Learning Log Assignment

Writing a learning log for Ed Tech 501 is a foundational skill that I will take away from the introductory class. It conforms to  several of the AECT Standards, according to the AECT website: “Standard 2: Development, with the sub-standard 2.0.7 “Contribute to a professional portfolio by developing and selecting a variety of productions for inclusion in the portfolio” as well as Standard 4.4: Information Management.”

Actually, developing my portfolio was one of the key attractions for me in getting this degree. I wanted to get back into the world of design since I had done design in the early days of my journalism career. However, most Master level design programs require you to have a portfolio to even enter the program, which I did not have. So this was a way for me to develop a professional design portfolio that I might eventually show to my design/ media/ art clients.

As for information management, the EDTECH 501 learning log allows me to keep all of my work in one place as well as allowing me to comment on what I’ve learned so that over a long period of time, I can put it into context. I spoke to Dr. Hsu about starting some independent research on graphic novels in the classroom–both traditional book as well as the online kind, so the learning log will be a place for me to put this information as well so that I might use it for a larger project later on or just help me to develop ideas for my own novels.

Here’s the rubric for the assignment.

  1. Introduction Video posted to blog or artifacts page and includes embedded YouTube video. (20 points)
  2. Category widget appears with AECT Standards assigned to Introduction Video post. (10 points)
  3. Home page includes a brief bio and image. (10 points)
  4. AECT Standards Table page includes AECT Standards Table. (10 points)
  5. EDTECH Courses page includes link to EDTECH 501 Course Syllabus (PDF) file. (10 points)
  6. Tag Cloud widget included, with tag “501” visible assigned to Introduction Video post. (10 points)
  7. At least one other widget included, such as “Blogroll” widget with appopriate edtech links. (10 points)
  8. Learning Log menu structure and design is clear and intuitive to navigate. (20 points)

This along with my EDTECH 501 Introduction Video have proven to be some of the key skills I’ve added to my portfolio in the first few weeks of school, so I feel like I’m on my way!

Ed Tech 501 Introduction Video for Buffy Naillon

This is my Ed Tech introduction video for Ed Tech 501. It aligns with the AECT Standard 2.4 Integrated Technologies, which states,

“Integrated technologies are ways to produce and deliver materials which encompass several forms of media under the control of a computer” (Seels & Richey, 1994, p. 40). Integrated technologies are typically hypermedia environments which allow for: (a) various levels of learner control, (b) high levels of interactivity, and (c) the creation of integrated audio, video, and graphic environments. Examples include hypermedia authoring and telecommunications tools such as electronic mail and the World Wide Web.”

The video fits these standards because of its interactivity, which includes elements of audio, video, and graphic environments. Making the video required me to use all of these elements in order to make the video entertaining to watch and informative.

Additionally, I had to follow the guidelines for creating the video as set down by the class’s professor, Dr. Kemp. Here were the criteria from the assignment’s rubric, and the video meets each of these criteria as well.

  • Video is no more than 5 minutes. (5 points)
  • Video is titled “EDTECH 501 Introduction Video” on YouTube video page. (5 points)
  • Video includes discussion of why student is pursuing a degree in educational technology. (20 points)
  • Video includes discussion of what student hopes to achieve. (20 points)
  • Video is engaging and interesting to watch. (10 points)
  • Video includes excellent audio and video quality. (10 points)
  • Student effort is clearly apparent in video. (10 points)

Finally, I opted to use GoAnimate.com to create the video instead of using a traditional video format for the following reasons:

  1. I wanted to challenge myself to try something new. I’d seen videos made by Go Animate before, but never tried the site out, and I figured that—for me—the purpose of this degree is to introduce to as many kinds of new technology as possible, so this was a way for me to do that.
  2. I wanted to do something that I thought would be fun and a little different. On a personal level, I love cartoons and illustration and this was my way of allowing myself to work with these elements a bit.
  3. I wanted to explore some different options on the chance that I wind up doing some teaching; I can pass this technology on to any prospective students, because I’ll know how to use it.
  4. I wanted to have something in my portfolio that was related to animation. I love animation, illustration, art, etc., so if possible I’d like to try to make those the focus of my work as much as possible (within the framework of the MET).

It took me about 12 hours to finish the video all told, because I had to learn how to use the program, see what kinds of backgrounds that the site offered and I also had to pay attention to each facial and physical gesture and program each of them in and some scenes had several. I created the video on Windows XP, using the GoAnimate.com interface, which did not require me to download software onto my computer.