Monthly Archives: March 2013

Exploring ARCS and VoiceThread to Improve Online Learning Environments

Write a reflection about the advanced instructional design model that your group chose for the project. Why did you choose it? How do you think you will approach it? How did you divide up the work among members of the group? What will be your timeline for completion?

Our group is investigating the ARCS instructional design model using VoiceThread because we are very interested in improving overall online lesson delivery, student motivation, and success in online learning environments.

Often students lack self-motivation, do not feel confident in online learning environments,  lack of feedback, support, lack of community, or don’t a clear understanding of realistic course expectations.

VoiceThread can provide a powerful communication tool to assist faculty in implementing the ARCS model of instructional design.  Our group will be building a ADV ID Model on the ARCS using voicethread and sharing via Google Sites.  

Each member of the team will be working on a piece of the ARCS model, adding to resources, Works Cited, and the Evaluation piece.  

Our timeline includes the following:

3/18-3/23 – Planning and building ARCS VoiceThread Prototype

3/28 – Design Document presented for group critique

4/8-4/12 – Development of Activities, Assessment, Evaluation

4/15 – Development complete including assessment and evaluation tools

4/16- Implementation of beta group testing through link in Schoology

4/28 – Collection of VoiceThread creation assessment and course prototype evaluation survey

4/29-5/3 – Statistical Analysis of data

5/6 – Group presentations of course prototype

 

3/18-3/23 – Planning and building ARCS VoiceThread Prototype

3/28 – Design Document presented for group critique

4/8-4/12 – Development of Activities, Assessment, Evaluation

4/15 – Development complete including assessment and evaluation tools

4/16- Implementation of beta group testing through link in Schoology

4/28 – Collection of VoiceThread creation assessment and course prototype evaluation survey

4/29-5/3 – Statistical Analysis of data 5/6 – Group presentations of course prototype

ARCS: A Conversation with John KellerImage

 

Sun + Technology + Earth + Art + MMS = NASA Sun Earth Day Celebration

Students that participated in Dublin/RYSS’s Joint Art Workshop in the spring of 2012 utilized solar weather data images provided by NASA to produce digital art that was used for the backdrop during NASA Edge’s press conference held to celebrate Sun Earth Day 2013.  Tom Chamber’s students attending RYSS and DISD students researched academic vocabulary related to space weather and the sun to develop a working knowledge and purpose surrounding the mission.  Students from RYSS traveled to DISD to teach students how to utilize GIMP and utilize NASA data images to create a personal reflection surrounding the mission.

Dublin Independent School District is located in central rural Texas and is beginning its second year studying about NASA’s MMS (Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission).  Students are learning about solar weather, earth’s magnetosphere, and magnetic force.  Students participating in DISD’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics, 2012 camp experienced joint PD with teachers learning 21st Century skills and STEAM career opportunities.

STEAM camp produced much excitement in Dublin during the fall of 2012, and students formed a robotics club to focus on the engineering components.  Students attended their first robotics competition, hosted a MARS party to teach skills to a neighboring district, and participated in PIE (partners in education) showcase during the spring of 2013.

DISD will host another STEAM camp during June of 2013 to learn more about how the sun can be utilized as a renewable energy source.  Students in Texas were very excited to see their work showcased yesterday.

NASA’s MMS Educational Resources 

Creativity Tools

ISTE NASA MMS Challenge

STEAM Resources

NASA EDGE Sun Earth Day 

Dublin ISD/RYSS NASA Edge Webcast

Adventures of Mojotillett

Here is another great example of effective information transfer via an animated video. The RSA Animate series animation was done by Cognitive Media. These guys do great work. These videos are what I call sticky. Meaning people want to watch them and keep watching them. This is very effective for learning and it is even better if they go viral. This goes way beyond what you can do with the rapid tools I have talked about in previous posts. I would also say that this level is not always needed to be affective for learning. This is professional artists and animators building frame by frame animation. I know I enjoy watching them. What do you think?

RSA Animates – YouTube.

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