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Class Notes - Day 4

July 18, 2008
Class notes:

Bill opened with a video presentation today called Did You Know?  An interesting side note:  A student in our class told us that her Tech Director at her school designed this originally for his faculty.  Amazingly this video took off and has been shown all over the world to more than 7 million people.
The World is Flat -  (Book) Freedman

Then he showed us a free tool for photo editing called the “gimp.”  It does everything that Photoshop does.  Highest resolution for print “a static page.” Images for the web you have to worry about size and resolution, what browsers can view your image. 

Simple tips:

Three image format for the web:

  1. Gif – use for text on solid background, logos, line art, cartoons, limited color images, and solid blocks of color
  1. Jpeg – use for photographs, color variety, larger color images
  1. Png – Firefox supports this graphic, can do things that the other two cannot do. With png you can use transparencies (alpha transparency) as well as partial transparencies. 

Never take an image from the digital camera and put it directly onto the web.  It will always be too large.  It needs to be resized first and then cropped! Extra pixels can be chopped off; it is a means to communicated effectively using images. Light source at your back not your subjects

Adobe Photoshop express is a free and a great what to edit your photos.  On the left menu bar is flicker where bill downloaded his photos into Photoshop express in order to demonstrate editing a photo.  Edit mode, menu bar on left has tools to edit a photo.  You can’t do text or overlaying another photo.  This is a simple means of resizing your photo.  Upload from your digital camera into Flicker.  Resize by dragging corners and then hit the green check mark in the right hand corner.  Auto correct changes the photo for you.  Check marks appear next to the left hand column showing what you have done with the photo.  They can be turned on and off.  When you are done editing, hit the save button on the bottom right hand corner of the window.

We then took a half an hour to try out the editing program editing photos of our own.

Todd told us that our cadre (11) is going to create a website.  We are to pick one person from our group to keep the website updated.  He gave us the link to Cadre 10 ( Amazon has an associate section you can access a special link that credits you (the program) money back. Margaret will give us that link and the instructions on how to use it. We need to assign one person to be the “book” person who will be in charge of book ordering.  The header will say “Dr. Riel” somewhere in the URL.  We are one cadre (11) but have two cohorts:  Margaret’s and Paul’s. Todd told us to come up with a name for our cohort.

We divided into the two cadres and after great deliberation made decisions about the following:
            Cadre’s name:  TechEdge Ollympians
            Web designer:  Chris Faulkner
            Tapped In meeting times:  6pm & 9pm PST

We edited a photo of a statue using Blabberize. 

Todd gave a slide show of Cadre 10’s 2008 exhibitions.  There were authentic comments from the students with their Action Research Projects. “Learning designer providing learning experiences providing limitless possibilities.”  Collaboration, process, reflections, leadership, buzz words.  There is one formal presentation in front of a panel of your professors who will ask questions.  The presentation is done on a tri-fold “science fair” board.  Then there is a 3 hour walk around where family, friends, cadre can come ask you about your project.

Margaret gave a talk on web pages.  If we see a magnifying glass as a banner, that is last year’s cadre.  Occasionally, Margaret will through in links to these previous years pages.  Our banner will have something to do with the Olympics.  On the left of the page will have a menu of different pages for us to use to check course, grades, etc. We will be reading a book about action research:

“All you need to know about action research” by Jean McNiff and A Jack Whitehead
Do action research in your own organization ” 2nd edition by David Coghlan and Teresa Brannick. 
“You and your action research project” 2nd edition Jean McNiff, Pamela Lomas and Jack Whitehead.

Search Amazon - distributed learning – copy numbers into buybox – if the book appears we will get the money back.

Margaret gave us direction to the Center for Collaborative Research at

We need to take a tutorial on ethics for a review board?? Paul and Margaret will be our “review board” i.e., letters, etc.  Main purpose of this course is that we understand action research.  In one of our fall classes will be writing a draft lit review in which Paul and Margaret will edit.  In the winter, Gina will edit our final lit review.  On Monday evenings, Gina will be hosting a writing/lit review class. 

“If I introduce a wiki to the people at my work, will they use the information in my wiki that will help to…” How do my values and my work place align (goal for the future)?  How can you start a dialog with your peers that would help them align them to your values?  Learning is identity; we will need to develop our own conception of learning. Internal, local, and global change framework.

We will be working in Learning Circles.  The first learning circle is in our first class - 641 design learning circle will meet every week with 4-5 students.  The purpose is that we are consultants to the other students and they will be consultants to us for them for our action research project.  We are learning to be leaders in educational technology, mining the resources of your institution. It is an exercise in leadership, helping our fellow students to be the best they can be.  Each person leads the group for the first 10 minutes. One of the best ways to get outside of our box or the box is to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes (our fellow students).  In order to adapt to a new situation, such a walk in another students shoes, we are forced to step out of our box.  This is the main reason for being in learning circles.  Our learning circle will monitor us each week whether or not we have contributed to the group.  These learning circles will change memberships each week. Ask for help and learn to give back.  Margaret considers  asking someone for help as a gift.  You are making someone else feel important and needed.  These meetings can take place on Skype, or tapped in, etc. and will last an hour each week.

The main goal of one of our classes is to learn the history of technology and an understanding of groupware (web 2.0 tools).  The main activity in this course is to each learn a different tool such as logo making.  Collectively, we will create a cadre 11 design library. Select a tool, look for a movie or instructions that will teach you how to use the tool, and then depending on the tool, we will create an activity for everyone else to do.  It could be that the learning circle does the activity instead of the whole cadre.  This is different from any other cadres in the past. 

Malibu Island in Second Life – with Paul.  We will be learning to be Second Life designers.  Our cadre will build on what the other cadres have done.

Wikipedia is an open world encyclopedia.  Look at action research.  Margaret has written some work for this page.  The Perils and Promises of Technology.  What are the problems of technology, and how does our vision take care of these problems.  We inherit this living document; we are going to add to it. Margaret and Paul would like us to start a new document; the theme would be “The Wisdom of Crowds.” From Good to Great and Wikinomics are books that would help with this assignment.

Margaret believes in distributed cognition.  She thinks that it is good for the group to read different books.  We should be reading about one book or pod cast a week.  Use time wisely, use books on tape on commute, record thoughts/reflections, pod casts at lunch hour at work.  Reflect at work, this is part of the course.  It is important to look at what are people saying, how are they responding to what you say, etc. King Arthur's Round Table: How Collaborative Conversations Create Smart Organizations (Hardcover) is a good book that will help with this.

We will have our first semester from July 21 – End of September.  This class will not be graded.  A big chunk of our grade is in blackboard participation.  This time on the blackboard is time spent reading, working, etc. This is “Carnegie units” where for every one hour of class, three is spent out of class.  Our time in blackboard is flexible where we stay connected in several minutes at a time or in chunks. It is probably best to check the posts and respond to them some portion of every day. 20% of the grade is based on individual work, 20% in group projects, etc. This is where we share our information. Summarizing, getting stuff from work, off the wall ideas, challenge instructors, good stories/examples from our work environment are valued. We are allowed a week off for vacation.  Online teaching is a “delayed conversation.”

Action Research will be on Tuesday night at 6pm and again at 9pm.
Distributed Learning will be on Thursday nights at 6pm and again 9pm.

If you search with “Riel Pepperdine and the class number in Google, it will bring up the syllabus quickly. Video needs to be done and posted on You Tube by 9:30am and the Lego needs to be ready. 

We went to dinner at Eric’s home tonight and met his wife and two kids.  It was a very nice experience.  His son played a violin solo for the cohort.

We are trying to wrap up our project and it is still 9pm.