Communication and Collaboration (25%)

1. Creating Your Social Media Identity (5%) (Throughout the semester)

  • Step One: Finding and reading an article about social media (due 1/30/2013)
  • Step Two: Exploring Social Media (due 2/1/2013)
    Choose and create accounts for 3 tools to create your social media identity. Share your social medias using “about.me” (http://about.me)
  • Step Three: Building a Social Media Strategy (due 2/4/2013)
    On your “Social Media” web page, set some current and future goals for your identity on each of the 3 tools.
  • Step Four: Growing Your Social Media Identity (We will revisit this project at midterm and the end of the semester)

* Evaluation Criteria
– Timely submission
– Relevant insights from readings
– Understanding of media chosen
– Reasonable social media strategies
– Efforts on growing social media identity

2. Tool Commercial  (10%) (Due 1/21/2013)

  • Select one of the communication and collaboration tools and create an infomercial to take us on a visual tour of the tool. Think about your audience,features of the tool, and why a teacher, parent, administrator, resource teacher, and/or student would use it.

* Evaluation Criteria
– Appealing to the audience (teachers) in a specific domain
Addressing NETS for C& C or implications from Egbert Chapter 3
– Understanding the media chosen
– Look & Feel
(including humor; an eye-catching title; interaction with the audience, etc.)
– Your thoughtful reflection

3. Shadowing (10%) (Due 1/21/2013)

  • Choose two teachers’ classroom blogs and shadow their teaching practice for 2 week span retrospectively. 1) Write a 2-3 page summary about how these teachers support communication and collaboration using these tools, and based on this write-up, 2) create a graphical poster (Glogster) that helps others (parents, educators, and administrators) understand why it is beneficial to have technology in classrooms.

* Evaluation Criteria (for your write-up and Glog)
– A clear focus and purpose
– Concrete teaching Examples from blogs and their links
– Information about technology’s role in communication and collaboration
– Information about curriculum standards (as needed)
– Further information (videos, lesson plans, tool information)
– Look & Feel (including an eye-catching title; interaction with the audience, etc.)

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