share and reflect giffyWhat frameworks do we use when considering technology integration to support learning? What does digital literacy mean in education? Our January Learning Educational Technologies (LET) meeting focused on discussion surrounding these types of questions. Here are some highlights and resources.

Did you know the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has new standards for K-12 students? Check out the 2016 ISTE Standards for Students (scroll to bottom) and compare them to the 2007 ISTE Standards for Students. The ISTE Standards for Teachers are due for a refresh. Compare the draft to the current ISTE Standards for Teachers. What are your thoughts?

What frameworks aid in guiding considerations surrounding learning technologies? We tapped the surface in our discussion, leaving more to explore! In my presentation, Brainstorm: Why, How, When, Which Tools, slides 3-7 explore a few such as the SAMR model, TPACK, critical pedagogy, considerations with English Learners, and more. We also had a rich discussion piggybacking off The Office of Educational Technology’s Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Challenge (2016).

What does the term “digital literacy” mean? We began discussions and collecting related resources, while keeping in mind our ongoing conversation surrounding equity and inclusiveness in online spaces. Here are few resources promising to ignite conversation: From Written To Digital: The New Literacy in Educause Review (March/April 2016); Kathy Schrock’s Resources for the Digital Age; and sources I aggregate on my When Tech Met Ed Digital Literacies page. I highly recommend Kevin Kelly’s book, The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technology Forces that will Shape our Future (2016) as food for thought in the context of education.

Let’s continue these discussions! Add to the resources and conversations by joining one of our upcoming LET meetings. Share in the Tech’d Out Learning Facebook group.

LET PictureDuring Winter term, the LET (Learning Educational Technology) Community will meet in Furman 405 from 10-11:50 on the following dates: Friday, January 27; Friday, February 24; and Friday, March 17.

We look forward to another good term of exploring issues surrounding learning technologies! A sampling of potential topics include Open Educational Resources, exploring WebEx, Canvas, instructional design best practices and continuing our discussion about social justice and equity.

Join us for coffee, tea, snacks and good conversation!  Also, join our Tech’d Out Learning Facebook group.


Did you know OSU has Box? In short, Box is unlimited, secure cloud data storage. It allows anywhere, anytime, any device accessibility. It makes sharing and collaboration easy. Learn more at Box for Oregon State University and use the Getting Started With Box information.

The Learning Educational Technology (LET) Community gained an overview of the new Box for Oregon State University in our November meeting. We will continue to explore it!

hand-226708_640LET (Learning Educational Technology) Community will meet in Furman 405 from 10-11:50 am on the following dates: Friday, October 21; Tuesday, November 8th; and Tuesday, December 6th

You are welcome to come for the entire time or come and go as fits your schedule. On our first meeting, we will build community surrounding learning technologies and choose topics we wish to explore. One possible focus is social justice and equity surrounding learning technologies and online/hybrid teaching. We look forward to hearing your interests! Join us for coffee, tea, snacks and good conversation. Join us online in the Tech’d Out Learning Facebook Group.

Register for the Integrated Learning Resource Center (ILRC) Colloquium in the Learning Innovation Center at Oregon State University on September 8th and 9th, 2016. Sessions will cover a variety of topics related to instructional technologies at OSU, while labs will help you implement those technologies in your pedagogy.

Join participants from OSU and beyond. Breakfast and lunch will be served both days. Take a look at the full agenda. This colloquium is presented by Academic Technology, a division of Information Services, and the Center for Teaching and Learning, a division of Academic Affairs.

My screenshot taken yesterday between the LBJ Boyhood Home and the visitor center. It’s everywhere!

Guest Post by Rhonda Wise – My name is Rhonda Wise and I am currently working as a Seasonal Interpretive Park Ranger at Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park in Johnson City, TX. As an Interpretive Ranger, my job is not only to educate but to connect our visitors, on a personal level, to the cultural and natural resources associated to the Johnson Presidency. The National Park Service is embarking on its second century of service. I want to make sure that I am prepared to represent the agency while adapting to meet the needs of our future visitors in a way that is relevant to them.

Pok’ewhat?!? Social media is swamped with the reports and posts, both good and bad, about the new Pok’emon Go mobile app and game.  The mobile app takes gamers to historical sites and markers in a quest to ‘catch’ the Pok’emon creatures.  The National Park Service is embracing it, with our current director producing a video welcoming Trainers, as the gamers are called, to the parks.  With his endorsement, I added his video to our facebook page and welcomed trainers to Lyndon B. Johnson National Historik Park (but inside I am cringing). 

Is this how we get millennials into and experiencing the parks?  I read an article today that made a statement that took my attention. ”Pok’emon Go managed to accomplish something that museums, historic sites and others have struggled with for years:  Getting a generation of nerds into the world to discover it, and its stories, anew.”

The positive… Pok’mon Go Live article

And the negative… Holocaust Museum

I will be anxiously watching as this plays out. Will we find new connections with this Pok’emon generation or will parks be a nondescript backdrop for the game? Is this or can this be used as a digital educational tool?  Thoughts? 

(Stay tuned. Rhonda is working on a project for the Educational Technology course. When it’s complete, an update will be made here to direct traffic to more of her engaging posts like this.)

LET 360A huge thank you to everyone who participated face-to-face or virtually in the Learning Educational Technologies (LET) Community this academic year! We had lively discussions surrounding social media in education, YouSeeU, hybrid/online teaching, adaptive analytics and more. As a result of our collaboration, several of us presented A Smorgasbord of Integrating Educational Learning Tools at the Spring 2016 Ecampus Faculty Forum

We rounded out the year with a celebration of accomplishments and an exploration of emerging technologies. Victor Yee shared work by the Ecampus Multimedia team. Some of it can be accessed on the Outreach and Engagement Technology presentation Canvas site. Cub Kahn showed us a hybrid poster using Aurasma, which can quickly add a virtual dimension to posters. Jennifer Bachman took a 360 picture of the group and showcased it on Google Cardboard Glasses. Cheridy Aduviri shared a few nostalgic, fun sites like Itch-A-Skitch and Star Wars Crawl Creator. She also shared some favorite online map sites and encourages K-12 educators to think creatively while browsing the When Tech Met Ed Educational Sites tab. Jennifer treated us to homemade scones! As we continue our learning technology explorations, we consider frameworks that take into consideration supporting learning, creativity, communication, collaboration, etc. in meaningful and new ways.

If you weren’t able to join us, check out some of the sites linked to in this post. Consider joining the Tech’d Out Learning Facebook group over the summer.

hand-226708_640Mark your calendar for the Learning Educational Technology (LET) Committee Spring term dates! Join colleagues in the College of Education in community building surrounding learning technologies. Our broad plan is to focus on hands-on experience with learning technologies and to continue conversations surrounding online social justice started in our Winter All College meeting.  If you have any special requests for topics to discuss or ideas for guests, let either Cheridy or Jennifer know.

  • Fridays from 10-12 in Furman 405 on April 8th, May 13th, and June 3rd.

Can’t make a meeting? Join the conversation in the Tech’d Out Learning Facebook group.

We look forward to engaging conversation and tasty snacks. Hope to see you there!

Are you new to online or hybrid teaching at OSU or want to take your skills to the next level? Ecampus, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offer trainings and workshops. Technology Across the Curriculum offers faculty support in Canvas and other learning technologies.

OnlineEcampus Online Trainings and Workshops

  • Teaching an Online Course — This is a two week online self-paced training course.  It’s designed for someone who is new to teaching online and teaching an established online course.  It gives hands-on experience and allows participants to experience online learning from the student’s experience. Contact Karen Watte to register.
  • New Instructor Training – This is a 2-hour session (live/online) approximately two weeks before the start of each term.  It is designed for new online instructors.  It devotes an hour to best practices in online teaching and an hour to Canvas basics. Contact Karen Watte.
  • Canvas Facilitator Training – This is a 50-minute training offered various times during the month before each new term. It reviews important Canvas features. It is offered both online and face-to-face.  Registration is online.

Check out all Ecampus development and training workshops. Keep your eyes open for updates and useful hints from Ecampus in their email newsletters. Hybrid Trainings, Workshops and Grant Opportunities

TAC Workshops and Canvas Updates

  • TAC Events — This is a current calendar of events. TAC frequently provides Canvas workshops and support for faculty.
  • Canvas Transition Site — Check out the many Canvas specific resources and Lynn Greenough’s Canvas support office hours on the right hand side of the Migration Help page.
  • TAC Canvas Updates mailing list is also a useful resource. Join it for brief updates and useful tips sent to your inbox.

We have some wonderful resources on Campus! Enjoy getting to know them.