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Web 2.0 Reflection

What a whirlwind tour of Web 2.0 tools!  I feel like I’ve learned more about the web than I ever knew existed!

One of the striking features of these tools is that how rapidly they evolve and change–and that there are multiple tools that essentially do the same thing as one another, only with a small twist (i.e., there are multiple concept mapping tools, multiple bibliography/citation tools.)  One might easily be overwhelmed with so many choices.

The great thing, however, is that with changes, updates and modifications, many of the tools we’ve reviewed are very simple and intuitive to use.   By picking a tool that fits one’s needs best (and perhaps trying one or two similar tools out to see what “fits”) one can readily and easily create an interactive learning module.  This can be either synchronous, asynchronous or a truly collaborative exercise for learners.

Additionally, as some of these tools are more widely adopted, there are mulitple “help” sites–either via video, blogs, chatrooms or communities of people who use the tools.

For this course, I evaluated Socrativ, EasyBib, SketchUp and Mindmup to name a few.  What is more striking is how many tools reviewed by others that I “checked out” myself and even began to use in lectures — for nursing staff, MFM Fellows and Residents.

Somehow, I feel that we have just touched on the tip of the iceberg, and that there will be a “snowball effect” of all the tools at hand–soon I can envision people using tools within tools, linking files within files–oh, and the pressure is ON!  With the tools about which we’ve learned combined with adult learning theory, photography/photo editing I’ve learned in other courses, I feel like with any reasonable amount of time for preparation, I ought to be able to produce TED talk quality lectures EVERY TIME. I have no more excuses for mediocrity!

I have enjoyed the views and reviews as posted by others, and will have to re-invent my blog, now that the course is coming to an end. Best wishes to all in your future endeavors!

To get to my presentation, please click here!

 

This is a presentation that I intend to use for 3 main purposes:

1) To recruit a larger number of our faculty members to actively participate in our Maternal-Fetal Medicine lecture series.  Most faculty are very ready and willing to teach at the bedside, but there seems to be little motivation to take the time to give (even a single) fellow’s lecture.   Part of the feedback we have received is that “it is too hard to accommodate everyone’s schedule,” and there seems to be less pressure to commit if only one fellow is available for a face-to-face session

 

2) To educate our faculty about how their lecture can be given both face to face and online (as a hybrid) or as a “stored” lecture, to allow fellows to view independently and still have assignments that can be tracked, assessed and for which data can be collected to show the value of the time of both the faculty and fellows.

 

3) By tracking all lectures, documenting any exercises, quizzes, reflections and readings the fellows complete, we can have seamless, easily accessed documentation of our educational curriculum for board reviewers when it comes time for re-accreditation.

 

 

Module 6- Web 2.0 Tool Review: EasyBib

 

This is the trial version for my review of Web 2.0 tool: EasyBib.  The URL is: www.EasyBib.com, and is a productivity tool. Hopefully, you can see that I have created a document, powered through Google Docs, above.

 

Link to Screencast:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xdaab4qc9qqdtq7/Module%206%20EasyBib.mp4

 

What must one do/have to use this tool?

One must sign up for an account– I have chosen a “free” account, but for full access/functionality, one must sign up either for the “Pro” or “School” versions.  There are 3-day free trials for each.The only equipment needed is a computer (laptop, desktop, etc) and internet access.  Skills required include basic research skills, basic typing/editing skills, and use of video, as many of the instructional examples use video.  There is supposed to be a way that you can “add on” EasyBib to GoogleDrive, so that it appears in the sidebar to the right of the GoogleDocs screen, and one can research and create citations as you write (much like EndNote, which I use frequently.)  Create an accountHow do you use this tool?

1) Login to EasyBib account

EasyBib homepage

2) Click on “my projects” in the upper left corner, and choose “new project” or select a listed project that has previously been created.

Start your project/chose and existing one

Start your project/chose and existing one

3) Below, you can see how you can give a name to a new project, to which you can return later.

Start a new project

Start a new proje

4) When in the EasyBib tool, you can then start to build your bibliography, but chosing a citation STYLE:

Start creating your Bibliography

Start creating your Bibliography

By selecting a type of reference (TABS) and typing in the information (URL, TITLE, etc.).

Find a resource to cite

Find a resource to cite

One can manually type in details for a reference (Center) and export the bibliograhy into different formats, and even create a title page:

Chose how to export your bibliography--MS Word, Google Doc, Email

Chose how to export your bibliography–MS Word, Google Doc, Email

The biblography that results from an export into MS Word can be seen at the link, below:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/l45xsedh6vqtax9/easybib_53b9d9e9bd9c50.47579921.docx

The title page can be viewed at the link, below:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7yeou1i3zrfqdd8/title_page-3.docx

So far, I have tried several times to get EasyBib to open up as an add-on to GoogleDocs and have been unsuccessful–as have others, if the reviews listed are up-to-date and accurate.  Perhaps logging in first to GoogleDrive then to EasyBib would make it work better–I chose the other way around.

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Advantages/Disadvantages:

I think that it would be easier and more functional if I had the “pro” version, in which one can pick from several citation styles–more often in medical literature we use AMA or Vancouver citation style, not MLA/APA, which is much more useful for those in high school or undergraduate liberal arts courses.   Alternatively, as you cite, you can load your “works cited” to a MS Word document, to a Google Doc, or to email.

What is not clear, is how to embed the citations — numbers, parentheses, etc. into the written document.  I can see how this could be a nice way to easily write papers, edit and simultaneously develop a bibliography through Web 2.0 tools, such as Google Docs, however, I think it would be most useful for groups willing to pay for the group service, such as schools or businesses, rather than having individuals pay for separate accounts.  It does not appear to interface with EndNote or RefWorks, which are very comprehensive and allow you to look up new documents (not just the citation), place and automatically renumber citations as edits are made.   The biggest disadvantage is the need for a subscription to access full functionality.Perhaps the most useful feature of EasyBib is the accompanying learning tools that help educators teach how to properly cite works, images, etc in any style, how to avoid plagarism, and responsible research writing.  Such blogs, videocasts and links are not as readily available in other programs.   As it links to GoogleDrive and GoogleDocs, and can create bibliographies in Microsoft formats, it has potential for a wide user-base

Rating:

I give this application 3 out of 5 stars, but would likely warm up to it if it were offered as a pre-paid, fully functional service for use with others either in a learning environment (such as mentees over whom I supervise, each of whom may be collaborating on a paper) or in collaborative research.

 

 

Module 5

Socrative- Module 5 Web 2.0 Tool Review

This week, I am reviewing Socrative at URL: www.socrative.com

It is a Web 2.0 tool that uses existing WiFi, a computer (laptop or desktop for the instructor) and virtually any wifi enabled/mobile device for up to 50 learners at a time.  Through socrative, the instructor can create a “virtual classroom,” which learners enter via m.socrative.com, and the instructor can upload prepared quizzes, ask multiple choice questions, ask true/false questions, open-ended questions and get real-time displays of answers, either anonymously or by student name.

After each “task” is complete, the program generates a report that may be downloaded or emailed to the instructor, complete with automatic grading of Multiple choice answers, and with a log of open ended answers .

The program also allows learners to give feedback, such as “I learned today/ I need tomorrow…” via an “exit ticket.

This tool is designed more for elementary levels of education, but could easily be used in adult education, where participation, active learning and engagement are key to maintaining interest, and when anonymity in answering may increase participation.

The only technical requirements are wifi and enabled devices, and the tool is free.

Please see my screencast review, above.  If not working, please use the link, below:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7h94lpxax5pb705/Module%205.gif

Module 4- Web 2.0 Collaboration–What issues are involved with the use of web 2.0 tools in educational environments?

Here is our group’s VoiceThread collaboration:

 

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http://voicethread.com/share/5878134/

 

To develop this presentation, we first contacted one another by email.  Michael stepped up as our fearless leader and did a fantastic job!   We began to divide our roles even via email.  We then decided to meet via Skype- some of us had video access, others voice only, but we were able to discuss our project in “real time,” and finalized our roles in creating the presentation. We each produced our own PowerPoint slides, using a format that Michael had started, sent our slides to Michael, who consolidated them.  We had agreed to put our resources on the individual slides, so that Michael could copy and paste them onto the final “resource” slide.  He then sent the complete slide set to all of us for review/comments, uploaded them to VoiceThread, and then we each narrated our own slides.

 

You may notice that we had commentary before our slides were complete–so the comments became a permanent part of our slides–which reveals one downside to the VoiceThread program–once narration is “saved” on a slide, there is no way to delete only a portion of the narration (at least not that I could find).  One must delete the entire slide, upload a replacement slide and then “re-do” the narration.  Otherwise, I found VoiceThread easy to use, and I enjoyed the collaboration.  I envision using this more in my professional life–in fact, I plan to organize a “group” to discuss a multi-disciplinary quality improvement project we have ongoing.  We have found coordinating face-to-face meeting times, and even synchronous conference calls very difficult due to our busy schedules, and this would be a nice way to give more personalized feedback, work on and review documents and devlop our project in a timely manner.   I also see VoiceThread as a useful tool for developing online lectures and allowing learners to asynchronously ask questions, then allow the instructor to comment, and have a nice archive of the session, which would serve our fellowship education very well.

Science in the Era of Facebook and Twitter

Here’s an interesting perspective on science in the era of social media

Heino Falcke, Radboud University Nijmegen - An astrophysicist reflecting on the world, the universe, and more …

Science in the era of Facebook and Twitter - a whirlwind of hypes and likes. Science in the era of Facebook and Twitter – a whirlwind of hypes and likes.

“Science is wrong, most of the time” – I am not sure who said that first, but I am sure someone did so well before me. This is a banality for those who do science at the forefront of our knowledge, yet sometimes it seems very difficult to also accept that view in the public discourse. Well, in the days of Facebook and Twitter it is plain obvious to everyone.

As an active astrophysicist I had to reflect on this, while a number of big and small events were accumulating.

It all started with a press conference at Harvard where astronomers announced that they found evidence for cosmic inflation. This news quickly spread over the entire world via Twitter and Facebook and it was hailed as spectacular evidence for the big bang by the regular press. Just…

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Assistant Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Baylor College of Medicine


“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer.  You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one.  If you have talent, you’ll receive some measure of success – but only if you persist. ”

– Isaac Asimov


 

This is a blog started for the “New Tools for Creating Online Educational Materials” course which I am taking toward a Master’s in Education degree through the University of Houston.   I have an interest in non-traditional education techniques, especially developing tools that are contemporary, forward-thinking, and sufficiently flexible to use in small and large groups alike–hence the appeal of online educational materials.

I am notorious for dreaming up more than I can ever do, especially with as many roles I have from day to day, which is why the quote above really resonates.  The “dreaming up” is easy, the persistance, not so much, but I keep learning every day and have had some fabulous mentors, whose ability to execute plans, make things happen and get things published I hope to harness.   The tools and skills I have acquired through the Master’s program, however, have proven extraordinarily helpful in grounding my ideas, and providing a “map” for success.  I look forward to building upon what I’ve learned so far, and hope to build a lasting platform for our fellows, residents, and students.

 

Stand up paddle boarding-for a little bit of balance (literally and figuratively)

I love obstacle course events, especially when I can include my kids

I love obstacle course events, especially when I can include my kids