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My Description of Class for My Tenure File...and because I miss everyone.

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Class Description

EDU106 New Literacies: Digital Text and Tools for Lifelong Learning s a technology fluency class I teach at Southern Connecticut State University. We learn a crazy amounts of tech but the class is really one of philosophy of self and growth. The class gets broken into four components

  • Tell Your Story
  • Learn Something
  • Teach Something
  • Do Something

Due to covid19 outbreak and this hybrid class moving online I removed the "do something" requirement and had students publish their teach something units as a portfolio. This was a hard decision but the correct one. The "Do Something" are so important to me. Students organized campus wide fundraisers for my terminally ill nephew, started a campaign for restaruants to add screen readable menus, and a chapter for a youth cancer fundraiser that still exists today. The "Do Something" subjective is simply, "make yourself or the world a better place"

Learning how to learn online while their professors were learning how to teach online was enough.

In tell your story we trace the shapes of stories. We started with Kobe Bryant's "Love of Basketball" and then looked at the shape of well written emails. Then we looked at the shape of both qualitative and quantitative research articles and learned how to use these shapes to be active readers and notetakers.

On the technology front we explored the selfie as an artifact of self and wrote About Me pages while learning HTML basics. We then did a photo challenge to practice basics of photo editing. Tell Your Story culminated in an unselfie project.

In Learn Something students focused on collaborative essay writing as we practiced our research writing skills. In small groups the class learned how to write a single case study using basic matrix analysis. They had to choose a community and analyze it from a lens.

We integrated digital texts and tools as students were tasked to go out and learn anything they wanted but to post reflections on what they learned. First students had to bookmark sources and explain why they chose these as both credible and relevant sources. Basically everyone wrote their own textbook. Next students had to create a podcast and post five episodes reflecting on what they learned.

The outbreak happened just as we finished up our "Learn Something" units. Instead of a community the students had to switch it up and study an online community. I decided to remove the "do something unit" and move into teach something. One outcome of the being locked down was seeing intergnerational learning happening. Daughters working with dads, and sisters with brothers. Family, especially heirloom recipes have always been a feature of this class.

In the final unit students first explored what good teaching looks like and they wrote posts giving advice to SCSU on how they should improve their teaching. We then explored effective screencasts. Students practiced video editing as they had to post a screencast or video teaching something and then an Ignite Talk. An ignite talk is a presentation where 20 image driven slides auto advance every 20 seconds.

For the portfolio final students choose one of four pathways: video, photo, podcasting, or web design and then they had to put together a portfolio of blog posts and videos to teach the rest of the class something.

They also had to create and analyze a survey for basic descriptive stastics. Students elarned how to write survey questions, the different types of data, and how to use google forms to make spreadsheets and charts.

Then students had to either use the websites we started in class or choose their own place to publish a portfolio (Blackboard, WordPress, Tumblr). Tumblr was the CMS of choice this year.

Student Portfolio Sites

Some students chose to openly share their portfolios with the world. We learn about the differences between privacy and open and all students are allowed to publish and license their content in anyway they see fit.

Chris's Dungeons and Dragons

Shaoshi's Penny Boarding

Lily on Baking

Low Carb Baking with Maria

Student Comments

Sharing comments that were published openly on student blogs.

I wanted to wish everyone luck with the last couple of days of finals week and thank you all for being amazing classmates. This was one of my favorite classes this semester and I have really learned a lot from Professor McVerry, and all of my peers.

I also feel like being able to take this class and learn has been the main reason why I have done so well this semester. All my work has improved and I feel like this is one of my best classes grade-wise and I am very grateful for that. I would recommend this class to many other students on the SCSU campus because not only does this class teach you a lot but it gives you a private/public space to vent and be able to tell how you are feeling.

To professor McVerry, I wanted to thank you for being one of the best professors I have had on Southern's campus.  You have taught me a lot about new literacies and being able to open up to others around me. I really appreciate everything you have done for me and the class during this pandemic

 

With class nearing its end, I wanna say it's been a great class. Shame we didn't get to spend more time in class because of the outbreak. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the classroom

It was fun, the professor was kind, respectful, and most importantly: Patient. I truly admire this quality in people, more so in teachers. He always made sure to get to everyone's question and didn't blow a gasket if someone repeated a question already asked, he simply just answered it again so for that he has my undying respect. I wish there were more professors like him that realize new students are rookies to the subject and don't have the same level of understanding as he does.

 

 

Wow Chris, you did a great job on your portfolio. Choosing the HTML route was a tough choice and you crushed it.

Your D&D lessons are very useful. We are seeing such a resurgence in RPG's.

Tumblr Blog/Portfolio

Here you will find:

- Why I chose Pennyboarding

- My Pennyboarding tutorial

- Ignite Talk

- Ignite Talk orgranizer

- Pennyboarding Survey Results

- An old movie blog of mine

- Glitch website

- Latin Podcasts

Website post

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https://famous-vision-v4m1xxmw0d.glitch.me/

 

Here is the post to my website. It's not perfect, I had some difficulties in a lot of areas but I did it the best I could. I hope you all can forgive the mess but I'm still proud of what I was able to do as before I wouldn't have a clue where to start.

Lily Digital productions are that way. In fact it holds true for all art. Think about the effort that must go into recording a two minute song. We never see the struggle.

Blogging makes the struggle real.

You are right this is a self graded class. You have an A though and not an A-.

Teach Something Project

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I finally finished everything for this class and now I'm done with school! 

 

Website

This is my Website and it has all the pictures I took and edited from making zucchini bread. It also has blog posts and my ignite talk. 

Survey

This is my survey about baking.

 

For my Ignite Talk Storyboard, I previously posted in a blog post on May 9th, 2020 about it.

Last Blog Post

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I have officially finished this class with my last post on my teach something links. I wanted to wish everyone luck with the last couple of days of finals week and thank you all for being amazing classmates. This was one of my favorite classes this semester and I have really learned a lot from Professor McVerry, and all of my peers. I also feel like being able to take this class and learn has been the main reason why I have done so well this semester. All my work has improved and I feel like this is one of my best classes grade-wise and I am very grateful for that. I would recommend this class to many other students on the SCSU campus because not only does this class teach you a lot but it gives you a private/public space to vent and be able to tell how you are feeling. This class has really done this for me because I have gone through a lot this semester and being able to blog post on this website has really helped me understand to not be afraid to talk about my feelings. I wish everyone luck with the following semesters to come and don't forget to follow your dreams and live your life to the fullest!

To professor McVerry, I wanted to thank you for being one of the best professors I have had on Southern's campus.  You have taught me a lot about new literacies and being able to open up to others around me. I really appreciate everything you have done for me and the class during this pandemic. 

Everyone stay safe and stay healthy! Enjoy your Summer 

- Briana 

Teach Something Links

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Hello class, I have been posting my teach something links as I have been finishing my Teach something portfolio. This has been one of my favorite college assignments throughout my whole experience. This teach something project is a big part of who I am and really shows the daily problems I go through. Some people don't think my story is a big deal because yeah everyone gets into accidents but for me, at the young age I was when it happened took a toll on a lot of things. I hope you will take the time to look at all on my links and my story and I hope you enjoy it!

My Tumblr Page

I made a Tumblr page for you all to look at. It explains my story, records of my sleeping schedule, and tips for you all to learn if you have sleeping problems. 

Ignite Talk

Here is my Ignite Talk that will bring you to my Youtube account to watch the talk. 

Ignite Storyboard

My ignite storyboard will give you more information about my teach something project and why I chose this as my topic. 

Survey

Please take time out of the busy finals week ( If you have time) to fill out my survey.

(Final?) Blog Post

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With class nearing its end, I wanna say it's been a great class. Shame we didn't get to spend more time in class because of the outbreak. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the classroom. That and the confusion of doing a lot of work from home on some projects where I didn't know what I was doing was stressful, but here we are. My only question at the end is how we'll be graded and If I did a good enough job. I remember we were supposed to meet with our professor in person to discuss what grades we deserve for our midterm, but then the outbreak happened and some of us never got the chance. So with that,  I'm just gonna say that during the first few months I feel like my work as at best A- or B+ material. I always tried my best to stay on track and make sure I knew exactly what I needed to do to accomplish my goals. And for the final, well I don't know if my input matters in this regard given the circumstances, but I would say personally my work due to the outbreak has degraded to a B-. Despite my best efforts, I cannot help but feel my work is not what it could be given the stay at home order and I had to figure a lot of things out for myself. But in all that, I do not regret taking this class at all, outbreak or not. It was fun, the professor was kind, respectful, and most importantly: Patient. I truly admire this quality in people, more so in teachers. He always made sure to get to everyone's question and didn't blow a gasket if someone repeated a question already asked, he simply just answered it again so for that he has my undying respect. I wish there were more professors like him that realize new students are rookies to the subject and don't have the same level of understanding as he does.

Great class, greater professor, I just wish the outbreak happened later/never just so I could've gotten the true EDU106 experience.

This may be my last blog post so with that, thank you all for coming along with me on this journey and I hope our paths cross once more.

This is Chris, signing off.