Our weekly Google Hangout was held from 7 – 8 pm and from 8 – 9 pm on Wednesday, October 21.


  • Twitter. The Practice of community building, discussion and discovery
  • Reflect. What progress did you make on LEAP 3?
  • Discuss. Key ideas from your discussion of the video on Week 6, Digital Learning in Rhode Island.
  • Comment. Renee comments on your LEAP 2 projects
  • Advice. Interviewing and Research Strategies for LEAP 3. Why you must document your work for LEAP 3 on Basecamp. 


  1. VIEW and CRITIQUE. What makes a good interview? Renee has assigned you a video interview that was developed by URI students who interviewed a Rhode Island educator about digital learning. After watching the video you have been assigned, think about what the interviewer did well and what they could have done to improve their work. Then use the Digital Coffeehouse to write about your perceptions. Offer “warm feedback” on the strengths of the work and offer “cool feedback” about the limitations of the work.
  2. EXPLORING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR LEARNING. Watch this video about the faculty of Albermarle County Public Schools who are using Twitter for professional development. Then watch this video about the use of education hashtags in education using Twitter. Then select one of the education #hashtags listed here and follow the thread of that particular hashtag every day for the next week. See what that community can teach you about digital learning. Finally, offer a comment to someone who is using that hashtag (and be sure to include our #COM410 hashtag, too).
  3. LEARN ABOUT DIGITAL ANNOTATION. Change in plans as of Sunday, October 25: If you are using Chrome, download Kami, (formerly known as Notable), a free PDF annotation tool that’s super easy to use. This tool seems easier and more foolproof than Adobe. See the tutorial below.
  4. READ A CASE STUDY. Demonstrate your active reading by using a digital annotation tool to read and annotate our scholarly reading for this week. Your annotation should include (a) yellow highlighting of key ideas; (b) connections between this reading and other ideas you have encountered in the class readings and videos; and (c) questions that you have during and after reading.
    1. Hobbs, R. (2013). Improvization and Strategic Risk Taking in Informal Learning with Digital Media Literacy. Learning, Media and Technology, 38(2), 182-197.
  5. DIGITAL ANNOTATION FOR LEARNING. After reading the Hobbs article, find one of the articles listed as a reference in the Hobbs article and track it down using the resources of the URI library. Download it, read it, and annotate it using the same process outlined above. Send both documents as completed annotations to the instructor at hobbs@uri.edu before class on October 28 at 7 p.m.
  6. COMING UP! DUE November 4: LEAP 3

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