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My website has been established to display assignments directly related to the successful completion of work in the Boise State University Master of Educational Technology program.  The assignments will meet rigid AECT standards and show competency of skills necessary to meet these standards.  My goal for this program is develop skills which could be used in my classroom while gaining valuable knowledge about current technology.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look at my Learning Log!

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EDTECH 513: Faded Worked Example

In this lesson, we were assigned the task of creating a faded worked example by teaching a skill and recording using screen casting.  Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this project as it offered the opportunity to both teach an example and experience a new technological tool.  Camtasia is a fantastic tool for authoring up professional looking screen casts with ease.  My only issue with my screen cast was that the video is watermarked with the Tech Smith logo because I am using the free trial version.  I am definitely thinking about paying the $169 to purchase the version that excludes the watermark from the final product!

EDTECH 513: Digital Story

This digital story assignment was a difficult one for me.  First, it was difficult because I had a hard time figuring out what I would talk about.  Secondly, it was difficult because I am not great with video (trying to get better) but I was very excited to give it a go.

Since I enjoy coaching football in my free time, my digital story was a brief historical recap of the Wing-T offense.  I feel like I am very knowledgeable about this offense but I wanted to do a bit more research on the people who created its very foundation.  I hope you enjoy the video below.

EDTECH 513: Google Slides

I have been using Google Slides for almost 4 years now, and the ease in which one can create a clean slideshow is amazing.  The updates over the years have made Slides a powerful presentation tool that, in my opinion, rivals any presentation tool on the market.

A static presentation can be a very effective tool for learners and instructors alike.  However, I do not look at Google Slides as a static presentation.  Slides are very dynamic in that users have the ability to not only manipulate the presentation to their specifications but also, there are the sharing and collaboration factor.  Having the ability to work simultaneously with group members or team members on the same slideshow is what makes Google Slides such a powerful tool.

EDTECH 513: The Coherence Principle

The coherence principle brings an underappreciated premise to the forefront of online instruction.  Eliminating or avoiding extraneous graphics, audio, and or words helps learners stay focused on the lesson and the instructional goal of said lesson.  While fun sound effects or cool pictures may seem like they are bringing great joy to your students, the coherence principle tells us that anything extra, that does not work hand-in-hand with the instructional goals of the lessons, is not necessary and can prove to be detrimental to deeper learning.

This principle may seem like it is working against the will and creativity of spirited educators, however, if educators are taking this principle into consideration when creating online lessons they may find themselves empowering student learning with only necessary content.

Click Here for a deeper look into the coherence principle!

513: Haiku Deck Assignment

Haiku Deck is a presentation tool that is unlike many other presentation tools on the market.  The ease in which premium slides can be developed is second to none.  I had never used this program before but after a few short minutes, I felt very comfortable using Haiku Deck.

The interface is very user friendly.  After a brief on-screen tour, I was ready to begin my presentation making journey with Haiku Deck.  The process was easy and did not take very much time.  I will definitely give my students an opportunity to take a test run with Haiku Deck because of one main reason…and that is the word limit on each page.  There is not a specific word limit for each page, however, the whole premise of Haiku Deck is to create sleek, professional looking presentation which tend to have very few words.  This site could definitely benefit students who are just learning about presentation creation.

Link to Haiku Deck Presentation

513: Static Media Instruction

Over the past week, I have had the opportunity to create a static media instruction lesson by using screenshots and the Clarify-It program.  The lesson was design, specifically, with teachers in mind.  The lesson objective was to be able to login and assign a student lesson through the StudySync ConnectED ELA/ELD curriculum.

First, let’s begin by discussing Clarify-It.  Wow.  That is the word that best characterizes this easy-to-use software.  Clarify-It provides users with simple steps to making an excellent amalgamation of screenshots and explicit instructions.  This was my first time using the software and I was very pleased with the results.

I began this process by downloading the software and creating my lesson.  The software gives you the option of either taking screenshots of your content as you go or uploading previously captured screenshots from your computer.  Either way is easy and efficient.  After your image has been uploaded to the annotation page, there are many tools at your disposal to make your lesson look and feel how you want it to look.  Following the laws of contiguity   Once you have finished creating your lesson, it is very easy to then export your lesson to a PDF and share it with the world!

Check out the link below to see this assignment!

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513: Sketchnote Assignment

Well, this sketch note assignment came as a rather difficult task for me.  While a know that there are a variety of tools out there to develop a sketch note, my difficulty came in finding a tool that would adequately fit what I was trying to accomplish.  I ended up using the handwritten variety of sketch note which after researching is a very common way to do it.  However, there are several valuable tools for sketch noting when utilizing an iPad and a stylist to scribe.

For this assignment, I took aim at the Contiguity Principle number 1 which states, “Place Printed Words Near Corresponding Graphics”.  This principle is fairly self explanatory but I appreciated the insightful description of things to consider and avoiding when designing e-learning experiences.  Several key things to avoid include:

  • Simultaneous Display of Animations and Related Text
  • Using a Legend to Indicate the Parts of a Graphic
  • Separating Lesson Screens with Linked Windows
  • Presenting Exercise Directions Separate from the Exercise
  • Displaying Captions at the Bottom of Screens

Avoiding these design principle flaws while creating e-learning multimedia could drastically benefit the user experience!