Technology Resource and Presentation Project

Educational Technology is a broad field that includes a wide range of uses for a wide range of technologies. We cover a small number of technologies in class and on the final exam. With a partner, you will find one additional technology to explore. You and your partner will create a Pecha Kucha-style presentation to present to the class, and you will create a Web resource for the presenation.

Sign Up for a Technology

No two groups are allowed to pick the same technology so you will use a wiki to sign up. Go to http://et605.wikispaces.com/ for instructions and to sign up. You may sign up for a technology any time before the project is due, but the earlier you sign up the more likely you are to get the technology you want.

You may choose any technology that we have not discussed in class. If you have ways of using a technology that we have talked about in class that are vastly different from what we discussed, consult your instructor for exceptions to this rule. If you choose a technology that you have previously used and already have resources for, you may use those resources, but you must add significantly to them.

Technologies that you may choose are far too numerous to list here so think of this list as a quick sampler, not exhaustive: Prezi, Google forms, Weebly, ComicLife, GarageBand, Audacity, Access, Livescribe, YouTube, Edmodo, Camtasia, SmartBoards, TurnItIn, Wikispaces, ...

Presentation

You will prepare a Pecha Kucha-style presentation to share with the class. The presentation will be prepared in PowerPoint and must follow the Pecha Kucha model. Pecha Kucha is a style of presentation that forces you to focus carefully on what you want to say. The basic format is that you will present for 6 minutes and 40 seconds with 20 slides presented for 20 seconds each. The slides will be set to advance automatically after 20 seconds, so the presentation requires some rehearsal and careful preparation. Generally, the slides will each contain a single picture and nothing else, a picture that relates to what you are saying for that slide. Large amounts of text DO NOT work in Pecha Kucha, but some limited text is acceptable when necessary.

You can think of the presentation as a way to get the rest of the class started thinking about the power of the technology you have chosen. In 6 minutes and 40 seconds, you will not be giving them a tutorial on the technology. Instead, you want to get them excited about the possibilities of the technology for their classrooms. You could structure it something like this: 1. Here's this great new technology; 2. Here's what it is; 3. Here's what it will do for you.

You will present this presentation to the class. Because you are working with a partner, you will have to decide how you want to divide the presentaion, generally 10 slides presented by each person, and this could be done alternating or the first 10 by one person and the last 10 by the other.

Resource

In the beignning of the semester, we will learn about creating Web pages. You will use these skills to create a resource about the technology. This will be a resource that will be made available to others in the class and can be made available to other teachers at your school or elsewhere. Your resource must include

Grading Note

Grading will be based on your following the guidelines outlined above and creating an informative resource that can help other teachers get started with your chosen technology. Click here to see the grading rubric.

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This page was prepared by Dr. David M. Marcovitz.

Last Updated: June 26, 2014