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  • Communicating With TechnologiesMeaningful Learning With Technology Communicating with Technologies Chapter 7 by David Jonassen, Jane Howland, Rose M. Marra and David CrismondBy Irvin EngleChinara DeGrossCarrie Olson

  • Media Multi-taskingMedia multi-tasking behaviors have strong implications for the way we should think about structure of our classrooms, curricula, and technology use in our schools.

  • CommunityCommunity building is a critical element of meaningful learning. Engaging students in social negotiation and shared knowledge building.

  • CommunicationsThe Internet and its related networking technologies has created communication leading to learning communities. Linking users and institutions together allowing all kinds of interactions to occur. Tying students and teachers together and keeping them connected through the power of telecommunications tools.

  • Advantages of Exchanging Ideas Asynchronously With Discussion BoardsConnects students and opens new windows for learning through new ideas, cultural diversity, and unique partnerships. Allows more time to consider an idea and formulate powerful impressive responses while experiencing a new level and freedom of participation. Promotes international connections and project work with the convenience of responding with others across time zones.Extends conversations that enrich classroom activity establishing a classroom community.

  • Advantages of: Exchanging Ideas Asynchronously With Discussion BoardsHelp students ability to work together in collaborative groups. Applications such as Blackboard System, Global Schoolhouse or ePals have access to several integrated communication tools.Shapes and directs the discussion to higher quality subsequent postings. Teachers can create new forums based on ideas that emerge from existing ones involving students decisions.Helps students to concentrate on key points, identifying the most relevant ideas and steering the direction of the conversation to maintain purpose.

  • Advantages of: Exchanging Ideas Synchronously with Interactive Chats and Messaging

    Provides instant, real-time exchange of ideas.Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is designed mainly for group (many-to-many) communication in discussion forums called channels as well as for one-to-one communications.Allows anyone to post a statement to the group by typing into a field and than clicking a button to submit the statement. IRC client software is used for chat sessions such as Colloquy or mIRC etc.Four of the largest IRC networks are EFnet, IRCnet, QuakeNet and Undernet (Wikipedia). One can join servers by using the irc:// Web link

  • Advantages of: Exchanging Ideas Synchronously with Interactive Chats and MessagingInstant Messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two people. Client programs that support IM are ICQ (I Seek You), Yahoo! Messenger, Skype, Google Talk, AOL Instant Messenger and MSN Messenger.Increases communication allowing easy collaboration and exchange of ideas with one or more individuals. IM and IRC can serve as useful classroom tools for connecting students in real-time communications.Community-oriented Web sites such as Tapped In, ePals, Global Schoolhouse and iLearn offer communication tools with an element of secure networking.

  • Safety Guidelines for Online CommunicationsSafety guidelines for online communication should be used to insure good secure communication lines with other users.Use a pseudonymNever give out personal informationNever share passwordsNever agree to meet with someoneNotify your teacher of obscene or inappropriate messagesBe aware that someone you talk with might be pretending to be someone they arentIf someone is rude or disagreeable, ignore them rather than engaging in conversation.

    (These guidelines are from Meaningful Learning with Technology Chapter 7 page 14 figure 7.8)

  • Making Connections Through Video ConferencingInteractive videoconferencing

    Two or more locations interacting simultaneously by two-way video and audio transmissionCan connect students with experts and highly trained professionals in various fieldsDefeats costs barriers of physical travelCan serve as a bridge between school learning and real world experiencesTechnology can be achieved by use of webcams, microphones, speakers and a high-speed internet connection

  • Making Connections Through Video ConferencingVideo conferencing at work

    VIA DyerConnected students with a weekly videoconference presentation from astronomers at Vanderbilt Dyer ObservatoryStudents saw astronomy video and were able to hear narration and engage in meaningful dialogue with renowned expertsVideoconferencing Weekly Topic Series (Year 3)Missouri high school students used technology to further knowledge on civicsInteracted via videoconferencing with Supreme Court judges and a constitutional expertStudents brainstormed important topics to discuss and opened up dialogue to hear expert opinions

  • Making Connections Through Video ConferencingPurposes for videoconferencing

    Students taking classes not offered at their schoolEnrichment tutoringVirtual field tripsCollaboration and exchange of information with other schoolsLocal government hearings and court functionsAnd many more!

    Things to consider:

    Teacher training needed on using the technologiesStudent coaching on using technology appropriatelyCost of equipmentVideoconferencing is meant to be supplemental and not substituted for in-class content

  • Broadcasting with Podcasts and Internet RadioPodcasting~

    Broadcasting audio and/or video content over internet sitesSaved as an MP3 file and made available over the internetIndividuals may subscribe to various Podcasts posted on sites such as iTunes, Playpod, and Spider.Constantly expanding technology used in the educational field

  • Podcasting in the ClassroomWhat does it Offer?

    Creative and critical thinking skills for studentsCollaboration skills in working with other to create a content-rich podcastAn audience for students to connect with outside of the classroomTechnology and ethics skills in uploading and locating copyright free contentCurriculum extension to increase immersion in the content

  • Broadcasting with Podcasts and Internet RadioSimple Steps to Podcast Creation1. Record an audio or video clip using a computer with audio software and microphone set up.2. Files are saved in MP3 format 3. Upload MP3 file to a Website hosting Podcasts such as or

    Further tutorials can be found via sites such

  • ConclusionOnline communication is not meant to replace face-to face interaction but rather supplement itUse of technology can sometimes isolate individuals from personal interaction with othersBrings expertise and knowledge to students fingertipsMeant to engage students in meaningful dialogue and connect with diverse audiencesEncourages students to be participants and creators of mediaThe illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. Alvin Toffler (n.d.)

  • Picture CreditsClip Art A man Multi-tasking Multi Tasking Assistant Secretary Woman Typing, Filing, Organizing and Taking Phone Calls Man Virtual Assistant juggler Multi-tasking tips.html?cat=3DiscussionBoard Picyure of Einstein of children around globe Bus Picture with earphones

  • ReferencesJonassen, D., Howland, J., Marra, R. N., & Crismond, D. (2008). Meaningful Learning With Technology 3rd edition. Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.