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Class Notes - Day 3

July 17, 2008
Class notes:

Gina Meister, manager writing support center, opened the class today with an offer to help with writing.  She will set up an online workshop on  Paperwork was handed out to aid with us in writing our Action Research Project.  There is a free program that checks for plagiarism.  We can reach her at “tapped in” from 6am-7am and at Skype.

Margaret Riel – Distributed learning, library, research.  Today’s goal – Margaret is trying something new, she is going to create a reading/library list for distance learning. Pepperdine has a great library available to us at

Full Text Wilson and Books, ERIC online for free.

  • as you do your research add the references into and then it will print out a list of collected references.
  • Endnotes will do the same thing.
  • Zotero is a good one also that stores a screen shot as well and is available off line.

We then were given an assignment to find articles on “distributed learning” using one of the online libraries, i.e., Google scholar, ERIC, etc. Once we found a peer-reviewed article, we needed to post the reference and link to mindmaps, cadre 11, distributed learning page.

Bill gave us a web site (that he developed) on how to program our Lego robot.

Gary Stager was today’s guest speaker.  He was one of the founders of the MA Educational Technology program at Pepperdine. 
Principles of OMET:

  • Knowledge is a consequence of experience
    • Collaborative projects, knowledge sharing and Socratic discussion
  • Knowledge wants to be public
    • Work lives on the Web
  • Learning occurs best in a community of practice
  • Expertise is distributed
  • A blend of synchronous and synchronous communication is required.

Gary wants us to add links to our page that can easily be accessed [by him].  When online, he attempts to keep the dialog going by using the Socratic method of questioning the student’s blog.

Learning Adventures –

  • Model constructivism & project-based learning online
  • Coercion-free (intrinsic motivation)
  • Encourages risk-taking & collaboration
  • Features an element of surprise
  • The teacher’s focus is on process
  • Supports reflective practice
  • Uses a range of skills & technologies
  • Does not create winners or losers

Community vs. Community of Practice

  • Overlooked features of a Community of Practice
    • Elders, experts, newbies
    • Shared history, mythology, heroes, self-importance
    • Common commitment to progress practice!
    • Entry into the community is based on a willingness to take on an apprenticeship

Schoolmaster in a great city – book Gary referenced during his lecture

Technology is a “game changer.” 

Neal Geshefield (sic?) MIT … How to make almost anything – book?
            Hundred Languages of Children – Book (Elementary)
The Big Picture – Book (Higher Education)
            The Long Hall – Miles Horton (Book for non K-12)
Thinking in Jazz – Book (Berliner)
Will be teaching us Learning and Technology class in September

Contact information:, garystager at twitter,
Check out the next “one laptop.”

Dreamweaver -  file - new page sample starter page theme

Mac mail:

5-minute video of our team video is to be shown on Saturday.   It is a summation of all the videos that we have created during our VirtCamp experience.