (unless there is a reason you will need more time in December).  You will have a later deadline for your portfolio post.

Just a reminder to update your daily logs as well.  Some of you are working on more of a weekly schedule.

Materials for Teacher PD Session

I am providing a training session on the netbooks and web 2.0 technology to teachers tomorrow.  I need your help to gather material and populate the diigo group with links.

The session will focus on:

  1. Diigo
  2. Google Docs
  3. Websites vs. Blogs
  4. Prezi

Tasks for Today

  1. If you don’t already have one, create a diigo account.
  2. Please find and join my IDC4U1 group.
  3. If you need to, download chrome on your computer and add the diigo extension.
  4. Bookmark your blog and add a sticky note to it.
  5. Bookmark any resources that you have created for class that are accessible on the web. Please provide links to Jing videos, prezi’s created, teacher websites etc.  Be sure to tag your bookmarks appropriately and add a comment describing what it is you created.
  6. Add a comment to the diigo discussion.