Annotated Bibiliographies

I recently had the experience of creating an annotated bibliography using Zotero.  I found Zotero to be user-friendly, especially in the creation of references in APA format.  I am already quite familiar with APA format, but not having to type the entire reference was an amazing feature.  The only difficulty I ran in to was the fact that my various Zotero accounts (using the same username and password) did not seem to communicate between my Surface tablet, desktop, and laptop.  Luckily, I had already saved the doi references in another location, so I was able to quickly locate the articles I was going to use for my annotated bibliography.

I chose to research the flipped classroom and the student experience.  I completed my research using Google Scholar and the Albertson’s Library from Boise State.  The research methods were very user friendly, and I didn’t experience any problems when conducting research.

The research I found was very informative on how to implement a flipped classroom.  In addition, I found that most students appear to prefer the flipped classroom.  In the flipped classroom, students prepare for the face-to-face meetings to doing research, watching videos, and other learning activities before they arrive.  Once they arrive to the in-class session, they collaborate and discuss at a deeper level because they have the background knowledge necessary to do so.  Many teachers follow-up the in-class session with some form of an assessment to check student understanding.  The articles I read summarized how the flipped classroom was used, and also surveyed the students in regards to their experiences.  Overwhelming, most students really found the flipped classroom to be an effective learning style.  I was also impressed with the amount of unbiased articles available, as each article also contained sections regarding the difficulties in implementing a flipped classroom.  The difficulties provided a lot of “food for thought”, as I now know what issues to prepare for when I implement a flipped classroom.

In conclusion, I would suggest Zotero, Google Scholar, and the Albertson’s Library to any college student conducting research.  I wish I had access to these programs when I was doing my undergraduate degree.  In regards to the flipped classroom model, I am thoroughly excited to implement the flipped classroom in the future.  The possibilities are virtually endless!

If you would like to read my annotated bibliography, you can read it here: Annotated Bibliography


Digital Divide/Digital Inequality

For the past two weeks, I have been researching the topics of digital divide and digital inequality.  I’ve done a lot of reading, and ultimately, I decided to focus on Montana’s current digital woes.  You can view my haikudesk presentation here: https://www.haikudeck.com/p/7jgbwIrUh5

After reflecting on my presentation, I found out that I learned a lot about the digital divide.  I had never considered technology access around the world, and I was saddened to find out just how large of a gap there is among the world’s countries.  In reference to digital inequality, I learned that opinions regarding whether digital inequality was even a concept were strongly varied based upon the interviewees age.  I had assumed all teachers viewed technology as the way of the future, but I was incorrect.

I also learned some multimedia principles that I hadn’t considered before, even if they were unintentional.  I’m so used to creating presentations and adding my voice in some way, but haikudeck doesn’t appear to allow the speaker to add their voice along with the presentation.  I never considered doing a presentation as a “read-only”, essentially, but I could see the impact it would have, especially if I were to post a haikudeck on Moodle for students to refer to later.  I do like that people can view the haikudeck without additional software, so this is a benefit to my students that do not have the ability to download the Office suite, or Open Office.

With all of the knowledge I have now gained about the digital divide and digital inequalities of the world, I’m going to consider this each time I present new technological tools to my students.  I had taken for granted just how many of my students may not have internet access, and I have also taken for granted how many of my students come from homes where technology is not a priority.  I have to allow adequate class time for all of my students if I expect them to use technology, and I need to assume that they do not have access to the same tools at home.

If I had more time, I would change this artifact by creating a references page.  I knew we were going for minimal text on screen, and I felt a references page would detract from the minimal text.  I think I would simply place the references altogether in the speaker notes, but instead I simply placed the links (if online), or the citation directly in the speaker notes.  I’m concerned that the layout may not be as user-friendly as I intended it to be.

I enjoyed researching digital divide and digital inequality even if it did alarm me.