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Wicked Problem Project

Well through out the course of the evening I have decided that I do not enjoy the use of Jing. I like its ease of use and how nicely it captures certain things, but when it comes to capturing audio I am not a fan. Mostly because of my own equipment, I typically run a laptop with a built in mic so it makes the sound quality horrific. I finally got fed up with trying to set the level just right and stepped up to Jing’s big brother Camtasia. I found this to be so much more beneficial with its built in capabilities to capture my power point presentation. Then on top of that I could directly import the voice memos I created on my iPhone that sound a 100% better than the mic on my computer. Honestly if you have the time I think you should try out Camtasia for the thirty day trial I find it to be an excellent tool.

What you will find below is my complete Wicked Problem Project, I believe to the best of my knowledge it includes the input of others as well as the information you will find through out the course of section A-D found on my blog. I thank you for any and all input. It is best viewed in full screen.

Group Leadership Project

Above you will find our group leadership project one is an overall slide show showing all of the different aspects of the Google applications. As well a shorter version covering some of the topics of interest. In them you will find each of the sections that were divided up and taken on by the group members. My own portion has to do with Google sketch up which was a nice find for a drafting instructor as it allowed me to experience some of the functionality of an actual CAD package and is a free option I may talk some of my students into pursuing.

I would say in the future it would be more beneficial to include the use of the online meeting strategies further into the process as discussion via email seems to make the overall process less efficient. It seems as though the overall process seems to languish and fail via email where as a group discussion format like that found using Vyew seems to provoke more interest and follow through from the group as a whole. Overall it was an interesting experience trying to get all the pieces of the puzzle together and next time I will have the knowledge in hand to make it better.

Professional Learning Plan

I have tried something to combine some of the ideas put forth in the class. I have created both a pdf of my learning plan document as well as a narrated PowerPoint presentation of the contents the entire paper. Please let me know if you have any issues with the embbeded audio. Thank you.

Power Point

Part D – Findings and Implications

At this point in time it would seem prudent to look at the methods one may actually try use to understand the benefit of implementing my chosen technology. As many of you realize at this point I have tasked myself with the incorporation of Moodle into my class room as a means to increase the overall efficiency of the classrooms content delivery. So what types of formative or summative assessments maybe constructed to prove a benefit of this technology?

Formative:
I believe it would beneficial to use the incorporated blog/discussion capabilities of Moodle. This would allow students an open forum in which to discuss current course content and then be provided feedback in a way in which the information would be easily decimated and viewable by all students involved in the discussion. This would allow for constant updates on how curriculum content is provided to the students and help to improve the efficiency of content delivery. This would also be beneficial to my personal pedagogical approach of mastery learning as it would allow students to revisit this information at anytime and add to the discussion and content of the class in a meaningful way.

Summative:

From the perspective of summative assessment it may be beneficial to make a control group for the overall implementation of this technology. By this I mean I would compare students learning progress based on the incorporation Moodle versus students who I would instruct with my current teaching strategies. I would then use testing to track progress in both group’s course progress and mastery of the subject. Once through the first trimester I would generate a data set to compare the progress of the two groups noting any gains in the control group. I believe this would help to prove me with a very good measure of overall success. As it would give me a minimum 40 students progress to construct my comparative charts. In the event that moodle failed to improve or even slowed learning further it would again be beneficial to only use one group as a pilot.

Mobile Learning Lab

In the past I have used many of the options presented in this lab. I have provided students with the option of ipod use, passed out usb drives to students to help them collaborate with one another during our assembly projects in class. However, I have never incorporated phones into my classroom. Mostly because we have a distract policy set by the school board that would prohibit there use. I know there has been some pretty heated discussions over this in the past year and I can see where both sides are coming from, but lets look at it from the positive side. As part of the performance task I was directed to use Poll Everywhere. This is a pretty cool tool actually. Its very quick and easy to use, the interface is simple. All one has to do is type in a question hit enter and your off and running. I could see where this would be a very useful tool to get students to discuss ideas from the classroom and I believe it may even benefit the “shy” students who normally don’t participate for fear of saying something wrong. I also see that there may be a down side as the anonymity of it allows a student to place some inappropriate content on the screen. This point was brought up by one of the participants in the polls I created. However, if this were to happen I would simply not allow the class to use this form of communication until they could prove themselves responsible again.

Below you will find a few screen shots of how poll anywhere works.
Poll
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poll3
poll4

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