Friday, April 22, 2011

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The RILS / Relevant & Innovative Learning Scenario project has proven to be an exciting and creative one. I truly enjoyed introducing my university students to iGoogle and the various benefits it holds for them as undergraduates. The are very excited and are eager to truly put the Web 2.0 tool to work next semester. I received many accolades and thanks from my students for exposing this tool to them. I will be keeping track of them to see how they progress in their future classes.

I took the opportunity of reading and viewing the RILS of my fellow educators and bloggers. I enjoyed the work that they produced and the videos they created. Click on the links below to read the comments that I and other have made on their blogs:

Follow this link to my comment on Marc Hunt's blog: The "For What It's Worth" Department.

I took the opportunity to visit Jennifer Willliams' blog: Digital Tools for Educators. Click on this link to read my comment:

I also visited the blog of Lara Large: Photography and Printmaking and Adventures in Continuing Education. The following link will lead you to my comment:

Take the opportunity to check out their blogs and the great work that they are each doing in an effort to improve the learning environments for their students.


     Relevant & Innovative Learning Scenario

Project: iGoogle PLE: From Student to Scholar in a Matter of Minutes

Target Audience: 6-8 undergraduate students in the inner city community

·      Computers / laptops
·      Internet access
·      Digital / video camera

Objectives: Participants will be able to:
·  Create a PLE – Personal Learning Environment using the Web 2.0 tool, iGoogle
·  Quickly access, search for, and list websites for scholarly articles, images, videos, etc
·  Create tabs for each course in which they are enrolled and easily track their assignments
·  Formulate opportunities to collaborate with teachers, students, and friends
·  Create a blog, blog posts, and follow other bloggers

1.     Open the link:
2.     Take the video tour for iGoogle features: and research it’s various applications.
3.     Follow the steps to create an iGoogle PLE-Personal Learning Environment.
4.     Select your theme and personalize your homepage
5.     Add a tab for each of your courses (you can select a different theme for each page)
6.     Click on “add stuff” and search the Gadgets to personalize each course.  Make sure that you include the following gadgets on each course page:
                        Box of Links
                        Google Scholar
                        Google Reader
                        To Do List
                        Google Docs
7.     Once you have created your iGoogle PLE take screenshots of each tab you created.
8.     Using Blogger, each student will create a blog. Click on this link ( and follow the instructions on how to create your blog.
9.     Post to your blog the iGoogle screenshots you took, your experiences, and your reflections before and after creating and using iGoogle. Include whether you think this tool will be beneficial to you and how.
10.  Each student will email the URL address of your blog to each of your classmates and the instructor.
11.  Each student is to follow their classmate’s blogs and post comments to at least two of your classmates’ blogs.
12.  Once you have posted you comments you will email the instructor and your classmates a link (URL address) to your post. I encourage you to use your blogs for ongoing discussions. 

Web 2.0 Tool: iGoogle
A free Web 2.0 tool that allows you to organize and access your social networks, research, favorite and frequently used websites, g-mail, and more.  

Social Participation:
·      Participants will be creating their individual iGoogle PLE and make sure that gadgets for their social networking sites (i.e., Facebook, Twitter…) are visible on their homepage.
·      Each student will create a blog, link to each classmate’s blog and post comments in response to discussion questions.

Making Connections:
Students will have an opportunity to collaborate and discuss their individual viewpoint and knowledge before and after the project. They will discuss through their blog post comments, interviews, and reflections what they knew about the iGoogle app prior to beginning the project. They will be able to connect with persons world wide using the social networks that they created / added to their iGoogle PLE.

Create / Produce:
Each student will create and actively use an iGoogle PLE. Each student will create a blog. Each will participant in the creation of a post reflective video discussing what they knew about and what they learned as a result of the project.

Assessment Rubric:


Input &

Completed homepage and a tab with pages for each course; included all required gadgets on each page and included content for each gadget

Completed the homepage and tab for one course with all gadgets but included content on only a few
Partially completed the project. Only created a homepage with only a few gadgets
Did not complete the project

Depth and Breadth of Project Content and Presentation

Completely fulfilled all of the project procedures: All content areas were addressed;
Content was well presented and cohesive
Majority of project procedures were met;
Some minor areas of content were not addressed;
Good content presentation
Some project procedures were met: Lacking in the major content areas of significance;
Content adequately presented
Majority of project procedures were not met;
Severely lacked content;
Poorly presented

(Analyze, Evaluate, Apply)

Took leadership role in process: Very attentive, respectful, excellent listener, provided good feedback and problem solving
Provides input to the process: Attentive, respectful, listened well and provided some feedback to team and group members

Provided a little input to the process;
Somewhat attentive to team and group members
Provided no input;
Or did not contribute positively to collaboration process

Use of web 2.0 tool
(Identify, Evaluate, Apply)

Exhibited expertise in the use and function of selected tool
Familiarity and knowledge of use of selected tool
Showed some familiarity and knowledge of selected tool
Exhibited little to no knowledge and use of selected tool

Writing, presentation, and style (spelling,
grammar, punctuation,
capitalization, structure,

No errors
Very few or minor errors, content adequately conveyed content
Several or major errors diminished content
Too many errors, painful to read / watch


Participants will have an opportunity to create a pre and post research video discussing what   they knew about iGoogle and what they have learned as a result of their research. They will discuss how and if this new information has changed their perspective. They will also be able to include in the second video their feelings about the benefit and effectiveness of the overall project.

Create a pre and post research questionnaire / survey for participants. Review the video responses of the participants. Develop and review an assessment rubric to determine if the project objectives were met and evaluate the level of effectiveness of the project. Follow the criterion developed to evaluate the process and the final product.

iGoogle RILS Video Short

If you have trouble viewing video follow this link:

Monday, April 18, 2011


Hotep everyone!

Let's try this one more time. I have created a Prezi of my Relevant and Innovative Learning Scenario / RILS Plan 2. This presentation, as did the previous one, will serve as an informative instruction for the participants on the purpose of the project and how to implement the RILS. It will also expose them to the Prezi tool before they use if for the project.

Follow the link below and view the RILS 2 Prezi:

Take a look at the revised Prezi. Again, click on autoplay if you're a fast reader.

My students have already expressed their enthusiasm in participating in this project. Aside from the extra credit they have stated that they liked the organization that iGoogle affords them. I am looking forward to more positive feedback from them this week. I'll keep you posted.


Well, here is the deal. Because I work at a university and we are nearing the end of our semester (final presentations, final papers, and final exams) I did not have a target audience in which to implement my original RILS. So after discussing my dilemma with Rena I am on to Plan B.

I have been discussing iGoogle with my students and showing them the benefits of the Web 2.0 tool. So they have agreed (for extra credit of course) to assist me and be the participants. They will be implementing my RILS Plan 2 this week. To quote the A-Team "I love it a plan comes together."

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Alright, I think I'm getting the hang of the basics of Prezi. I have created a presentation of the first draft of my Relevant and Innovative Learning Scenario / RILS. This presentation can serve as an informative instruction for the participants on the purpose of the project and how to implement the RILS. It will also expose them to the Prezi tool before they use if for the project.

Follow the link below and view the RILS Prezi:
You can view the Prezi at your own pace or click on autoplay if you're a fast reader.

I look forward to your feedback on the Prezi and the project.

Friday, April 15, 2011


Well, I have been working on my RILS / Relevant and Innovative Learning Scenario on Ancient Egypt (of course) and I'm using my favorite Web 2.0 tool, Prezi. This was a challenging project but I think I've got the hang of it now. I did have to reel myself back in once I got started.

I thought it would be a good idea to use prezi to present the RILS project to the target audience since this is also the tool that they will be using in the project.

By using prezi to present the RILS to the target audience they can see an example of what they can produce. They can also see the types of images they may include and the ease of developing a timeline in this Web 2.0 tool. This is just the beginning. You'll see the finished product shortly.

Shem em hotep! (May you go in peace!)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Thursday, April 7, 2011


The iMovie 11 Essential Training course was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and learned quite a bit. I am now more comfortable creating in iMovie. I have learned how to stabilize the video clips in the event section before moving them to the project section.  I like the fact that the exercises are in specific sections so you can go back and easily review that area.

Presently, I don’t have the materials to create a green screen but I do plan to experiment with that process in the near future. I hope a green sheet will work or perhaps a green canvas. I’ll be researching what would work best.

This is an iMovie that I created to promote an Open House.

Here is my certificate of completion for the iMovie 11 Essential Training, Yeah!

I enjoy creating in iMovie and will continue to work to master the program and create longer more in-depth professional videos. The learning continues!  


My favorite exercises are #6 Working with Effects and #7 Working with Audio. My knowledge base was enhanced within these two areas. How to use varying effects to enhance your video and keep it looking professional. I especially liked the section on how to create green (blue) screen effects and how to correctly create a movie trailer.

Working with audio was very interesting. Especially how you can, not only adjust the levels for the audio but how you can replace audio on specific clips, how you can extract audio and even edit video clips to the beat of the music.


I went to and took the beginner iMovie `11 Essential Training. The duration of  the training is 03:28:00. The way that the exercise files are organized made the time pass rather quickly. I was able to view the entire course over the course of two evenings. The author, Garrick Chow was excellent. He gave clear and precise instructions. 

Garrick covered everything from making sure you had the latest version of iMovie, how to import video from whatever source you used, all the way to how to finalize your project once it is completed. I was able to discover easier ways to manipulate, organize, and how to edit the video clips. He provided the same video files that he used in the exercises so that there is an opportunity to work along with him. He didn’t leave anything out, except perhaps how to add voice / audio to the movie trailers. Overall, I give it two thumbs up!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


One of the challenges that university students face is that many of them do not know how to type. This is one of the frustrations that they have when they learn they have to write research papers or reports. What we often get are papers filled with typing and other errors. It is my feeling that students need to know how to type and type correctly. If we want students to use computers and the Web 2.0 tools they need to know how to type. In searching through the Web 2.0 tools I found and I like it.

TypingWeb: is a free online typing tutor. On this site you can learn how to type by following lessons. The site contains beginners, intermediate, and advanced courses, as well as, specialty and premium lessons. You can keep up with the latest headline news as you practice your typing skills in the “News Headline Exercises” lesson. As you type the site tracks which keys you have problems with and there is a section where you can work to improve these keys. Once you have completed the lessons you can take the online test to receive a typing certificate that you can print out. The Typing Institute of America officially authorizes the certificates for

The TypingWeb Teacher Portal is also a free online account. The Teacher Portal allows you as a teacher to manage your students’ progress, track their lessons and you can report on your students all within this portal. You can add students and group them into classrooms. You can link students who are already had a TypingWeb account with your teacher portal. The Teacher Portal allows you to monitor the progress of each student and track that students’ individual improvement. Graphs can be created to show the levels of improvement in net speed, gross speed, and accuracy. You can run reports using the Score section of the portal and data can also be exported. has a blog with links to social networking sites.

The site also has various games that help you improve your typing skills, accuracy, and speed. I only played a few of the games and I found them entertaining and useful. This website can be used by elementary as well as university students. Like other sites you can pay for upgrades if you like.

 I found this Web 2.0 tool to be very user friendly and it’s free. 

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Follow this link to my comment on Mike's Blog.

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Follow this link to my comment on Jennifer's blog.

Saturday, April 2, 2011



I want to introduce you to a Web 2.0 tool that I was introduced to earlier this year, Prezi. Prezi is a presentation tool and the site contains all of the information and tutorials one needs in order to create excellent presentations. Prezi is very easy to use. I was able to learn and create a prezi presentation for my class in one evening.  Let me just relate to you some of the aspects of Prezi.  

Prezi Desktop: You can create you presentation, edit and show your presentation on your computer without having Internet access. You don’t have to worry about the size of your presentation either, it can be as large as you want and you can store the content on your computer. Prezi saves your work automatically as you create and edit your presentation. Prezi has a native file format, .pez, so you can send and transfer your prezis as .pez files.

When you create a presentation in Prezi there are no slides as in PowerPoint. You work on one large whiteboard and all of your information, images, video clips can be place anywhere on the whiteboard. You can move, scale, rotate, zoom, and select the path in which you want your presentation viewed.

You can also create frames to group related Information and images. This is an excellent feature because one side effect of prezi is dizziness. Going from one path to the next within your presentation can cause your viewer to become dizzy so to avoid this you use frames to group information. 

Our CBR team T.I.M.E.S. (Teachers Interested in Motivating and Engaging Students) used another feature of Prezi to create one of our collaborative projects, Prezi Meeting. We thanked our team member Michelle for introducing this feature to us. In Prezi Meeting you can edit and show prezis with up to nine other users.

There are six members in our group. Michelle generated the link and sent it to us. We were also in iChat so we were able to talk to each other and actually collaborate on and work on our presentation in real time. Each person appeared on the prezi screen with his or her names on a little bubble person. (I was concerned because I didn’t see my bubble person but apparently you don’t get to see yourself.) We were able to complete the content of our presentation in a couple of hours in one evening.  After that we each created our individual video clips that Michelle later added to our frames in prezi. Once completed Shawn created a ScreenFlow video of our prezi and posted it for our instructor to view.

This aspect of prezi allows real-time editing and you can work together from anywhere in without having to be in the same room, city, or time zone.

You can also Add Audio. (I have not as yet created one using the audio feature.) “You can use the phone, Skype, or other application to add audio to any Prezi Meeting session. You don't need any additional web conferencing tools to work together ― just add audio and you're ready to go.”
Those of us you have already created numerous PowerPoint or KeyNote presentations can import and “Prezify” our slides. Change the slides to PDFs and import them into Prezi. You can use frames to isolate content from your slides into groups. You and also use frames to isolate and zoom into specific details on slides.

Another aspect of Prezi is that it is global. It is used by people in various countries around the world, Japan, Sweden, etc. You can even use Prezi on your iPhone and iPad.

The Prezi Community ( includes:
Prezi Blog
            Prezi on Facebook
            @prezi on Twitter
            Prezi groups on LinkedIn
            Prezi on YouTube
Discussion forum where they discuss the features, functions, new ideas, and issues with Prezi.

I have already begun to introduce Prezi to my students and have encouraged them to investigate the tool for themselves. I have also introduced Prezi to my colleagues and they are excited to investigate the tool as well.

Hopefully, you have been inspired to explore this Web 2.0 tool. I will continue my exploration of Web 2.0 tools and share my findings with you in my next entry. See you soon! Now go get Prezified!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Yim hotep (May you come in peace)!

Welcome and thank you for joining me on my journey into the world of Web 2.0 tools and other technologies. I am currently in the online EMDT - Educational Media Design and Technology Master of Science degree program at Full Sail University. This is an excellent and very challenging online program and I am enjoying every minute. In the coming weeks I will be exploring cyperspace in search of technologies that can be used in the classrooms of elementary and high schools as well as colleges and universities. I will be in search of technologies that will serve to motivate and engage not only the students but the teachers as well.

Maat - Netcher of Truth, Justice, Balance, Order,
Harmony, Righteousness, & Reciprocity!
I'm looking for Web 2.0 tools that will promote critical thinking,     collaboration, creativity, and improve the learning environment and ultimately encourage students to become life-long learners.

So, welcome! I am very enthusiastic about beginning this exploration and I know this will prove to be a productive and exciting journey. Let the exploration and fun begin!