ASSETT @ Western Oregon University

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ASSETT Hibernating 2017-2018

ASSETT as a project is in hibernation for 2017-2018. Once we have had time to recruit, reorganize, and realign our goals, we will come back.

Thank you for your support!


July 2017

ASSETT Presentations for Fall 2015

This Fall we are focusing a lot of our work on providing SWIVL training so that faculty and students have experience working with these great devices. They enable video recording in the classroom with good sound and a camera that will follow you wherever you may wander in the classroom.

In November, we are joined by Dr. Weiwei Zhang of the Center for Academic Innovation. Dr. Zhang is also the Moodle and LMS learning specialist for campus. Be sure to check out her presentation listed below!

SWIVL hardware training

ITC 001, Tues Oct 6th, from 2-3pm

Attendees will get first-hand experience setting up SWIVLs, downloading the app, connecting an iPad to the SWIVL, and practice recording presentations. The focus is hands-on. We will only create videos in this session. Editing of SWIVL videos will the focus of a training on Wednesday, November 4th. (See schedule below).

The Productivity Paradox

ED 204, Wed Oct 14 from 12-1pm

Presenters share 20 technology tools along with tips and best practices for increasing productivity while minimizing cognitive overload and expense. The twenty tools and tips will form a foundation for an interactive discussion where audience members speak, tweet, and share their own solutions to the #productivityparadox.


SWIVL hardware training

ITC 001, Thursday, Oct 29 from 2:30-3:30pm

Attendees will get first-hand experience setting up SWIVLs, downloading the app, connecting an iPad to the SWIVL, and practice recording presentations. The focus is hands-on. We will only create videos in this session. Editing of SWIVL videos will the focus of a training on Wednesday, November 4th. (See schedule below).


SWIVL video editing training

ITC 001, Wed Nov 4th, from 12-1pm

Attendees will learn how to efficiently save, transfer, and edit video they have recorded with their SWIVL. Be sure to bring the device you recorded some SWIVL video on as well as cords to connect to the computers! Also, it will help if you attend one of the two SWIVL hardware trainings in October!


Apple TV Training


ED 204, Wednesday, 12/2, from 12-1 with Elayne Kuletz, Nathan Sauer, and Greg Zobel

Participants will get hands on experience connecting their devices, sharing media, and basics for integrating this into lesson plans and presentations.


Media in online/hybrid courses

ED 118, Thursday, 11/19, from 2-3 with Dr. Weiwei Zhang

In this workshop, we will look at popular tools/media in online and hybrid courses in Moodle. We will approach this topic from the design perspective of online/hybrid courses, including the design of activities and the tools/media that are used for these activities, as well as the design of the course structure and physical layout of the course page.

Dr. Marie LeJeune: Literacy & Digital Work on May 6, 2015

Marie LeJeune










On Wednesday, May 6th, Dr. Marie LeJeune will present “Staying Connected: Social Networking and Digital Resources for Creating and Supporting Young(er) Readers.” This session will explore a variety of online resources for keeping current on books for young(er) readers of children’s and young adult literature. Social networking sites, digital apps, and other online resources are actually one of the best ways to keep growing and supporting readers of print books. Classroom teachers, teacher educators, librarians, parents, and anyone who loves literature for young people can benefit from knowing important sites, tools, and resources for staying up-to-date on the best books for children and young adults.

Her presentation will take place from 12-12:50. Location: ED 204.

Jesse Stommel to Present at WOU

Dr. Jesse Stommel will give a virtual presentation, “Promoting Social Justice in Scholarly Journals” on Wednesday, April 29th. The presentation will be followed by a q&a session. This will take place from 12-1:30 in the Werner University Center’s Willamette Room. All are invited to attend. Stommel is a scholar who works at intersections of technology, pedagogy, lifelong learning, public digital humanities, and social justice. Please bring your questions and ideas so that we can have a robust discussion.

This event is funded by the Diversity Initiative Grant and sponsored by the Masters of Science in Education: Information Technology program and ASSETT (Agile & Sustainable Supplemental Educational Technology Training).

The presentation was recorded for future use in courses and for public discussion on topics related to diversity and social justice in educational technology.

If you are interested in checking out Stommel on Twitter, he has over nine thousand followers. Be sure to look into his primary project, Hybrid Pedagogy and his personal site.

[updated 1 May 2015]
You can view a video of the presentation here.

Audrey Watters at Western Oregon University

On Wednesday, April 8, educational Technology researcher, journalist, and public intellectual Audrey Watters gave her presentation: “Battling Social Injustice in Ed Tech.” This took place in the Columbia Room.

This event is funded by the Diversity Initiate Grant and sponsored by the Masters of Science in Education: Information Technology program and ASSETT (Agile & Sustainable Supplemental Educational Technology Training).

The presentation was recorded for future use in courses and for public discussion on topics related to diversity and social justice in educational technology.

If you are interested in  checking out Watters’ on Twitter, she has over 28 thousand followers, and her site, Hack Education.

You can watch the video here on wouTV.

More Uses for Sol Republic’s Deck in Teaching

Two more ASSETT participants have short reports on how they have used Decks to teach in their classrooms.

Dean Deters

Dean Deters writes:

I have a few uses for the Deck in my elementary classroom.

My most recent use was last month, when the power went out. I was able to play music to my class while we waited for the end of the day. Not something that will happen a lot, but it helped.

I have audio versions of my reading curriculum, so that I can have a kid or small group listen to a story while they read along. I installed the audio on an iPad, so I am able to use the Deck to allow a small group to listen to the story. It is very quick, easy, and mobile.

One thing I was hoping to use the Deck for, was pairing it with a Bluetooth Microphone, and using it to make it easier for my students to hear me when I am teaching. I have not been able to find a mic that will work for this. I emailed Sol Republic, and they didn’t have any ideas either.

I know that some classrooms do not have a decent way to amplify audio from a computer. The external speakers which come with most desktops do not have good quality, come with several wires, and are not very mobile. A Deck would be a good alternative to this, as long as the computer had Bluetooth, or you used a Bluetooth adapter.

It seems that it would come in handy during a language class, allowing several groups to compare pronunciation, or practice speaking into a mobile device, and then sharing.

That’s my $.02.


Bill Hamlin writes:

I used the one I borrowed in my ED 270 class when we were exploring mobile technology and podcasts. We played around with the “party” mode that allows various users to take over the speaker. I had groups of students queue up an interesting podcast or video that we could then rapidly share and move between groups without wasting time switching computers, or plugging things in. It really made the activity run smoothly.

We also brainstormed other uses for the speaker in the classroom and out. It was a good example of a useful peripheral that can make mobile tech even more engaging.

Employing Sol Republic Decks in the Classroom

During Fall 2014, Sol Republic donated ten Decks to ASSETT. Since that time, the Decks have been out in the field and classroom with different K-12 teachers and WOU faculty. Marcus Wenzel was happy to share his report of how he has been using the Deck in his ED 270 course; ED 270 is a course where pre-service teachers learn how to employ technology in their future teaching and content areas.


Instructor Marcus Wenzel with a Deck.

This is from the email Marcus sent:

I approached integrating the speaker from a couple different perspectives. Here’s how my students used it in ED 270-

1. As an example of top-down technology integration where a generous benefactor might donate $$$ or hardware to a school before a specific learning need is identified (common at K-12). In this exercise, students were tasked to scour their learning standards to find out where a Bluetooth speaker might facilitate student achievement.

2. As an example of teacher-driven tech adoption- students had to identify research that supported the use of amplified acoustic systems in the classroom – here’s an example of a study that students located.

3. From a classroom application perspective, students collaboratively brainstormed how they might use the Sol Deck in a classroom. Here are some ideas that they came up with:
a. broadcasting songs/sing-a-longs during circle & learning times
b. audio books for emergent readers
c. timers for classroom activities
d. provide instructions during station activities
e. provide background ambient music during class work times
f. allow larger class to hear phone interviews
g. during active learning strategies & games (like musical chairs)
h. to play clips from famous speakers
i. to provide “audio field trips,” playing sounds of natural biomes (rainforests, aquatic, etc) or animals (“guess what animal makes this sound?”)
j. to play accurate period music during history class
k. to enhance internet browsing, Youtube clips, or other presentation platforms
l. used with a microphone for hearing impaired learners (build own classroom acoustical system)
m. to provide background sounds during historical role play
n. during foreign language learning for students to hear pronunciation, etc.
o. classroom management (“Can you hear the music? If you can’t, you are being too loud.”)
p. to play culturally appropriate music during geography class
q. to provide hidden messages (“Where is the teacher?”)
r. providing another medium for listening to podcasts, both acquired and student-produced
s. motivational tools- student incentive to choose music for the day

Winter 2015 Presentations

On Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, Gregory Zobel will share multiple ways he uses video in his face-to-face and online classrooms. This will include embedding YouTube videos, creating screencasts, and using more interactive video assignments via VoiceThread. The discussion will take place from noon to 1!

On February 25th, Amy Keithley, a current MSEd InfoTech graduate student, will present on the basics of working with SmartBoards. On March 11th, Amy will present some more advanced uses of SmartBoards while working with a STEM-oriented curriculum. Amy also plans to present once or twice in ED 270 during Winter 15.

Recent MSEd graduate and current fourth grade teacher, Tyler Ciscell will return to campus in April, 2015, to present. Tyler will present the practical resources and tips he uses in his classroom on a regular basis.

SOL REPUBLIC Donates Ten Decks to ASSETT

On Monday, Travis Harris of SOL REPUBLIC visited Western Oregon University to donate ten Decks to ASSETT. Travis was welcomed by College of Education Dean Mark Girod and ASSETT members Elayne Kuletz, Nathan Sauer, Kimber Townsend, and Gregory Zobel. Harris spent several minutes showing the Decks’ features, including the ability to act as a Bluetooth-connected speaker for phone calls, a mobile speaker for use inside or outside, and a speaker that up to five people can share control of for sharing playlists. SOL REPUBLIC’s donation to ASSETT is valued at $2,000.

Decks waiting for teacher-researchers and adult educators.

ASSETT plans to use the decks for several purposes. First, area teachers Tyler Ciscell, Dean Deters, and Natalie Clark will each have a Deck for testing out with their local classes. After they have had time to test out the Decks, try some lessons, and develop activities, they will share back their discoveries through ASSETT. Second, two WOU instructors, Marcus Wenzel and Bill Hamlin, who teach a pre-licensure class that focuses on educational technology plan to try out the Deck in their classes. They will test out the Deck as a teaching tool as well as a way for students to work with fitting new technology in their lessons. Third, Ben Hays, a para-educator working in Corvallis, will explore how the Deck can be integrated in 1-to-1 iPad classrooms like those in Corvallis. Finally, Kimber Townsend, Elayne Kuletz, and Mary Bucy will test out the Deck in adult education workshops and trainings over the next couple months.

Mary Bucy with one of the Decks.

ASSETT will publish our researchers’ and teachers’ findings, ideas, and–hopefully!–videos and pictures here. Eventually, we will have a presentation in Spring or Fall 2015 that synthesizes the different strands of our work with the Deck.

Instructor Marcus Wenzel with a Deck.



Fall 2014 Schedule

Fall 2014 Schedule

On October 28th, Dr. Punya Mishra will present an evening lecture on educational technology in our changing world. Dr. Mishra is a professor of Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at the College of Education at Michigan State University. He directs the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program. The readers and editors of Technology and Learning journal recently named him one of the ten most influential people in educational technology. A co-developer of TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge), his work focuses on the intersection of education, creativity, design & technology.

This will take place at 7 pm in the Columbia Room on the WOU campus.

October 28th, during the day Dr. Mishra will be visiting with an ED 270 class in the Willamette Room from 9-11 am. From 12 to 1, he will visit with faculty in a brown bag lunch meeting in the Ochoco room. From 1:30-3, also in the Ochoco room, Dr. Mishra will lead a workshop with faculty and graduate students on using technology to support and enhance creativity in face-to-face and online classrooms.

On November 7th, Dean Deters will give two presentations. The first is “Using Mobile Devices for Classroom Management” and the second “Creating Video with ipad.” Starting his 18th year teaching this year, Dean works at Perrydale Elementary school. He is completing his MSEd in Information Technology this Fall.

November, date to be determined, Elayne Kuletz and Bill Hamlin will lead a staff-focused workshop to address technology questions or training that staff request.

December 3rd, 2014, Melanie Landon-Hays will present her recently co-edited book, Digital Networking for School Reform: The Online Grassroots Efforts of Parent and Teacher Activists. Her presentation will cover the stories of parents and teachers who have used online tools and social media to grow a grassroots movement to counter the corporate takeover of public schools.