Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Crowdsourcing a course hashtag

For our @PBSTeachers course “Teaching Lifelong Reading Habits K-12″ an activity application for qualitative information gathering was implemented using an online survey tool to crowdsource a course hashtag.   

The online survey tool, SurveyAnyplace was chosen to build, distribute, and collect the results of the survey because of its ease of use, mobile tech option, survey creation templates, QR-Code distribution feature, and results display capacity. Learners were invited to participate through email and course announcements in CanvasLMS.

Here is a screenshot in the early minutes of Survey data collection:

SurveyAnyplace Survey Screen

SurveyAnyplace Survey Screen. Survey created by Helen Teague

 

The survey contained one question with 3 fixed answer choices (“A,” “B,” “C”) and 1 open-ended answer choice (“D”). The open ended answer choice “D” invited course participants to suggest their own hashtag for inclusion.

Five days were given for the first round of choice. Data provided by SurveyAnyplace detailed the response rate and tallied the responses. The survey had an 89% response rate.

In the first round, after the course learners completed the survey, the choice with the most responses and the suggested response were distilled to a final survey. Data collection on these two choices continued for three days. The resulting choice earned the designation of the Course Hashtag.

#PBSReaders4Life

The Hashtag data collection activity served to crowdsource a common hashtag, build community among all course participants (learners and course facilitator), and model procedure for an upcoming data collection culminating activity.

Course participants were assured that all future posts with the hashtag #PBSReaders4Life would always conform to the Terms of Use of each and every social media site in which it appeared. Further, course facilitators’ posts were assured to be of a general or thematic nature. Specific learners’ names would not be used, accept in the case of a retweet where a learner self-identified through the use of the hashtag #PBSReaders4Life.

 

 

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InstructureCarn 2018 in Keystone, Colorado

This is the week for InstructureCarn in Keystone, Colorado. Our team from PBS TeacherLine submitted our proposal back in February.  … And it was accepted!!

We are excited about our session called, “We’ve Moodled on Over to Canvas: PBS TeacherLine Online Facilitators Share What Works.”  Our session is Wednesday, June 25th at 3:25pm.

 

InstructureCarn Session

 

Not going to InstructureCarn? Check back to this blog for the online handouts of the session!

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ July 20

This week’s weekend Ed. Quote was supplied by Cynthia who is one of the dedicated teachers in the PBS TeacherLine online learning course that I facilitate. The course is  “Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

 

“Curriculums must become more thought-filled in the sense of enlarging students’ capacities to think deeply and creatively.”–Costa (2008) 
Thank you Cynthia!
Reference
Costa, A.L. (2008, February). The thought-filled curriculum. Educational Leadership, 65(5), 44-46.

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Announcing Lower Prices for PBS TeacherLine Professional Development Courses!

Announcing Lower Prices for PBS TeacherLine Professional Development Courses!
Dear Teachers,
We understand the sacrifices you make every day for your classrooms and your students—and we know that the cost of professional development often falls on your shoulders. That’s why we’ve been working hard to lower the prices of our professional development courses while maintaining the same high-quality experience.
We’re excited to announce that as of today, the cost for every PBS TeacherLine facilitated course has been permanently reduced—some courses have been reduced by as much as 36%.
Thank you for all you do! We are proud to support teachers like you with our free educational resources, affordable professional development, and community events done in partnership with PBS member stations around the country.
Sincerely,
Your friends at PBS TeacherLine

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Up Close & Canvas: Assigning Peer Reviewers in Canvas LMS Online Courses

PBS Teachers

 

PBS TeacherLine uses the Canvas Learning Management System for its full array of online undergrad and graduate courses. Here are some tips shared among us in our course faculty forum.

 

 

 


Does your course have a Peer Review activity? Do you  want to assign learners a partner (or two) to review?

The Canvas LMS has a shortcut! In the Canvas LMS, create the peer review dynamics in an automated fashion in the assignment’s settings to quickly automate peer review partners. See the photo below*

 


*This photo and my thanks to our great PBS TeacherLine Canvas guru Reed for showing us the path! Reed is also the Assistant Director, Digital Education Services for PBS Education.


 

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Updated Sharing Resources found by Learners in PBS TeacherLine’s Library of Congress course

PBS Teacherline’s course, Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress begins today (April 18), and I am grateful to facilitate this course!

This is a resource-rich course for educators, administrators, parents…anyone who wants to learn more about the Library of Congress and their resources. We also delve a bit into the topic of copyright, a timely topic at any time.

This post will be updated frequently as an archival record of the resources that we, as a class collective, discover as we explore the resources at the Library of Congresshttps://www.loc.gov/. Please feel free to join our participatory partnership- leave a comment, share a resource you find, and/or the way(s) you will include Library of Congress resources in your instructional practice.


LOC portico

Library of Congress Blog: Selecting primary source documents for your classroom:
Part I
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2011/07/selecting-primary-sources-part-i-knowing-your-students/
Part II
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2011/07/selecting-primary-sources-part-ii-considering-historical-context/

Library of Congress Blog: Finding and use primary sources:
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2012/05/library-of-congress-search-making-it-easier-to-find-and-use-primary-sources/

April 26 Update:
Jackdaws resource (David): https://www.jackdaw.com/p-292-japanese-american-internment-camps.aspx
BreakoutEDU:  https://www.breakoutedu.com/gamesold1/  (David)

April 27 Update: (Teague)
Interactive Primary Source Analysis Tool: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/primary-source-analysis-tool/  
May 5 Update: 
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education: (Maureen)  http://cmsimpact.org/code/code-best-practices-fair-use-media-literacy-education/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Copyright and Primary Sources: (Maureen) http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/copyright.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

“Fair Use Is a Right” featuring the Dramatic Chipmunk: (Brent)
http://archive.cmsimpact.org/fair-use/video/fair-use-right-featuring-dramatic-chipmunk 
The Constitution of the United States: The Teacher’s Guide: (Brent)
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/primarysourcesets/constitution/

The Bill of Rights, ca. 1920. [Between and Ca. 1930] [Photograph] (Brent) Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2012645734/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

“Miranda v. Arizona” (Brent) http://www.loc.gov/law/help/digitized-books/miranda-v-arizona/miranda-learn-more.php (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Block, H. (1987) “Let me jog your memory”. , 1987. 2/20. [Photograph] (Brent) Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2012641944/  

CMSI: http://cmsimpact.org/code/code-best-practices-fair-use-media-literacy-education/ 

ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/issues/free-speech/intellectual-property (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

DMCA: Retrieved from: https://www.congress.gov/bill/105th-congress/house-bill/2281 (Links to an external site.)

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ May 4

“With all of technology and software programs available, as an educator, it is important to emphasize the importance of proper ways to cite resources.” ~Maureen, teacher enrolled in PBS TeacherLine’s course, Connecting with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ April 26

 “I think that when we choose our sources, and formulate our questions, we need to pay real attention. For we are beginning the process of making our history.” ~Brent, teacher enrolled in PBS TeacherLine’s course, Connecting with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

 

 

 

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Sharing Resources from the Library of Congress

PBS Teacherline’s course, Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress begins today (April 18), and I am grateful to facilitate this course!

This is a resource-rich course for educators, administrators, parents…anyone who wants to learn more about the Library of Congress and their resources. We also delve a bit into the topic of copyright, a timely topic at any time.

This post will be updated frequently as an archival record of the resources that we, as a class collective, discover as we explore the resources at the Library of Congresshttps://www.loc.gov/. Please feel free to join our participatory partnership- leave a comment, share a resource you find, and/or the way(s) you will include Library of Congress resources in your instructional practice. 


LOC portico

Library of Congress Blog: Selecting primary source documents for your classroom:
Part I
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2011/07/selecting-primary-sources-part-i-knowing-your-students/
Part II
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2011/07/selecting-primary-sources-part-ii-considering-historical-context/

Library of Congress Blog: Finding and use primary sources:
http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2012/05/library-of-congress-search-making-it-easier-to-find-and-use-primary-sources/

April 26 Update:
Jackdaws resource (David): https://www.jackdaw.com/p-292-japanese-american-internment-camps.aspx
BreakoutEDU:  https://www.breakoutedu.com/gamesold1/  (David)

April 27 Update: (Teague)
Interactive Primary Source Analysis Tool: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/primary-source-analysis-tool/  
May 5 Update: 

“Fair Use Is A Right” featuring the Dramatic Chipmunk

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ April 6

“We also know that increasing vocabulary knowledge has a direct impact on comprehension and plays a role in overall school success.” ~Robert Marzano, Marzano’s  Six-Step Vocabulary Process, Marzano’s Top 10 Characteristics of Effective Vocabulary Instruction  

This week’s quote is courtesy of Paula, in PBS TeacherLine’s course, An Introduction to Underlying Principles and Research for Effective Literacy Instruction

Vocabulary Word cloud

 

 

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