Reflection on Course3 Final Project: What does acceptable use of technology look like in your grade/subject?

Here is course3 final project created by Jeff in Shanghai, Naho and Carl at ASIJ and me at ISSH who also edited/finished.

Here is Connecting Presentation Slides.

Here is Learning Presentation Slides.

Here is Maintenance Presentation Slides.

How/where does this idea come from?

Jeff from Shanghai, Naho and Carl at ASIJ and myself at an EARCOS Weekend Workshop led by Andrew Churches and Kim Cofino, 4 – 5 February 2012
decided to do our  group project : ‘ What does acceptable use of technology look like in your grade/subject?’.
I remember that since each of us belongs to several grades( from kindergarten to ES/JS/MS/HS), with which we interact as teachers/staff members, we were interested in creating a resource for both professional development and classroom use relating to ‘Authentic Assessment and Digital Media in the classroom’.

Mainly Jeff took an initiative to have led this project since his school would need to launch a certain type of project leading to an acceptable use of technology for his whole school. At the same time I also felt that sooner or later our school would proceed with a new shift toward a hyper-connected age (one to one program). Coincidently a few weeks ago we had a meeting to be announced that we should be getting ready for that trans-media era.

In addition, I wanted to do a project, which could be applicable to the scale of the outside of a school since the issue of an acceptable use of technology should be also considered together by outsiders of educational fields( such as business area, entertainment and civil service).

The whole process

We did initial brainstorming together and developed our collaborative ideas to be relevant enough for all teachers grades K-12. Right after the key terms in this project; Connecting, Learning and Maintenance, all of which are interrelated closely with each other were decided, we split our roles/tasks to try to complete our project.

Since another highlight on the topic for the workshop on the weekend was how we could think of authentic assessment applied to the trans/multimedia era, Jeff and Naho consulting with Andrew Churches created both holistic rubric and categorically defined rubric for acceptable use of technology. Carl and I committed ourselves to creating a presentation, which we only managed to finish one of three umbrellas as ‘connecting’.

The first slide as ‘ Connecting-How?’ could be put in this way: ‘What/how do you use technology in acceptable ways/manners to connect?’.
As we created a presentation to teachers, I was thinking that if this could work for a case study of emergency like an earthquake project based on this concept behind. This is something, with which each of us is always concerned and which could be developed by a whole community. (I have just noticed that has already taken an initiative. Sorry, this site is only available in Japanese. This site could be accessed to get all relevant information and tools to be proactive to any kinds of crisis.)

How were two other key topics of our theme on PowerPoint designed by me?

The methods for designing slides for two other key topics(Learning and Maintenance) have been influenced by Carl at ASIJ and the blog by Garr Reynolds. In particular his blog post on the 20th of December, 2011 Steve Jobs: “People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint”
stays at my heart.

Since two umbrellas such as ’Learning’ and ‘Maintenance’ were unable to be done on those two days, they were completed as I followed our original framework and went back and forth the holistic rubric to make sure the rest of presentation created on my own was not out of the orbit.

In order to make it communicative enough for teachers, visual photos and sub-holistic key sentences/words under two big words of ‘Learning’ and ‘Maintenance’ were considered, yet they could not be understood fully for viewers and audiences without any attendant presenters since they are not movies or films.

Should a presentation take a role of the discussion board? In order to do so, our presentation was designed to be as simple as possible. However I could realize myself that all ideas and thoughts should be kept/developed in our minds constantly even during our presentation time. When you are actually on a stage for a presentation, it looks to me that you yourself would have to be multi/trans-media(, which means that all the information you have prepared for your presentation could be always changeable or edited/renewed according to the reaction of audiences and if you could come across any relevant ideas, they could be added to the content spontaneously.)

Some revisions made

In the case of ‘Connecting’, ‘Being respectful with others’ was replaced by ‘Use your technology being respectful with others’ and ‘Use your technology being sure you know who are connecting’ was revised in the same way. If you could start with ‘use your technology…..’, I believe this could help us to direct our thinking process. There could be constant changes in those slides  since everyday is changing bit by bit and they need to be refreshed.


Steve Jobs: People who know what’s is talking about don’t need powerpoints” by Garr Reynolds. Prezentation Zen. December 20, 2011. Online. Prezentation Zen-Garr Reynolds’ blog on issues related to professional presentation design. February 2012.