Creating and delivering content is the heart of online courses. All the bells and whistles don’t matter if, as a teacher, you can’t collect and share content materials in a way that students can easily access and learn from. This unit covered a wide range of information on gathering and using content in an ethical manner. There are iNacol standards that apply to collecting and using content in a course. I will reflect on how this unit helped me deepen my understanding of ways to find, organize, and use content in an online course.
Standard B: The online teacher understands and is able to use a range of technologies, both existing and emerging, that effectively support student learning and engagement in the online environment.
There are so many different technologies out there that enhance online learning. Even more exciting is that there are new technologies being developed all the time. I hear and read about many different ways to present material and wonder when I will find time to try them out.
What I’ve done is pick one or two things that I want to accomplish better and then look for and try technologies that help with those specific needs. In this way I don’t feel so overwhelmed. Of course I bookmark everything else I run across because I just know I’ll find time to look at them also. One that I found when researching web tools for this module and am going to look at further is Easy Generator.
Standard C: The online teacher plans, designs, and incorporates strategies to encourage active learning, application, interaction, participation, and collaboration in the online environment.
When I was looking at different types of portable learning objects I was amazed at how many were available at this time. They cover so many different ways of learning, and many of them I have looked at over the years. There are programs like Thinglink, Pintrest, Quizlet, ProProfs, LessonPaths, Google Sites, and Pearltrees. I had never thought before about how using these tools provides active learning in a class, both online and in person. I’ve used several of these over the years and was glad to be reminded about them.
With all of the available technologies I have, for the last three years, picked a few to focus on in my classes so my students learn how to use them. I’ve found that they are more likely to continue to use them if I give them repeated exposure to them throughout the year and slowly include more involved projects to my lessons that use those technologies. Many of my students have ended up using the programs that I’ve shown them in their other classes.
Standard E: The online teacher models, guides, and encourages legal, ethical, and safe behavior related to technology use.
This is where it is very important to teach, and reteach, the use of materials that have a creative commons license. These materials have permission already given to repost. If students learn from the start of internet research to look at creative commons first they will automatically do so whenever they use information from the internet. The goal is to establish the habit as part of good digital citizenship from the very beginning.
I’m still unsure about how to attribute creative commons materials appropriately. I make sure it has the license but don’t add the attribute line. This is something that is long overdue for me to figure out. After I finish this class this will be my goal before school starts up again.
As teachers we should remember that anything we have purchased for use in our classroom only should be kept behind a password protected portion of our classes. This is especially important if the coursework is publicly available like the GaVS classes are.
Standard K: The online teacher arranges media and content to help students and teachers transfer knowledge most effectively in the online environment.
To meet this standard the first step is to determine what needs to be taught to meet the standards. If you first develop a content map you can determine what needs to be done to meet the standards (see below). I then develop a Unit01Outline which is where I see what resources I need to help teach the concept. I try to find as many different types of resources as possible so that I can pick the best selection for the particular concept that I am teaching. I can then gather the materials together in an LMS or in a platform like LessonPaths. The goal is to present the materials in a logical way that is simple for the students to access.