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  • jarvise 6:41 pm on October 2, 2011
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    Are you ready to rumble? Are you game? What’s in the cards for the week? You can get started right away by jumping straight to our wordpress site. All of the materials and instructions are there, but discussions will take place here (on the 522 blog). Our site is also connected from the Wiki Landing […]

    Continue reading Welcome to week 5: Digital Game Based Learning for Adults Posted in: Week 05: Game-Based Learning
    • David William Price 11:55 am on October 3, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      From a quick skim, very impressive resource! Nice work! I look forward to going through it later this week. Congrats on being the first team and setting the bar high.

    • ifeoma 5:59 pm on October 3, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Jarvise,
      Congratulations! on a job well done I particularly like the section of the blog captioned “The Experience.” I am always amazed at the information that can come out of group assignments such as this. I have not done much gaming in years, but it is clear to me that the statistics you presented show that the industry stakes it’s own.
      Looking forward to the rumble !

    • jenaca 6:37 am on October 4, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Team 5- You have done a wonderful job with your presentation. Everything is organized perfectly and easy to navigate and find things!!!
      I love the opening sentence!!!

    • themusicwoman 12:43 pm on October 4, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Thanks, all. We are all looking forward to your responses over the week!

    • Deb Kim 3:08 pm on October 6, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I’m impressed by your WordPress site as well as Wiki. Thank you for the work.


  • David Vogt 9:02 am on September 11, 2011
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    Well, our first week is nearly done and almost everyone is aboard! Thanks everyone for your introductions and conviviality.  It looks like we`ll be a fine mob. It also seems that everyone has revved up on our blog workspace without any trouble, but if you have any problems or questions, don`t hesitate to ask. Tonight […]

    Continue reading A Good Crowd Posted in: Announcements, Uncategorized, Week 01: Introductions
  • Jim 5:38 pm on September 6, 2011
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    Hi All! This is my eighth course in the MET program and the first one that has been in blog format, not in Vista… so that is different and cool!  I will be finishing the MET program by April 2012 so I am looking forward to my last year and will miss working and learning […]

    Continue reading Hello from Ontario Posted in: Week 01: Introductions
    • themusicwoman 9:09 pm on September 6, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi, Jim! Wow. You bring a lot to this course. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed as I think I might be out of my league here 🙂 Your comment about your experiences with children resonated with me. I have a daughter going into grade 1 who constantly amazes me with the technology at hand and how easily she adapts to it. Of course, it’s now difficult to get my iPhone or iPad out of her hands.
      And I’ll look for you on twitter . . . not sure what I would do without my PLN!

    • wongte 9:13 am on September 7, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Jim, sounds like you are bringing a lot of experience with you! It’s so interesting to have so many people with so many different experiences that we can learn from.
      P.S. Such a bummer on that Google thing 😉

    • Keisha Edwards-Hamilton 11:44 am on September 7, 2011 | Log in to Reply


      Nice to meet you. Looking forward to working with you this term.


    • andrea 11:44 am on September 7, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Jim,
      Kudos to you for your involvement in Wikipedia. I agree that it is quite a feat that editors and contributors like you around the world have accomplished. Open source and open access tools always help restore my faith in humanity 🙂

    • mcquaid 4:47 pm on September 7, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi, Jim.
      I told my class today about your wiki feats… they were wowed.
      I’m intrigued about what this course will reveal in terms of doing something with ideas, too. While I’ve never had something as big as your Street View idea stolen, I’ve thought of things before but just had NO idea about what to do with them. I hope this course can help provide the knowledge about what to do with great (or at least good) innovative ed. tech. ideas.

      • kstooshnov 1:11 pm on September 8, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Hi Steve and Jim,

        There are going to be plenty of great, Google Earth-like ideas coming out of this course, and we’ll have plenty of support from classmates and instructors to find out what to do with them. It also doesn’t hurt that we are blogging about them, and will have a digital record of ed tech innovations from the moment of their inception. The semantic web will be all about tagging and tracing back information to its original source, allowing us to be creative entrepreneurs.

        All the best to you both,

    • bcourey 5:03 pm on September 7, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      I too am a huge fan of Twitter and follow some amazing education and tech gurus..I have learned so much from that PLN! And a beer-blog? You have may attention!

  • bcourey 4:59 pm on September 6, 2011
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            My name is Brenda Courey and I live in the southern part of Ontario – quite far south actually as you can see from the map. This course will be my 7th and my goal is to complete the program by the end of next summer (keeping my fingers crossed that […]

    Continue reading Greetings from Ontario! Posted in: Week 01: Introductions
    • Karen Jones 6:25 pm on September 6, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Brenda,

      I hope I can follow your timeline to finish next spring, this being my 7th course, as well. I have yet to attempt 2 courses at once, unlike many other MET students, and hence doubt my ability to remember all the things I have learned since I started in September 2009. ETEC 590 may well prove to be a challenge!

      Best of luck on your continuing journey!


    • andrea 8:08 pm on September 6, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Brenda,
      I just finished ETEC 565 as well, and it was a good technical stretch, wasn’t it! 🙂 Thanks for the link to your blog. I really liked the quote you posted: “Adults do not learn from experience, they learn from processing the experience” (Judy Arin-Krupp). ETEC 565 was a good example of how effective reflection can be.
      Looking forward to working with you, Andrea

    • Angela Novoa 3:35 am on September 7, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi Brenda! Nice to see you again :). I suffered too with html code in ETEC 565 but I must say that it is a lot what we learned there. I love traveling too, I think it is the money best spent. Looking forward to continue learning with you! Angela.

    • mcquaid 4:33 pm on September 7, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi, Brenda.
      I marvel at folks on here who work (maybe have kids) and do two courses. I wish I could do that. I always feel the pressure to totally commit my thoughts to one class at a time… especially now, since I’m back to school and have a two-month-old in the house! These last five courses of mine just had an extra challenge added to them!
      I think using a blog for a whole course will be interesting, too… I kept a personal blog from ’05 – ’10, and started a beer-related blog of all thing last year. I find blogging is a great way to share info in a technologically creative way. How are you enjoying your post-class blogging?
      See you around the blog,

  • David Vogt 9:01 am on September 2, 2011
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    A first greeting from your instructor along with some information about the course and an outline of your work for the first week.

    Continue reading Welcome to ETEC522! Posted in: Announcements, Week 01: Introductions
    • Jim 3:35 pm on September 7, 2011 | Log in to Reply

      Hi David,

      I am really looking forward to this course. You invited comments about the New York Times article so here I go…

      I completely disagree with most of Randy Yerrick’s points in the New York TImes article. It appears as though Yerrick is citing research that is looking at engagement and test scores. What I think is always the missing, but most important piece, is how the *teacher* is using the technology within a solid instructional design. You can’t just dump millions of dollars of technology into schools and expect it to have an effect on learning (as measured by “test scores”) but this article makes it sound like that is exactly what they are looking at. The Maine study should have been a clue–they had difficulty separating the effects of the technology from the effects of the teaching. I think if you really think about this, the teacher’s instructional design will always have a significant effect on learning… if technology is used effectively in that instructional design, then that is great, but it is still the teacher’s decisions regarding implementation that counted, not the technology per se.

      Where I do agree with Yerrick is in his assessment of “engagement.” It is a fluffy term and I wish educational technologists would stop using it when trying to justify technology in classrooms.

      The article notes a lot of dollar figures about the millions spent on technology but it doesn’t really say how much, if any at all, was spent on training the teachers to use the technology effectively with students, in ways that would maximize student success.

      I really like Mark Share’s point that he makes in the signature of each of his emails: “It’s not the stuff that counts — it’s what you do with it that matters.” That’s exactly right.

      • David William Price 12:05 pm on September 9, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        Re the importance of design, the fluffiness of engagement, the failure to separate pedagogy from technology in producing results… Amen Brother.

      • bcourey 9:48 am on September 10, 2011 | Log in to Reply

        You are speaking my language! If I ever use the engagement term in my office, my Director winces…he agrees that it is a fluffy word that rarely translates into improved achievement. As he stated, “if I walked into a classroom in a clown suit, they would sure be engaged too…and I would not have had to spend much money at all…But would they learn…not likely”…same with the technology. If learning theory understanding and sound pedagogical practice do not accompany the technology, then you have wasted a lot of money and time..

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