Thursday, January 16, 2020

Connecting with the World: Giving Our Students a Voice.

Your first lecture is a recorded session from our guest speaker Shannon Miller. She is a UNI graduate and former teacher-librarian and technology integration specialist at Van Meter Community School District. She is now an international speaker that encourages young people and educators to have a voice while learning, creating, collaborating, and connecting with others globally. She speaks and consults around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a difference in education and the lives of others. She is a Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect Spokesperson at Follett Corporation.; Buncee's Teacher Librarian Advisor and Cantata Learning's Teacher Librarian Advocate. She is also the author of the award-winning The Library Voice blog.

You may follow her on Twitter at

Before watching the lecture:

Open and analyze the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for teachers and students. ISTE standards provide a framework for learning, teaching and leading that is amplified by technology.
  • ISTE Standards for Students emphasize the skills and qualities we want for students, enabling them to engage and thrive in a connected, digital world. 
  • ISTE Standards for Educators define the new skills and pedagogical insights educators need to teach, work and learn in the digital age. 
Bookmark these standards, we will be coming back to them throughout the course.

Download the "I am a Digital Age Learner" poster that breaks down the standard for students in a nice concept map.

While watching the lecture (see Lecture folder in an eLearning) :
  • Try to make a list of the skills and tools mentioned by Shannon. 
  • Do you know many skills and tools to give you and your future students a voice? 
  • What your high, middle, and elementary school teachers did to give you a voice and to connect you to the world outside of your classroom? 
  • What can you do to make your future students' learning more meaningful and engaging? 
  • Do you see an echo of ISTE standards in Shannon's teaching

collage from Shannon Miller guest speaking
Shannon Miller guest speaker

Sunday, January 5, 2020


Welcome to Educational Technology and Design course Spring 2020 edition!

RWLDs (Reading, Watching, Listening, and Doings) collected in this blog will be your weekly activities to complete PRIOR to watching the recorded lecture. 

We will be releasing a new set of RWLD weekly each Thursday (refer to the course schedule, and eLearning for the details). 

For face-to-face sections: We will explain everything, and answer all your questions in the lab on Monday or Tuesday.

Online students: Please check your eLearning for the message from your instructor.  Ask your questions, in the designated area in your eLearning course. 

For now, please bookmark this page, visit our social media (links on a sidebar) and stay tuned for more!
                        ~Your EdTech and Design team