Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TGIF: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Started Teaching Online, FRIDAYLIVE

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Fifth issue, Volume Eight
 TLT Group TGIF 9.30.14
 From TLT Group World
Headquarters
Book Discussions
It’s not too late to join the current book discussion taking place via Voicethread about VoiceThread, How to Humanize Your Online Class with VoiceThread. Register Here

A series of book discussions is planned for November, December, and January. The goal of this series is to assist in applying cognitive science & brain research to teaching/learning principles, strategies, practices. Let us know what you think about these books and whether you would like to play a role in moderating, survey link here

November 7, 2014. GENERAL AUDIENCE, NON-FICTION.
Brown, P.C., Roediger, H.L. & McDaniel, M.A. (2014). SCHOLARLY.  Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard U. Press
December 5, 2014. SCHOLARLY.
Gardner, H. & Davis, K. (2013). The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World. New Haven: Yale U. Press.
January 9, 2015. FICTION.  
Sloan, Robin (2013)  Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Picador, New York, NY. (It's a novel, but it deals (colorfully and rivetingly) with the clash between so-called Old Knowledge (books) and New Knowledge (internet and other virtual forms of communication). Not only that, it's a great read--funny, swashbuckling, and serious by turns.)

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6 quotes re PROMISING educ tech from 60s to now. Guess missing dates & tech names? Answers 9/26 2pmET tlt.gs/frlv free online


End of the "long history of optimism" about computers in education? From 1960s CAI to MOOCs, Badges, & iPhones today.

  Members Exchange
Keeping Up
DATE: October 1st, 2014
TIME: 3-4 pm Eastern
PRESENTERS: Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey and others


DESCRIPTION
In this informal session, TLT Members are invited to participate in several different ways:
  • Share something new you are experimenting with or have just discovered.
  • Come with questions or challenges you are facing. We will brainstorm possible solutions together.
  • Come and listen.


You are invited to indicate what you plan to share or your burning question/challenge ahead of time. This is purely optional but if you would like to do so, this link will take you to a Google form.


All TLT Group Members and subscribers are welcome to attend and participate. We invite you to become a member, if you are not already. Join us by following this link. Direct your membership questions to Sally Gilbert
sallygilbert@tltgroup.org.
NOTE: if you are joining less an 24 hours in advance, we will do our best to get you access



Upcoming Member Exchange events
October 8, 2014 SMART PHONES - "MOBILE LEARNING" - including use of voice
October 15, 2014 Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: A Conversation with Author Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  FridayLive!
What I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Started Teaching Online
Date: October 3, 2014  
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET - free to all
Presenters: Nancy Rhodes, Language Education Consultant, Center for Applied Linguistics, Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey


DESCRIPTION
Candid exchange among first-time online teachers, experienced academic support professionals, and experienced faculty.  Includes current mid-course insights, worries, accomplishments of first-timer!


What do you wish someone had told you before you started?  What would you like to tell someone about to start?  


What didn’t you know before you began that you need to know now?
What could help pre-beginners to accept advice that most don’t until it’s too late?  Almost too late?  Examples of important info, resources that pre-beginners are unlikely to recognize as such?


As always, we invite you to become a TLT member if you are not already. Join us by following this link. Direct your membership questions to Sally Gilbert

sallygilbert@tltgroup.org


Up-coming FridayLive! events


 Book Discussion and “How To” Series

 Book Discussion and “How To” Series, Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread

Synchronous events
: Sept 18th, Sept. 24th, Oct.15th 2014 at 3:00 PM ET

Asynchronous discussions will take place each week using VoiceThread to support your learning of content introduced in our synchronous events.
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Presenters: Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, and others

Register Here for the Series


DESCRIPTION
The series will be anchored around Michelle Pacansky-Brock's eBook,
How to Humanize Your Online Class with VoiceThread. Using voice in an online environment has many benefits one of which is to create a more "real," a more human, online experience for our learners.


The events will include one webinar that will be free and open to the public (FridayLive, Sept 19th) followed by a series of deeper dive experiences designed to engage participants in group dialogue and reflection about the eBook's narrative which is designed to support an individual's pedagogical growth, experimentation and development..

This series is open to members of the TLT Group and will include:

  • 3 synchronous events (2 how-to VoiceThread webinars with TLT staff and one online conversation with Michelle Pacansky-Brock). See dates below/
  • A complimentary copy of Michelle's eBook, “How to Humanize Your Online Course with VoiceThread”
  • An opportunity to apply your new VoiceThreading skills in a TLT VoiceThread group (a minimum of a free VoiceThread account is required).  Group members will have access to a series of VoiceThreads that I've designed to support a reflective conversation about the eBook chapters, as well as provide opportunity to actively apply some of the skills demonstrated in the eBook.

After Oct 15th Continue the learning in the VoiceThread Google+ Community.  


Below are the dates of the synchronous events:
  1. September 18, Thursday, 3 PM ET. Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: The Basics.
  2. September 24, Wednesday, 3 PM ET Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: Beyond The Basics Conversation will continue via VoiceThread
  3. October 15, Wednesday, 3 PM ET
Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: A Conversation with Author Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Continue the conversation using VT Google+ Community

All TLT Group Members and subscribers are welcome to attend and participate. We invite you to become a member, if you are not already. Join us by following this link. Direct your membership questions to Sally Gilbert
sallygilbert@tltgroup.org.

 
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

6 quotes re PROMISING educ tech from 60s to now. Guess missing dates & tech names? Answers 9/26 2pmET tlt.gs/frlv free online


Can you identify the redacted references in the quotations excerpted below?
The promising educational technologies?  The decades?  The years of publication?
Plus ca change?  Is it time to end the "long history of optimism" about computers in education? From 1960s CAI to MOOCs, Badges, & iPhones today.


  1. "In <YEAR>, ...Stanford University <professor> was experi­menting with the use of <TECHNOLOGY> to teach reading and writ­ing to California schoolchildren. Despite...he saw almost limitless potential in the technology.  'One can predict that, in a few years, millions of school­children will have access to what Philip of Macedon’s son Alexander enjoyed as a royal prerogative: the services of a tutor as well-informed and as responsive as Aristotle,'” 
  2. "Far from realizing the high ideals of their advocates, <TECHNOLOGY> seem to be reinforcing the advantages of the 'haves' rather than educating the 'have-nots.' Better access to technology and improved basic education are needed worldwide before  <TECHNOLOGY can genuinely live up to their promise."    
  3. "...criticized the 'advocates and prophets' of <TECHNOLOGY> for having made 'extravagant predictions of wonder to come'....in reviewing the research on the effectiveness of <TECHNOLOGY>, ...acknowledged that findings of ‘no significant differences’ dominate the research literature in this area, but that 'it may be useful in small doses as a supplement to regular instruction with regard to elementary skill-drill practices.'"
  4. "...<TECHNOLOGY> are pushed on parents much as <TECHNOLOGY> were in the late <DECADE>, he said. 'I feel that our public schools are being sold down the river, a river of technology, a river of easy learning.'"
  5. "...the gap between the information haves and have-nots has widened since the <DECADE>. ... economics is the greatest barrier to interest in and use of <TECHNOLOGY> . ...'To the extent any demographic group becomes excluded from and underrepresented <in use of TECHNOLOGY>, it will also be excluded from the economic fruits that such participation promises.'"
  6. "As recently as fifteen or twenty years ago, few probably would have imagined the challenges and opportunities facing today's generation of youngsters. It seems as if there exists a heightened pressure these days for educators to prepare their students more pragmatically for the world that they are entering into at an ever younger age. The assertion that we need to delay or altogether prevent the inclusion of <TECHNOLOGY>  into modern curricula is not only ill-informed, but hopelessly naive."

End of the "long history of optimism" about computers in education? From 1960s CAI to MOOCs, Badges, & iPhones today.

Excerpt about 1965-1975!

"Computer-assisted instruction (CA1) and the use of courseware has a long history of optimism associated with it even though much of what was first put into computers as CAI was just programmed instruction material that had been repackaged. In 1966, a fully developed CA1 was seen as only being a few years away. Charles E. Silverman, a senior editor of Fortune magazine, viewed the computer as offering 'a technology by which, for the first time, instruction really can be geared to the specific abilities, needs, and progress of each individual,' and went on to say, 'this quest for ways to individualize instruction is emerging as the most important single force for innovation and reform.' Patrick Suppes of Stanford University stated at the same time, 'One can predict that in a few more years millions of school children will have access to what Philip of Macedon's son Alexander enjoyed as a royal prerogative: the personal services of a tutor as well-informed and responsive as Aristotle. '56

"However, by the l970s, both Silverman and Suppes had a different assessment of the impact of the computer in the classroom. Silverman in his 1970 report for the Carnegie Corporation criticized the 'advocates and prophets' of computer-assisted instruction for having made 'extravagant predictions of wonder to come.'57 In 1974, in reviewing the research on the effectiveness of computer learning, Suppes and his associates acknowledged that findings of ‘no significant differences’ dominate the research literature in this area, but that 'it may be useful in small doses as a supplement to regular instruction with regard to elementary skill-drill practices.'58"

Above excerpted from: 

The Evolution of American Educational Technology (Google eBook), by Paul Saettler, IAP, Jan 1, 2004, p. 404  http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=9781593111397
Quoting from "The Uses of Computers in Education.", by Patrick Suppes in  Scientific American, v215 n3 p206-20 Sep 1966.
http://books.google.com/books?id=s1ThX561Z58C&pg=PA404&lpg=PA404&dq=CAI+%22long+history+of+optimism%22&source=bl&ots=yHTwmQkyTe&sig=V5SFSh_ODoUe7OzgzrEoPIPu7ec&hl=en&sa=X&ei=7iYiVKeGMvb8sASy44DQCw&ved=0CB4Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=CAI%20%22long%20history%20of%20optimism%22&f=false

TGIF: Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread - How To & Discussion

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Fourth issue, Volume Eight
 TLT Group TGIF 9.23.14
 From TLT Group World
Headquarters
Thank you Michelle Pacansky-Brock! You gave us so many amazing learning out loud ideas on FridayLive.  Your book is a great resource How to Humanize Your Online Class with VoiceThread.
The conversation with Michelle continues in the  Book Discussion and How to Series “Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread."

TLT Membership
Become a new member or renew your membership and receive a headset for $100.00 (USD)

You can become an individual member without a headset for $75.00 (USD).
Did you know…
  • if you have participated in or registered for TOL4B you will receive a $25 discount. Enter discount code TLO4B.
  • if you have retired you will receive $40 discount. Enter discount code RETIREE.
  • if you are a current student you will receive a $50 discount. Enter discount code: STUDENT.
 More from the TLT-SWG Blog
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Blog post from Michelle Pacansky-BrockVoiceThreading Learning Opportunities Ahead!
  Members Exchange

Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: BEYOND THE BASICS (Book Discussion and “How To” Series)
DATE: September 24, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Presenters: Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey, and others

Description
This "How To" session continues the


exploration of VoiceThread features started on Sept 18th such as:
  • Copy Link: Share link versus the personal VT URL
  • Embed VT: web page, LMS
  • Groups:
    • Join.
    • Set-up
  • Create & Use Multiple Profiles i.e. text, feedback
  • Create a Text Transcript
  • Reorder Comments
TLT Members can access the link to the archive from September 18th here.
To prepare for this learning experience, complete the following prior to the session:
  1. Set up a VoiceThread account, http://voicethread.com/
  2. Find an image and bring it to the session.
  3. Prepare to use microphone to communicate, record audio via computer, Internet
  4. NOTE:VoiceThread has recently updated, in case you haven't checked it out.  This video explains the new features.
If you want to delve a little deeper into VoiceThread you may be interested in the book discussion with author Michelle Pacansky-Brock. The discussion is taking place right now using VoiceThread. Check it out.


Upcoming Member Exchange events
October 1, 2014 Keeping Up
October 8, 2014 SMART PHONES - "MOBILE LEARNING" - including use of voice
October 15, 2014 Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: A Conversation with Author Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  FridayLive!

(Only?) Good Enough for Other People's Children?
Date: September 26, 2014
Time: 2 - 3 pm Eastern
Presenters: Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey and others

Description
More to come.....


As always, we invite you to become a TLT member if you are not already. Join us by following thislink. Direct your membership questions to Sally Gilbert
sallygilbert@tltgroup.org

Up-coming FridayLive!events

October 3rd What I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Started Teaching Online
 Book Discussion and “How To” Series

 Book Discussion and “How To” Series, Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread

Synchronous events
: Sept 18th, Sept. 24th, Oct.15th 2014 at 3:00 PM ET

Asynchronous discussions will take place each week using VoiceThread to support your learning of content introduced in our synchronous events.
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Presenters: Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, and others

Register Here for the Series


DESCRIPTION
The series will be anchored around Michelle Pacansky-Brock's eBook,
How to Humanize Your Online Class with VoiceThread. Using voice in an online environment has many benefits one of which is to create a more "real," a more human, online experience for our learners.


The events will include one webinar that will be free and open to the public (FridayLive, Sept 19th) followed by a series of deeper dive experiences designed to engage participants in group dialogue and reflection about the eBook's narrative which is designed to support an individual's pedagogical growth, experimentation and development..

This series is open to members of the TLT Group and will include:

  • 3 synchronous events (2 how-to VoiceThread webinars with TLT staff and one online conversation with Michelle Pacansky-Brock). See dates below/
  • A complimentary copy of Michelle's eBook, “How to Humanize Your Online Course with VoiceThread”
  • An opportunity to apply your new VoiceThreading skills in a TLT VoiceThread group (a minimum of a free VoiceThread account is required).  Group members will have access to a series of VoiceThreads that I've designed to support a reflective conversation about the eBook chapters, as well as provide opportunity to actively apply some of the skills demonstrated in the eBook.

After Oct 15th Continue the learning in the VoiceThread Google+ Community.  


Below are the dates of the synchronous events:
  1. September 18, Thursday, 3 PM ET. Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: The Basics.
  2. September 24, Wednesday, 3 PM ET Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: Beyond The Basics Conversation will continue via VoiceThread
  3. October 15, Wednesday, 3 PM ET
Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: A Conversation with Author Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Continue the conversation using VT Google+ Community

All TLT Group Members and subscribers are welcome to attend and participate. We invite you to become a member, if you are not already. Join us by following this link. Direct your membership questions to Sally Gilbert
sallygilbert@tltgroup.org.

 
 Encourage. Enable. Engage.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

TGIF: How to Humanize Your Course with VoiceThread, FridayLive

You can also view the newsletter here.

 
Second issue, Volume Eight
 TLT Group TGIF 9.10.14
 From TLT Group World
Headquarters
Thank you Stephen Kaufman and Jill Phipps (The University of Akron)for a great session on gamification in hybrid courses. You gave us many new ideas.  For example, ForAllRubrics, a site to use for posting student badges. We would like to hear from you! Would like to learn more about badges and about this site.  Also let us know if you have expertise in this area you would like to share. Survey link
 
Those who register for the Book Discussion and How to Series “Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread”will receive a complimentary copy of Michelle Pacansky-Brock’s bookHow to Humanize Your Online Class with VoiceThread.
You will also be able to engage in conversation with Michelle.


TLT Membership
Become a new member or renew your membership and receive a headset for $100.00 (USD)

You can become an individual member without a headset for $75.00 (USD).
Did you know…
  • if you have participated in or registered for TOL4B you will receive a $25 discount. Enter discount code TLO4B.
  • if you have retired you will receive $40 discount. Enter discount code RETIREE.
  • if you are a current student you will receive a $50 discount. Enter discount code: STUDENT.
 More from the TLT-SWG Blog
http://tlt-swg.blogspot.com/

Blog post from Michelle Pacansky-BrockVoiceThreading Learning Opportunities Ahead!
  Members Exchange,THURSDAY
Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: THE BASICS (Book Discussion and “How To” Series)
DATE: September 18, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Presenters: Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey, and others
 
Description
This session is designed for those new to VoiceThread and for those who may want a refresher in preparation for the next session on more advanced features.

To prepare for this learning experience, complete the following prior to the session:
  1. Set up a VoiceThread account,http://voicethread.com/
  2. Find an image and bring it to the session.
  3. Prepare to use microphone to communicate, record audio via computer, Internet
  4. Play thisvideofor background information on VoiceThread.
  5. NOTE: VoiceThread has recently updated, in case you haven't checked it out.  This video explains the new features.

If you want to delve a little deeper into VoiceThread.  We are also offering a book discussion and how series.Check it out.


Upcoming Member Exchange events
September 24th Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: BEYOND THE BASICS (Book Discussion and “How To” Series)
October 1, 2014 Keeping Up
October 8, 2014 SMART PHONES - "MOBILE LEARNING" - including use of voice 
  FridayLive!
Learning Out Loud: “How to Humanize Your Online Course with VoiceThread”
Date: September 19, 2014  
Time:2:00-3:00 pm ET - free to all
Presenters:Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey, TLT Group and others

DESCRIPTION
A conversation with the author ofHow to Humanize Your Online Class with VoiceThread,”Michelle Pacansky-Brock. This interactive session is intended for VoiceThread beginners who are seeking to learn more about the unique benefits that VoiceThread brings to the college teaching experience. Michelle will draw largely upon her own teaching experiences and will share findings from an ongoing study about how learning out loud is impacting her community college learners. There will also be opportunities for Q & A.

As always, we invite you to become a TLT member if you are not already. Join us by following thislink. Direct your membership questions to Sally Gilbert
sallygilbert@tltgroup.org


Up-coming FridayLive!events
September 26th Good Enough for Other People’s Children?
October 3rd Insights from a First Time Online Teacher 
 Book Discussion and “How To” Series

 Book Discussion and “How To” Series, Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread

Synchronous events
: Sept 18th, Sept. 24th, Oct.15th 2014 at 3:00 PM ET

Asynchronous discussions will take place each week using VoiceThread to support your learning of content introduced in our synchronous events.
Time: 3:00 PM ET
Presenters: Steve Gilbert, Beth Dailey, Michelle Pacansky-Brock, and others

Register Here for the Series


DESCRIPTION
The series will be anchored around Michelle Pacansky-Brock's eBook,
How to Humanize Your Online Class with VoiceThread. Using voice in an online environment has many benefits one of which is to create a more "real," a more human, online experience for our learners.

The events will include one webinar that will be free and open to the public (FridayLive, Sept 19th) followed by a series of deeper dive experiences designed to engage participants in group dialogue and reflection about the eBook's narrative which is designed to support an individual's pedagogical growth, experimentation and development..

This series is open to members of the TLT Group and will include:

  • 3 synchronous events (2 how-to VoiceThread webinars with TLT staff and one online conversation with Michelle Pacansky-Brock). See dates below/
  • A complimentary copy of Michelle's eBook, “How to Humanize Your Online Course with VoiceThread”
  • An opportunity to apply your new VoiceThreading skills in a TLT VoiceThread group (a minimum of a free VoiceThread account is required).  Group members will have access to a series of VoiceThreads that I've designed to support a reflective conversation about the eBook chapters, as well as provide opportunity to actively apply some of the skills demonstrated in the eBook.

After Oct 15th Continue the learning in the VoiceThread Google+ Community.  


Below are the dates of the synchronous events:
  1. September 18, Thursday, 3 PM ET. Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: The Basics.
  2. September 24, Wednesday, 3 PM ET Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: Beyond The Basics Conversation will continue via VoiceThread
  3. October 15, Wednesday, 3 PM ET
Learning Out Loud with VoiceThread: A Conversation with Author Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Continue the conversation using VT Google+ Community

All TLT Group Members and subscribers are welcome to attend and participate. We invite you to become a member, if you are not already. Join us by following this link. Direct your membership questions to Sally Gilbert
sallygilbert@tltgroup.org.

 
 Encourage. Enable. Engage.