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Photowall from Chromecast App

Photowall from ChromecastPhotowall for Chromecast (iPhone/iPad): I recently wrote about the Chromecast I bought and have been trying out. This App, Photowall, is probably the best app currently available for schools and classroom activities.

Photowall enables students in (and outside) the classroom to ‘send’ images to the TV screen.

“Photowall for Chromecast is a new Chrome Experiment that lets people collaborate with images on the TV – using phones or tablets. Anyone can take a picture and send it to a Photowall to instantly see it on the big screen.” 

Photowall from Chromecast (free):
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/photowall-for-chromecast/id814088518

All you need, from what I can see and have tested, is one device that can connect and ‘open’ the Photowall through the Chromecast. Once the Photowall has been created anyone can connect to the website on g.co/photowall, enter the passcode for that particular ‘wall, and send images to the screen.

  • Select images, doodle/draw on them, add a caption, and/or send to the ‘wall.
  • Send the code you’re provided when you create your Photowall to others you want to participate and they can send their own photos to the ‘wall – use the g.co/photowall link.
  • Save your ‘wall in a YouTube video for posterity.

You don’t have any input into the layout, length, music track, etc/ used to create the YouTube video, it’s all done behind the scenes. Here’s an example created from my first Photowall experiment:

YouTube: David’s Photowall

Here’s some images of Photowall: setting it up, using it, etc.

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Research from the Michigan Virtual University on a connectivist MOOC

Tony Bates leitet seine Zusammenfassung mit dem Hinweis ein, dass wir langsam in die Phase der ersten Erfahrungs- und Forschungsberichte über MOOCs eintreten. Hier handelt es sich um einen cMOOC, der von der Kent State University durchgeführt und vom Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute ausgewertet wurde. Sein Ziel: “How can we get teachers to think more deeply about reinventing education?” Er lief über sechs Wochen, hatte 673 (zu Beginn) bzw. 848 (am Ende) Teilnehmer, und man nutzte Coursesites von Blackboard als MOOC-Plattform. Tony Bates reflektiert in seinen Anmerkungen ausführlich über zukünftige Forschungsschwerpunkte und fragt z.B.:

“Despite the very good work done by the instructors/researchers of this MOOC, I am still left with the question: what did the participants actually learn from this MOOC? For instance, what would an analysis of the student ‘artifacts’ have told us about their learning? Unless we try to answers questions about what actual learning took place then it will remain difficult if not impossible to measure the true value of different kinds of MOOC, and I think that would be a pity.”
Tony Bates, e-learning and distant education resources, 30. März 2014

Despite the very good work done by the instructors/researchers of this MOOC, I am still left with the question: what did the participants actually learn from this MOOC? For instance, what would an analysis of the student ‘artifacts’ have told us about their learning? Unless we try to answers questions about what actual learning took place then it will remain difficult if not impossible to measure the true value of different kinds of MOOC, and I think that would be a pity. - See more at: http://www.tonybates.ca/2014/03/30/research-from-the-michigan-virtual-university-on-a-connectivist-mooc/#sthash.pkaj5pg6.dpuf