Professional Development Online Activities - Pilot Project for Vantage Career Center
ALL LEARN360 ACTIVITIES BELOW MUST BE COMPLETED BY 12/22/2011 TO EARN FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONTACT HOUR CERTIFICATES FROM NWOET.

Satisfactorily complete one of the four of the following activities to receive two professional development contact hours from NWOET. Satisfactorily complete all four activities to earn eight hours of professional development. There is NO charge for Vantage Career Center staff for contact hour certificates. Please email Judy Tucker (email address below) of your intent to complete these Learn360 professional development activities.

NOTE: You will need a Wikispaces account (free) to participate in the discussion forum required for the activities in order to earn the contact hour certificates. Go the top right of this page; click on Join to sign up for one!

Our apologies if you are not on the Vantage Career Center staff; this professional development opportunity is limited to this group at this time. Please contact Judy Tucker, 800.966.9638 or tucker@nwoet.org for more information on the future of these online professional development activities. At the completion of this pilot, a decision will be made on the future of this type of professional development and NWOET's involvement.

Prerequisite — set up your individual Learn360 account. Check with Stacie Leiter for help if needed. Your own individual Learn360 account will be needed for all the ACTIVITY TASKS listed below.

1) Introductory level - topic: searching for Learn360 resources, viewing or downloading videos/video clips, and making a customized My Playlist
  • Login to Learn360 (see bold red section above).
  • View the "A Teacher’s Introduction to Learn360" video (link under the Valuable Resources section - right side center of Learn360 home page); it is just over five minutes in length. Or follow this link to this video:
  • View the "How to Change Your Media Player Settings" video, link also found under the Valuable Resources section on the Learn360 home page; it is under five minutes in length. Or follow this link to the video:
  • View the "Working with Playlists" video, link also found under the Valuable Resources section on the Learn360 home page; it is just over five minutes in length. Or follow this link to the video:
  • For help browsing my state standards, watch the video at:
  • Download the Quick Start Guide (link on the same page as the video) and the My Playlists Guide or see the links below to download these two files. You do NOT have to print these, but will need Adobe Reader to open these pdf files. They will give you step-by-step instructions for the following activities.
  • Identify one lesson/concept you will be teaching in the near future and is difficult for your students. Browse the Learn360 resources by the Ohio state standard that applies to this lesson/concept to find at minimum of two video clips that align to this standard. If your subject area does not have state standards, search by keyword for related clips. Add any video clips you want to consider for your lesson to your My Playlist. Download or stream the videos to view and decide which one(s) would work best for your lesson.
  • Remove any video clips in your My Playlist that you decide are not appropriate or you will not use now or in the future; refer to the My Playlists Guide or "Working with Playlists" video if you need help with this.
  • ACTIVITY TASK — After teaching the lesson/concept and using your selected video clip, answer the following question in the discussion section above (you must complete this task and one more to receive a two contact hour certificate):
    • Do you feel the use of this video clip(s) enhanced your lesson? What evidence do you have that it did or did not have an impact on your students' understanding of the concepts being taught in this lesson. Please explain your answer in 200 characters or less.

2) Intermediate level - topic: downloading and inserting media in slide presentations
  • Login to Learn360 (see bold red section above).
  • View the "How to Embed Video Files in PowerPoint Presentations" video (link under the Valuable Resources section - right side center of Learn360 home page); it is under five minutes in length. Or follow this link to this video:
  • Using a previously created slide presentation (i.e. PowerPoint, Google Presentation, Keynote) or a new presentation, search, download, and insert at least three or more video clips to enhance the slide presentation that you will use in your instruction. Use this presentation as part of the instruction for this lesson.
  • For a FAQ section for Classroom Applications that will answer miscellaneous questions about using video clips in PowerPoint, go to:
  • ACTIVITY TASK — After teaching the lesson/concept with your enhanced slide presentation, answer the following questions in the discussion section above (you must complete this task and one more to receive a two contact hour certificate):
    • Do you feel the use of the video clip(s) in your slide presentation enhanced your lesson? What evidence do you have that it did or did not have an impact on your students' understanding of the concepts being taught in the slide presentation. Also explain any issues you had inserting the downloaded video clips into your presentation or utilizing the slide presentation with the videos. Please explain your answer in 200 characters or less.

3) Intermediate to advanced level - topic: creating questions & quizzes in Learn360
  • Login to Learn360 (see bold red section above).
  • Unfortunately no videos could be found in the Learn360 Help & Information pages or on any other online resources concerning Learn360 Questions and Quizzes Tools. The two user guides below will be your only help in completing the task below.
  • Download and study the My Questions Guide and the My Quizzes Guide at the Learn360 Help & Information page (click on the Help? in the upper right hand corner of the home page) or see the links below to download these two files. You do NOT have to print these, but will need Adobe Reader to open these pdf files. They will give you step-by-step instructions for the following activity.
  • Select an lesson or unit for the subject you teach for which you will be preparing an assessment using the Question and Quiz Tools in Learn360.
  • Create a minimum of 10 questions that include a variety of each of three types of questions: short answer, multiple choice, and true/false. THIS IS AN OPTION ONE MAY DO BEFORE USING THE LEARN360 QUIZ TOOL. One may want to create this question bank of short assessments and use the bank later to create a semester or unit test from the questions created earlier.
  • Create a 10-question quiz to assess your students understanding of a topic or lesson.
  • Administer the quiz to a minimum of one class of students.
  • ACTIVITY TASK
    • Answer the following questions(200 characters or less) in the discussion area at the top of this page after the quiz is completed by the students and results are analyzed:
      • Did you encounter any problems creating the questions and quiz using the Learn360 tools? Did your students take this online assessment more seriously than a paper & pencil assessment? Did they have any difficulty taking the quiz? Would you use these tools in the future or were they more trouble than they were worth?

4) Intermediate to advanced level - topic: creating a blog in Learn360
  • Login to Learn360 (see bold red section above).
  • Unfortunately no videos could be found in the Learn360 Help & Information pages or on any other online resources concerning Learn360 Blog Tool. The user guide below will be your only help in completing the task below.
  • Download and study the My Blog Guideat the Learn360 Help & Information page (click on the Help? in the upper right hand corner of the home page) or see the link below to download this file. You do NOT have to print this guide, but will need Adobe Reader to open this pdf file. They will give you step-by-step instructions for the following activity. Pay particular attention to the purpose of a blog by reading the introductory paragraph. If you are still not sure how you might use a blog with your students, take a look at one of these popular blogs listed below. You will most likely NOT be able to access them at school due to the content filters employed in your school. However, the Learn360 blog will usually not be blocked as it is a 'protected' blog.
  • Create a group or class blog to enhance the learning in one of your upcoming lessons or units. Ask the students to participate by adding comments to the blog. Consider having this as an optional assignment or even giving extra credit for especially thoughtful comments.
  • ACTIVITY TASK
    • Respond to the questions (200 characters or less) in the discussion area at the top of this page after the students have responded to your blog posting:
      • Do you feel positive about the communication and critical thinking that took place because of your blog post and your students' responses? Do you think you will continue to use the blog tool in Learn360?

Downloadable Learn360 Guides:















More help with Learn360:

http://www.oncboces.org/webpages/oncsls/files/Learn360%20Tutorial.pdf
http://odo.olentangy.k12.oh.us/teachers/tech_ed/downloads/user%20tips/learn360/learn360_class_2009.pdf
http://www.salemcountyava.org/Learn_360_Quick_Start_Guide_Salem.htm#top%20of%20page