11. Learning Environment Design – Day 4

Hi all,

Today is your evaluation + reading day at home. Don’t need to come to class!

I just sent all of you an email with the five classmates’ portfolio links you need to review.

I. Evaluation Submission (Feb 3, Mon)

  • You can submit your evaluation result using this link (http://alturl.com/ynm2d).
  • Although the first question asks your name, I promise I will wipe out when I distribute the results to the person.
  • Peer evaluation is due next Monday (Feb 3), at the beginning of class.

II. Unfinished Work (Do not evaluate yet)

  • I checked your submission last night to make sure and sent an email to the people whose work was not finished. For those who received my email last night, don’t need to worry. I just wanted to double check whether everyone is ready to be reviewed.
  • I checked again while writing an email, and I found several people didn’t finish their work yet. I will send an individual email to those people to remind of this assignment.
  • Reviewers, if you found AN UNFINISHED WORK, DO NOT EVALUATE YET. I will tell you when it’s ready to be reviewed.
 III. Your Result (Feb 5, Wed)
  • You will be receiving your result by February 5 (Wednesday).

IV. 2nd Reading (Feb 5, Wed)


10. Learning Environment Design – Day 3

It’s been snowing since this morning. Wow, it’s interesting. Snow in Georgia.

I’ve been checking weather.com and I finally decide to cancel tomorrow’s class. May I ask you a favor? Please let me know that you are aware of tomorrow’s schedule using this link. Otherwise, I need to individually contact you tomorrow to inform you that we are not going to meet.

Also, please carefully read the information below.

I. Rubric (tomorrow)
Please add your ideas to this Google Docs by tomorrow night. What elements are important to create a learning environment? Subject area, size of the classroom, technology incorporation, your creativity, and your description. What else?

The final rubric will be announced Thursday. If there’s no other new ideas, we will use the current one to evaluate your work.

II. Revising Your Classroom Design (tomorrow & Thursday)
Feel free to revise your classroom design based on the rubric. Again, I will check your assignment submission on Friday morning. If your design is not completed then, you will be marked 2-day late submission.

III. Peer Evaluation (Friday – next Monday)
As I mentioned, each of you needs to review 5 classmates’ work. I will individually send an email by Friday (Jan 31) to let you know who you need to review and a link to submit your evaluation results. Remember. Evaluation day is Friday. Do not review classmates’ work yet.

Your evaluation is due next Monday, at the beginning of class. You will be able to receive your evaluation results by Wednesday (Feb 5).

IV. 2nd Reading (by next Wednesday)
Read Ch 3 from Egbert, J. (2009). Supporting learning with technology : essentials of classroom practice. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall.

As you are reading the chapter, write 2 questions you would ask your classmates. Questions can be related to factual knowledge (e.g., describe the five attributes of meaningful learning) or ‘why’ or ‘how’ questions.

Bring the two questions to class next Wednesday. It would be better if you thought about the answer for your questions in advance. You don’t need to submit those questions (and answers) to me.

Due date is at the beginning of the class on February 5 (Wednesday).

For Friday

  1. January 31 (Friday) will be another individual learning day. Please evaluate your peers’ work and spend time to read the second reading article.
  2. Stay warm!

09. Learning Environment Design – Day 2


  1. Please create a Twitter account and let us (other instructors) know your twitter handle using this link, if you haven’t done yet.
  2. Check if your portfolio link is correct.

PART I. Reviewing Key Information about P1. Classroom Design
You can review more detailed description about the project here, “P1_Classroom Design,” under Projects.  I am going to revisit this page for those who missed last Friday and for those who attended last Friday but forgot the information. Here’s brief information I just copied from the page.

  • Due: January 29, Wednesday (Negotiable)
  • Required tasks
    • Step 1. Create an (free) account in Floorplanner.
    • Step 2. Design your dream learning environment using Floorplanner.
    • Step 3. Once you completed designing the classroom layout, take a screen shot of the layout image.
    • Step 4. Create a “Learning Environment” (or other name you want to use) page on your portfolio.
    • Step 5. Insert the image of your learning environment design onto your “Learning Environment” web page.
    • Step 6. Respond to the following directly on your “Learning Environment” web page:
      • Keeping an audience in mind (parents and/or students), give a narrative for your classroom layout – why you chose the design, what are the highlights of the room, how it reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum. Give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom. Describe your students and yourself (their teacher). This should take 3-4 paragraphs to describe.
  • Tool: Floorplanner (Welcome to use other tools)
  • Assignment submission: Your online portfolio
  • Points: 10%
  • Rubric: Google Docs (Feel free to revise)
  • Evaluation: Peer evaluation (You will review 5 classmates’ work)
  • Late submission: Please refer to Syllabus
  • Useful Resources

To do this project, please keep three things in your mind. First, you need to think about your imaginary students’ grade level. Second, think about your subject area, if any. You can design a regular classroom, of course, but if you are interested in a certain subject area, it would be good to design your classroom for that purpose. Third, think about your class size. How many students do you expect? Your classroom size will be vary depending on the number of students.

PART II. Further Schedule
OK, now, it’s time to confirm the deadline. Please suggest your due date! Does this Wednesday sound good or not?

Here’s my further plan. Of course, your opinions are more than welcome.

  • 1/29 Wednesday: Due at the beginning of class/ Discuss about the rubric + Peer evaluation
  • 1/31 Friday: Evaluation day + Reading day
  • 2/3 Monday: Talking about some terms (Digital Natives, TPACK, GPS, etc.)
  • 2/5 Wednesday: 2nd Reading Discussion

For Wednesday:

  1. Please think about important factors in developing a rubric for the learning environment design project.
  2. 2nd reading assignment will be announced. 🙂

08. Learning Environment Design – Day 1


  1. Please create a Twitter account and let us (other instructors) know your twitter handle using this link
  2. I found a Starbucks cup after class. Who lost the cup?

PART I. Reviewing #classroom_design
This Wednesday, we talked about 21st century learning. Well, it’s time to figure out where you will be teaching. What should the physical environment of your future classroom look like?

How about beginning this project with exploring some related resources? I have been thinking how I can use Twitter in class. One way of using Twitter in class was asking you to tweet at least one resource related to classroom design to #classroom_design. Let’s review some of the resources together.

According to some resources, classroom design can affect student learning. Thanks for these resources, Caitlyn, Jennifer, Caroline, Jake, Erin, Kwardel, Kaitlyn, Lexie, Chad, Zac, Katherine, Ross, Emily, Alexa, Ansley, Brent, Hilary, and Daniel E.

Here are some principles/tips helpful for you to design your classroom. Thanks Jordan, Nelson, Tim, Allison, Chase, Emily, Manny, Katie, Harrison, Varun, and Kahler.

Also, some examples are available. Thanks, Taylor, Thomas, Elizabeth, Abby and Summer.

If you want to explore more images of classrooms, please visit  Gretchen’s Pinterest board (you don’t need a Pinterest account to view it).

Here is other valuable tips. Thanks Kara:

I hope these resources are helpful for you to think about arrangement of the desks, a reading loft, a couch, and etc.

PART II. Project 1: Learning Environment Design
Let’s review this page “P1. Classroom Design” under Projects. Feel free to ask any question if any.

We will be working on designing your dream learning environment. First, we’ll need to get a graphic of your classroom up onto a new page in your portfolio called, “Learning Environment”. We’ll use a (sort of) free tool called Floorplanner but you are welcome to use other tools. For example, you can use Class set-up tool (Thanks, Ali), teq.com (Thanks, Zac) or Classroom Architect (Thanks, Daniel B).

Let’s watch a short tutorial video about Floor planner.

The best thing to do is to create an account in Floorplanner (so you can return to your floorplan if you don’t finish it in class) and then go through the 12-step tutorial so you’ll know exactly what you can do with the tool. You’ll need to click on tutorial to the left of the screen. Keep in mind that the free version of the tool will only allow you to create ONE floor plan.

For Monday

  • We will continue working on the learning environment design.

07. 21st Century Education


  • Please submit your portfolio address using this link, if you haven’t done so.

PART I. What we did last Friday
Welcome back everyone. How was your long weekend? Hope you had an awesome weekend! Because we missed some friends, I would like to revisit what we did last Friday. First, we finished reviewing our first article, meaningful learning with technology. We have learned five attributes of meaningful learning. What are those? Yes, active, constructive, intentional, authentic, and cooperative. Those five attributes are very important, and I strongly recommend you to memorize those five attributes if you are going to memorize anything this semester.

The discussion about the 1st reading assignment was totally based on your reading assignment. You reviewed your classmates’ reading responses and chose good answers. Want to see your classmates’ definitions? Visit this Google Docs! We also discussed about the differences between “learning with technology” and “learning from technology.” I gave each group four classmates’ answers and each of the groups chose the best answers. You can also check those best answers here, Google Docs. (Please double-check the tabs: class at 11:15 or at 12:20).

After discussing the article, we had a short activity using your About Me page. You can see the results of the activity on the back side of your name card. For those who missed last Friday, I am sorry you don’t have any…

PART II. 21st Century Education
We, today, are going to talk about 21st century learning. Some of you may notice this image.

Retrieved from http://www.p21.org/

Yes, you saw this image from the 1st article, meaningful learning with technology, p. 11. This framework presents 21st century student outcomes (arches of the rainbow) and support systems (the pools at the bottom).  Want to learn more about this framework? Please visit at http://www.p21.org/about-us/p21-framework and learn more about it.

Then, we need to ask ourselves this question first. What is 21st century learning? What’s the difference between 20th century learning and 21st century learning?

According to the video 21st Century Education vs. 20th Century Education:

  • 20th is retelling. 21st is discovery.
  • 20th is information transfer. 21st is learning to learn.

I have no idea how many of you will agree on this idea, but I do. And this course EDIT2000 is designed based on the idea of 21st century skills – 4Cs. 4Cs are Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Creativity. If you want to learn more about 4Cs, please watch this video, “The Four C’s: Making 21st Century Education Happen.

PART III. Class Twitter Accounts
Social Media can be a great resource for professional development. It can also really get in the way of getting a professional position. So how do we navigate a world with amazing potential and potential pitfalls? We all need to think about how we might develop a professional social media strategy and how we might use social media for personal and professional development.

You need to create a Twitter account in order to become a part of our professional learning network. You’ll connect with other EDIT 2000 students and I’ll help you to find additional people/organizations to follow that will help you with projects throughout this semester. It is important that this account is kept separate from your personal Twitter account.

Once you’ve created your Twitter account – please tweet a greeting message to #edit2000.  You will find other students who are taking EDIT 2000 with other instructors this semester. Do you want to tweet with your classmates? Please use #Jamie1115. Oh, and mine is @HyojinJamiePark

Your tasks today:

  1. Create a new Twitter account (Please separate from your personal one.)
  2. Tweet a greeting message to #edit2000 (You will find other edit2000 classmates)
  3. Tweet a greeting message to #Jamie1115 if you’d like to
  4. Please follow me (@HyojinJamiePark) and I will follow you as well.
  5. Change your Twitter profile pic.
  6. Tweet at least one resource related to “classroom design” to @HyojinJamiePark with #Classroom_design

For Friday

  1. Change your Twitter profile picture. No egg! No coffee! I want YOUR picture!
  2. Please tweet at least one resource related to “classroom design” to @HyojinJamiePark with #Classroom_design.
  3. We will start our first project, “Learning Environment Design.” Yay!

06. Meaning Learning with Technology – Day 2


  1. Thank you for submitting your 1st reading assignment. Those who submitted the assignment late, please refer to this page to get detailed information about late submission policy.
  2. We continue to discuss our 1st reading today.
  3. Please complete your “About me” page before today’s class starts.
  4. We will create Twitter accounts next Wednesday.

PART I. Reviewing the Article (Continued)
We discussed three attributes of meaningful learning, Active, Constructive, and Intentional. Today we continue to review the remaining two attributes, Authentic and Cooperative. Please meet your group members to discuss the remaining attributes. I will give you back the papers with your classmates’ definitions. Want to watch the video again? Feel free to do so! Want to see others’ definitions as well? Visit this Google Docs!

Our last question was differentiating between “learning with technology” and “learning from technology.” Again, I will randomly give you the answers from your classmates. Please select the best answer!

If you are going to memorize anything this semester (besides the quote) – I would strongly recommend that you memorize these 5 characteristics.  You’ll be seeing and using them all semester long.

PART II. About Me!
We’ll do a short activity to learn more about your classmates and share each other’s portfolios.

  • Please get into groups of three (or four).
  • Introduce yourself using your About Me page
  • The remaining members should find one new keyword besides his/her own keyword (which is on the back side of the name card)

For Wednesday

  1. Next Monday is Martin Luther King’s day. Enjoy your holiday and see Wednesday.
  2. Using this link, please let me know where I can find your portfolio.
  3. Feel free to revise your “About Me” page.
  4. We will create Twitter accounts on Wednesday. If you know well Twitter, please help your class mates and me!

05. Meaningful Learning with Technology

Updates from today’s class

  • Please submit your 1st reading assignment if you haven’t yet.
  • We will continue to discuss our 1st reading on Friday.
  • Please complete your “About me” page for Friday’s class.
  • We will create Twitter accounts early next week.

Your first reading assignment was due yesterday.

PART I. Reviewing the Article
The first reading assignment was about meaningful learning with technology. Thank you for submitting your responses last night. This article is my favorite among the three readings this semester. You are able to obtain key ideas about learning with technology. For today’s class, I have asked you three questions. Let’s start with the first question together. What was the big idea or takeaway you had from the Meaningful Learning with Technology chapter? Was there anything that surprised you? My favorite quote from the article is “Rather than testing inert knowledge, schools should help students to learn how to recognize and solve problems, comprehend new phenomena, construct mental models of those phenomena, and, given a new situation, set goals and regulate their own learning (learn how to learn).” (p. 2) This is somewhat long, but it shows the direction of this course. 

OK, let’s talk about the second question, the five attributes of meaningful learning. Each group has been assigned two characteristics of meaningful learning with technology. I will give you your classmates’ own definition of the five attributes. Please come up with the best description that can explain the assigned attributes. You may select one of your classmates’ definitions or come up with your own definition by referring to your classmates’ definitions. Also, let’s watch a video of a learning activity and see if we can identify any of the characteristics.

Our last question was differentiating between “learning with technology” and “learning from technology.” Again, I will randomly give you the answers from your classmates. Please select the best answer!

If you are going to memorize anything this semester (besides the quote) – I would strongly recommend that you memorize these 5 characteristics.  You’ll be seeing and using them all semester long.

PART II. Heads-up on Friday’s class
For a few minutes, we’ll do a short activity to learn more about your classmates using your portfolios. Before the class begins, please complete your “about me” page. I am not asking you to complete the “Home” page at this point. Your “About me” page with some images (at least one) and some information about yourself will be enough!

Also, we will create Twitter accounts. Those who are familiar to Twitter already, please help your classmates and me on Friday. Thanks in advance!

For Friday:

  1. Complete your “About me” page. Don’t worry about the “Home (main)” page yet.
  2. Using this link, please let me know where I can find your portfolio.
  3. We are going to create Twitter accounts.