Sunday, October 26, 2014

EDUC 7720 - Online Reading Reflection

Online reading skills and offline reading skills aren't the same.

Much of what is described as online reading skills is
- website evaluation
- computer interface manipulation

I watch horrible searching all the time in the library. Of course, I teach keyword searching and website credibility, but students really don't have the skills to quickly sort through the material they will not use. They get frustrated and use Wikipedia or whatever their neighbor is using.

I found the TICA checklist for Online Reading Comprehension Skills at the bottom of Leu's article to be thorough and fascinating. I do many of those things without having been formally taught. I hate wasting time, so I use a mental checklist of what to look for in a useful website. It is great to see it codified. I was able pick out the skills my students specifically need to quickly eliminate the garbage from the gold. This will, hopefully, mean less frustration and better quality work.

That being said, I never did master Boolean searching. It seems to work differently in different search engines, so I use Advanced Search options. I am not a master at finding my history. I stumble across it occasionally, but I most often search again and look for the highlighted site. I will have to explore the "Did you mean...?" function in Google, though it sounds self-explanatory.

Last week, I learned about the Research function in Google Docs (look in tools, above word count) that willl cite for you. You can also drag and drop images, choosing whether or not to use public. This feature copies the URL for the image into your document so you can paste it into Easybib. In case you didn't know, you can get an Easybib add-in for your Google Docs.

The videos sounded inspiring, but don't really address the "average" student that I come across.

Leu, Coiro, et. al., Research on Instruction and Assessment in the New Literacies of Online Reading Comprehension, 2008.

ORMS MOOC - Online Reading Comprehension Badge Submission

I am an accomplished "offline" reader.
I am also an accomplished "online" reader, but I did not recognize how different the two processes are.
Reading through the TICA skills checklist in Leu's article about Online Reading Comprehension, I realized there are some skill I am not familar/comfortable with.
I did not include them in MY checklist at this time, but I will explore them.

Badge Submission

I wrote the lesson for a 10th grade Biology class, but the checklist can be used in any subject area.

Leu, Coiro, et. al., Research on Instruction and Assessment in the New Literacies of Online Reading Comprehension, 2008.

Friday, October 24, 2014

ORMS MOOC - Module 3 - Storify Post

When I saw "Storify" in the directions last weekend, I groaned. ANOTHER tool!

Then... I attended the CECA/CASL Conference at Mohegan Sun Conference Center. Of course we stayed overnight! I didn't gamble (this time), but I enjoyed the change of scenery. I also didn't have to cook. Nancy, from the first IT&DML cohort, was there and we made time to catch up.

Mohegan Sun Conference Center

When I finally got back to the assignment, I groaned again, then I logged on to Storify. Apparently, I already had an account. Sometimes a tool just doesn't catch my imagination the way some others do. After hearing yet another spot on NPR about yet another thing the politicians can't agree on, I did a mini practice Storify on Obama and Ebola. It seemed pretty straightforward... so I tried the ORMS collaboration.

Oops! I hadn't practiced the "comments" part. I cheated and read some of my classmates' reflections about their struggles to master the app, so I knew there were different categories to search for photos and articles. As always, it was fun to read this cohort's reflections about their experiences.

Although I was (very) jealous when the first cohort finished, I am equally pleased that I have more teacher-companions to learn from. I am grateful for all the ideas, candor, and humor.