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Beth Dichter
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Let's meet tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and pick our topic, share ideas, and begin to determine which of us will focus on each aspect of our FMEA Field Support Plan. 

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I chose one of my favorite infographics to practice the Mayer's Multimedia Learning Principles (Assignment 2.4). This was new to me, but it also made sense, providing a foundation that I can use in the future as I look at multimedia, and can incorporate into a rubric when I ask students to create a multimedia assignment. The infographic is simple, yet explains an area that many students struggle with (and I teach K - 8, and have used this with students in Grade 3 - 8). Along with choosing which components I thought were important to mention, I also included the link to the location I found the infographic and a short explanation as to why I chose this (which you can see in the Thinglink). I had fun with this one.
The link is https://www.thinglink.com/scene/720486842129973250.

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I chose to do both activities for the short-term memory test (2.2). I began with the list of objects, and attempted to memorize them in groups of 3, and recalled eight of them. I also watched the video, and was able to determine the number, but had not looked for the because I had not been prompted to look much beyond that, I did not recall seeing a card with a women wearing sunglasses.
A couple of years ago I took an excellent course on Coursera called Learning How to Learn, which was all about the brain and how it learns. I believe it is now available online and if people are interested in learning more about this area look for it on their website.
The other video I recall seeing a number of years ago, which also looks at this issue is located at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGQmdoK_ZfY.

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I attempted to use my rubric with Sway (brought to us by Microsoft and reviewed by another learner in the course). I did find that a one size fits all rubric is not that easy to design, as it was often difficult to choose what column to choose. In some cases I added text in italics, an attempt to share some of my thought process.
And I had not used Sway before, so the tool was new to me. Would I use it in the future? Yes, as I work in a district that is using Microsoft tools and it will be supported by the district, but at this point, I think I will probably focus on Mix (which beefs up PowerPoint). 
The link to the rubric is at https://docs.google.com/document/d/19DYe0MohiTEZK1xe8tc0Fhga9PnuGxz_iYD1G1v9F_4/edit?usp=sharing.

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I designed a rubric that covers the categories, and hopefully will work with a variety of websites. A copy of it is available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KjsACjcaIYho7ZvEskI_UFs1Ng9Z129khSPHbMMWtT8/edit?usp=sharing. I did test this on one tool for myself and it worked, but I suspect that some modifications will be necessary if I use with a variety of tools. My initial idea is that one additional column where one could provide some additional information would be helpful.

Beth

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The resources shared last for us to look at were excellent. I would like to share one additional resource that I find valuable. It is called Remix-t and located at http://learning.nd.edu/remix/. Although geared to college students I find it valuable for teachers in the K-12 environment also. They have information on just over 25 projects, and each project includes a number of examples and well as a Lean More section. The site also includes a list of Tools (which link to their website). The Build section helps you build learning goals, rubrics, and define the deliverables. The Learn section shares how to pilot and evaluate the project as well as literacy (the need to define some specific words) and a discussion on pedagogy.

mmoynagh@ashland.k12.ma.us

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The Smithsonian has launched a new website that allows you to see objects in 3 dimensions. You can " how to navigate, explore and manipulate 3D collection objects." In fact you may download data sets for some of the objects and with a 3D printer create your own copy.

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This website from the University Notre Dame provides great resources to help you embrace media-rich experiences for your students. The site currently has 24 projects which you may explore.

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The Inquiry Process requires that students ask questions. This visualization provides  five questions in the following four categories.
* How do you pose real questions?
* How do you find and validate resources?
* How to you interpret information?
* How do you write your report?
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