at least 23Things.jpgeducatators need to learn to teach today's digital natives

Discovery Exercises and Tasks discover.jpg
Discovery Exercises and Tasks ("Things") have been created for you to explore different technologies. Links to the details for each "Thing" are added as needed. You are in charge of your learning journey. This course is about exposure, exploration, and experimentation, not about "doing it right." I am here to support and encourage you.

Due to the nature of the courses groupings, some "Things" are more challenging/time consuming than others. The average will be 3-4 hours per "Thing",. Explore as many as you wish. Having said that, every task will vary, and different tasks will vary widely for different users.

Stretch Tasks
Along the way, you will also encounter Stretch activities that are designed to enrich and extend your learning. Everyone is encouraged to try at least some of the Stretch Tasks, but they are not required. If you are already comfortable with a particular tool or concept, you should definitely complete the Stretch activity!

NOTE: Course activities/resources are subject to modification since technology is CONSTANTLY CHANGING. Please let me know if any links broken.


Your Things:

Click the link to view details for each "Thing."
NOTE: The content arrangement for this course is designed for you to complete each group within a week's time. Each group varies, therefore some groups may be more challenging or time consuming than other groups. You should average 2-3 hours per group. However, every task will be different for different users.
  • Get Ready
    • Thing 0: Learn about the course, get a Google/Gmail Account.
    • Review some strategies for Lifelong Learning

  • Life Long Learning and Web 2.0
    • Thing 1: Learn about Web 2.0, What it Is and Why it Matters
    • Thing 1.5: (for the overachievers... get a jump on Group 2 by registering for your cool new BLOGGER account)

  • Blogging
    • Thing 2: Create your blog and write your first post. Explore the uses of blogs in education. Consider the possibilities of blogging in your professional environment
    • Thing 3: Explore some uses of blogs in education; Consider possibilities for blogging in your professional environment

  • RSS and Aggregators
    • Thing 4: Learn about RSS and set up a Reader
    • Thing 5: Feed your reader... find and subscribe to feeds
    • Thing 6: Begin to build an RSS reading habit. (Listed on same page with Thing 5).

  • Wikis
    • Thing 7: What is a Wiki? Explore educational uses for Wikis.
    • Thing 8: Set up your own page on the CMS23 sandbox wiki.

  • Images, Creative Commons, and Fair Use
    • Thing 9: What are Creative Commons and Fair Use?
    • Thing 10: Intro to Photo Sharing and Tagging in Flickr
    • Thing 11: Create an online slideshow using Creative Commons images.

  • DIY-PD
    • Thing 12: Attend a "21st Century" Conference (in your PJs)
    • Thing 13: Explore one or more tools or choice (Glogster, Blabberize, Gliffy, Quizlet, Ta-Da List, ect.)
    • Reflection Task

  • Social Bookmarking & Tagging
    • Thing 14: Introduction to Social Networking as a Professional Learning Resource.
    • Thing 15: Diving deeper into Professional Learning Networks. Explore Classroom 2.0, ISEnet and other education-related networks
  • Introduction to Podcasting & Videosharing
    • Thing 16: Intro to Podcasting; Explore educational podcasts & podcasts in iTunes
    • Thing 17: Create a "Bare Bones" podcast
    • Thing 18: Intro to Videosharing; Explore YouTube and TeacherTube
  • Week 10: Get Productive
    • Thing 19: Using Google Docs to create and share collaborative documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
    • Thing 20: To be determined.... Pageflakes has flaked out!!
    • Thing 21: Digital Citizenship

  • Connect and Reflect
    • Thing 22: Step into the Stream: Try Twitter
    • Thing 23: Explore the Web 2.0 tool of your choice
    • Add your reflections to the Power of Web 2.0 Voicethread; Blog about your experiences and next steps