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James Folkestad

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Colorado State University - School of Education
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My name is James Folkestad I am an Associate Professor in the School of Education. I teach a course titled Educational Technology and Assessment (ED331). I am introducing students to Classroom 2.0 methods and technologies.

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Who's being educated? ME!

Posted on October 25, 2007 at 7:04am 4 Comments

I teach a course on educational technology at Colorado State

University within the teacher licensure program. We are eight weeks into the semester and it

has been a very interesting ride so far.

I must admit that I entered the class somewhat naively, thinking that my

students, being “digital aboriginals” would embrace technology, embrace a more

collaborative approach to teaching, how wrong I was…

Here are some of my…


SlideShare and WebQuests

Posted on July 10, 2007 at 1:01pm 3 Comments

I created a PowerPoint WebQuest template based on the San Diego State U. Webquest.org template. You can download this template from SlideShare and use it to create Webquests using PowerPoint. I plan on having my University students work on developing Webquests as an assignment and then… Continue

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At 10:13pm on January 30, 2009, Jack said…
Hi James. I was wondering if your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
At 12:20am on September 24, 2008, Mary Hricko said…
Hi Jim,
How's it going? Well, I'm teaching my edtech course in NING and it's going great. The students love the environment and the interaction is really good. In comparison to the wiki site, the students are posting more on ning.
At 8:35am on October 28, 2007, Kali Nelson said…
At 5:33pm on September 20, 2007, Steve Hargadon said…
I'm really glad you've been introducing the site. None of us know where this experiment is going, and if it has shown one thing, it's shown that age does not appear to be the predominant factor in using these tools. I think we often assume that just because a generation has grown up with technology that they will immediately "grok" the deeper levels of that technology. I do think your students are more likely to quickly try something new.

One comment I left on a student's blog, since she had arrived at the conclusion that she got better information from a search than asking a question on the social network. I'll find my response and send it to you.

So glad to have you interested and experimenting.
At 6:59am on September 20, 2007, Steve Hargadon said…

It's just a text box that I update manually. You have to use some html code, but I'll send you the raw code for our sidebar and you'll see how relatively simple it is.

I'm assuming many of the CSU members who have joined are because of you--I left a long comment on the blog of one student. Did she ever mention it?
At 9:48am on September 14, 2007, Ed Jones said…

I am looking for students and researchers, perhaps like yours, to look specifically at learning through online sound, animation, and interactivity. We focus on history, but that's a pretty broad reach and can use many kinds of technology tools.

If you all know of any research, or want a topic for new research, we're looking at how these things work or don't work. (Don't work to often for general learners IMHO). Any insight at all would be great.

Oh, and can you get my CSU parking ticket fixed?

At 6:39pm on July 20, 2007, Mary Hricko said…
No problem, I'm doing the same thing. Basically, I've decided to use my CMS tool as the primary course site, but I'm going to have my students build a course wiki. We will probably also test using Sakai--so I'm basically building my course in three sites for students to learn how to use. Let me know what you're doing, too.
At 3:52pm on July 12, 2007, Mary Hricko said…
Hey Jim, Here's a link for you:

At 1:34pm on July 10, 2007, Mary Hricko said…
Hi Jim,

Believe it or not, I'm actually working on it right now. As soon as I get it done, I'll send you a copy of my first draft. To get a sense of some of our projects, here's our course site http://www.itecksu.org/courses/edtech/pages/Assignments.html.

I'm planning on changing some assignments around to integrate more web2.0 applications --for example, using a wiki instead of frontpage to build the portfolio.

Talk to you soon.
At 12:41pm on July 10, 2007, Mary Hricko said…
Hey James,
It looks like we're doing the same thing. I teach ed tech at Kent State (OH). My course is online and we do e-portfolios, wequests...maybe we can discuss assignments and class projects etc.


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