Sunday, June 26, 2011

Week 1 of CED 540

This was our first week of CEDO 540, Data Analysis and Interpretation. The course title is a non-threatening way of saying Statistics.

This week we watched a video that introduces statistics, it's use, and importance. We watched this video on statistics and we needed to determine the problem, they type of data that was collected, the conclusion, and the type of research that was done. You can find our group's results here. This video did a nice job of explaining how statistics are used and how it relates to our everyday life. I felt like this also related to my area of science. They really followed the scientific method, and used statistics to determine their results. This is something that I feel pretty comfortable with since I am a science teacher and have used statistics in the past for my own research.

We also needed to complete a worksheet based on the powerpoint that we went through in class. Even though this class feels a lot different than our others, I feel like it will be beneficial. I hope to relate this information to my own class through the analysis of student data, and the interpretation of data that we collect from student labs.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Week 6 of CED 530

This week we needed to create an eyejot that described the applications that we explored in the class. I really enjoyed this class and I hope to use these applications to revise my presentations. I also plan on having the students use these applications to create their own presentations on specific content, lab reports, or weekly updates about class.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Week 5 of CED 530

This week we looked at measuring/evaluating presentations, hardware and software. We also completed our Pecha Kucha.

One of our assignments was to make a rubric that could be used to evaluate a multimedia presentation. This is a good assignment because I will be able to utilize this rubric with my own students next year. I will probably utilize rubistar to make this since, I have used this program in a previous class.

Our other large assignment is a group paper. My group will be evaluating 280 Slides, authorStream, and SlideSix. I have used 280 slides before. I really liked its easy user interface and media options. The media tool was nice because it searches the web and youtube without having to open a new window. I look forward to evaluating authorstream and slidesix.

Our last assignment was to complete our Pecha Kucha. I plan on using voicethread to do this because I think it is really easy to use. Completing this assignment should be pretty easy since we had to create the storyboard. I had a lot of difficulty creating the storyboard, but I definatley see its value. I think that this would be an important step to include for a student project. It creates an important checkpoint and it really helps organize your thoughts.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

CED 530 Week 4

This week we continued to read Presentation Zen and Digitales, we explored Prezi, and we needed to make our storyboard for our Pecha Kucha.

The readings have been going well thus far. The material is very easy to read and it is very logical. I like that the Presentation Zen book provides pictures that illustrate the concepts that he is talking about. I really have liked the ideas that have been included into the books, but I am still having trouble implementing them within the classroom. My biggest concern comes with note taking. My question is, if I remove the majority of the text from my presentation, how will this affect student comprehension? I know that we can provide handouts with the material but then the students are not going to write down information or pay attention during the presentation. I suppose one possibility would be doing a cloze style type of notes (fill in the blanks). This would take me a while to create and I have already redone my notes several times.

Prezi is a really great tool that I would like to start utilizing within my classroom. It allows the presenter to really outline his/her topic and transition through ideas in a very unique way. We had to create a prezi that describes the pictures we have been taking and why we consider them to be quality pictures. I embeded my prezi below. I hope to have students utilize this as a presentation tool in the future.

The last thing that we worked on this week was our storyboard for our Pecha Kucha. I am having difficulty choosing a topic for this presentation. I like the idea of the Pecha Kucha and I will do my best to abide by the 20 seconds for 20 slides format. Once I pick a topic, I am sure that completing the storyboard will help me do my final Pecha Kucha.