Tuesday, July 18, 2006

LCTI/LCCC workshop Ritter-Guth

>podcast (mp3)
streaming Flash screencast
video iPod format (m4v)
Powerpoint slides


Beth Ritter-Guth: Ok, this is the wiki that we created for this workshop, and this was sent to you by email, but if you want to write down the URL. Everything that Dr. Bradley and I have talked about today are the websites that we have used. I took notes while he was speaking, so anything that you asked about, I'll get more information about. This only took me a few minutes. Yes, I'm sorry?

[Inaudible question]

Beth Ritter-Guth: Yes, ok it's http://digitaldivide.wikispaces.com. Did everybody get that? This was created for this workshop, this LCTI/LCCC workshop. The PowerPoints that we did are on here and the screen casts will be on here as well. Some information about Dr. Bradley, some information about me, and what I do here at LCCC, and everything that we talked about, plus a whole bunch of other resources, other things that you can access: articles, peer reviews, research that's been done about technology in the college classroom. There are a lot of resources for our K-12 education here as well. Dr. Bradley and I both teach in higher education, so we don't have immediate access to what it is like to live and work in the K-12 system. So I brought in some resources from people who are pretty reputable in their fields of K-12 education. So all of this is available to you for free. Everything that we try to use is free, and we try to find things that don't require downloads. Our students don't have a lot of money at LCCC, and I imagine yours don't at LCTI either, so we don't want them to have to pay for everything. They don't have the best computers, so they don't want them to have to download a lot of things. So whenever possible, we try to find something free that's served by the company itself and the server is somewhere else. So there's tools on here, they're open source and open access software. My little ditty now is really just an introduction, a teaser to what we're going to do this afternoon. You're going to learn bout all these tools and how to use them in detail, and you're going to be able to play with them this afternoon in the workshop sessions. But everything that we talk about in those sessions is also located here, so you can find Audacity and you can download it if you don't remember the URL. SO you don't have to keep writing the URLs down. And anything that you talked about earlier when Dr. Bradley was speaking, I wrote down some notes, and I'll get some information about those questions and concerns that you talked about.

Beth Ritter-Guth: For some reading materials, we're going to be talking a little bit about the DOPA. Anybody familiar with what DOPA means? The Deleting Online Predators Act. It prevents all K-12 educators in Pennsylvania from creating blogs and using them in the classroom. So everything, all the cool stuff that we teach you today, you will not be able to use at LCTI. But you have a union, the NEA, right? [Inaudible question]

Beth Ritter-Guth: The K-12 system in Pennsylvania does not allow for blogs to be used in the K-12 system, so any blogger software or service like Blogger or Xanga, none of them can be accessed from K-12 schools.

[Inaudible question]

Beth Ritter-Guth: That's because of the Deleting Online Predators Act. And we're going to talk about it in a minute, and I actually have a slide about it, and I have some resources about it. What they're trying to do is prevent pornography coming through into the schools' computer systems, which obviously is a good thing. But like a lot of measures they're very extreme because there are software platforms out there that are written by educators for educators that they're using in other states that do filter out pornography. And, of course, you already have software that's sorting out pornography at LCTI, or in Lehigh County, but right now that's why the blogger workshop is being held here. So podcasting, which we podcast from the blogs, you can't do. That should make you sad. That should make you want to do something about it. Yes?

[Inaudible question]

Beth Ritter-Guth: They can still get it at home, right. And they can actually get it because some of them are pretty smart and can get around it, and can get it in your classroom, but they're not supposed to be able to. The Pennsylvania Department of Education does not support blogging. But there are a lot of initiatives to change that. So if you here about them through your NEA magazine that you get. You know the NEA because we blog the NEA as well. you're going to hear a lot about it, and now you'll know what they're talking about. When the law came through, not a lot of people knew what blogging was, so they didn't think anything of it. But now when we show you how you can use it and how beneficial it is to use in the classroom, and then you realize that you're being limited in your freedom to teach, you might want to take some action of your own.

Beth Ritter-Guth: I have some really cool blogs down here. The best one is the K-12 blog, and I love it. This is done by a computer teacher, Vicky Davis. This is a cool cat teacher blog, and it has lots of great teaching ideas, that are very relevant, as well, to what we do here at LCCC. So this is a link down there and you can subscribe to it as well, and I always look for our page. Here it has great information and great free tools, things like that.

Beth Ritter-Guth: So, on this wiki, if you scroll all the way down you'll see some of the stuff you're going to look at this afternoon. There's some wikis here, there are some awesome links. I did put a set on here called Teachers Pay Teachers for Lesson Plans. You can put your lesson plans up and get paid for them. You get paid by other teachers. Personally, I don't agree with that approach; I think education should be free and accessible to all. But it's there if you want to look at it. My suspicion is people aren't going to do that because they can get the stuff for free somewhere else anyway. And then you're all going to be creating wikis that are on today, so all of your names are here on this magical list. Okay? So that's the wiki, and you can use this any time, and if you want to add anything to it you can ask me to try in a space. Right now I have it open, so anybody, I don't know if we have this open for everybody, if you want to add something and you want to join this space, you can ask and we'll give you permission to do that. From here, if I would want, I already downloaded the PowerPoint, but if I wanted to download it, this is what your students will see, and then they can download the PowerPoint on to their computers at home. But, of course, I already have it here. Any questions so far?

Student: I'm not sure I'm getting all the facts here, but is this an easy way to create a website?

Beth Ritter-Guth: Yes, that's exactly what it is, it is quick. It's a quick, easy-to-edit website. Last night, when I wanted to add articles about DOPA, it took me two minutes. I cut and paste a link, I put in a title, and that was it. I didn't need any HTML; there were not a lot of fancy design choices. It's a very clean design, it's very simple, straightforward, it's very quick to use.

Student: So you can use some software that you'd buy to build your own website, or you can subscribe or get it through Yahoo! Or whatever to build your own website, or you can do this really quickly?

Beth Ritter-Guth: Right. The question was that you can either pay to have a service that will give you a fancy website using FrontPage, for example, FrontPage software to make a pretty site, or you could use this more simplified design for free, hosted by somewhere else. Yes. And that's the beauty of it, because one of the things you can do is, if you think your university is stealing your material, you could just get rid of the wiki. And if you're that concerned about it, you could just delete it. I mean, can they have your stuff? I suppose they could but in using this technology, you sort of buy into the concept that education is free and accessible to all. You can't publish anybody else's work. So anything else copyrighted in English that becomes a little bit of a problem, because things are copyrighted. Even though Shakespeare wrote them, if Houghton-Mifflin wrote something about Othello, you have to be very, very careful, so there is a need to have WebCT. But what I found is that a lot of things are available for free now on the web. I can do all of BritLit I and BritLit II on the web for free with novels, including Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, you know, some of the important canonical work. So I've been able to do it, just like Dr. Bradley said, it's a transformation curve, you can't do everything overnight. I podcasted my lectures from the summer from my women's lit course, and you can access them from the wiki. Because I am a performance teacher, there's a lot of dead space, and so I definitely need something to go in and edit the group work time because there's nothing really live being done. So that's the challenge for me but it's certainly one that makes it easier because now I have people in other countries where they don't offer women's lit courses because of political or social reasons. Now they can access information about women's literature and gender studies. All righty, any more questions? I might be keeping you for lunch, like I'm between you and lunch, so I'm going to try and stay on time.

[Inaudible question]

Beth Ritter-Guth: Right, the person that posts the material is the person responsible for the material. So I have a link to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and whether that person has permission, it's on them if they get in trouble.

[Inaudible question]

Beth Ritter-Guth: You can link to a Houghton-Mifflin stuff, but they don't give their stuff away. So you're not going to able to get... It's whoever posts it is responsible for the copyright. Is that all right? And was there a question in the back? I felt someone waving at me; it's probably a figment of my imagination. No? Okay.

Beth Ritter-Guth: These are the tools we're going to talk about. We're not going to go into great detail now but this is really just a teaser for this afternoon. But what you'll learn how to use this afternoon, you're going to learn how to create a wiki with Mark, he's going to show you how to do that. And you're going to learn how to create a blog with me. And even though you can't use them in the schools, it would really be useful to stop by anyway so you can see how to make them, and see how your students do it. Now, I did this once before for LCCC and I just want to tell you that what happened that time won't happen this time, and at lunch, you can try and figure out what that means. Some of the things we're going to talk about are Cam Studios and the free version Camtasia, but you can't edit with it. So, Camtasia's the one you pay for. That's really the only software that we use that you have to actually purchase but there is a free version of it. BlogLines, which we've already talked about, Feedburner, Sitemeter. Sitemeter counts how many people have been to your site and where they're from. U2, which hosts video. Archive.org, which is a server if you want to host some documents and stuff, and you don't have a server. We don't have a server at LCCC, where we can host things. There is one, but it's reserved for a particular program, so we don't have a server, so we are always looking for places to host things. Flickr, which hosts pictures. How many of you have relatives and family that live really far away? Skype is free long distance. If you have a speaker and a microphone for your computer, it works like chat, or you can plug in your microphone and speakers and you can talk in real time, and it's free. And you can click on these links, all of these links are on the wiki. And then UView is a collaborative workspace, so I'm going to be working with our ESC this fall to do an online tutoring lab. When I work with Deb, the director of tutoring, I'm going to do it on View, which allows us to see the same exact thing on our computers, and in a workspace, like Word, or PowerPoint, and she and I can work together. By talking through Skype, I can work from home. So for those of you on the nine-month-contract, you don't have to drive to Schnecksville, it's beautiful. I work better at home anyway so it's a good resource. The tools that you need for a wiki. Wikis are nice because you don't need anything to download, they're easy to update, they're easy to navigate, they're easy to link, and they're pretty simple. The examples I'm going to show you: this is my wiki, College English Resources. I know for sure right now, because I'm connected with a partner school in Sierra Leone, I know for sure that they have very limited connectivity. In Sierra Leone, the teacher has one hour every other day. If it's working during his hour, he gets to use it; if his hour is up, he does not. And he's in the capital of Freetown. So when he gets on the web, the information he gets has to be easy to download, easy to access, he should be able to find it very quickly so that he can print it out to go over with the students. So I know that this stuff is being used elsewhere.

Beth Ritter-Guth: I have Dr. Bradley's here as well. Just to show you the difference in design, his is much cleaner, I think, in design because he uses numbers and it's organized very well. Mine has headings and you can click into things and go to my classes. I teach five different preps every semester. So you can go into each one of my preps, and in those preps you can find all of the material. My goal is by next summer to have all of my courses completely open-sourced on a wiki. That's my goal. I don't know how far I can get because it's copyrighted. I don't know how that will work, but right now the one course that you can take from beginning to end, from syllabus to final, is Women's Literature. So, if you're interested in Women's Literature, and I hope you are, you can take that course. This is of course, our wiki for this, for this presentation.

Beth Ritter-Guth: Blogs are easy to update. They work on top of each other, so it's kind of like a diary where I put a little entry in and then tomorrow I put another in, and it goes on top of the other just like a diary works. So you kind of think of wiki as a menu, where you can get all your food. And a blog is like a diary. And you know, every day, you can add something in. You know, people use blogs for a lot of different things and people have preferences, teachers have preferences, on how blogs are used. You can podcast, broadcast, and springcast from blogs so that people can get the.rss feed. You can post homework, you can post announcements, you can build community, as we try to do with you by having you put little bios about yourselves so people could read who is going to be here and a little bit about the experience you had. In my completely online courses, I teach technical writing completely online, and British Literature, it was a way for me to replace the discussion board. In WebCT, if you do WebCT, the discussion board, you have to kind of link in to click on to different things to get in there. What I did now, at the end of my semester, I created my academic information that goes with the class because it's finished, I just printed that blog and stapled it and stuck it in my folder with the CD that I burned it on. So I have the discussion board there, with the student records. I give points for participation. I don't grade grammar on the blog, like I wouldn't grade grammar in a discussion board. So in my blog it's kind of crazy. There's 185 posts because there are 26 students posting letters to Lancelot. So it's a little bit more of a free-for-all. Not everybody prefers that format.

Beth Ritter-Guth: So here are some examples of blog systems. Dr. Bradley's is very clean, he likes to have his polished, which is great, too. His students have to get their work in order before they put it on the blog. And that's certainly one way to do it because in science people are looking at these blogs constantly, and funding depends on the reputation of his work and the students' work. So it isn't appropriate for every student in his 150-seat chemistry class to publish on the blog. It would be chaotic. It's chaotic with 26. It's chaotic with 12. I have 12 right now in tech writing. So it's much more polished.

This Nardicity is the blog of the honors students who take English with me here at LCCC, and these are all links in the wiki. This wiki sort of evolved and it became a place for social gathering. They posted their pictures from the trip they just took to Italy, and they're still pretty active in there. And now the new honors students that will start with me in the fall, those students are now getting involved in the conversations, and so we're linking the old and the new groups. One student in this class was very, very shy in my class, never talked. I never really knew if he was reading any of the material because he never really participated. But it turns out...

[Laughter]

Beth Ritter-Guth: What's coming? Amen. I don't know what that's all about. So the one student in my class, very, very quiet, very passive. I had no idea if he was reading or not, but it turns out that he likes technology a lot so I gave him assignment, and I don't know if we were talking about In-laws or something. No, they were talking about Shirley Jackson's, "The Lottery." How many of you have read that? Okay, you know that story. In class, he never spoke a word. On the blog, he couldn't shut up. And he talked about tradition, and if you've read that story it's all about stoning a woman to death just because of tradition, and people just do it blindly. And he had all this important stuff to stay, which generated an important conversation in class but he was the shiest student in my class. So the best conversation was generated by the shiest student because he had a platform from which to do so. Just another example of a blog entry just so you have different information. If you are interested in peer reviewed versus open source, open access information, Dr. Bradley has some really good resources about that, and I actually make my students listen to this because this is their future when they go to graduate school. You know the debate the post versus parish thing that happens at universities, this is what they are really going to face. The journals are becoming increasingly expensive, especially in the sciences. Who can afford that? Who can afford those journals especially if you are a graduate student living on Ramen noodles? Who can afford a 300-400 dollar subscription to a crucial chemistry journal so open source is really solving the problem for a lot of people but its also getting useful information out there quickly. We used a chem project, which Dr. Bradley has been working on for a while. Our writing students are going to be working with him come fall. That gets crucial information out in real time as it's being done in the lab. So that problems like malaria, which happens to be the target, but other problems AIDS and things like that can be solved quicker, more quickly than if they had to wait the six years it takes to go from lab to published journal. Its pretty incredible stuff. It's pretty revolutionary but like all things that are revolutionary they're a risk.

Beth Ritter-Guth: This is an example of bloglines. I don't organize my bloglines neatly so its just a big scattered mess like I am. You will see over here I have all my... It holds it... I never heard of this until I went to this workshop. This is so cool. It is like interactive bookmarks. All of you have bookmarks, right? Well this tells you if there is anything updated. So you don't waste time clicking through all your bookmarks. It just tells you what been updated. So I know one of my favorite blogs, the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, and I can see from here she has two new posts and I can just go in there and look, and I can see LCCC Center for academic excellence doesn't have any new posts so I don't have to go there. It's really cool. It saves a lot of time from having to hunt and peck. Yes.

Woman 1: [inaudible question]

Beth Ritter-Guth: When we go into the blogger workshop. I know some of you have a hard time getting into the blogs, or getting on. The problem is a few things could have happened. Sometimes blogger sticks, and that could have happened. There are two sides of a blogger, and I'm going to show you that in a minute. There's a back and a front end and students often get them confused. So it's good to know which is which a lot of times people create their own blogs instead of joining the blog they have been invited to. So we will talk about that and at the hands on workshop you will see the difference between the two. But good question. Any other questions? How am I doing on time? Ten minutes to lunch.

Beth Ritter-Guth: Okay. Cool Cats Teachers blog you saw on bloglines, which is just bloglines.com, go on there and signup, get an account. Cool Cat had a new post. This was her new post that she had. I can go in and read it, and she links back to the original source where she got it because that is part of being an open access person. It's a really good quick way to share information. I didn't know how I would feel about reorganizing the whole way I teach. I usually stand up, and it's hard for me to sit still anyway, and I have to sit still with a microphone to record lectures. I had to get used to it, and they actually go back in and listen to lectures. We have an attendance policy at LCCC so it is not an option for my student not to come here, and I imagine the same is true for the high school teachers. Your students have to come. Students said they used the information when they went to study for their final exam in Women's lit, that they listened to the podcast at the gym while they were working out on the treadmill and then they were better able to prepare their exams for me. So even if you have an attendance policy it's not wasted time because your students can use them for review.

Beth Ritter-Guth: Creating a blog we are going to talk about all these things. Your three best friends are feedburner, bloglines, and Thaner. We'll talk about all that this afternoon. This is the back end of blogger. Now I'm the organizer of this blog, so this is our blog you were invited to. You will see this is the backend, I have access to all of your stuff, but you only have to your posts. Help. I'm going to fly away. Help me out, Ron. I hold it like this if I hold it closer to my heart. Is that on? It's too close. Can you hear me still? Okay.

Beth Ritter-Guth: So this is the backend. As the teacher you will have access to all of your students posts. What happens is the students think this is the blog. They think this is the discussion board because all the boards are set up like this. You need to make sure they click the view blog button so that they can see the published side, which is this side. On this side, the only thing anybody can do is make a comment on somebody else's post, and that backend that's where you create a post. At our workshop this after noon we are going to go over all of this. Just so that you know there is a different between a frontend and backend, and the students need to know that, too. That's kind of hard to explain in an all-online course but I think I'm getting it down. And as soon as I have a good way to explain it concisely I will probably spring cast it.

Beth Ritter-Guth: In creating a blog you need to know the laws. Our friends over at LCTI can actually use blogs in the classroom. The department of education has said because they cannot maintain the content, because they cannot prevent pornography, because they cannot prevent cyberbullying and they cannot prevent the risks of online education, you should not blog. When you go into this you can actually click into the article here if you want to read the actual article. The impact is there are no social software formats allowed in the school. At LCCC, and at four-year institutions, we are protected by our union we have a... what is that called when you can teach what ever you want? Academic Freedom. We have that. You will get fired if you are a K-12 teacher and do it.

Beth Ritter-Guth: Just an example of a really good way that blogs have been used, and this is an example you can use when you write you letters of protest to the State of Pennsylvania. Learning Curve Ethiopia is going on right now. It is a group of high school students over in Ethiopia doing a service project, and they are blogging their experience daily so that their parents can read it. So they're doing a lot of really great stuff over there. I captured this morning, so it is going on right now. So there is a lot of really good ways blogs can be used, and students seem to respond really well to the opportunity to blog. Any questions?

Beth Ritter-Guth: Other tools we are going to talk about today and you can also link to youtube is video, flikr is pictures, archives.org is hosting, skype is free long distance communication, and view is shared work space. iTunes.... This is crazy. Why didn't this happen to you? Speak quiet? I'm not that loud. I don't even know what that is. I'm electrified but there's only five minutes to lunch.

Beth Ritter-Guth: iTunes is free, and we are piloting at LCCC an iTunes University. We would be the first community college in this area to do that. Because I am not an Apple person. Anybody in here an Apple person? All right, you know how Apple works. It's a mystery to me. But the iTunes revolution, iTunes is free it is a free down load on the net. Students can get all the education content anything education related for free. That's really important to let them know is they don't have to buy an iPod, they don't have to buy iTunes. iTunes University and iTunes Apple, of course, they are hoping by getting them in there that they're gonna want iPods and they're gonna want to buy iTunes. So it's really to their benefit to provide this service for us but most of all students to get the materials free and quickly. Apple created products for apple users, so there is a little more you will have to do to if you are a Windows person. You just have to know how to get every thing into the format useable in iTunes. It's not really hard it just takes some practice and Dr. Bradley has some good tutorials on how to do all that stuff. So podcasting and just, as he mentioned, and this just to recapitulate what he said, audio is just audio if they can just listen to it on their computer what makes it a podcast or podeo is that you can subscribe to it. So that's the difference.

Beth Ritter-Guth: Well that made it worse. That made it better. Okay, we'll sit over here.

Beth Ritter-Guth: This is what iTunes looks like. You can see I have some music in here. Great in the eighties, Chris Kerry, Green Day. I also have my podcasts in here. I don't organize mine because I haven't quite figured out how to do that but you can get full books online. You can get full Steven King novels if you want to. And if you jog or if you listen books on tape in other places you can get full novels from iTunes. Yes? Some of the libraries do it for free, and there are a bunch from the Guggenheim foundation for free, and also people reading them. So, good stuff. And this is the women's literature podcast you can subscribe to from this past summer. There is Dr. Bradley's stuff. How many of you saw the Schnecks? Were any of you there? The Schnecks is a student written play we produced here. It was supposed to happen in celebration of Women's History month, but we did it a little bit later. Students interviewed women they felt were inspirational, and asked them to define the pivotal moment in their lives that defined who they had become. Then the student wrote monologues based on their interviews, and then those monologues edited by more students and the student created the play. And we produced it this past spring. Students in Wendy Barin's class, in fact, Matt -- everyone wave to Matt there in the middle -- Matt is now a graduate of LCCC. Matt and another student actually video taped the whole show. And, hopefully, over the next few weeks the whole entire show will be available all together online and in pieces so that people can use it to show their classes. Or one of our students is from South Africa and her family will be able to see her performing, which they might not be able to do that. Of course we are very proud of our secretary she also graduated this past spring, Susan Moyer. She actually is our shining star. She wrote her own monologue from the day it was written through production of it onto a vodcast. It's kind of exciting so I want to show it to you. This vodcast was done completely by students. I had no hand in it. Her monologue, from editing and the work Wendy Barin's students did everything was done by students. It really put the learning in the hands of students.

Beth Ritter-Guth: I only have one minute to lunch. Lord knows I don't want to be the person to keep you from lunch. While we are waiting for this to load. I am around campus. My office is over in LRC, and I am more than happy to come over to LCTI and meet with groups of faculty if there are things you want to talk about that you didn't have a chance to talk about today or if you want to work on thing I would be more than happy to come over to help you. Of course my LCCC colleagues know that they can come to me anytime for help. Usually you just have to learn it one time. But I'm having a feeling it won't. Oh, maybe it will. See when I made it I didn't do it in Flash. And that's why it is taking so long to load. This was in QuickTime. Shows I should use flash.

[Plays presentation]

Beth Ritter-Guth: So that's Susan... I have to turn this back on [clapping]. When you see Susan you have to tell he she's a star. If you want to, I will be done in about 30 seconds. You can go through and see how this is linked off of my blog and how you can subscribe to it. There is an example of a podcasted lecture there as well. You can subscribe through iTunes. Also the comma rules screen cast is here. A lot of people seem to like it so feel free to use it. It limits everything down to four comma rules. It's beautiful. Then gaming, Dr. Bradley's going to talk about this afternoon. Here are some pictures aren't they lovely. [Laughter] There is actually a more accurate outline of where everybody is, and you need to drive to LCTI, and enjoy you lunch. Thank you.

Charley: Speaking of that accurate outline. First of all thank you, Beth [clapping]. As I said the two rooms at LCTI are on the second floor, the main entrance in lot four. The seating is somewhat limited in both areas, so you will have to share or stand for a bit. When you are traveling to all three. We didn't want to make it so rigid where you have to be at one place at one time, one place at another. Some of you are more interested in the blogging, the gaming, or the wiki spaces. You can spend more time there, which is why we decided to do it that way. The technology center here is if you walk out the building and you're looking at the library, to the right is a building that says Technology Center. There are two rooms available over there so there is a lot of room over there. Again, we really encourage you to stop by all three, and Beth explained the sticker system so we can put you name in the drawing for a lovely gift certificate. Are there any questions about anything before we go to lunch? Again, lunch is down stairs and please enjoy it. Thank you.

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