Category Archives: 3.1 Media Utilization

Media utilization is the systematic use of resources for learning.

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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RSS for Education

This week in Edtech 501, we learned another useful way to collect and organize information using Google Reader. In the past, I have dabbled with Google Reader a little, but not to the extend of this week. I now see how valuable this resource is in so many ways, especially for teachers and students.

As a student, you can search and subscribe to feeds about topics that you need to learn more about for research or projects. Many sites constantly update feeds with new information as it becomes available. For example, students who are studying current events or government could subscribe to news media sites so that they can stay up to date on events taking place around the world. Or, if you are studying World War 2, you can search feeds for information that will help you with your research. Students however, must be made aware that not all information on the internet is always accurate.

Teachers who use Google Reader can share bundles of feeds with students to help their students research projects and obtain information. I think this is valuable because it allows the teacher to control the sources or feeds that his or her students are obtaining essentially guaranteeing that the information is accurate and legitimate. Another great tool Google Reader provides for teachers is that it helps them to stay current in their area of expertise. For example, I am now subscribed to professional organization feeds that will relay information, ideas, and suggestions for using best teaching practices in my classroom.

My RSS Bundle contains feeds that will help me stay current on educational topics that relate to me. I am excited to begin using Google Reader on a regular basis. For me, I look forward to reading feeds about topics that interest me and that will help me be a more effective music teacher to my students.

This assignment covers AECT Standards: 3.1 Media Utilization, 4.3 Delivery System Management, and 4.4 Information Management.

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“Zotero Group Library”

Zotero and Zotero Group Library is an amazing resources for research, organizing research and information and sharing. If only this resource was around about 10 years ago when I was doing my undergraduate work!  I would have been able to find a plethora of researched-based articles that I could have saved for research for assignments and papers, or I could have shared info to other students as we work in groups or partners to get our information. I love the simplistic User Interface, especially how all your research is in an easy to find spot right within the web browser. Organizing is as easy as drag and drop, and your items are always safe within your browser synced to Zotero for access anywhere.

In another class, we wrote a lesson plan and web page using a  jigsaw activity. Zotero would be awesome for a jigsaw-type activity. Groups of students would create a Zotero Library group and each person would be responsible for researching a particular topic and then share the information to the groups. What a great tool for secondary teachers to teach to their students so that students can fully utilize an amazing Web 2.0 tool in their learning!

As music in schools becomes more and more scarce with budget constraints, I am excited at the notion of presenting researched-based articles using Zotero about the importance of music education in schools. I will compile facts within articles, journals, etc about how research supports that students who are active in music perform better in schools and testing. As a music department we can create our own Zotero Library Group so that each of us can research and share articles amongst us so that we can make a better presentation to the school board on why music in schools is so vital for children.

This assignment covers the Following AECT Standards: 3.1 Media Utilization, 4.3 Delivery System Management, and 4.4 Information Management.

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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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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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