Sunday, March 15, 2015

Week 12-13 Discussion

Your discussion entry this week is a two part task (i.e., YOU WILL HAVE TWO SEPARATE POSTS THIS WEEK). The first part MUST be done before you begin the reading for this week.  Please accomplish AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (i.e., you should have this completed no later than Tuesday, March 31st).

For part one, I want you to write an entry TO YOUR OWN BLOG that describes what you currently know about K-12 online learning, virtual schooling, or cyber schooling (all three are the same thing, it is just called different things). Here are some questions which can guide you (although note that you do not have to address each of these questions, they are just to get the juices flowing so to speak).
  • What does it look like? 
  • How is it done? 
  • Where it is done? 
  • What kind of students take it? 
  • What kind of courses are offered?

For part two, you will post a second blog entry TO YOUR OWN BLOG by the end of the day on Sunday, April 5th. After you complete the readings for this week, visit and read the Top 10 Myths about Virtual Schools. Based upon the readings and this website, what did you learn that surprised you? Where there things you posted in part one that were false (were any of them listed in the top 10 myths)? Where there things you posted in part one that were accurate?

In Week 13, you will be given specific instructions (groupings, prompts) for the discussion period.  However, in the meantime, feel free to comment on either of the two posts of any of your classmates.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Directions for Week 8

Here are your groupings for the week:

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

First, review the directions for the initial post and make sure you've completed all of the requirements.  Next, read/reread the articles for week 7 and 8 (Deters et al, 2010; Fu et al, 2013) located in the folder.  In your discussions, think about your comments related to Wikipedia and YouTube, in which many of you said it was a) a good starting place but b) not necessarily reliable.

There are two things I want you to consider.  First, is it possible to sort bad, good, really good information within Wikipedia (i.e., what would make one entry more trustworthy than another)?  Second, how do you handle this in your own classroom if you say, "We're going to make a wiki, but Wikipedia is BAD."  Doesn't that taint the experience for the students?  

Comment on a minimum of two of your group member's posts, be sure to specifically mention content from the readings, and respond to any comments made to your post.  My directions are, admittedly, a little less structured than before, because I want you to question your assumptions about how information is curated, shared, and interpreted.

One final comment:  Comments related to posts about the blogs and feeds are not tied to the grade for this assignment (e.g., "Hey, Jill, I really like this blog you found last week.  I'm going to use it, too.").