MSJC Academy: Blogging to Increase Student Engagement and Community

Today I presented a workshop at the MSJC Academy on using student blogs in the classroom.  Below are the presentations.

If you attended this session please leave me a comment and let me know what you learned, what you still have questions on, or if you choose to use blogs I would love to hear how you implemented them in your class!

 

My first Google Hangout w/ @Center_Ed: Using Google Drive

I just participated in my very first Google Hangout with @Center_Ed.  Although I loved being able share this active teaching strategy, what was even more fun for me was using this new tool!!!  I had never used Google Hangouts and now I have a fun new tool to use and share with others.  I think I know a new Professional Development workshop for Palomar College!

Here is the video of our Hangout, Enjoy!

Lesson planning… steps to success

I recently learned about Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction.

Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction are based on cognitive learning theories and the sequence in which we process information. Gagne, Wager, Golas, and Keller (2005) define instruction “as a set of events external to the learner designed to support the internal processes of learning. The events of instruction are designed to activate the processes of information processing, or at least to parallel their occurrence, and support the process” (p. 194). This is the basis for the linear path of the 9 events of instruction which are in order starting with:

  1. gaining attention
  2. stating objectives
  3. recalling previous learning
  4. presenting the content/material
  5. providing or facilitating learning
  6. eliciting performance
  7. giving feedback about the performance
  8. assessing the performance
  9. focusing on retention and transfer of knowledge

I am a very big fan of infographics and found an awesome site with infographics for each of the 9 events of instruction:  http://anethicalisland.wordpress.com/

Re-Imaging Education

How is education changing in the 21st century?

There are so many educators who have inspired me, here is a look at a few of them…

Need to take Health 100 and Math 50?

There is still room in my Health 100 Learning Community course linked with Math 50.

A learning community is a unique learning opportunity.  In a learning community the same group of students take two classes together providing a great opportunity to build relationships among students. This group also has a dedicated tutor to provide additional support for success.  In this learning community two transfer level courses, Health 100 and Math 50, will be taken by a cohort, a group, of students. Each course is graded separately.

Foundation Skills LC 6 course information:

  • #34262,  Health 100  (Health Ed/Fitness Dynamics),  11-12:20,  TTh,  3 units, TLC-112, Professor Falcone
  • #31861,  Math 50  (Beginning Algebra), 1:30-3:20, TTh,  4 units,  E-6,  Professor Snow

Will following the 8 On Course principles for student success increase your health?

Below you will find the 8 On Course principles for student success.  These 8 principles describe the actions of  both successful students and struggling students.  Look at each of these principles.  How do they relate to your health or wellness?

The Paradox of our Age: Impact to our Health

This is a short writing by Bruce Moorhead (1995).  Take a moment and read through it.  How does this writing relate to your health and wellness?

On Course Lesson Plan: Self-Management Student Success Plan

On Course Lesson Plan:  Self-Management Student Success Plan

By: Kelly Falcone, Michael Gilkey, Chris Sinnott, Cindy Anfinson, Perri Larson, Esther Morrow

http://prezi.com/exrtbtdy5tjk/on-course-self-management-lesson-plan/

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Attn Teachers: We have been invited to change the world! @adambellow

It’s been over a month since I watched Adam Bellow’s closing keynote at ISTE and I am still telling people about how awesome it was. Here it is for those who did not get the chance to watch it live in San Antonio.

We teachers need to EXPLORE-SHARE-CONTRIBUTE!
Fast-forward to 22 minutes into the video

Another favorite from EduTecherBrief History of Tech in Education
http://www.edutecher.net/tv.php?id=7

Student In-Class Collaborative Google Drive Presentation

Today in class I divided the 80 student class into groups to work collaboratively on a Google Drive Presentation about two videos they watched, The Science of Sex Appeal and Life’s Greatest Miracle.  To create a class collaborative presentation follow these steps:

  • Create a Presentation in Google Drive
    • Go to drive.google.com
    • Create a Presentation
    • Click on the blue “share” button and set the presentation to share with “anyone with the link” and be sure to set it so that anyone with the link can edit (the default is that they can view, you must change it to edit).
    • Make a title slide and a slide for each group to use
      • Title slide
        • Put the title of the presentation
        • Include a tiny url to the document (this makes it easy for students to access it)
          • Go to http://tinyurl.com/
          • copy the url of the presentation and paste it into the tiny url box.  You can now just click create tiny url, or you can make a custom tiny url with your presentation title.
      • Group slides
        • Create a slide for each group.  You can number them or identify the slides by topics.  This makes it easy for each group to identify the slide they are editing.
  • Watch live as all groups work on one collaborative presentation!
    • You will be able to see the work they are all doing at the same time
  • Once the presentation is complete each group presents their slide.

This is a fun way to get the entire class involved and move quickly between groups!