Angela Prelip

Presentation Material for All Sessions Listed Below

Thursday - 9:30-10:30, Room 2

Rethinking discussion questions in your online/blended classes!

Outcomes for the Presentation

VoiceThread is a new tool that redefines discussion questions in an online/blended class.  VoiceThread creates an environment where students can discuss issues and have engaging interactions to foster critical thinking.  Instructors can increase teacher immediacy and social presence while encouraging all students to be active participants.  VoiceThread removes the “forced” postings and instead creates an interactive learning environment.

VoiceThread is an excellent tool that affords online/blended instructors to create a since of community in their courses. This free and easy tool will transform discussion boards and aids in removing the feeling of “isolation” in online courses.
We will look at sample VoiceThreads created by instructors and students and explore the versatile uses of this tool.  By the end of the session, instructors will be able to identify uses for VoiceThread in blended and online courses.  Instructors that bring their own computers will be able to develop their first VoiceThread.

5 Minutes of introduction- What is VoiceThread?

25 Minutes – Show sample videos, talk about the diverse uses of VoiceThread in a classroom and demonstrate how to get started with VoiceThread.

30 Minutes of discussion

How will students benefit?

Building a sense of community in the classroom fosters a welcoming environment that encourages students to learn. Regardless of the subject being taught, community development will encourage students to ask questions and create a safe learning environment.  Asking students to complete an assignment using VoiceThread will encourage creativity and ownership of the learning experience.

Thursday - 1:30-2:30, Room 4

Make Your Classroom Extranormal

Outcomes for the Presentation

Extranormal is an excellent tool that affords online and face-to-face instructors to create a sense of community in their courses.  Extranormal can be used by students to present information to a face-to-face or online course.  This free and easy tool will transform “welcome messages” into one that the students will remember.

We will look at sample Extranormal videos created by instructors and students and explore the versatile uses of this tool.  By the end of the session, instructors will be able to identify uses for Extranormal in both face-to-face/blended and online courses.  Instructors that bring their own computers will be able to develop a short Extranormal video.
5 Minutes of introduction- What is Extranormal?

25 Minutes – Show sample videos, talk about the diverse uses of Extranormal in a classroom and demonstrate how to get started with Extranormal.

30 Minutes – Have faculty work on creating a short video.  For faculty that do not have a computer, they will be encouraged to work in small groups developing ways Extranormal could be incorporated into their class.

How will students benefit?

Building a sense of community in the classroom fosters a welcoming environment that encourages students to learn. Regardless of the subject being taught, community development will encourage students to ask questions and create a safe learning environment.  Asking students to complete an assignment using Extranormal will encourage creativity and ownership of the learning experience.

Friday - 10:45-11:45, Room 4

Go Green - Use Google Docs!

Outcomes for the Presentation

Can we have a classroom without stacks of paper?  Goolge Docs is the answer in creating a paperless classroom and eliminating the “I forgot my paper” excuse.  Using Google Docs, faculty will learn how to create interactive documents with students to foster a learning environment.  Faculty will learn how to create documents to share with students to eliminate the stacks of papers.  Students can turn in papers through Google Docs and receive comments and feed back in real time.   Faculty will also learn how to use Google Docs for Program Review to help streamline the process.

5 Minutes of introduction- What is Google Docs?

25 Minutes – Highlight the “Top Ten Reasons to Go With Google Docs”

30 Minutes of discussion

How will students benefit?

Removing paper from the classroom will help save money and go green which benefits all of us!  Google Docs is a tool that could be used to create an environment where students can interact with faculty members regarding assignment criteria.    As students create speeches or write essays, Google Docs is a tool that faculty members can use to provide feedback, which supports the learning process.  Rather than waiting until papers are handed back in class, students can receive timely feedback supporting a scaffolding approach to learning.  

Thursday - 1:30-2:30, , Room 2

Choose your own adventure with YouTube!

Outcomes for the Presentation

Looking for a tool that is free, easy to use and takes your students on an adventure through the learning process?  If you are a new user or have been integrating YouTube into your classroom for years, this session will redefine the way educators use YouTube in today’s classrooms. 

This session will highlight how to develop “chose your own adventures” YouTube videos that are both engaging and Section 508 complaint.  Instructors will brainstorm ways this tool could be integrated into their classroom by both faculty and students.

5 Minutes of introduction- Rethink YouTube

25 Minutes – Show sample videos, talk about the diverse uses of YouTube in a classroom and demonstrate how to get started with YouTube.

30 Minutes of discussion

How will students benefit?

“Learning can be fun” is the focus of this session.  Checking for understanding is a well known best practice in both face-to-face and online classes.   Exposing faculty to an interactive tool such as YouTube will encourage faculty to use diverse methods to check for understanding.  This tool could also be used by both faculty and students affording students to own their learning experience.

College and Department

FLC/Communication Studies

Bio

Angela has spent the last several years training, conducting workshops and taught graduate level courses for K-20 educators focusing on how to integrate technology into the classroom.  In addition to teaching for Folsom Lake College, Angela conducts Leading Edge Certificate training for Fresno County Office of Education and develops training resources for Sacramento County Office of Education.  Angela presented at the 2011 Strengthening Students Success Conference and the National On Course Conference highlighting the Faculty Inquiry process as it relates to staff development and improving instruction. 
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