Category Archives: Course 2

Course 2 Comes to a Close

UntitledAs we wind down the school year we’re also winding down your first two courses! Congrats on making it through course 2!!

Some of you have asked about extensions and turning in late work. I totally get this time of year is very busy for everyone….myself included. So the official deadline was this past Sunday May 13th. Thank you to those of you who finished on time.

If you are running behind no worries. We’ll be grading over the next two weeks and getting the course finished up. So if you have not completed the work yet, just e-mail me when you have completed it to make sure we get it counted towards your final grade.

If you are really behind let me know and I’ll give you an Incomplete (INC) for this course. You will then have 10 weeks to make up the work with no grade penalty. This is a SUNY graduate policy.

BigMarker Conversation May 1st Podcast

A great conversation last night around some of the issues we’ve been learning about in Course 2. I think you’ll like listening to this one. We had 19 people join us. Some people listened and lurked while others discussed. No problem with that….sooner or later you’ll create….even if at some point I have to force you too. :)

Just to add to our conversation last night. I took this screencast of those who turned on their video cameras. I didn’t ask their permission to take the screencast. I didn’t ask their permission to post the image here. Yet here it is. Now if I was really mean…or is that polite….I would tag them all with a link to their blog. But I won’t…this time anyway.

So what are your thought on this? As you can see I dressed up for the occasion. :) To be fair it was 90F at 9am this morning but felt like 110F (44c) on your skin. So I’m not apologizing….it’s freakin’ hot!

A great conversation that I think you’ll enjoy.

Our next conversation next week will be on Thursday with Kim Cofino joining us to talk about the cyber safety week they run at their school. We’ll be on at 5:30pm Bangkok time due to Kim being in Japan. Promise it will be a conversation you won’t want to miss. Emily this one is worth locking yourself in a closet for. :)


BigMarker Session 9:30pm Bangkok Time Tuesday!

Just a reminder that we’ll be having a BigMarker session Tuesday at 9:30pm Bangkok time.

If you haven’t signed up for a bigmarker account you’ll have to do that first and then click on the link below.

May 1st Conversation Link

Julie asked a great question about copyright and policies that belong to different countries. A good example. In the United States you are not allowed to collect data from children under the age of 13. Hence the reason why you can’t be 13 to sign up for a Facebook account. But does that rule apply to use overseas?

Kristi also wrote me with a great idea to discuss the user agreement behing the new Google product Google Drive. The user agreement has come under a lot of fire lately. How much power do we really want to give Google?

Come ready to discuss these and other issues on your mind. Hopefully with this new time we’ll get some more people to participate. ;)

Plagiarism, Compfight and Final Projects

I hope everyone is doing well as we head into the second half of course 2. Just a couple of things I want to share and point you to.


Some great blog posts on plagiarism, copyright, and creative commons that of course have all this in the front of my mind.

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A teacher comes in today and asks me to copy a copyright DVD for them. Can I? Sure. Should I? I have a hard time with this and get frustrated when teachers bust kids for coping from the Internet and then turn around and ask if we can copy a DVD.

“But it cost like $100!”

So if something is expensive we should be able to copy it? If it was $10 they wouldn’t ask me?

Where does this double standard come from? That if we steal written work it’s called plagiarism and if we steal media….well…they’ll never know.

I think my favorite thing about teaching students about copyright and creative commons is when students come to me and say “Yeah….but Mr. U teacher ????? takes photos all the time from the web and never cites them.” Now even under Fair Use you are still obligated to cite your sources….and then we yell at kids when they don’t.


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Compfight WordPress Plugin:


It’s been great to see images popping up in your blog posts and adding that all so important visual element to the web. I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails asking if I would install the Compfight WordPress Plugin that keeps popping up on their site when you search for images.

My answer….no

Why? Because that takes the fun learning out of it. Part of adding images is learning how links work, how you can find the URL of anything on the web and how you can push and pull that in other places. It’s learning a little HTML that can go a long way. The same reason I want you to embed and not just link your Google Doc. Yeah that HTML code looks scary….but the more you look at it, read it, use it, the less scary it becomes….and that’s a good thing. What I love about code today is you can actually read it. Take some time to “read” some code and I bet in no time at all you’ll start to understand it like another language. p=paragraph div=divide img=image The new HTML language is pretty cool!

Final Projects:

Will Power - Winner!

Hopefully you’re all working on your Final Projects by now. It’s great to see some of you collaborating already and sharing your learning with us.

This is a great time to use the Group Forum built into the site. I’ve seen some of you tweeting out looking for a partner and yet others leaving comments on each others blogs. Keep at it, keep supporting each other and reflect on this process of finding a partner and that experience of collaborating online.

Bigmarker Session with Allison Nave – MS Math – Flipping Math Class

A great conversation tonight with Allison Nave a TAS COETAILer and Middle School Math Teacher at Jakarta International School. Allison is working on her final course 5 project by flipping her classroom. A pedagogical approach to using technology in the classroom. We’ll spend a lot of time in course 4 talking about flipped instruction along with other pedagogical approaches to using technology in the classroom.

Next Tuesday we’ll be on late to allow others to join us. Our conversation will start at 9:30pm Bangkok time. That’s 2:30pm GMT. Hoping we can get more people to join us.

Show Notes:

Allison’s Handouts:
Flipping a Math Class
Technology Use in Math

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Back Among the Connected

Swimming with a Manta RayI’m back! Though I really don’t want to be. Diving with Manta Rays and relaxing on the beaches of Thailand for a couple days was fantastic. But even more than that was the ability to be disconnected….and why is it so hard to disconnect and then when we do we don’t want to reconnect again? Or is this just me?

It’s hard to drag myself back among the connected and yet this is the world I love and talk about all the time. The more I’m connected the more I want to be disconnected…or at least cherrish the time I am disconnected and see it as the most valuable time I have.

That’s why at least once a year I do this where I disconnect for a long period of time. It’s easy to go a day or two…but a week or longer is more difficult. Of course what it means to “disconnect” has changed as well. I still had my iPad and used TripAdvisor to find places to eat, to check-in online for flights. I read on my Kindle and had my phone with me to talk with my wife when we were at opposite ends of the city doing things with our family.

But I was “disconnected” I didn’t use Facebook, I didn’t Tweet….I didn’t check e-mail…which is the big one. I refused to do anything work related or social-network related until a couple days ago when we got back.

So how do you define “disconnected”?

But….I’m back…you’re still blogging, learning, and making connections and the world goes on.

BigMarker Tuesday Night with Allison Nave

5pm Bangkok Time Allison Nave will be with us. Allison is a Middle School Math Teacher and COETAILer who will join us to talk about how she’s been using technology in the middle school classroom. If you can’t make it we’ll record it for you to listen to later.