Sunday, June 28, 2015

TESOL Designing Interactive Activities for the Web Course Week 4

My final project
My initial idea was to set up a Web page with assignment prompts, examples, discussion boards, and so on for all the writing portfolio assignments students will be doing in my class in the fall.  In the end, that idea was overly ambitious, so I just created one assignment (narrative paragraph) integrated-skills lesson plan with online activities: Valuable Lessons

My goal is to have students create sites and post their writing (eportfolios).  Has anyone had experience with eportfolios, and if so, would you be willing to share any best practices, warnings, words of wisdom, suggestions/advice with me?  

I loved using Weebly - it's incredibly easy to use, so I may have students do their eportfolios there, but to best integrate with Google docs and my grand plan to give feedback with Kaizena, Google Sites (though tricky to use at times) is the other possibility I am exploring.

Instructor Susan Gaer's feedback on my final project:
WOW! What a great interactive lesson. I love the way you integrated tools into the lessons, covered all the skills of listening, reading and writing. I love that you gave the students examples. It was also nice to see your video on voice thread. My only suggestion is (it is very small) is that you remove the word Flubaroo where you embedded the quiz. Students don’t need to know that and it just might stump them.  The lesson looks visually appealing, has great interactivity and models for what your expectations are. If you have any more time to work on it, perhaps you good do a rubric activity to have students really understand how a rubric works. You don’t need to do this to pass the class. YOU HAVED PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS (think red, white and blue). It was wonderful having you in the class. You raised the bar on the level of discussion. I learned a lot from you!

Teaching an Online class: Excellent examples
Excellent example of lesson design from Coursera
Blended Learning Examples

My Post: 
I have had students use Dipity before, but the last time was in 2009, when I had students create brief autobiographies.  In my VESL class, I had students create employment and education time lines.  Here is the Dipity timeline of a student who followed me by taking every class I taught for eight years.  He is 93 years old, and since I'm teaching at night this summer, he's not able to take my class now (can't drive -- and really shouldn't -- at night).

I checked out Meograph as couple of months ago after running across it.  It looks amazing!!! Like Dipity on steroids!  Here is my description from an article I wrote for OTAN in May on digital storytelling tools:

Features: Perfect for time- and place-based digital stories because Meograph uses Google Maps and Google Earth for maps and timelines; Add YouTube video (up to 15 seconds), photos, maps, time stamps, narration (up to 10 seconds per “moment” within browser; for longer narration, upload an MP3 file), links, and annotations; The end product (a “Meograph”) can be shared on social media or embedded on a Web.

Examples: PBS Newshour Extra My Zeitgeist 2014 student challenge winners, Causes of the Civil WarMeographs on Ancient CivilizationsMeograph Education SamplesThis Would be the Best Day of My Life, My Family BBQ Traditions, The Rublican Party is in Transition, My Famous Chicken Soup Recipe, and more on the Meograph homepage

More ideas for use: Meograph Smore Infographic

How-to: After registering, logging in, and selecting “Create a Meograph,” select “How-To” to view the Meograph How-To Guide (screenshot below). Hover over any link to view a description. 
  1. Register at Note: The site works with Internet Explorer 9+ChromeFirefox, or Safari.
  2. Select “Sign Up” and fill out the registration information. You can also register with a Facebook, Google Plus, or Twitter account.
  3. Select “Get Started” after agreeing to the terms. Your page with be
  4. Select “Create a Meograph.”
  5. Select “Add A Moment.”
  6. Select “Introduction” to add a cover title (with our without narration). Select “Change cover photo” to upload an image. Select “Narration” to add voice-over for the cover title.
  7. In the text box above the preview area, change the text “New Mix 1” to your title.
  8. Select “Photo” to select photos to add from your computer (drag or select “Choose File” to upload); browse for Web images, add photos from Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Google Drive, a URL link; or take a photo with a Webcam.
  9. Select “Video” to search YouTube for videos or paste in a URL for a YouTube video.
10. Select “Narration” to record a narration for the image or video. You will need a microphone built into the computer or a USB microphone. Select the red button, wait for the 3-2-1 countdown, and then speak.  Press the “Stop” button to end the recording. If prompted, allow Adobe flash player to access the microphone by selecting “Allow” and “Remember” and then close.
11. To upload an audio file with narration, on the narration bar, select “Upload” and choose the audio file.
12. Select “More” to add other features: a Web link by pasting a URL, text to tell more about the moment, a location (which will be pinned on a Google map), and a date for when the moment happened for the timeline.
13. Select “Music” to add a copyright-free music file from your computer.
14. Select “Conclusion” to add an ending image (with our without narration). Select “Change cover photo” to upload an image. Select “Narration” to add voice-over for the cover title.
15. Add a description (optional) and turn on or off connection lines on a map between moments with a location. Select publishing option: make the Meograph visible to only you or to everyone.
16. Preview the video. To change timings for any “moment,” select “+Display Time” to adjust the display time.
17. The video is automatically saved periodically.
18. To finish or edit the video at another time, select “My Channel” from your profile (top right) and choose “Edit.”
19. To share your video, select “My Channel” from your profile (top right). There are options for sharing on Facebook or Twitter or copy the embed code to embed the video on a Web site.
Note: Select “Need help?” in the bottom right for live help chat. 

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