Here is what our eldest did for our anniversary.
Education, as we know it, is changing every day. The future of the classroom is moving closer and closer to the home. As a future teacher, I have learned a great deal from my master’s program. I have been introduce to a PLE website, using WordPress, Concept Draw 2, where I created mind maps, and finally Adobe Flash Professional CS5. With the help of Adobe Flash, I can design instructional education with greater ease and more technological empowerment. A flash design module should have colorful pictures, enticing audio, personal content, navigational ease, and a subject that draws the students in.
The colorful pictures should be a major part of an education flash module. The pictures should relate to the subject of the module and should not over power the instruction. Your pictures should open up the student’s imagination and hold them in the moment. Here are examples from my own module:
These pictures show how children are essentially the future of education. The menu area is very playful with the buttons and the chair at the top is inviting too who ever opens up my instructional design module.
Audio should be enticing and it should excite the learner. When one records for a flash module, one will have to record his or her voice on another program, such as Audacity, then import the recordings as MP3s into the flash program. Take your time and rehearse your audio tracks. Here is another example from my module:
This video shows how my audio tracks are strong and enticing. Here is where many students will listen and learn the subject at hand.
Another important aspect in the use of Adobe Flash Professional, create personal content. What I mean, when one is creating a quiz in his or her teaching module, make every answer personal, address the learner and make every experience a learning process. In Clark and Mayer’s book, e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, they both instruct the educator in the process of personalization to, “The psychological advantage of conversational style, pedagogical agents, and visible authors is to induce the learner to engage with the computer as a social conversational partner.”(157) In my opinion, Clark and Mayer want the instructor to immerse the students into the instruction. In my module, I do this by making every answer, whether right or wrong, take the name of the student taking the quiz. Here is the example in my module:
When using an educational flash module, an instructor should design a module that has navigational ease. The student should have a menu, as you saw above, and he or she should be able to navigate back and forth from scene to scene and page to page. In Steve Johnson’s book, Adobe Flash Professional CS5…..On Demand, he writes, “Scripting allows you to add custom functionality to your movie, such as moving objects on the Stage, formatting text, storing and managing information, performing mathematical operations, and controlling the movie in response to specific conditions and events, such as a mouse click.”(10) Flash allows you to navigate, so use it too the fullest extent, and here is an example:
Finally, when creating an instructional design module in flash, the subject should draw the student in from the very beginning. The Future of Education is something that most students of today can relate too in a minute. They love their technologically advanced cell phones, iPods and laptops, so as an instructional designer, I knew enough about this subject to draw them in. In my module, I use title pages such as the one below:
Here I draw the students in by showing them new horizons they might not have thought of or seen before. Over all, I think the subject is the first thing to decide and in the end how you should navigate toward it.
In the end, if you are to create an instructional module with Adobe Flash, the components up above are a good backbone to start with. From colorful pictures to subjects that draw the students in, here is a good way to start. Take your time and create from the foundation up. Last but not least, my final module, I hope you learn from it and comment as much as you like.
Clark, Ruth Colvin. Mayer, Richard E. E-LEARNING AND THE SCIENCE OF INSTRUCTION. (2008). Pfeiffer.
Johnson, Steven. ADOBE FLASH PROFESSIONAL CS5: ON DEMAND. (2010). Perspection, Inc.
A few months ago I took Education 627: Access Budget and Evaluation. I looked at the title and saw “budget.” That “budget” word scared me, because it made me think of business and not education. At the start of the class we downloaded Concept Draw and I started to love accessing my budget for project management. Here are some of my best practices for using Concept Draw.
First do not clutter your project page with too many graphics. This is how it should look.
I think when one clutters the Concept Draw Project Management presentation, one makes the slide overbearing. Second, use both words and graphics in your project management presentation. In Clark and Mayer’s book, e-Learning and the Science of Instruction, their opinion on words and graphics goes like this, “Based on cognitive theory and research evidence, we recommend that e-learning courses (and projects) include words and graphics, rather than words alone”(56). What they are trying to say is that when one puts a project together, one must find equal ground.
The third Concept Draw practice is make the title for each page big and boldfaced. The color is another way to draw attention to it. Here is an example:
In this picture, I did not make the title very big, but my project management officials were bold and colorful. The final and fourth Concept Draw practice is have a plan. A plan is taking the time to put it all together, so it comes out as perfect as it can be. Here are two examples of how a plan should work and not work:
These are my practices for Concept Draw, I hope they will help you to make better projects.
Clark, R. & Mayer, R.E. (2007). E-learning and the Science of Instruction:Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, 2nd Edition. San Francisco, CA. Pfeiffer.
I think the most powerful idea is one that is usable. Being a manager of a technology infused project is very usable. The Smart Board in every classroom is a technology project that must be managed with precise planning. When one looks at the Smart Board, he or she must have a grasp of how this technology works, where it starts and finally, when it is usable in the classroom. A project such as the Smart Board takes time and effort.
As you can see, I started with what MindMap calls a Productivity 101 Analysis. I started this way, because this is where the MindMap program opened. It reminds me of the way one brainstorms a paper when he or she was in school. It is an interesting mind map, but not exactly what I am looking for. In the end, I went with the Project Management 2011 Presentation, this felt more right when relating the technology of the Smart Board and its usage in the classroom. The Project Management 2011 Presentation also reminded me of how my wireless router software presents all the computers and what is connected to them. I also changed the order of the topics to the main idea, so they would flow from the beginning to the using of the technology.
I must finally reiterate that managing a project of implementing Smart Boards in every classroom must be planned out and done properly. Teachers must know how to use them and how to set them up. The Smart Board has become a national installation project. The interactive capabilities of this technology has great potential.
Garton, Colleen & McCulloch, Erika. (1st Edition-December 2004). MC Press Online, LP. Fundamentals of Technology Project Management.
Where do I start? Technology is always changing, so predicting where my website will be in six months to a year is somewhat difficult, but I have an idea where I want to go. I want to talk about how gaming systems, touch pad computers, iPhones and android phones will become the norm for the future of education. I will begin to discuss how these devices will change the very core of our school system.
These devices will become the cornerstone of every classroom, so they will be my future ideas and how they will influence education. Here are the video game consoles I will be discussing in my future articles and most likely my future Moodle courses, for the next twelve months.
The next game systems are mobile and are part of the newest generation of on the go video gaming.
I know that all five of these systems are fun to play video games, but they are also the future of education. The Nintendo Wii was the first moving based system that has been used for rehabilitation and in special education situations. The Microsoft Xbox 360 now has an add-on device called Kinect, which allows the 360 to be navigated by a person’s movements. The PS3 also has a similar devise like the Wii called Playstation Move, which also reacts with controller movement. The mobile devices that Sony and Nintendo put out have internet capabilities, wi-fi only, but these two systems will also be used to educate and communicate with others in collaborative learning.
The next three devises are also mobile, but more computer based. The iPad two, the iPhone and the Android phones will be used all over the classroom and I will show how in the next six to twelve months. Here are those devices.
The computer based instruments are used everywhere in the business world and now they are invading the classroom. I will show you three videos on how these devices will shape the future of learning and educating. They have so much potential, now that the iPad 2 has come out, it has a dual core processor and many other companies are coming out with a touch pad that is good and cheaper, but we shall see. The android phones and the iPhones will have courses taught on them. I know that with the future of flexible technology, these phones will be able to stretch out as big as a small notebook laptop and then move back to the original shape.
I plan in the next twelve months to show how these media devices will change and help with learning and teaching. The technology is the key, it is how we use it that will determine if it helps us or takes us over.
Here are two videos that will show the concepts I will be discussing in the future.
JGamers.com. (2007-2011). PS3. Retrieved from: -http://www.jgamers.com/store/home.php?cat=134&genre=Console
Jelsoft Enterprises, Ltd. (2000-2011). For Sale Massive Wii Bundle. Retrieved from: -http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/177/general-marketplace/sale-massive-wii-bundle-351499/
Bush, Jack. (2011, January 4th) A Tutorial to Teach You How to Copy Games on Xbox 360 Systems. Retrieved from: -http://easyonlinejobsreview.com/xbox-360-systems/
Mobility Today. (2010) Unboxing: Sony PSP Go. Retrieved from: -http://mobilitytoday.com/archive.php?c=44&type=a
Gadget Inspector. (2011) Nintendo 3DS. Retrieved from: -http://www.widgetandgadget.com/gaming/nintendo-3ds-system.html
Goldman, David. (2011, March 2nd). CNNMoney.com. Why Apple needs to Kill it with iPad 2 Event. Retrieved from: -http://money.cnn.com/2011/03/01/technology/apple_ipad_announcement/index.htm
Sizlopedia. (2010). Sprint Launches HTC Evo 4G Android Phone. Retrieved from: -http://www.sizlopedia.com/2010/03/24/sprint-htc-evo-4g-android-phone/
Flickr from Yahoo. (2011). iPhone 4G Mockup, now with Multi-Tasking. Retrieved from: -http://www.flickr.com/photos/26791704@N05/3274609475/
Schenker, Jonathan. (2010, September 22). TEDxGenerationAsheville. School Mods: Gaming the Educational System. Retrieved from: -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auP-eq17U1g
KQEDondemand. (2010, April 22). Place-based Learning Using Mobile Devices-Quick Take-Aways. Retrieved from: -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YG2mLits4g
I have decided to use my Learning Management Systems, aka LMS website to teach and learn about technology. The first course I attempted with the system called, Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, or aka, Moodle, on my LMS is called “How to use an Xbox 360 to its Fullest Capacity.” I want to expand more on this subject by using the quiz feature and learning how to add more people on the class room list.
I want to collaborate with others and learn from them so that Moodle will be an amazing experience. I want to use features such as blogging on Moodle, so that my future students will be able to write blogs and add articles to my courses. I want to collaborate so that learning will be a personal experiences. I want my future students to love learning and begin to grasp the ability to teach others and myself in the future.
I want Moodle to help others learn from the one technology that we can all collaborate and learn from, the internet. It is every where and any where. I know and I want everyone to know that we can find almost any information we want.
Learning is everywhere, when one can design a teaching tool and show it through the technology we possess. The tools that we use everyday, whether it is a computer or a smart phone, these devices can help us. The Xbox 360 is no different. The course that I have begun with Moodle, will show its greatest potentials. It will be a suited beginning.
Finally, I also want to use the add a source and add an activity features of Moodle, because this allows me to add on URLs, files, wikis, workshops, and quizzes. These features give my future Moodle courses a real online classroom feel. The wikis give the students a way to enter their own feedback and maybe even collaborate on what they might have learned in their own research. The quizzes give me as the mentor the ability to grade and somehow help the students to understand how much they have learned. This a true accomplishment of the technology of Moodle and the world wide web.
Moodle was hard to understand at first. I know the more I use it, the more I will become a Moodle expert. It will be a everyday learning process, that with much practice, my courses will become something too reckon with. Here is a final link to understand a small Moodle course:
Rice, William (2008). Moodle 1.9 E-Learning Course Development. UK: Packt Publishing.
Edwards, Andru. gearlive.com. (2010, September 29). Xbox 360 Fall 2010 Dashboard Update Review Walkthrough Retrieved from: -www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCkxbTJvKAk-
Lasic, Tomaz (2008, September) Moodle Explained With LEGO Short Version. Retrieved from:-www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XPZl6LLvik-Moodle Explained with LEGO Short Version
Uh oh! Your laptop just fell and hit the floor. You pick it up and turn it back on. Uh oh! Guess what? The screen has a crack in it or there is a spiral crack in it, which will get worse, or half the screen is completely black and you cannot see it. Well, first things first, this is how you test you computer to see if everything is alright.
Get a desktop screen and plug the VGA cable, that is the cable from the tower to the flat screen, from there into the broken screen laptop. You then push the Fn or function button and at the same time you push the CRT/LCD button on the top of your keyboard. If your laptop shows up on the other screen, everything is fine. You know the only thing that is damaged is the screen.
Second thing you will do is not go to Target, Bestbuy, or any other computer related store and have them repair the screen. They will charge you lots of money, lets just say an average of $250 to almost $400. This is ridiculous and trust me it will be a lot easier and cheaper if you do it yourself. Go onto Ebay and type in the make and model of your laptop and then type screen and you will be charged an average price of $75 to $100 for the screen and possibly no shipping price to about $15 shipping. Trust me this a lot cheaper. If you do not want to go to the next step, most self owned computer places will charge you between $75 to $100. Anymore than that and you should look else where.
Third part, if you choose to do this yourself, unplug the laptop, and take out the battery. Then push the power button to release the rest of the power that is still in the computer. From there you will need a small Phillips head screw driver and a razor.
- First remove the rubber screw covers, usually there are four on top and two at the bottom, of the screen.
- Second step, remove screws from the front bezel, that is the plastic frame around the front of the screen.
- The third step, remove the bezel, but be gentle. Place your fingers between the old screen and the bezel, it will begin to snap open. Once you have it off, put the bezel to the side with the screws.
- Step four, remove the frame screws, which hold the old screen in place.
- The fifth step, remove the LCD cable or screen cable. Tilt the old screen down slightly to reveal the cable and then pull it gently, straight out.
- Step six, remove the remaining frame screws and tilt the LCD screen forward to reveal the inverter.
- Step seven, remove the inverter, by unplugging it, sometimes you will have to unscrew the inverter to reach the plug, but usually it is easy to remove it.
- Step eight, remove the old screen and then redo step 0ne through eight in reverse, but be careful to plug the LCD screen and inverter cable properly, they only go in one way. The bezel must be gently put back, because it can crack easily.
- Once you have this all done, please put the battery back in and plug the computer into the wall, if the LCD screen on the laptop shows everything, you did an excellent job and saved yourself lots of money in the process.
Here is a video of how to do the process step by step:
Wee, James. (2009, March 2). How to Disassemble a Laptop. Retrieve from: -www.ahwee.com/how-to-disassemble-laptop-dell-xps-m1530
Upgradewiz. (2009, April 27). How to Replace a Laptop Screen. Retrieved from: -www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eaI5aobwDU
I believe the first lesson we should all learn is how to keep our computers clean. I have learned that if a computer is kept in good shape it will run for a long time. First you must realize there are two major types of computers a desktop and a laptop. A desktop usually has a flat screen and a tower like this-
A laptop consists of a computer with a flip up screen and a plug in charger. This is what a laptop usually looks like-
Now that we know about the basic two types of computers, here is how we must clean them.
First, a desktop screen and the laptop screen must be cleaned with special wipes made for LCD and Plasma screens. You can buy these at any Walmart, Staples, OfficeMax, or Target. These wipes are not filled with water or soap which could harm the screens.
Second, the keyboard on a desktop and a laptop should be cleaned with compressed air that you can also buy at the same stores above. You may also use the compressed air on any USB ports and when you have a laptop, use a toothpick to hold the fans in place as you use the compressed air on them.
Third, when cleaning the dust from a desktop, one must open up the tower and use the compressed air like this.
When you use the compressed air on the inside of the desktop tower, you must be careful not to touch the components with your bare hands. This can create static electricity from your body and you can ruin the computer parts.
Also, you must concentrate on the fans and blow the dust off of them, because these fans help cool the computer down. The fan that is usually in the middle of the inside of the tower, is over the CPU, this is the brain of the computer and it gets very hot. The fan on this computer part, must be kept clean. Laptops do not usually need to be vacuumed inside, because dust does not usually get into there. This is why we clean the fans near the outside of the laptop.
Finally a desktop and a laptop must be kept in shape by using it properly. They must always be kept clean regularly because it will bring up other issues, such as CPU damage and main board break down. Remember keep your computer as clean as possible.
Here is a video by Charles Stewart Jr. which I found on Youtube:
iGo, Inc. Media. (2008) iGo auto. Retrieved from: -www.corporate.igo.com/media.aspx
She Knows Shopping. (2003-2011). Bargain Hunting for a Computer Retrieved from: -www.sheknows.com/shopping/articles/804418/how-to-save-money-when-shopping-for-a-new-computer
Flickr from Yahoo. (2011). Inside HP E PC. Retrieved from: -www.flickr.com/photos/scob89/3317145680/
Stewart Jr., Charles. (2008, September 28). How to Keep your Computer Clean. Retrieved from: -www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZOHutci7aI
A website for the future of education.
An education that will include these values and collaborate for years to come.