I will use this blog to keep everyone updated on the weekly requirements for the course, as well as model for you how to create a blog for your future classroom! I need you to read each entry carefully, I will be giving away $50 tonight to the person who finds the hidden gnome in this very post. . .Okay, not really, but I do need everyone to read each entry please ;-)
Click Here for a copy of tonight's agenda (I do reserve the right to change any or all ;-)
Technical Requirements. . .
First order of business: If you do not have a Gmail Address/Account, you need to get one! (and no, your CSUSM email does not count). Don't worry, I have worked it out with Google to give you free email accounts!
For TaskStream (also linked on this blog): You will need to self-enroll in the Local TPE.
New for Summer 12: Edmodo!
For the last 8 years, I have been using the university-designated LMS (Learning Management System). We started with WebCT/Blackboard and moved to Moodle a few years ago. While I think both tools are fine, I have been eager to try out a LMS that my students (e.g. YOU) could use free and easily in a K-12 environment. I have decided upon Edmodo. . .a free LMS/Social Network hybrid that I think you will all enjoy. . .My only caveat is that you need to be patient with me as I work my way through the use of the tool for the first time as the sole LMS of my ED422 course. Go to Edmodo and sign up as a student. I big benefit for those in elementary schools is that you do not need an email address to sign up for Edmodo. . .a huge plus!
Our group code is:
This Week's Question: What is your current favorite piece of technology and why? (currently, I think I would have to say my iPad. . .I am a reformed Angry Bird and PvZ addict. . . okay, perhaps that is a bit of hyperbole ;-)