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Wrapping up the seat time for explorers but yet so much to do! Whew. Learned a great deal from the IT team and my fellow explorers. Feel like this has been great overview of what technologies currently exist (and hope that they are around awhile) and to mull over how to implement different pieces into several courses. Maybe not all right away, but as I teach in the fall that new methods of delivery will come to mind now that I know they exist. Thanks to Dean Quam, Dave and the IT team to making this learning experience happen and allowing us to move forward in delivering exciting and engaging courses!

The weeklong encounter was a great experience in learning and sharing. I look forward to trying out new applications and making teaching and learning more effective and engaging. Thanks again for all the oppotunites.

What a week this has been! As our Explore Trek week comes to a close, I don't know where to begin my reflection. Perhaps where I started the week would be best...I came into the week anxious about technology and unsure about what tools existed besides powerpoint and you tube. However, I leave with a whole new outlook; I am truly transformed. I am excited by the endless possibilities for incorporating technology into my class, energized by all of the amazing people I met, and enthuised for implementing my project this fall! I absolutely cannot wait to see where this week leads!

Thank you everyone for making this week such a great experience on so many levels! As the lone graduate student Treker I was uneasy about how I would fit in. Immediately, I was embraced by all of you, and it meant so much! The tools I've learned about and the relationships made are something I will never forget. Thank you all!

The Grand Finale!

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I just posted a message about today under the wrong category:( I tried to cut and paste it here, but that did not work. So, please see "The Grand Finale!" under integration for my final thoughts.

THANKS to all for a meaningful experience!!

What a week!

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This has been quite a week of learning so many great new technologies to implement in my courses. I am still amazed by all the creative and exciting ideas that all of my fellow trek explorers are planning to implement. I am thrilled that we will be able to continue this supportive learning opportunityeach month throughout the next year. I look forward to learning along with and from this cohort this year! Go trek explorers!

away we go!

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Off we go... This was a great week to find ways to implement new technologies into teaching. At times it did feel like a boot camp, but without the yelling and 5am wake up calls. The #1 takeaway that I will keep from this week is the IT Fellows and how to use them to take ideas and make them actual.

Wow!

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Dave:

This has been a terrific experience. I am now armed with a smideon of tech knowledge, know where to seek resources and eager to begin. Listening to each person's presentation even gave me more ideas--now I need to play with them and take the plunge.

The Grand Finale!

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Today, we heard all the MANY ideas generated from the week that will be IMPLEMENTED in the weeks/months to come ... very cool stuff! Now, I'll be the first to admit that sitting through 17 mini-presentations was not the coolest thing I've ever done, but WOW ... what great ideas my peers have! I had heard many of them during the course of the week, but there were new ideas mentioned as well. In particular, I loved Rayla's idea of bringing Target Field into her classroom in a virtual 3-D way and Steve's idea of using a flip phone at conferences to interview folks (scholars in the field) and then use those interviews in the classroom. Good stuff!

As this will be my final entry for this blog, I definitely wish to thank Dave for ALL the work he and the IT Fellows put into making this week possible. In addition, it was GREAT having Pat here working alongside me and helping me to think more deeply about how we will put our new learnings into practice in our social studies classes. We've even been inspired to share our learning(s) with our graduate students and will meet with them in early-to-mid July for a three-hour workshop, which will be led by a former social studies colleague.

Just the beginning

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This has been such an informative tranning. I recommend it to all teaching faculty.

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Wrapping up the seat time for explorers but yet so much to do! Whew. Learned a great deal from the IT team and my fellow explorers. Feel like this has been great overview of what technologies currently exist (and hope that they are around awhile) and to mull over how to implement different pieces into several courses. Maybe not all right away, but as I teach in the fall that new methods of delivery will come to mind now that I know they exist. Thanks to Dean Quam, Dave and the IT team to making this learning experience happen and allowing us to move forward in delivering exciting and engaging courses!

The Grand Finale!

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Today, we heard all the MANY ideas generated from the week that will be IMPLEMENTED in the weeks/months to come ... very cool stuff! Now, I'll be the first to admit that sitting through 17 mini-presentations was not the coolest thing I've ever done, but WOW ... what great ideas my peers have! I had heard many of them during the course of the week, but there were new ideas mentioned as well. In particular, I loved Rayla's idea of bringing Target Field into her classroom in a virtual 3-D way and Steve's idea of using a flip phone at conferences to interview folks (scholars in the field) and then use those interviews in the classroom. Good stuff!

As this will be my final entry for this blog, I definitely wish to thank Dave for ALL the work he and the IT Fellows put into making this week possible. In addition, it was GREAT having Pat here working alongside me and helping me to think more deeply about how we will put our new learnings into practice in our social studies classes. We've even been inspired to share our learning(s) with our graduate students and will meet with them in early-to-mid July for a three-hour workshop, which will be led by a former social studies colleague.

Day 5 by Lesa

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"Gratitude" does not begin to describe how I feel for the oppotunity to become a better user of technology. Thank you for the personal care and the confidence you have given me during this week. My only question now is who is bringing lunch next week???

I learned a great deal this week and I have much to practice and incorporate for my course this fall. I learned much from the IT fellows but also from the participants in the course. I put notes by each of the participants names so that I might e-mail them when I had questions about something that either they have already done in their courses or something they were going to try as a result of their participation in this course/workshop.

I thought the presentations were going to be boring but I found them rather informative. I look forward to the additional support from my IT fellow and the learning in the monthly meetings.

Last Day!

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Today Tech Training ends. I am in a great place!! I never expected it to be so fruitful. I got on track with a couple of projects early in the week, and today I have two wonderful assignments and a first draft of all of my IRB materials for students' original research project. Moreover, the other 1281 professors seemed interested in using the research assignment. So maybe over 300 undergraduates will exposed to using the CEHD Survey Tool fall semester. Moreover, with Moodle Wiki my students will have the opportunity to consider engaged research as they identify a social issue they care about and create a website addressing it. Great week! I am on my way.

Annnd, today I finally saw how I can use clickers to spice up my class. One more new technology tool I'll will use at least once fall semester. It's a great way to have a more interactive Quiz Bowl. I am diving in!!! Twenty-first Century, here I am.

Thank You

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I want to thank David and the entire IT team for their knowledge, time and patience over the past five days and the months ahead. I have gained the knowledge and "courage" to update my classes in a manner that I think will be positive for my students.

I look forward to the upcoming months to complete the objectives I have set for myself. I also want to thank everyone who participated in the"Trek". It has been great meeting other faculty and exchanging ideas with them.

Thanks!

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This week has been really helpful and informative. I've just really appreciated the time to reflect on my courses and try some new things. I think I have a good plan of action, and now know many people I can call on for help.
Thanks again :)

Thank you for the boost

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This has been a great week for me. I think that being introduced to technology has helped me see how I can shrink my field and enlarge my instructional reach by including experts in my field into class conversations. It also helped me to shrink the size and "spread out" nature of the college. A side benefit of this week has been for me to meet many different colleagues in the college. As a new faculty member this was wonderful!

I was worried about the whole week time commitment for this week, but it turned out to be more than well worth the time. I feel so lucky to have so many experts in the room to show us new all these new tools and support us in using them. Thanks to Dave, the staff and all the IT Fellows! I look forward to working with the rest of the "explore" cohort through the year.

Good to know

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I found it very helpful to hear from Cassie that our technology integration is really an "evolution" not a "revolution". It was also helpful to learn that each step of our integration, even a change from using web vista to a moddle site is a huge step forward. The student panel was also very informative today and started me thinking about video conferencing using the umn.connect tool during my students' student teaching experience. The video conference would allow all of us to "chat" using cameras, audio and or text during the spring semester during student teaching. I would really like to try this in the future.

Thanks!

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I am very appreciative for the opportunity to participate this week. The IT Fellows have been very patient and clear in their communication to someone who does not have the background knowledge or vocabulary to be fully technologically literate. Thank you, Dave, for being willing to listen to our goals, needs, and suggestions in the formation of the training. Also, I would like to thank the supportive nature of everyone in the cohort. I look forward to sharing successes and challenges with you throughout the year. The cohort model is what we need to apply what we have been learning and planning this week. Everything we have been doing is so applicable to me as I have been working with the TERI project and the changing Board of Teaching Standards. It has been a wonderful week! Thanks!

Completing Day 4....

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Interesting to talk about barriers and the interest from the students in the use of technology. The time factor of the learning curve and implementing new ideas is huge. That issue is something that needs to be resolved moving forward. As Christopher mentioned, finding the time beyond this week which we have "dedicated" to learning is going to be a struggle. Need to examine new policies and support coming from above regarding workload if that will be the expectation.

I can't decide which is better or the best.. collaborating with all the Trekers, Exploring with the Techies, the food or the opportunity to focus on technology for a week!. The opportunities afforded in the sessions as well as outside of the sessions with collegues is terrifc. How will I ever have time to plan for retirement when there is so much to do? Cassie's info was very comforting and helpful and having access to all of the tech staff is great. Keeping the momentum going through monthly gatherings will be highly motivating.

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Today's session was so nicely summed up by Cassie. This is an evolution, not a revolution. A gradual integration of new tools into teaching will likely create new learning opportunities for students. There are a million tools to use, but a slow insertion of tools into existing curriculum seems like a realistic way to go.

I'm in the process of integrating the two presentations today. One by a panel of students providing their experiences with how their professors' incorporation of technologies into courses. The other, with a faculty member, encouraging us to incorporate technologies while acknowledging our own concerns and level of expertise as well as the external barriers.

Basically these presenters are in syn about integrating technology -- at least for me -- today.

I'll decide on the purpose, will continue to get help from IT, and make small changes.

Yes!! Its Media Mill and Video Ant!!!

I absolutely loved Cassie Scharber's "Honoring and Hurdling Barriers to Technology Integration" presentation today! She was very entertaining and informative, as well as a great model of how to incorporate technology into a presentation. At the start of the presentation Cassie had us list the barriers we face when it comes to integrating technology. My list grew fairly long, and included things like time, fear of the unknown, lack of knowledge about technology tools and "correct" uses for them in my class, etc. As I sat looking at my list, I realized that most of my barriers were internal and not external or pedagological. I found this so interesting--I am the one holding myself back! It's my internal struggle with technology that has been my issue all along! This is something I was aware of on the first day; I even discussed my anxiety with technology in my first day blog. However, I didn't realize the extent to which I maintained internal barriers--thanks for opening my eyes, Cassie! Now that I have pinpointed where my major barriers lie (in me!), I am excited to implement Cassie's strategies, as well as the many techniques I've learned throughout this week (many of them that I've discussed with all of you), to jump the internal hurdles I face! I can't wait to see the outcome of the "race"!

Day 4 by Lesa

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I need another week. Today I found out and want to learn more about videoconferencing, UMconnect, and Voice Share. It was great to hear from the students about potentially using too much technology. No worries there!

Integration

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Scaling up and scaling down: Yesterday I went big intoxicated by all the possibilities of various technologies. Since then I have gone back to the basics of thinking about good pedagogy first and technology second. I end the week with two good projects to integrate in my course fall semester that use technology to help students use the tools of social scientists to create knowledge.

Integration

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Scaling up and scaling down: Yesterday I went big intoxicated by all the possibilities of various technologies. Since then I have gone back to the basics of thinking about good pedagogy first and technology second. I end the week with two good projects to integrate in my course fall semester that use technology to help students use the tools of social scientists to create knowledge.

Today's student panel had its moments ... though fleeting. Of greatest interest for me was the idea of moving to grading papers on-line. I will certainly try this for various assignments in the semesters to come. Also interesting was the idea that students want their professors to be comfortable with whatever technology they use. For me this means, "Don't try too much too fast, J.B.!" I also heard loudly and clearly that students want some separation from us on Twitter and Facebook. Don't assume that they want to use these Web 2.0 tools in a classroom space.

The BEST part of the day was Cassie's presentation on the barriers to technology integration AND how to overcome (some) of them. In particular, I appreciate her message that technology evokes emotional responses from people and that this is normal. I'm not the FREAK I thought I was!! At any rate, her presentation helps my confidence and offered strategies to overcome some of the anxiety I may feel now and in the future.

All is Good

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Cassie Scharber gave an awesome presentation about the hurdling the barriers to tech integration. Her enthusiasm is contagious!

Students point of view

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I thought today's most important information was provided by the student panel that was here. Many of us have gotten excited about bringing additional technology into our classroom - the students have may brought to reality.

One of their key points was to make sure the instructor is experienced and comfortable with the technology being used. Technology, for the sake of using technology, will be a failure.

They expressed that on line small group discussions were effective and useful. This is one area that I wanted to bring to my SMGT class. So I am very hopeful on this being successful.

The panel also expressed that they really thought that having access to their grades online was important. I have not done this in the past, but I will do this starting this Fall semester when I convert from Webvista to Moodle.

A plan emerges

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The student panel was very helpful this a.m. I think that more than anything, they reminded me of the importance of streamlining course information. With that in mind, I am looking forward to enhancing my use of Moodle as a platform from which links to many other applications can be made.
The time exploring and reflecting on new (for me ) technologies this week has been so helpful! I have some ideas for enhancing aspects of my courses with technology without losing the overall learning objectives of the course.

The student panel was extremely enlighting and though I felt like I was keeping technology in a place of enhancing learning I realized as I was listening to the students that my project was creeping toward using technology for the sake of technology. Thus the students served as a good wake up call.

Completing Day 4....

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Interesting to talk about barriers and the interest from the students in the use of technology. The time factor of the learning curve and implementing new ideas is huge. That issue is something that needs to be resolved moving forward. As Christopher mentioned, finding the time beyond this week which we have "dedicated" to learning is going to be a struggle. Need to examine new policies and support coming from above regarding workload if that will be the expectation.

It was very informative to have the student panel. It opened my eyes to some things and it confirmed some other things for me. It was good to have some diversity in what the students were studying in their majors so we received a cross-section of how students view technology in the classroom. It is always good to hear from the group that we are targeting.

I had a chance to get into Moodle and start to set up a bit of structure for the class website after the intro I had yesterday. It gave me some confidence that I can work with this course management system. Now I just need time to complete the class development so that I can upload the details and use the technology.

I'm teaching my first class using Ning in a few hours, which will be a great opportunity to "integrate" what I've been learning this week. I'm looking forward to seeing how all that we've been talking about this week will work this afternoon!

The food has been great! Thanks.

Today was helpful to have the students come in and talk about their experiences with technology. I keep getting the sense that pedagogy needs to be firmly in place before we add technology. This week's conversations have helped to solidify my belief in this regard. I'm looking forward to updating my courses, based on what I believe is sound pedagogy, with technology.

It has also been nice to have my laptop open this entire week long. I've surprised myself at how much I've been able to stay on task while having windows opened and being able to access information about questions I have while the lecture or activity is in progress. In the future, I might be a little less worried about students using laptops given my experience.

I really appreciated hearing from the panel of students of what was helpful to their learning and what they expect from their instructors. They want uses of technology that facilitate efficiency, timely answers to questions, information that can be easily accessed at any time, and visual or video resources (i.e. simulations, demos, videos of lectures). This will really help me as I am planning my syllabi for the fall.

Learning more everyday

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As several people have already said, the individual attention and opportunities to see a variety of sites, tools, and programs have been very helpful. I feel like I have a clear idea of tools that I will use this fall and how I will build my expertise and experience again in the spring. I am very fortunate to be able to teach the same courses over multiple semesters so that I can continue to add and refine my technology integration.

A dental emergency prevented me from attending the morning session today. I was so disappointed. I was even more disappointed when I heard there was more done with the "technology stations" while I was gone. The afternoon session was great, though! I thought it was great to hear from someone who is known in our department (Michelle Everson) as a phenomenal teacher and effective technology user. I learned much from her presentation about on-line courses, generally and I appreciated the specific tips related to online discussions.

I will be developing a Moodle site for FSoS 8001 for the fall and also use Moodle for an asynchronous Extension course on retirement saving/investing for 20 and 30-year olds. So today was great because I learned some basics about the course management program, Moodle. I learned its possibilities so that now I can think more about how to utilize some of the features in the course. Since I have a lot of content to develop for the course, I may not be able to utilize all the features I learned about today, but then I can add features later if I know that potential.

It appears that there is much work to get the course set up in Moodle, but then you can tweak it or further develop it from there. For example, I might not have the time to use the grading function this year, but that might be the goal for another year. I have also learned a couple of options to use with the discussion groups that I want to incorporate so that these groups can function on-line outside of the classroom discussions that will occur.

I am not just learning about technology in this class, but also learning about all kinds of teaching ideas techniques, problem-solving possibilities, ideas that I had not even thought about yet since I am at the beginning stages of preparation for rethinking and developing this course. I appreciate the willingness of everyone to share their work.

Wow--another jammed packed day of learning and playing with so many different technology tools! My favorite tool of the day was Google!!! Google has everything--e-mail, calendars, chatting, discussion platforms, document sharing, website creation, and so much more! I saw endless possibilites as I sat talking with Angela and the other members of my group. I became especially excited about the use of Google sites with my history and philosophy class!

My students are expected to write a 4-5 page athlete biography paper, and now I anticipate my students also creating a website in Google sites based on their paper to highlight their athlete. The websites are a fun way for each student to share information about their athletes in more depth (i.e., they can upload pictures, video footage, etc.), as well as to promote discussion about the athletes (as there is a discussion tool students can use). Angela (who, by the way, was so patient with me as we talked about the many options of Google sites) and I even built an example website help for this assignment! We had a great time putting it together, and within 20 minutes we had a rough version of the website up! I think my students will love this addition to the assignment! I can't wait to explore even more of what Google sites (and Google in general have to offer), as well as see what my students think of the project as I implement it this fall!

Strategies

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I find myself easily caught up with the various integration and collaboration technical skills. By 10:00 a.m. today I thought I had figured out all the technologies (moodle, media mill, video ant and google docs) that I would integrate into three courses I teach. After talking with the IT fellows and my fellow treks explore cohort members I realized that I need to take a step back and clarify my goals prior to integrating these technologies. It was so helpful to talk through my current course assignments and goals and gain so many new and thought provoking ideas. I am also thinking more about the practical pieces to making these changes, such as accessing vidoe equipment and teaching students about the process for uploading videos to media mill and generate a link for video ant. I am also thinking about better ways to support cohort collaboration during the student teaching practicum.

Ideas Galore

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Today in small groups (with my partner in crime, Pat), I was able to get some excellent information about Wiki's, Video Ant, and Media Mill. The wiki, in particular, prompted me to think of many new possibilities for technology integration in the social studies methods courses. For example, a wiki can be set up to jigsaw the Students with Special Needs assignment and also for workshops where (home)groups of students can "workshop" their lesson plans, offering constructive criticism to peers. In addition, the VideoAnt application can be used to enhance the video assignments that students perform in both the fall and spring semesters for CI 5742 and CI 5744. In fact, one whole day of "workshopping" can be used to implement VideoAnt technologies for the videos.

I am excited to have had another day of "playing" with various technologies, and I am learning about myself that I do not necessarily enjoy being talked at as a learner. This had been my primary way of taking in information in the past, but clearly, I have evolved ... at least to some degree:)

Looking forward to tomorrow when I will focus more on taking all these ideas and putting them in a more "ACTION plan" format!

JB & I are psyched

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Today things really started coming together. JB and I have a list of ways we can enhance our social studies program. For some of the group projects and jigsaw readings we're currently doing in our classes, we're going to use Wikis. We already have our students videotape their student teaching, but Media Mill and VideoAnt will make sharing the videos and reflecting on them much easier. We're also thinking of having our students Tweet each day they are student teaching--Tweets because they are short and sweet, and our students are too stressed and busy to write more elaborate reflections each day. There is a place in the program for more in-depth, elaborate reflections, but the tweets will keep the supervisors and the instructor abreast of what's happenin'.

time to work

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Another day, more great ideas. I am wondering why I haven't sought out the IT Fellows in the past. These folks strike me as both knowledgeable and "tinkerers" - people who, if they don't know the answer, will tinker around until they find it.

With the wealth of ideas presented, it is now time to sit down and work through our syllabi. I hope we have time to do this tomorrow with the support of the Treks team.

Vygotsky would be proud of all the scaffolds present this week!

Clarification

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Today was a great day in the IT Treks class. Yesterday I thought that UM Connect was the only way to go with taping and storing videos of speakers to be used by students and to start a video library for both BME & SMGT. I was wrong - Pete explained how the simpler Skype can be used to reach my goals. The equipment and softwear needed was also identified. My TA and myself will be meeting Pete in the near future to put together protocols for taping and Skype.

Michelle Everson also gave me an excellent idea to be used in my SMGT class. We will be doing 3 to 4 debates on hot topics in the financial aspects of sport. The idea of using on line discussion groups as part of the process to prepare for the debates pop into my head while Michelle was presenting discussion groups as part of her on line class.

Day 3 by Lesa

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The more I learn, the more I find that I need to know. I look forward to the work ahead. I have to mention the irony of leaving an experience like this everyday and walking into a classroom for my summer school course that still has a blackboard. Remember those? White chalk that gets all over your clothes...

missing a critical hour

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I missed an hour of the opportunities today due to an improptu but important meeting. I had wanted to have more time to move to different technologies, however I did gain valuable knowledge and find myself thinking more and more of what do I want the students to achieve and how might technology enhance that learning experience. One great exercise at the beginning of the day was to visit with someone new and learn about thier class and what they hoped to accomplish (without discussing technologies), then I was to share my ideas of how different technologies might interface with their course goals.

Rich with Strategies

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After this session, I'm full of ideas about strategies to incorporate technology in my courses. For example, I' m considering using a discussion assignment in Moodle around a question with specific instructions for a small group. I would be able to track each student's level of participation and contribution. The group would be required to write a summary of its discussion.

I also considering the UNTHINKABLE -- at least before I started this training -- developing an online course on cultural diversity!!!

Today was another useful day at Treks Explore. Though, at the end of the day, I'm thinking of how much technology is always changing and improving, which is great for teaching and learning. The downside for this is that using these online technologies will require constantly changing our courses and constant upgrading of our skills in order to use them effectively and be "up to date". This is a large time investment, which is daunting on top of research/administrative responsibilities.

I spent part of the morning getting help in trying to see how to switch my class platform from Ning (which, while a great site, had a failed business model, and is going to a paid site) to a new site. Maybe www.grouply.com, or www.grou.ps. While they look promising, I don't have enough time to switch now and am clinging to ning for the time being. Then we had a long discussion about the switch to Google Apps at the U, which has a lot of promise and is exciting, but also will involve a time investment (and also worries about what will be "lost" in transition). Finally, in the afternoon we saw an impressive WebVista site, which has had so much work put into it and is quite elaborate and has so much thought put into helping students learn. I would have loved to take statistics this way. But the technology is now outdated and also doesn't have many newer Web 2.0 features that students probably expect, and there will be another large time investment for the instructor when she has to switch it all over to Moodle.

I've seen that myself. I taught an online class in 2001, and then taught the same class again in 2006. Everything changed completely in that time frame. Now that I'm teaching it again, it again is a new world.

Austin said to me today that switching platforms makes us smarter! While that may be true in the long run, it seems a bit overwhelming (and almost futile) to me today.

Day 3 & more ideas

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I really appreciate the flexibility on the part of David and the IT fellow to allow us more time to explore stations of various technology. It was helpful for me to have a chance to sit down with Daniel and talk through the features of Moodle I want to to add; this really suits my learning style!
I think there have been several tools presented that will enhance features of my course that already exist, and I have many ideas for considering new ways of presenting information to students, ideas for allowing choice for assignments, and for streamlining information.
Thanks for another good day!

Day 3

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In addition to my fabulous IT Fellow Caroline Hilk, Pete the Video Guy was one of my MVPs today. Not only have I made significant progress on my Original Research Project, I also have what I think is a pretty viable, well-scaffolded PSA: Original Messaging Campaign--two interesting, engaging ways for students to create new knowledge in my course using technology.

Cart before the horse?

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I think that much of what I'm taking out of my time in Treks Explore is that I shouldn't be forcing myself to identify technology and then see how I can use it. I need to be thinking about my teaching needs/outcomes for learning, etc., and then see if there is a technology out there that can meet those needs. In many cases I might have to realize that the technology can be a barrier instead of a facilitator.

When I take this tact I start getting more ideas about what might be nice to include in my course that I haven't thought about doing in the past. Then once the idea is more set, I have learned that there is technology that can meet my needs.

Perhaps the goal of Treks was to introduce us to technology, but what I'm finding is that one of the benefits has been to discuss with colleagues how they are teaching and what they do to engage students, and then together we are all troubleshooting how to use technology in an efficient manner to meet those needs.

Thanks!

Plan is becoming clearer!

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My plan for the fall course is becoming clearer as I gain more information about switching to Moodle, Google Mail, and learning to use Media Mill and Video Ant. I am especially interested in ideas on how to deal with limited resources (cameras) for our students.

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I really appreciated the individual instruction from Suzanne, and gave me some great ideas on how to better integrate social networking into my upcoming class. I have a much better idea on how to do this now, and really got a lot from seeing the examples.

The title of the day "opportunities" reflects my thoughts about the day. I sign up for the workshop primarily to learn what opportunities there were for the class that I would be teaching for the first time this fall. I wanted to learn more about Moodle. I got a feel for it today and know that Patrick Cheek, our tech person will be there to help guide me more specifically at a later time. I have gained much from discussion with others in the class, hearing answers to their questions, hearing about their experiences. So, although, I won't have my class website set up by the end of the week like I had originally planned, i am getting all kinds of ideas/pitfalls to watch etc. for the integration of teaching and technology.

Perhaps it is a good thing that the work of the workshop will continue over the process of the next year. Incorporating these technologies takes a long time and time and energy. I certainly will not be able to incorporate all my ideas by the fall teaching because I am still working on the restructuring of the class. I think that it will be good for me to do that plus develop a class website. It appears to me that these technology ideas take time and they will gradually have to be introduced into the course as I have time to develop them. So I have learned about many opportunities today that will take more time and energy to incorporate. However, i am also learning about resources that I might consult to do so.

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I thought the demonstrations and lecture/discussion today were fantastic. I will definitely be using videoANT in my classes. I learned a lot about Moodle and as a result will switch over from WebVista earlier than expected. Great information!

One step at a time

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I seem to have more ideas today after exploring technologies in small groups today. I have revised my initial thoughts regarding student teaching video annotation and assessment. I realized that I need to take baby steps in order to meet my short and long term objectives. It was helpful to talk with Deb Peterson and learn about the protocol for sharing student teaching videos with peers that she already has in place. Such a protocol form could help me meet my objective for the peer assessment, using a 10 minute student teaching video clip. I learned today about the process for uploading a video to media mill and video ant. I have yet to learn about integrating video ant for peer and self annotation. It is easy to get excited and overwhelmed so I need to remind myself to take one step at a time.

Play Time!

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Hooray for play time! I was able to explore the uses of UM Connect and Moodle for the first time and was pleasantly suprised to find that both are very accessible to me. Moodle, in particular, was fun to learn ... it is similar enough to our Webvista system so as not to be scary, but it offers SO much more! I look forward to more exploration in the days to come. The one thing I hope to have time for tomorrow is to work on a Wiki ... again, it would be a first for me.

The Web 2.0 stuff was interesting as well ... funny how terminology makes all the difference. What I mean is that I actually knew more about this stuff than I realized. I just never referred to Facebook or You Tube as Web 2.0. This was a confidence boost as well.

Looking forward to tomorrow!

Endless opportunities!

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Day Two of Explore Trek has helped me see there are endless opportunities for integrating technology into my KIN3131: History and Philosophy course this fall. Given this is the first time I will teach the course and it's not my emphasis in KIN, I still need to sift through the content to know exactly HOW I will connect technoloy.

Despite lacking the specifics, I still see creating a historical sport timeline (I am hoping it can be complete with video examples, text, and photos) as a study tool, using VideoAnt (which also means using Media Mill for video storage) for students to use critical thinking to apply course concepts to video clips (likely modern clips in order to enhance connection of the past and abstract concepts with relevant events surrounding my students today). I also envision switching course management platforms--moving from WebVista to Moodle--this fall. Moodle will provide my students with the opportunity to engage in out-of-class discussions and/or blogging (I have yet to decide which) about class topics. I still need to work out the structure of using these tools, but I think this will come as I understand the content in more depth and learn more specifics about the tools.

The aforementioned technology-KIN3131 class connections are just a few of the opportunities I saw today! I leave with a mind reeling with endless ideas, as well as an enormous excitement to put the ideas into practice soon!

practicing

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Today we afforded the opportunity to practice with some tools. This emphasized both how easy and how difficult the tools we have learned are to use. They are all easy to access - easy to start up and do some basic functions. The difficult part is the trouble shooting when we encounter problems. Glad we have IT Fellows.

One of the thoughts that crossed my mind is the scariness of Web 2.0. Whatever is said is captured, permanently, somewhere.Scary that this could come back to haunt you later in life!

Two of the main questions I had coming to Treks were answered (for the most part) today, First, I realize the advantages of using UM Connect compared to Skype for my guest speakers. UM Connect allows my guest speakers to also show content and computer screens in addition to their face to face presentation with the students. However, the most important aspect is that the presentation can be saved and saved in Moodle. This is a great service for the students in regards to making up assignments and going back to check facts.

In my first year at the U, I used Web Vista for my classroom management. The process of switching to "moodle" did create some "angst" within me. Working with the Trek staff today eliminated most if not all the angst. Although both systems have pros and cons, the moodle system does provide some definite benefits to the students in managing the class.

I hope I have time in the next three days to get more information on "Archiving & Accessing Digital Media" and "Interacting with Wiki".

Tuesday

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An exciting day! Loved the presentation on Web 2.0 tools. Possibilities abound.

Day 2 by Lesa

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I am overwhelmed at all of the possibilities that I can include in my courses. Excited too! I also think that I have an obligation to include technology in my courses. How will I ever keep up with all of the new stuff?

How will you all keep up with the number of people you are training? Seems like a lot of work.

empowered...maybe?

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I have learned new tools, software, course applications that I am excited about and eager to begin trying. The theme of the day was aptly named-"opportunities". The opportunities are boundless and now that I have just skimmed the surface of the opportunities I am ready to take the next step. But how do I orderly proceed...that's for tomorrow.

Day 2-Kuddos

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My IT Fellow is awesome. Even though I thought I had a good outline for my research project yesterday, today I have the makings of a real, interesting assignment that has grown in ways I didn't initially think about but really love. This includes a suggested timeline, more deadlines, and explicit roles that will be needed to successfully carry parts of the project (liasion, programmer, data collector, analyst, report writer, and editor). Each role includes specific task, and each student's grade will also include their ability to effectively carry out their role. Hooray, technology! I am extending my webvista site to include this project and drawing on the college online survey tool.

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Visiting the various "stations" this morning was great. I was unable to circulate to them all however. And actually, may not have wanted too as it would be a little too much info overload. Needed to process and cultivate ideas of use in between. Maybe revisit it another day if time allows.
Good info presented and ideas being generated.
On to day three....

Day 2

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My wheels are spinning even faster today than yesterday. I thought the day was excellent. I learned some things I definitely want to try, and crossed a few off my list. I spent a lot of time with Angela learning about Google apps and all of the capabilities and possibilities for my course. I feel there are a few things that will make my life immediately easier, and others that will require some time and attention but will be worth it in the long term.
Thanks for another great day!

Here is the link to the student's response to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's appearence on the Daily Show.

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7 Principles

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Michelle Everson found this website that has some great ideas about improving courses with a focus on the Seven Principles of Good Practice.

http://www.tltgroup.org/Seven/Library_TOC.htm

Let me know what you think!

I am inspired by the enthusiasm and the willingness to share, adivse and support plans for imprved approaches to toaching and learning. The tech staff and participants have so many great ideas. The challenges in implementing so many good ideas really seems to rest on time and resources.. while we see the ideal and the yet to be created instrucitoanl plans, it seems almost overwhleming .. but I am inspired.

Inspired

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Treks Explore Day One has inspired me in many ways. I am coming away with so many exciting ideas, yet still focused on learning and integrating tools for video assessment for CI 5925, one of my student teaching seminars.I see the excellent opportunties for students to self-assess and peer assess student teaching videos using Media Mill and Video Ant. I also see the relevance of this project as it relates to the common assessment that is being developed for all the initial licensure programs.
One of the challenges I face is determining the details for the student teaching videos. Currently, students are required to video tape 3 sequential lessons, ideally 3 days in a row. Students are then asked to share 10 minutes with the cohort for peer feedback.In addition students provide me with their student teaching DVDs, which I review and provide written feedback. I'm not sure how to structure the video assignment that will now involve self and peer feedback, as well as instructor feedback using Video Ant. I look forward to learning more tomorrow!

As I sat through each minute of Day One of Explore Trek, I began to breathe a bit more slowly and deeply. I entered the day with a lot of anxiety around technology--most likely due to the many times I have frozen and "crashed" computers and had my you tube links imbedded in PowerPoint not open in front of the entire class. Though I am one of those "20-somethings" who should know something about technology, clearly I struggle....(perhaps this makes me even more anxious--I am expected to know a thing or two and I know little). This struggle has turned into me feeling overwhelmed at times; though it has also pushed me to come here today and enhance my abilities!

As I sat through today not only did my anxiety lessen and my breathing steady, but I began moving from feeling overwhelmed to opportuned (not sure if this is a real word, but the best description I can come up with). First, I realized I am not the only one struggling with how to navigate the waters of technology--there are many others like me! This is inspiring to me--I am not alone! Second, I realized that there is such a range of technology. I've always felt that I needed to do something grand (i.e., create some website or long video) for it to be technological, but simply posting a video can count, too! Third (and I think this part that makes me most excited), I realized how relevant technology is for my classroom. My philosophy is that learning must be active, and technology provides an additional and excellent platform for this to occur!

For instance, just on Day One I see myself perhaps creating a critical thinking model where students can integrate course concepts in my history and philosophy of sport class with relevant current events. I also envision possibly creating an interactive sport history timeline with streamlined video (and possibly a discussion platform). I also see that VideoANT could be helpful for student, peer, and instructor feedback on group presentations, which are a component of the class. Needless to say, just based on Day One I see many opportunities for integrating technology into my classroom. I am excited for the week to learn many more, as well as meet many more of you inspirational Trekers--both of which move me from feeling overwhelmed to opportuned!

Add your name and a picture to the UThink system by following along with this screencast.

Today I got inspiration and time to design two innovative projects to build into my intro psychology class next semester. One is an original research project and the the other is a messaging campaign using Wiki. I am excited to move forward.

Danes comments

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The critical thinking source I talked about is "The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking: Concepts and Tools: by Dr. Richard Paul and Dr. Linda Elder for The Foundation for Critical Thinking, www.criticalthinking.org. It was about $4.95 from the publisher with about $2 postage/shipping.

I thought that we would have an opportunity to select particular technology to learn about that would be tailored to our particular needs during the week's time of the workshop. I now am wrapping my head around the different way that the workshop is organized. Exposure to a number of different types of technology I believe will help me acheive my goal for the workshop but in a different way than I originally thought. Hearing about different ways people have used technology for various purposes is good. I am pleased that people are willing to share their ideas/successes with the rest of us.

Progress

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Today, I was introduced to VideoAnt and Susan Rose. Susan, now my learning partner, and I have a similar idea for using videos to teach our students.

She briefly told me about video Ant. I'm making progress on my idea to improve my teaching.

I came to this workshop because I want our courses in the social studies program to reflect the use of current instructional technologies. I'm looking forward to conversations with my colleague, JB Mayo. It's really a gift to have a full week to work together in thinking about our program!

I came into this TREKS program thinking that I'd be involved with making CI 5745: Engaging Youth with Social Studies Text, a hybrid course. I'm leaving with something very different, and much more inspired. During the course of the day's class, Pat came up with several ideas about how to infuse various technologies into some of our core classes. For example, she suggested that after reading about various authors in class, I might arrange for the class to Skype with them so that we could get to "know" them better. This might include some question/answer time or just viewing a videotaped response from the individual(s).

Another idea that Pat shared had to do with using Video Ant ... something that before today I had never heard of. We could collect videos of students during their student teaching and offer annotated feedback for them to see. The key for me is to be next to a person who immediately (so it seems) comes up with ideas on how to implement practical uses for the technologies that we will use. This kind of enthusiasm will help me overcome my hesitation and help me gain confidence.

All that said, I am SO looking forward to "playing" with some examples for technology during tomorrow's session.

A process

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A good day of hearing of the goals and aspirations of others who are grappling with understanding and utilizing technology in creative and relevant ways. I want to stay ahead of the curve and avoid the "so 5 minutes ago" problem of continually moving forward in technology and trying to keep up. As was stated today, many of us don't know what we don't know. Should be interesting....

Today was an interesting day. It isn't often that one has the opportunity to interface with so many IT professionals all at once. In our morning small groups, we had the opportunity to simply explore ideas. It was comforting to know that just about any idea our group had can be enhanced by technology. The frustrating part of the first day was that we didn't really have a sense of how to reach those goals. I am sure that this week will provide us with many more opportunities.

At the end of the day I learned about a new program called Video Ant. This is a program that allows for captioning of video clips. I really liked this idea. In my teaching I really like to use You Tube clips. There are multiple opportunities for using field-based videos to reinforce ideas from class. The captioning function allows for not only enhanced teaching, but enhanced access for students. I am specifically thinking of my international students and students who may have slight hearing impairments. The captions reinforce what is on the video, aiding with comprehension. Perhaps this was not a specific purpose of Video Ant, but I will use it!

Possibilities

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There are a number of possibilities to upgrade my courses (3) this fall, as well as feature new technology in the four new courses being developed for BME.

The increased use of Skype and UM Connect will allow me to have experts through the US and Europe to speak to my students on current topics.

In addition, we will save these presentations for future students and students who missed the original classes.

Another issue is continue to bring more practical and interactive content to the courses - the ideas of using video &/or power point to create a student learning experience where their decisions influences what happens next in the exercise.

Additional real life "game playing" can also be created. Using my experiences in Lake Jovita can create a "game" for the new Real Estate Process class being developed.

The use of the ATS link can also help me upgrade the Quiz (Trivia) activity already being used in SMGT 3462.

First day

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It was great getting to know everybody and hearing about different experiences. I'm particulary looking forward to see how your opinions and plans will change and develop as we go along, thanks for the great discussions!

"use of laptops"

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Language on use of laptops as part of course syllabus

"Laptops: You are encouraged to take notes on your laptop in class and with the instructor conduct legal searches online. However use of your laptop computer in class is not for non class activities such as checking emails or browsing the web. If you choose to use your laptop in class for non class activities you will be asked to leave."


I cover this classroom policy on the first day of class. I have found that by every day having an activity or legal case search that requires the use of one's laptop establishes a culture of appropriateness of use. I lecture very little in class, with most of the class spent in discussion, participation, exercises, etc. The nature of the course just does not lend itself to sneaking very many peeks at emails, texting, etc.

VideoANT

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VideoANT seems to have possibilites for using videos for homework and being able to direct students' attention to specific aspects of the relationship between the video and the course objectives. It could also be used to students to reflect on their own clinical experiences or to allow the instructors to offer comments.

Day 1

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Wow! I'm feeling like this week will be exactly what I had hoped it would---an opportunity to explore and create new technologies while reflecting on my courses in DirecTrack. I've learned so much already, and am looking forward to collaborating with my colleagues and learning from them.
I'm excited to explore how I can add more experiential learning outside of the classroom, and use technology to connect those experiences to the F2F learning experiences. I think VideoAnt offers some great potential for a course assignment (and some accountability for required videos)

I'm also excited about adding some new life to the DirecTrack site and can't wait to learn more in the next few days.
Thanks so much for this opportunity!

Monday's PowerPoint presentation is available via GoogleDocs. You can view it in your browser or download the PDF.

I'm impressed with the amount of technology support there is at CEHD. I'm looking forward to using some of the support in developing online courses for my MSW classes as well as opportunities for PhD seminars.

Using video sharing

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I am excited about the use of video to stimulate teacher candidates self-reflection, peer feedback, and allow for coaching from the instructor on instruction. This will also be something that teacher candidates will need to practice because it will be part of their initial licensure process.

Day One - Harris

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Today was a nice day to connect with colleagues in the college and hear what people are doing with technology in their teaching. I'm looking forward to hearing more about how I can use video at multiple sites to teach graduate courses in Marriage and Family Therapy. I'm a bit worried that my heavy admin. responsibilities will make it difficult to keep up with what I'll be learning this week. I'm hoping that a year-long commitment will help me stay current with what I'm learning.