JumpStart Module 2

These are my comments for Module 2, which I have put in this blog under the category Tech Practices.    The tech areas that I chose to focus on were 1. Cloud Storage and 2. Flipped Classroom.   To me, Cloud Storage represents the ideal of making new knowledge available (in principal) to the world.    Flipped Classroom is a set of tactics and strategies for managing the learning process to take full advantage of the potential of technology and to encourage students to pursue independent thinking and creative exploration.


JumpStart Module 1


1. What are your biggest concerns or challenges with technology? Choose two or

three and describe how these things hold you back. It is hard to know when to

use what piece of software. For most tasks there are multiple competing

software tools to use, and each bit of software has a “learning curve.” In

general they all have more features than one usually needs. At the same

time, small differences in feature sets, or just one function missing, can make

all the difference. 2. The Cloud confuses me. I am used to working with my

disk drive in my PC and with local software. Now we have data in the cloud

and on the PC. And we have software applications in the cloud, on the PC,

and in mobile devices. My big question is: where to put the things that I work


2. In “Why Bother With Technology?” many reasons are given for why technology

is worth the trouble. Which two reasons are most relevant to you? Using a

specific example for each, explain how using more technology could make a

difference for you.  Access to knowledge on the Internet: IT seems to me that

the new “Library of Congress” is the Internet. I cannot imagine doing any

serious learning activity without connecting to the Internet and using search

tools. 2. Audio/video based learning: In the old days, we taught using a

blackboard and chalk. My first “visual” of an atom was a simple diagram on a

board that looked like an archery target. Well, now we can have

professionally produced video and animations in the classroom, with

excellent graphics and motion that provide a much clearer and more intuitive

understanding of concepts.

3. After reading the descriptions of teachers who have woven technology into

their work and lives, choose two specific tools that interest you and describe

how they might be used in your work. Diig: I am looking for a place to create,

store, organize, and curate curriculum for my classes. Voxer: I want to

create a class collaboration environment that is not locked into a specific

time and a specific classroom.

4. After reading “How to Implement Technology,” choose two tips you believe are

most important for successful use of technology. Explain why. I like the first 2

tips the most: 1. Get clear on the reason and 2. Get into the right mindset.

Technology adds an intermediate layer between students and teachers. Things

do break: at least for some people and most of the time. If one doesn’t have a

really clear sense of “why we are using the technology” the cost will seem large

and the benefit will be unappreciated.

5. Choose one thing you learned from the Q&A section and explain how you might

apply it to your work.  What are hashtags, how are they used, why are they

important. Hashtags create a “crumb trail” that can be used to search and

organize information sources. I need to make it a habit to use them.

6. Preview the 30 tool categories covered in the Teacher’s Guide to Tech. Choose

two that are especially interesting to you and explain how you might use these

in your work. 1. Cloud Storage: I need to get my resources off my PC where

only I can find them when I have my specific PC (and only sometimes at that)

and into the Cloud where I can get to them any time anywhere on any device

AND I can get them to my students easily. 2. Flipped Learning: The flipped

learning paradigm teaches students to become learners outside the

classroom. On a practical level it also enables distance learning and

asynchronous on line learning which saves everyone time and money. The

flipped learning paradigm is the essential feature of the new digital learning

environment that we all need to master.