Assignment for Thursday, July 3

Hello! This fourth week of Summer B will be a little different – it is the first week that we don’t have a short assignment due, so I want us to spend some time preparing for future work.

First, look at the assignment instructions for Analysis of a Teaching Tool – respond to that page with your choice of tool (due by midnight on July 3). Your analysis will be due the following Thursday, July 10.

Second, begin looking at resources on the how/why of flipped classrooms and lessons – I have included a link in the assignment instructions, and I have tagged links on Twitter with our class hashtag #WUwrit510. Since this is the major assignment in the course, I want us to be prepared before we tackle it; many of you may not teach in online environments, but may instead focus on blended or mobile learning in more traditional classrooms. And this is a great tool/method to be aware of!

So, by midnight on July 3, I want you to create a small or “baby” version of a flipped lesson plan. One way to start may be to take a PowerPoint presentation or Prezi that you already have and record your voice over it – creating layers, additional instructions, further explanations, etc. In fact, the newest version of Microsoft Office actually asks if you want to start Camtasia (a recording software) when you open PowerPoint. Or, you can start by using a screencapturing software like Jing or Screencast-O-Matic, the latter you can use on their website without downloading. You will need a microphone, which you can buy rather cheaply at various stores or can borrow from the lab in Withers.

The choice will likely be determined by what kind of lesson plan you want to create – do you want to give students a similar experience to a lecture (slides with explanation), or do you want to walk students through a process (library research, thesis statement as you type, etc)?

Many of your free accounts on WordPress may not let you upload these creations to your blog, but you can create a YouTube channel or upload to a site like Vimeo that will then allow you to embed the link in a post/page. You can also post it to Blackboard.