CEP 807: Capstone: Summer 2003.
Classnotes: A chronological account of the course.
[Schedule: May 10, May 31 and June 21; June 26: Exhibition Day.]

CEP 807: Summer 2003.

Portfolio Gallery ! A Showcase of the 2002-2003 Cohort.

Portfolio Exhibition Guide .

Recipe Collection .

Vines Reflections .

Capstone Priorities .

Synthesis Papers . Assignment

Nostalgia Time: Remembering Your First Exhibition...June 25, 2002 .

Exhibition Page & Assignment.
    June 26th: Exhibition.
    Assignment: Email Me Your "25 Word" Description.    Examples:  2002 Cohort .    2001 Cohort .
        Deadline: June 22nd.    Poster for Exhibition : 2002 Cohort.
    Food, Recipes, Community, Culture, Science, Math, and Life:  Recipe Collection .
    Recipe Assignment :  Due by June  21st.
    Potluck for Exhibition?  (Doesn't have to be your recipe.)
Key Points not to forget:  Emailideas.  Home workspace.   Gender Gap.  Singing.
Burn CD. Back up files. Don't forget recipe.htm.  synthesis.htm.

Remember: If you do not wish to have your work or any part of it accessible on the Web, you don't have to...email me or talk to me.

synthesis.htm    Important: Give it a title.  And put your 'byline':    by   Sally Wilson at the top.
If you wish, you can at the bottom in small font put... "Synthesis paper for Master of Arts in Educational Technology."  Date optional.

How much time?  Most of the class appears to me to be done, unless you have not yet published  much.  The synthesis.htm must be done by July 10th.  You can take up to August 10th if you wish. When you consider yourself done, email me and I will make a final review of  your work.

Other Key Pages.

Gender Gap .  

Singalong with Linda Volz.


CEP 813: Spring Semester: Portfolios and Children's Work on the Web .

Resources Discussed.
    The New York Times Student Page:

    George Lucas Educational Foundation .  Edutopia magazine.  (http://www.glef.org )

    Finding Free or Buying Web Space
        http://www.scholastic.com      text and photos; no movies, ppt.

    Best Places for Educators to Get Software at a Discount

    Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett.  http://www.jjg.net

Saturday, June 20: Preparing for the Portfolio Exhibition: June 26th.

Our goal today is to prepare for the Portfolio Exhibition and the completion of your portfolios.

Arrive by 9:00. Park legally! Log in on computer in 132 Erickson (may use 130).
10:00-12:00 Exhibition.
12:00-1:00 Lunch (Tables set up outside 133.)
1:00 Assemble for photo opportunity.
1:30 Final remarks
2:00 Complete SIRS forms.
2:15 Farewells

Mail Status . Angel Status coming.

A nice workspace page...

Ruminations While Shopping Online .

Found at http://www.exploratory.lib.umich.edu Faculty Exploratory (but lots of bad links).

$25/month: Tutorials with Quicktime videos....is it worth it?

Here's what I emailed the class on Monday:

Hi...the soon to be done 2002-2003 Cohort (and the LDT Think Tank group):
I am looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday and then again on Thursday, June 26th, for the Exhibition of your portfolios.
I hope you all had a nice weekend and, in some cases, a nice Fathers Day.

All of you (almost) have wrapped up your school year, hauled your boxes of class stuff home, and are breathing a well-earned sigh of relaxation. And summer weather has arrived.

So now we have a nine days to work on wrapping up CEP 807 and enjoying a wonderful celebration at the Exhibition.
Here is what I would like each of you to be working on...

Nine nicely numbered points...use them as a checklist for Saturday.

1. Refresh your memory.
Log on to the course classnotes and take a few minutes to look back over some of the topics we've worked on.
Danah's resources on design are linked there:
and she has sent an email with advice on books on design, which I will send to the class.

2. Write your 25-50 word description of what you want to show at the exhibition...patterned after:
If you email it to me before Saturday, I will add it to the draft. If not, you can add it on Saturday.
I am preparing a "exhibition poster" like the following:

3. Recipe assignment.
Remember to publish a special recipe of yours to your web folder as "recipe.htm".
You can look at each other's recipes at:

Some nice ones are already published. I find the following to be good examples of
including some cultural and family connections, along with nice formatting and photos.
As we wrap up the capstone course, this recipe assignment is one that I would encourage you to use with your students next year.
Check out these for ideas:


4. Priorities: Review your capstone priorities and decide which ones you want to work on before June 26th.

As you look over your priorities, feel free to change them (no need to change the page you published).
Ask yourself what parts of your portfolio do you most want to work on before June 26th,
what would you like to work on during the remainder of the summer, and what are longer term goals.
I want you each to complete the course with a portfolio you are proud of and which is designed to be useful to you after the course is over.

As you work on your portfolio, please also look around your workspace (in most cases, your home) and ask yourself how you might improve your working conditions.

5. Your portfolios. I am creating a page like the one from CEP 813:
with a link to each of your "index.htm" pages in your MSU web folders.
I want to be sure I have the latest and best link to your work on Saturday.

6. Checking Your Study Buddy's Website.
One of the first things I will ask you to do on Saturday is to go through your Study Buddy's portfolio, checking each link, looking for spelling and other errors. You will look at the portfolio in both Internet Explorer and Netscape 6.0 and note any important problems. I will ask you to jot down any problems on a "review" sheet, sign it, give it to your Study Buddy, who will make any necessary corrections and then give the sheet to me, indicating that any errors have been corrected.

7. Synthesis Paper. Publish as "synthesis.htm" in your web folder.
At our last class I discussed the final synthesis or reflection paper. I asked each of you to write a polished essay that discussed four ideas:

On what I have learned about technology...
On what I have learned about myself as a learner...
On what I have learned about online learning...
On where I am going in the future...

At one point I thought of making these separate short essays or brief reflections written in Blackboard.
But I decided it would be more interesting if you integrated your thoughts about these issues into one paper.

As in all assignments, I would like this to be an essay written for an authentic audience in a voice that you would be comfortable sharing with such listeners as fellow teachers, potential employers, faculty in the masters program, your students and their parents.
I also talked about the question of "how many pages" or "how many words" or "how long is this supposed to be"? I suggested that it should be a substantial paper but not so long that no one would read it. This synthesis paper will be put on file in the department as a part of evidence that you have met the comprehensive examination requirement of the Graduate School. Your synthesis papers are also likely to be read by faculty in the program.

So, how long? Back when people used typewriters, one could say 10 pages, double spaced. It turns out that this usually meant about 250 words per page or about 2500 words. The Teacher Education masters synthesis paper description sets this as the upper limit.
I have been looking at some of the writings in portfolios from this class and others and have copied text from Web pages into Word to use the Word Count function to try to get some sense of how many words seem readable on a Web page. Here's where Danah's resources on Web design become so important. Design issues like: white space, font (Verdana or Arial are best for Web), color choices for background and text, browser, screen resolution, use of graphics and photos, etc., really affect how "readable" and "attractive" the text is on Web pages.

But...I know, I know... you want to know how many words....
Carole Colburn will not be in class on Saturday so she has already published her synthesis paper. I appreciate her letting me share it with you.

Take a look at it...
(She will be moving this to her MSU folder later.)

I think it is a good example as far as substance and length. (I will suggest she change the background from gray and a few other things, but it's a good example for now.)

How many words or pages do you think are in her essay?
According to Word: 2,208.... close to a 10 page double spaced paper.
Like most teachers, I always worry that by giving an example I might limit the variety and creativity of others. Please don't feel your synthesis paper needs to "look like" Carole's paper.

Given the four questions, I think you will probably need about 2,000 words to express yourself. You're free to be a bit shorter or longer. You're also free to format your response in ways that work for you in expressing yourself and making your paper readable and attractive so that a visitor to your website would be intrigued enough to read it. A captivating title, perhaps, a photo maybe, some variety in font and style... any of these tools for communication can be used.
Enough for now....
Please email me if you have questions.

Ruminations: Mini-Lecture on Portfolio Concept, Templates, Entrepreneurship, Simplicity, Time.


A Michigan teacher in my ED 870 class wrote that she had created a website (template) at this company.
Example of: entrepreneurship, templates.

Buddy Check:



Synthesis Papers





Saturday, May 31: Your Priorities, Your Study Buddies, and Reflections .
   Themes for Today (with assignment for next week: NY Times .)
        Planning Your Life for Self-Directed Learning.
        Thinking About Your Students' Lives and Futures.  (Surveys).

                CEP 240: Spring 2003: What MSU Students Report They Have Access To.

        Design, Design, Design.  (Book on CD: Tom Peters : Reinventing Work.)
            Subtheme: Authors Websites: Freebies and Insights.
                See also my page on Frank McCourt .

Laptop connections in 133 .

Welcome.  News? Babies?  Jobs?  Marriages?  Summer Vacations (assuming you finish this course)?

Design Conference in Minneapolis . Reebok . NBBI .

Today's Schedule.  Featuring Danah Henriksen!     Danah's Resources

    Suggestions from CEP 813 Students in March .
    Theme: Listen to your students; Get close to your customers. (Survey today, another example.)
    Theme: Sharing Data: Visual Display of Quantitative Data.

On May 15th, I sent you all an email with your first two assignments,
and posted a webpage version:

Deadlines for your two standalone pages: Sunday, May 18, 3:00 pm.
Deadlines for your responses to your study buddy's pages: Thursday, May 22, midnight.

Time Pressure.  I also looked at your "last day you have to be at school".

Take a look:  http://www.msu.edu/user/pdickson/cep807/lastclassdate03U.htm

Wow! The school year gets longer and longer for teachers!  And this really  puts pressure on each of you, on me, and on the class if we are to arrive at June 26th with excellent portfolios, complete and ready for exhibition.  Given how late many of your school years end, it may be necessary for some of you to work beyond the June 26th exhibition to complete the expectations for this class.  But we'll work as quickly as we can.

So let's get started.  (Note: If you don't know how to publish standalone pages, let your study buddy know, ask his or her help, and email me right away and we'll work to help you. Thanks.)

Your Study Buddy and House.
I have paired each of  you with a study buddy and was able to find lodging for everyone in CEP 807.
In most cases two pairs of study buddies are assigned to a house. I tried as best I could to honor your requests.

We will use Blackboard's Discussion Board area as the place for you to communicate with your study buddies,
especially the assignments that call for you to respond to or give feedback to your study buddy.

More on study buddy responsibilities later.

For now, you can go to http://blackboard.msu.edu, go to Communication, click on Discussion Board,
then find your assigned house and see who you are paired with and housed with.

Your first two assignments are linked from the bottom of the classnotes (which you should always keep bookmarked).

1. Vines Reflection.
 I have created a webpage with pre-built links for the page you should publish as "myvinesreflection.htm".

The page I've created with links to each of your forthcoming vine reflections is

(You may want to bookmark this page.)
(As of today, Robert York and Carole Colburn are the first to post their pages.)

Note: All reflections are shared with everyone in the class, even though only study buddies are assigned to respond.

Deadline: Sunday, 3:00 p.m., May 18th.
 Email your study buddy just as soon as your reflections are published and the link works.
(Check it at: http://www.msu.edu/user/pdickson/cep807/myvinesreflections03U.htm )

For  your convenience, I will repeat the key elements of the vines reflection assignment here
but you really need to go to each link and read them carefully, and in the case of the vines reflection,
thoughtfully...give yourself some time to mull, walk around your backyard, neighborhood, and school,
and think about your growth in technology and which "climates" (context, lighting, soil, support structures, etc)
provide for your optimal growth.

Read about the assignment at:
Vines, Timelines, Lifelines, and Lifelong Learning

1. Please publish a standalone page named  "myvinesreflection.htm" about your own growth in learning to use technology, using the vine as metaphor (if this works for you).

2. End your reflection with one or two specific things or actions that would help you create a more supportive environment for your further growth.

2. Assignment: Capstone Priorities.  Deadline: Sunday, May 18, 3:00 p.m.
As soon as you have published  your "mycapstonepriorities.htm" is published email your study buddy so he or she can respond to it.

Details of  Your Personal Capstone Priorities List Assignment .

Read about it at:

Saturday, May 10: Planning Our Work in the Course.
Welcome Back!

The End is Near!

Special Guest: Professor Mary Lundeberg .
    PT3: Technology Leadership Cadre .

Introducing Ourselves, Especially Those We Haven't Met.

Fall 2001: CEP 813: Online for the first time.
    Kat Soupal.     Portfolio Gallery .

The Learning, Design and Technology cohort:
    Brandon Blinkenberg
    Mustafa Demir
    Danah Henriksen
    Olga Lami-Schimizzi
    Keith Medlin
    Denis Nesterov

Other Members of 2002-2003 Cohort:
    Karla Browning
    Christopher King
    Timothy Madden
    Michael Partridge

Educational Technology Endorsement: Working on it .

Feedback to CEP 813 On-Campus Portfolios. My Email .

Planning this course:
Looking back on the summer of 2000.
    Looking forward to summer of 2003.

Suggestions from CEP 813 Students in March .
Theme: Listen to your students; Get close to your customers.

Ideas and Issues
  Outline in More 3.1

Example of work required when initial advice is not well written: Email regarding FTP .

CEP 952: Authentic WorkDanah Henriksen's Design Resources .
    (PS: Any of you interested in pursuing PhD?)

Capstone Courses: What Are They? Why Have Them?
    Preview for ED 870 : Capstone Seminar for Online Masters.

    Requirements for CEP 807 (subject  to change) (in common with ED 870).

Evaluation Form for Teacher Education Masters Portfolio .

Synthesis Paper for Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching.

Important Goals for Today:

Forming Study Buddy Pairs and Study Groups.   CEP 813 in Blackboard .

Survey:  Write down your name, your preferences for Study Buddy (or possible buddies),
with one sentence rationale.

Survey: What technologies to you own or have access to at home?

Next week:

Vines Reflection Assignment .

Your Personal Capstone Priorities List Assignment .