Category Archives: 2.2 Audiovisual Technologies

2.2 Audiovisual Technologies Audiovisual technologies are ways to produce or deliver materials by using mechanical devices or electronic machines to present auditory and visual messages.

Creative Expression of CoP, Connectivism, and PLN

I really liked this module because it reinforced why I am studying educational technology. In this digital era where learners are expecting technology integration to help them learn, we as educators must embrace teaching and learning in new ways to accommodate them. I appreciate and embrace connectivism because more minds are better than one. With the use of Web 2.0 tool, we can access and distribute knowledge to anyone anytime. As educators, we practice PLN’s in my school district to share ideas on how to teach children in effective ways. As a music educator, I belong to an organization with other music educators where me meet 3 times/year to learn and share best practices with each other. The commonality of all these is that CoP’s, Connectivism, and PLN’s all share social, knowledge, and learning attributes. The trick as educators is to instill these amazing tools within our students so that they become lifetime learners and sharers of knowledge.

I created a Glogster poster on Communities of Practice, Connectivism, and Personal Learning Communities. This digital poster includes pictures and words that represent CoP, Connectivism, and PLN’s and how they are related. I worked hard to find images and words that explained each concept. Although they are so similar in so many ways each one is different and I tried to express that. I then showed how each concept (CoP, Connectivism, and PLN) are similar in that they all promote knowledge, learning, and sharing in a social and digital way. Visit my creation here!



Burt, R. (2011, July 21). Step 1: What is a PLN? Retrieved September 12, 2014, from

Wenger-Trayner, E. (n.d.). Intro to communities of practice. Retrieved September 12, 2014, from

Jonesrebandt, R (2013, October 22). Connectivism Retrieved from

Kop, R., & Hill, A. (2008). Connectivism: Learning Theory of the Future or Vestige of the Past?. International Review Of Research In Open And Distance Learning, 9(3), 1-13.

How Technology Helps Build a Personal Learning Network | CAREEREALISM. (2012, August 2). Retrieved September 12, 2014, from


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Horizon Report Tech Trend

Using GarageBand for Assessment Lesson Plan

Reading the 2012 Horizon Report was both an eye opening and exciting experience. Seeing what we have accomplished and where we are going with Technology is amazing. I am a huge iPad fan and enjoy using this device whenever I can in my classroom. Because of this, I am drawn to the Mobile Apps part of the Horizon Report.

GarageBand is an amazing app for $4.99. There are so many ways you can use this program to help children learn about music. Since my music program is more performance-based, I find that teaching kids to listen to their performance, assess themselves, and then refine their performance to make it better a very worthwhile educational experience. I created this lesson plan because I think the entire process will increase my student’s learning. My music program is based on the Orff-Schulwerk philosophy, that is learning music by playing music through the use of singing, chanting, moving, and playing instruments. My students play arrangements that have 3 or 4 parts. Once they learn their part, getting them to listen to all the parts together to refine their work is a whole new skill in itself. I think the right way to implement this lesson is to start slow with teacher guidance. Perhaps only listening to 1 rubric item might make it easier the first few times. Also, making sure they have the background knowledge needed for the listening assignment is key. Do they remember what steady beat, blend, balance, and dynamics mean? As the students get more practice listening and assessing  themselves, they will become better at it which will not only result in more musically refined performance, but also individual musicianship. I am sure that when I use this lesson plan with my students, things will come up and I will need to adjust the plan accordingly.

Because the lesson is based on using an ios device and mobile app along with a computer to project the information for student learning, it utilizes the following AECT Standards 2.2 (Audio Visual Technologies, 2.3 (Computer-Based Technologies), and 2.4 (Integrated Technologies). In addition the lesson is used for assessment purposes and utilizes AECT standard  5.3 (Formative and Summative Evaluation).

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The Evolution of Technology

I really enjoyed this assignment. Glogster was a fun tool to add images and videos. Each image or video I used was chosen to reflect the times, technology available during that time and belief of how technology shall be used within education.

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Making my first webpage using XHTML code was quite the experience! At first, I was overwhelmed to the point where I didn’t know how to start, but after watching the videos several times, I began to copy what the instructor was telling me to do and things went fairly smooth. I never thought that making a few words or lines show up on a web page would make me so exited, but it sure did!  I definitely have a new appreciation for web designers and developers. I look forward to learning more about web design and creation as the course continues. You can view my web page’s progress at


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Introduction Video

Welcome to my Learning Log!

This learning log will be a place where I will organize artifacts, work samples, reflections, and other examples of learning that I acquire during my Graduate Studies at Boise State University in Educational Technology.

This video was my first assignment for EDTECH 501. The video includes a little about me. some goal setting, and what I hope to achieve in the program.

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