After reading all of the requirements, proceed to CourseQuest Learning Guide.
Keep in mind that this class contains students with a wide variety of educational, work, life, and technology experience. Try not to compare yourself to other students. Instead, focus on your own strengths and weaknesses.
I've set up a class discussion and sharing area using NiceNet. This will be used to share the Connections activities you complete. First, register and log into the system. Second, practice using the system by introducing yourself to the class.
Registration. To use the system you'll need to register and join the course. Use the following directions:
If you already have a username and password but need to Join a Class, use the following directions:
If you already have a username and password and have joined the class, use the following instructions:
Nicenet contains features that are similiar to Blackboard and other online courses. We'll be using the Conferencing Topics, Link Sharing, Documents, Class Schedule, and Class Members sections of the system.
Introduce Yourself. Enter the Nicenet Class page. Click on the Conferencing option. Click on Introduce Yourself to the Class and post a new message. Come back later and read a message posted by a classmate. Share something you have in common or ask a question. Post a message, respond to a message directed at you or someone else, then comment on a message you receive.
Although Nicenet provides an internal email system, I prefer to use standard email for regular communication. Please send email messages to firstname.lastname@example.org rather than the Nicenet system.
The biggest drawback to an online class is the lack of face-to-face communication with your instructor and your peers. I'll be sending out periodic course updates that will hopefully help you feel connected to me. I'll be reading your assignments which will help me feel connected to you. We can email personally whenever you have something you'd like to share or discuss. I LIVE on email... in the motorhome our living room, dining room, bathroom, and bedroom are all within 38 feet, so I'm always available. When I'm "on-the-road" I'll usually provide information in the weekly update. In this case, it should still take less than 24 hours for a reply.
Introduce Yourself and Course Sharing
Reply to an Introduction
Many students enjoy seeing the work of others to gather materials for future projects. All students are required to post a short paragraph reviewing the topic of your project. Then if you're interested, you can contact this student for more information.
This course involves required readings, Connections activities, and projects.
Use the readings to help you with the Connections and Project. These readings/website explorations are required for your success in the course.
The readings and links will get you started. Then, complete the activity. DO NOT spend multiple hours on each assignment! You should be able to say everything in a couple paragraphs. Save your energy for your Projects.
10 Connection Activities
You must complete all 10 activities. These assignments are used to guide your learning and encourage you to try out new ideas. These activities are intended to help you analyze and apply the course content. Many times you'll be asked to read an article or explore a link. Then, do some brainstorming, writing, or thinking. For each connection activity, you are also required to react to the posting of at least one other classmate.
The Connections activities are required, posted in the Nicenet forums, and graded.
You are required to complete a course project. The topic and scope of the project is up to you. It must include the following four elements:
Element 1 - Teaching and Learning
You need to develop a lesson, series of activities, project, unit or other type of learning environment. You don't have to build this from scratch. For example, you could adapt a project you find on the Internet or one you've done in the past.
Element 2 - Differentiation
Focus your project on one or more of the "connection" areas. In other words, you might focus on providing resources for different reading levels or promoting realism through "real world" connection with students at another school.
Also, provide a brief discussion of how your approach addresses one or more of the areas on Tomlinson's Equalizer (Read an article for more information).
Element 3 - Technology
Incorporate technology as an important tool in your project. You need to involve students in using technology. In addition to the use of Internet as an information resource, you must use some other aspect of technology. Some ideas are below:
Element 4 - Implementation and Evaluation
You need to "try out" your idea. You can have a couple colleagues evaluation your project. OR, you can complete the activity with a group of students and report on how it went.
Plase consider including sample projects or digital camera photos as evidence of your implementation.
The following questions will be used to determine whether the project "passes":
You must submit your project electronically. For example, you might email your work as attachments or create a web page(s). You can also upload documents to the Documents area of nicenet.
Email your instructor when the work is ready to be graded.
After reading all of the requirements, proceed to CourseQuest.