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Traci Blazosky Featured in THE Journal

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Instructional Media student Traci Blazosky was recently featured in THE Journal.  Read the article about how she creates effective and engaging virtual field trips on pages 13-14 of this month’s issue.

Congratulations, Traci!

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The Impact of the Instructional Media Courses

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Lisa Camp, a student in my Digital Media in the Classroom course, posted a great reflection about the third and final project for the course.  She talks about the project itself and how it connects to Howard Gardner’s work, but what I really loved is the impact her project had on her colleagues when she showed it during a team meeting.  Here’s a sample of Lisa’s post.

Well, I had my “premier” today.  Of course there were issues hooking my laptop up to our projector.  Then, naturally there were the buffering issues on a computer and network that is antiquated and just overcrowded.  So, it wasn’t an Oscar winner.  However, I don’t think I’ve ever been in the room with the people from my department (both high school and middle school) where they shut up long enough, or stopped grading papers long enough to pay attention.  Today was that day.  I don’t think several of them even blinked for about the first ten minutes.  I showed them the 3D feature, we took a “virtual walk” through Seville, Buenos Aires and more.  Then, I took them to my house – which was both hilarious and, well, kind of scary!  We literally “drove” from school to my house (using the “camera” pictures) up to the back of my house.

Well, go figure, hey were impressed.  And not only were they impressed, they paid attention, asked questions, asked “how did you do that?!” and came up with some questions about projects they could do.  Then they bandied about ideas back and forth for about 20 minutes about different topics they could do, how they could share the files with each other and how they can bring more culture into their lessons.  They all loved the idea that they actually get to SEE what these countries/cities look like.

Read the whole post here.

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Digital Media and the Creating Mind

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

For a recent assignment in the Digital Media in the Classroom course (EDIM 508) students were challenged to make the connection between Howard Gardner’s notion of the creating mind and the very popular Web 2.0 tool, GlogsterEDU.

Katie Dunbar posted a very thoughtful reflection on this topic that is definitely worth checking out.  Enjoy.