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Nov 16 / Camille Maydonik

The Economics of Educational Technology – Economic Foundations

Last week, I presented my group project, The Economics of Educational Technology, along with my two group members, Karen Jones and Bryan Hughes. We decided to host the module in a wiki. Please see http://economicfoundationsdlg9.wikispaces.com/ to view our content.

Some of our discussions took place using VoiceThread. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).

In addition, we used MindMeister, a collaborative online mind mapping tool. MindMeister brings the concept of mind mapping to the web, using its facilities for real-time collaboration to allow truly global brainstorming sessions. Users can create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere. In brainstorming mode, fellow MindMeisters from around the world (or just in different rooms) can simultaneously work on the same mind map and see each other’s changes as they happen.

As a culminating activity, we used animoto to summarize the major themes of the economics of educational technology. We had asked our classmates to contribute an image related to the Economics of Educational Technology. Here is our finished product:

Overall, the week went very well, with some very good discussions happening within the ETEC 511 course shell in Vista. The project itself was very interesting in terms of content and the tools we utilized in order to moderate the week.

Thank you!

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  1. Rae Anne / Nov 28 2009

    Great project Camille! Animoto is a great tool for presenting a variety of images. I would like to learn how to make a video this way. Do you have to worry about copyright of the music you choose?

  2. Camille Maydonik / Nov 28 2009

    Hi Rae Anne,

    Thanks for your comment. Yes, you do need to use music that does not infringe on any copyright laws. Animoto has a selection that you can choose from. I got that particular song from http://rcrdlbl.com/ which offers free downloads of music. Animoto is super easy to use and educators can apply for an account to make full length videos. (instead of just 30 seconds) I can show you at school one day!

    Cheers!

    Camille

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