Showing posts with label Empowering Online Learning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Empowering Online Learning. Show all posts

Friday, July 17, 2020

An Update to an Old Web Quest Assignment

I've been doing a lot of reading this summer. Some of the books that I've been reading this summer are books that I've read in the past but am revisiting because I've always found that I pick up new things the second or third time through. Two of those books that I've revisited this summer are Invent to Learn by Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager and Empowering Online Learning by Curtis Bonk and Ke Zhang. The combination has sparked some new ideas (perhaps re-ignited) for me about how to structure prompts for students.

Early in Empowering Online Learning Bonk and Zhang write about conducting a web quest or online scavenger hunt activity. They were writing in 2007/2008 when web quests were still a relatively new activity to many teachers who were trying to help students develop search skills. The example that Bonk and Zhang gave was essentially a list of questions for students to answer with the help of a search engine.

As I re-read the web quest activity outlined by Bonk and Zhang I remembered Stager's refrain of "a good prompt is worth a thousand words." Combining those two elements I came up with an update to an old search lesson activity that I used to do with some of my high school students.

The old search activity that I used to do with students was to have them pick a popular stock from the NYSE or NASDAQ and then find and evaluate buy/ sell/ hold articles they found about those stocks. The updated version of that lesson is to have students look up ten data points (for example: volume, short interest, cash flow, EPS) about a stock like AAPL (Apple) and then research ten ways that a professional analyst would use those data points to create a buy/ sell/ hold rating.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Any Meeting - Free Webinar Hosting and Recording

Any Meeting is a nice service for hosting and recording live webinars without installing any special software. When using Any Meeting as a webinar host you can share your screen, use your webcam, and use text chat all at the same time. As the webinar host you can invite others to talk to the group using their webcams. You can have up to six webcams active in a webinar at any one time. You can record all or part of your webinar for free too. If you have people that just want to participate in the audio aspect of your webinar, they can call in using the phone number and access code assigned to your webinar.

Any Meeting has a free plan and paid plans. The free plan is supported with advertising. Using the free version of Any Meeting you can have up to 200 total webinar participants. The paid plans removes the advertising.

Applications for Education 
Any Meeting could be a great tool for delivering lessons and tutorial sessions online. Activate the recording option so that people who miss your live lesson can watch it at their convenience.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Training Share and The World Is Open

The World Is Open is an excellent book that I've mentioned in a couple of recent blog post. Friday evening I exchanged emails with the author of The World Is Open, Curtis Bonk. He told me about Training Share which is his website where you can find numerous resources about open education. Prior to the release of The World Is Open, Professor Bonk co-wrote Empowering Online Learning which contains more than 100 activities related to online learning for reading, reflecting, displaying, and doing. All of the resources for Empowering Online Learning can be found on Training Share. To don't need to read the book to benefit from the resource links, but it certainly would help.

I'm roughly 100 pages through The World Is Open and I've thus far found it well written and thought provoking. One of the great things about the book is that you don't have to be "a techy-type" to understand or benefit from the book. In fact, it may be just the book to give to the school administrator in your life that you're trying to convince that open access to the web is a necessary part of education today. If you'd like to read a short "Cliffs Notes" version of the book, read this 20 item list created by Curtis Bonk.