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(1) Contribute to the Class Wikis

  • Contribute to the class notes wiki. Each entry should be about a paragraph in lengths and explain something relevant to the content of the class lecture. Include links to external websites for additional clarification. Identify your contribution by name and link to your wiki contributions.

I have contributed to a number of wiki entries on the class wiki. To see my contributions visit the following pages:

Here are some screen captures of a few of my contributions:


CSV Wiki

OS Wiki

(2) Sharing files

  • Send an email message (with a bcc to yourself) incorporating an (1) active link, (2) embedded graphic, and (3) attached file (lesson plan, handout, etc) relevant to theme of your portfolio. Include ascreen shot of the bcc when it arrives.
  • Most email services prohibit the sending or receiving of large files. Send large files to your editor using a file sharing service. Document the receipt of the document with a screen capture.
  • Contribute photos and/or files to a shared DropBox.

I created a group in my gmail account by taking the email addresses in the class wiki quick-write and adding them to a new contact group.
Creating a new group:
Creating a new group

Copying addresses from the quick-write:
Info from class wiki

Pasting in copied addresses: 
pasting in the addresses

Using the group in the bcc to make a mass email:
Mass Email

After email was sent:
sent email

This is the image inserted into the text of the email:

2.2 Sending large files via a file sharing device.
I shared Angela (my editor) large image files by sharing images in Dropbox. This will be a great tool to share files that are too large to email.

Sharing files though dropbox

2.3 Contribute to a shared folder in Dropbox
I shared images and files to a number of class shared folders on Dropbox. I have included an example of one of the folders I have contributed to:
Chromakeys folder shares

(3) Communicating with groups of colleagues
  • Using your email program's address book, construct two or more groups from the master directory. Provide a screen shot showing the composition of your email groups.

I have created two very useful contact groups in Gmail:
1. A contact group for my immediate family.
2. A contact group for the class (demonstrated in section 2.1 above)

Contact lists

(4) Communicating with students via e-groups asynchronously
  • Develop a discussion group for your class with two or more threaded discussions. Include a link to the discussion group and passcode if necessary. Include a screen capture of your threaded discussion.
  • Contribute a real question to the assignment fourm (discussion group), and a real answer to someone else's question and provide a screen capture of your contributions.
  • Discuss the potential benefits and concerns of electronic discussion groups in the secondary school environment.

4.1 Develop a discussion group for class with two or more threaded discussions:
I participated in the class threaded discussion about the use of Google News Groups in the classroom. 
Participation n Discussion

4.2 Contribute to a forum/discussion group:
Participating in the class Google group, I responded to a few of my classmates questions. Here are screen captures of two of my contributions:
         -Response to Rosalie's question on how to move a file to another folder in picasa.
Question answer 1

         -Response to Maribel's question on how to take a screen shot on a PC.

4.3 Benefits and concerns of electronic discussion croups in secondary school development:
Using electronic discussion groups in a secondary school setting can be a powerful tool which allows students participate in answering each others questions and sharing their expertise. It is also a handy tool for the instructor to send out updates to class assignments/deadlines or corrections to an assignment. One drawback is that this type of tool would require a fair amount of monitoring to make sure the discussions remain civil (no internet trolling) and that students comments stay within a reasonable range of relevant topics.

(5) Communicating Synchronously
  • Log on to the class chat room or e-learning system and respond to questions posed by the instructor. Include a screen capture of an academic question/answer video or text chat session.
  • Discuss how an academic chat room or e-learning system can be used to achieve full participation in an interactive class discussion.

We practiced chatting on Blackboard as we created a collage of famous people in our fields: 


While working with students in a computer lab setting, chatting would encourage students to participate in the class discussion--specifically if their participation in spoken class discussion is inhibited by shyness, anxiety, or a disability. A student who has difficulty in participating in discussion for the reasons mentioned would be able to easily communicate with their peers as well as the instructor. A side benefit is that a record of the conversations is logged and instructors can see who is not participating.

(6) Blogging - Feedback on your progress

A blog (weblog) is a personal or group website that facilitates regular entries of commentary, graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

  • Contribute to an instructional blog (e.g. sites of educational interest in Los Angeles) and make at least one edited, meaningful entries. Provide a link to your blog(s) from your website as well as a screen shot of your contribution.
  • Create your own blog and make three more more meaningful entries.

I participated in the class blog and then created my own blog where my interests in linguistics and folk arts intersect.

In my contribution to the class blog, I recommended a visit to The Autry museum in Los Angeles.

The Autry

My contribution to my own blog "The Folkloric Linguist":

(7) Using Social Networking to Create Study Groups
  • Develop a FacebookNingLinkedin, or similar social networking account in addition to any you may already have.
  • Join a study "community" for this class and participate in the discussion and posts. Include a screen shot of your participation.
  • Describe an an educational application of social networks relevant to the class you teach. 

Email provides an effective means of sharing many types of files (note required file extension names) with colleagues or students. You may access your CSUN email through any web browser

Teachers must often communicate with groups of individuals (e.g. department, student club, administration, etc.) via email. Using an email address book, you may establish groups for quick addressing and mailing. Each individual can be in be in one or more groups.

Electronic discussion groups offer great opportunities for extended asynchronous dialog between students and teachers. A teacher may start a discussion thread and require students to post their thoughts, as well as comments on the postings of others. Electronic discussion groups should always be moderated by the teacher.

"Chat rooms" and e-learning systems allow multiple users to communicate at the same time. This can provide teachers with data to make formative assessments. For example, a teacher can pose a question and give students time to form their responses. When given the signal, students enter their comments and instantly the teacher can receive their replies and assess their understanding.

blog (weblog) is a personal or group website that facilitates regular entries of commentary, graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. Create an account and a profile, with a photograph, inBlogger. The photograph will help identify you when you join other blogs. (sample blog)

A social network service provides an online environment for people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Social networking software can be used to develop study groups and other communities of learner.

I joined Linkedin (as I already fully use Facebook) and created a profile:

Linked In Profile

I tried a number of times to create a Linkedin group, a "language/linguistics" study group, inviting my classmates who share a similar academic discipline. 

Unfortunately I kept getting the response below:

I was able to join a couple of groups on Linkedin groups created by my classmates. See below: