Monday, June 1, 2015

Using Instagram to Share Experiences In the Classroom

I've been in Belize during the reflection period for a course I'm taking about mobile learning. During this time we were asked to experiment with a mobile app we were planning on using in a course assignment. I've started experimenting with Instagram since I teach a course in digital media and social networking. The activity I'm working on will have students share experiences in their class blog using Instagram. In their class blog the students write about a hobby or some topic they are interested in.

By adding an Instagram photo stream to their blog they can easily add a visual journey about their topic throughout the semester. By using a class hash tag, all pictures can be centralized on our class website. Instagram will also provide another level of student-student and student-instructor interaction through the ability to comment/like each others photos.

Being out of the country is affording me a way to test the app without the convenience of easy and fast Internet connectivity. I take my photos with the native camera app and send them to Instagram when I get to a wi-fi area. I used a note taking app to jot down details to paste into Instagram when I returned. Even on a slow Internet connection Instagram has not given me any problems adding my images to the stream. The Instagram interface is very easy learn and provides you with a few editing and effects tools.

Assessment of the Instagram part of the activity will be easy to track since all activity is timestamped. I'm working on the assignment rubric criteria for the Instagram portion. Things to consider will be the frequency and timeliness of posts, level of comment details, interactivity generated and proper tagging.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Snapseed test

Today I tried out Google's Snapseed app. Snapseed is a non-destructive image editing app available for iOS and Andriod. You can take a picture with your device and edit it or import one from your gallery. The app has enhancement tools, filters and a variety of methods to share. In this instance, I imported an image, cropped it, applied a retro filter to it, and shared it throught the Blogger app (which I'm using to write this post). This is a picture of me and my oldest daughter, who was 2 at the time, using our tablets. I'm grading papers while she is stomps in muddy puddles with her Peppa Pig app. I look forward to more experimentation and sharing with Snapseed.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2014



Just finished reading the ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2014 located at http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ss14/ERS1406.pdf. This study investigates undergraduate information technology experiences and expectations and help higher education leaders make effective decisions in technology support and investment. The study has 11 years of data presenting technology trends and emerging technologies. #OLCMobile

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Welcome

Welcome to my learning community. I created this site to share information about my courses and technology used in education. Take a look around and feel free to leave comments. I'm working on migrating my content from Wordpress so please be patient as I tweak things.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Innovations in Online Education – Part 2 edX

The second innovation that came to mind was the edX, https://www.edx.org/, site that hosts online courses and classes from partner institutions. A complete list of schools and partners can be found at https://www.edx.org/schools-partners. The site was founded by Harvard and MIT. It is a great resource for those wanting to experience an online class or add credentials to a resume. The site also has verified certificates and course series. I plan on trying out one of the introductory computer science class to get a feel of how it works.

Innovations in Online Education – Part 1 Mobile Education

In a course I’m taking from University of West Georgia we were asked to write a couple of posts on our blog about innovative approaches to distance education/online learning. The first innovation that came to mind was mobile education. I first started experimenting back in 2009 when I got an iPhone 4 and the first gen iPad. Content creation and the ability to share and consume on mobile devices have come a long way since then. For example, the iOgrapher, http://www.iographer.com/, is a case for iPads that turns your iPad into a device for creating movies. There are lens, lighting and other accessories available to turn your iPad into a complete video solution. Being able to create content and share it on the go is pretty amazing to me.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A quick glance at distance education in higher ed


Looking at the “Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States” report I gathered a few facts and highlights of distance learning in higher education. It is based of responses from more than 2800 colleges and universities.
http://babson.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4SjGnHcStH5g9G5

“Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States is the tenth annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education. The survey is designed, administered and analyzed by the Babson Survey Research Group. Data collection is conducted in partnership with the College Board.