Peer Bloggers #2

First off I want to say that the name for Tuyet’s blog, Tuyet’s Tinkering is quite original. I thought it was a very cool name to give the blog. 

My eyes caught her post called “Teaming 101”.(http://tuyhayes.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/43/)  Here she discusses the chapter 4 reading from the text about Himmelman’s Taxonomy. In the 3rd paragraph she touches on how for group projects in the ETEC 642 course, the opportunities to work with peers has been delegated to a “coordination” level.  A point made that I have also thought about over the past 6 weeks is that it would be nice to have been able to take this course over a semesters time. As Tuyet mentioned, the 6 weeks is too fast of a time frame to build up relationships amongst peers. With more time to work with, I could see us reaching higher levels of Himmelman’s Taxonomy such as Collaboration. 

On another side note, I liked how she took a paragraph to briefly touch on the important points of the reading (in this case, touch on each level of Himmelman’s Taxonomy). This way someone who came across the blog  who did not take the ETEC 642 course could have an understanding of what is being discussed.

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Peer Bloggers

Reid made a posting about participating in the world of social media. (http://rkuioka.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/participating-in-the-world-of-social-media-the-good-and-ugly-side-to-it/) He looks at social media in terms of its beneficial and more negative qualities. I was most drawn to this posting because parts of it reminded me of my own thinking on such matters. The piece Reid wrote about a negative to social media being that it opens up opportunity to cyber bullying was one such piece that caught my attention. I feel that life online needs to have rules and regulations for users, especially younger users. It is so sad to hear about stories like the one where Reid mentioned that a young girl committed suicide due to being bullied. I don’t know if there will ever be an all commanding grasp of online regulation where instances of cyber bullying or threats can totally be stopped,  but I can see better teaching and implementation of preventive measures to limit how much these actions occur. I like how over the last few years, movements have been in place to  make more people aware of what is going on.  This needs to continue.

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Himmelman’s Taxonomy and Collaborative Efforts

All 4 of the components of Himmelman’s Taxonomy are important to the process of collaborative work. For all projects that I have had to work on with peers, I feel that the component that helped us work especially well was Coordination. In a learning environment where the students are working professionals with busy schedules and important life commitments, I found that the ability to coordinate daily lives for that optimal time frame was essential to getting the project done efficiently and effectively. Times when work can get done are not always the best and most desirable, but when a mutual time can be found where work can be done to support the team’s desired outcome, life is beautiful. As Rheingold notes, coordination requires commitment, and the commitment to look past personal interests and instead think about the team first will yield great results.

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Final Project- Part 2

Personal Learning Networks (PLN) to me are mobile environments where individuals can gather synchronously and/or asynchronously and share information, collaborating collectively over a common goal. This goal is on an educational basis such as for professional development. The PLN that I have the most experience being apart of is Edmodo. Here educators and future educators had the opportunity to share and review ideas with one another to improve their teaching and lesson designs. Students and their parents/guardians could also interact in this PLN, often being able to benefit from resources and better collaboration with educators on board. For this assignment I looked into 2 PLNs, Curriki and Diigo, that I had yet to explore. Here is a look into what I found.

 Curriki.org is an online community where users can create and share their ideas for helping the learning process with other educators. There are thousands of resources for which k-12 educators can use, canvassing the range of subject areas. However the resources are available to all who wish to take advantage of all that Curriki has to offer. All who want can join Curriki and use the resources that are on the network as membership to join Curriki is free and the materials, although copyrighted by Curriki, are shared under Creative Commons. With Curriki, all students across the globe can have access to top quality levels of education at costs much more  effective than by traditional resources (Kurshan, 2008). This resource allows me to access the best and most up to date teaching resources that are being used in classrooms today. It also puts me in touch with educational minds who are changing the world of education with innovative teaching methods. I am able to interact and share, passing the torch of educator to all who wish to make a difference.

 Diigo.com is a cloud-based Personal Information Management (PIM) system where users can bookmark webpages that can be accessed via different web browsers and different computers using Diigo. However Diigo also allows users to save a variety of data, such as documents, pictures, screenshots, and notes, while increasing the number of platforms which is supported by it (Android, iPad, and iPhone).  Users can add digital highlights and digital sticky notes to webpages or  articles that they access online. Since Diigo is cloud-based, all media that was recorded will automatically be saved for future use (Estelles, Del Moral, & Gonzalez, 2010) . Media saved on the cloud can also be downloaded to a platform device for use offline if working online will not be available. Diigo allows me to access all external notes that I make about a web resource anytime, and using any platform that I may have. This allows an easy way to share information with myself for later use, or to share with peers who are also on the cloud. It makes research a much more time efficient task and thus more effective when done right.

 I rate the article by Estelles, Del Moral, & Gonzalez a 4. This is because I felt that the article was easy to follow and informative based on the type of information that I was looking for in a resource. The authors cover insight into collaborative learning and how Diigo is supportive of this cause. 

I rate the article by Kurshan a 4. I give the article a 4 because it goes into detail about Open Education Resources and collaboration between educators. The article talks about Curriki as a resource and how it goes to build on what has already been done in terms of collaboration.

Prezi link: http://prezi.com/no-djlzvpwrp/untitled-prezi/

 

References:

1. Estellés, E., Del Moral, E., & González, F. (2010). Social bookmarking tools as facilitators of learning and research collaborative processes: The Diigo case. Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning Objects, 6(1), 175-191.

 2. Kurshan, B. B. (2008). OER Models that Build a Culture of Collaboration: A Case Exemplified by Curriki. eLearning Papers, (10), 3.

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Final Project- Part 1

I created a survey using Google Forms to gather my data on social media use its relation to the education field. I surveyed 10 peers whom I have known for various lengths of time over the past 4 years. The participants ranged in age from 19-28. All participants are of Asian/Pacific Islander and/or Caucasian ethnic backgrounds.  Of the 10 participants, 8 are currently students at an institution of higher learning on Oahu. All of my participants use at least 1 social media tool and do so on at least a monthly basis.  Only 4 participants use social media for educational purposes and also think that social media is important in education.

Here is a graphic representing my survey results:

 

Timestamp

How often do you use social media?

How many social media tools do you use most frequent?

Do you use social media for educational purposes?

Do you think that social media is important in education?

Are you a student?

7/27/2013

Daily

2

No

Yes

Yes

7/27/2013

Daily

5 or more

No

No

No

7/27/2013

Weekly

1

Yes

Yes

Yes

7/27/2013

Daily

3

Yes

Yes

No

7/27/2013

Daily

3

No

No

Yes

7/27/2013

Daily

2

No

No

Yes

7/27/2013

Weekly

1

No

No

Yes

7/27/2013

Daily

5 or more

Yes

No

Yes

7/27/2013

Weekly

2

Yes

Yes

Yes

7/27/2013

Monthly

1

No

No

Yes

 I was not shocked to find out all of my participants made use of at least 1 social media tool, nor was it surprising that they all use social media at least once a month. This link,  http://www.marketingcharts.com/wp/interactive/young-people-completely-wedded-to-their-mobile-phones-25427/, I feel supports my inference quite well.  I was most interested in finding out whether my participants use social media for educational purposes and whether or not the think social media is important in education. Over the past 3 years I have seen social media applied in my own courses of study, I was curious to see if they play an influence in the courses that my participants take.

Social Media Integration in Higher Education http://steveradick.com/2010/08/18/social-media-integration-in-higher-education/

I would rate this resource a 5 out of 5. I really like how it justifies the value in having social media communication integrated into higher education curricula. In the example of content on Facebook pages sometimes causing potential applicants to miss out on jobs, I like how in reverse social media tools can be used to showcase the positive points that an applicant has to offer. This resource encourages thinking outside of the conventional box when it comes to education. Hearing this is perfect for us educators thinking in terms of the present and the future.

 

 

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ETEC Reflections: Week 3 Part 2 (Peer Chatter)

I was reading through a reflection posted by Youssef, found here  http://etecyoussef.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/week-3-reflection/, where he wrote about  the reading from our course text discussing Twitter. The point that caught my eye was about how social media can have so much influence on millions of citizens. Important events occur all the time and as soon as word hits social media news feeds, everyone using social media has the ability voice their opinion. What I worry about here is that individuals sway their opinion based on what might be popular amongst their friends or the masses of people. They do not make an effort to gather facts for themselves but rather just believe what is popular opinion. I hope that more people use social media as a tool to keep up with what occurs around the world but that they do so with an informed perspective.

On a follow up note, I remember during my Senior year of high school one of my teachers spoke about voting in elections (at the time the Presidential election was to occur the following year, 2008). A point that really stood out to me was that if you are not going to do your research and inform yourself about the candidates, it would be best not to vote at all. Going into 2008 and 2012, I took that advice to knowledge and made sure to learn before making my choice. We need to do that before voicing ourselves on social media as well.

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ETEC Reflections: Week 3

I have never been a big Twitter user. I always figured, I am on Facebook and check that daily to see what my peers and family members are up to. I will also post now and then about current events, a story, words of encouragement, or even respond to the posts made by “friends”.  Twitter always seemed like a social media outlet to use if someone did not care for Facebook, despite how many people I know do use both.

Reading the course text as well as participating in the weekly Blackboard Collaborate meetings, I have begun to change my views of Twitter for the better. There are a lot of features and possibilities surrounding Twitter that are appealing to the education world, and which should not be ignored. After completing the assigned reading for the week, I was drawn to the section containing reasons why the author likes to Twitter. My peers and I had to do write a discussion about one of the listed reasons that caught our eye, but looking back I see another that resonates more with me.

Forming Community:

I liken the Twitter experience to being in your favorite barbershop, for women this could be a beauty shop, where there is non stop discussion about anything and everything that is important and of interest to you. In the midst of all the chatter are headlining updates popping up telling you about special deals and prices going on through your favorite places of business. Everything that you could want is right there at your fingertips, your world brought to you 140 words at a time.

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