General Information:

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After reading a chapter in the required textbook, choose at least three distinct concepts within the chapter that you want to further explore and reflect upon. Select a tool from which to craft your meaningful and reflective response to chapter text assignments and post on your blog. The focus is not only on your reflection of the content in the chapter, but also the creativity of the tool selected. Each digital tool is awarded at the beginning, intermediate and experienced levels.

The purpose of the creating this reflective post is to help you read the book chapter with engagement. It is an opportunity to really make meaning with the text (i.e., take it apart, manipulate it, look for its heart, chunk it into meaningful bits, etc.) This activity will help you with the critical art of understanding, summarizing, and, most importantly, making the reading personal to you! In addition, you will be discovering a handful of web 2.0 tools that can be used in helping your own future students interact with content.

Reflective Writing:

What is reflective writing? It indicates reflective thinking and is not merely a summary of important points. Instead reflective writing involves:

  • Analyzing an idea or concept (thinking in depth and possibly from a different perspective and trying to explain, often with reference to prior knowledge, other learning, and/or related questions)
  • Thinking about what the idea or concept means to you in your ongoing process as a learner
  • Using the thinking strategy of Connect, Extend, Challenge (see the guiding questions in above image)

Therefore, reflective writing is more personalized to you, but also needs to have the depth of thought required in academia.


Digital Tools:
Listed below are a variety of tools from which to choose. If there's something you want to use that is not on the list, please message me so we can discuss.

You can use one digital tool up to three times, but there is the expectation that the second and third times you use it, you will enhance the product (i.e., you created a Prezi as the digital tool Digital Blog #B and you can use a Prezi again for Digital Blog #C but you need to add additional expertise in the Prezi or add hyperlink/embedded video/or Creative Commons licensed photos in the post as well)
OR
You can use a different digital tool for each chapter (i.e., you can create a Prezi for Digital Blot #B and a ToonDoo for Digital Blog #C and a Kahoot for Digital Blog #D, etc.)
All tools have a free version - do not sign up for the paid version! Some are more text-heavy, others more visually based - some are more sophisticated and some much more simple. Choose the ones that work for you! :)


Have fun with these activities - they are meant to be instructive, but also to tap into your creative and personalized self! Try to do the best you can with them, but don't allow them to be frustrating!! The tools are sometimes easy and intuitive, but more importantly, they are ways to engage students of all ages in ways to go 'beyond the worksheet' or traditional paper! :) And, they earn points for your blog post assignment too! :)

Textbook Resource (always post this resource and any others you use for your blog post writing in APA format):

Maloy, Robert, Verock-O’Loughlin,Ruth-Ellen, Edwards, Sharon A., and Woolf, Beverly Park (2013). Transforming Learning with New Technologies. 2nd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education, Inc.

Submit:

Once you have completed your chapter interaction via a web 2.0 tool, look for an embed code and post it on your blog as a new post and then submit the url of your blog so it can be graded.
OR, if you can't find an embed code (or not sure how to use it!), please go ahead and submit the link to your creation.
Please see this 'how to' for embedding your link and remember that other how to's are located in links on this Creating Google and Blogger Accounts page.

Resources:


EME 2040 Sample Blog
EME 2040 Blog & Blogroll

Due Dates:

Generally one per week, but there are some weeks without Digital Blog Post assignment due dates - please consult the class schedule.

Grading Rubric:

Review grading rubric on Canvas