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        Week 1 – Assignment       

This assignment provides another opportunity for you to evaluate a  variety of digital and assistive technologies for supporting diverse  learners. For this assignment, you will create a presentation using  Microsoft PowerPoint or other presentation software of your choice. To  prepare for this assignment, it is recommended that in addition to  reading  Edyburn (2013) Chapter 1 that you also review the Week One  Instructor Guidance. Additionally, be sure to view the TEDx Talks (2012)  video Can Technology Change Education? Yes!: Raj Dhingra at TEDxBend (Links to an external site.).  While you watch the video, pay particular attention to the story  Dhingra tells about the Firefly Mobile Learning Bus utilized in Turkey  and how students are connecting to technology for teaching and learning  in rural parts of the world.

Next, watch the Conscious Educating (2011) video Microsoft Vision of the Classroom of the Future (Links to an external site.),  which shows how technology might affect a classroom in the future while  considering how much technology has changed in such a short period of  time. Finally, watch the TED (2010) video The Child-Driven Education (Links to an external site.)   in which Sugata Mitra discusses how the best teachers and the schools  that need them the most can connect through effective use of technology.

The purpose of this assignment is to showcase how technology has  evolved with regard to teaching and learning and to show the influence  it has on supporting all learners and encouraging student independence.  The videos listed above provide numerous examples to inform the  presentation requirements. It is recommended that you take some time to  consider what will occur in the Week Six Final Project and how the work  completed in this assignment could inform the Final Project. Create your  presentation using the content and written communication instructions  below. Use the Grading Rubric to review your presentation before  submission to ensure you have met the distinguished performance for each  of the components described below. For additional assistance, review  the Week One Instructor Guidance and, if needed, contact the instructor  for further clarifications.

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Week 1 Presentation Template

Content Instructions

  • Slide Length and Design (0.5 point): The presentation  should be five to eight slides in length including title and references  slides. Use relevant and appropriate graphics, sound, and/or animation  that assist in presenting the overall main point but do not distract  from the information presented. Slides should have a consistent theme,  format, and font that augment the readability of the presentation.
  • Evolution of Technology (1 point): Discuss three ways the evolution of technology has impacted teaching and learning.
  • Technology Examples (2 points): Describes three examples of how digital and assistive technologies can be used to support diverse learners.
  • Technology Influence (2 points): Discusses three ways technology influences student independence.

Written Communication Instructions

  • Syntax and Mechanics (0.5 point): Display meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar.
  • Source Requirement (0.5 point): Reference each of the  featured videos as well as the Edyburn (2013) course text on the  references slide and correctly cite all sources within the body of the  presentation.
  • APA Formatting (0.5 point): Use APA formatting  consistently throughout the assignment. Refer to the Ashford University  Writing Center for assistance with APA style and formatting or your copy  of the APA Style Manual.

Week 1 – Assignment
Research Topic and Question
Prior to beginning this assignment,

This week, you will develop a research question for your annotated bibliography:

  1. Choose a research topic.
  2. How is the use of robotics is changing infantry training and tactics?
    2. I’ve also wondered what the military consensus is for what has gone wrong in Afghanistan over nearly 20 years of being there. Why haven’t we won?
    3. With the Arctic region being more important, what are are tacticians saying should be the level and types of deployment for American forces in the region?
    4. What evidence is there that America needs a “Space Force” as part of our national armed services?
    5. If you want to go historical you could try and assess what American efforts in Korea and Vietnam stalled in the 20th century. What was the overall impact of air power in WWI? There are limitless inquires you could make in that area.


  1. Explore your topic.
  2. Write your research question.

Choose a Research Topic
Choose a research topic related to your program or major. This topic will be used for all five weeks so choose one that interests you and for which two scholarly articles, one e-book , and two non-scholarly sources are available. Review the Possible Topics for Research handout if you need ideas. It is recommended that you review the GEN103 Week 1 Assignment example.
Provide a two to three sentence explanation of the research topic and how it is related to your major on the Week 1 Research Topic and Question worksheet.
Explore your Topic
On the Week 1 Assignment worksheet, fill in the KWHL chart to explore the research topic. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions on the worksheet. The 4 Easy Steps to Using the Ashford Library for Background Research is a helpful resource at this point.
Write Your Research Question
Write the first draft of your research question in the table at the bottom of the Week 1 Assignment worksheet. Your research question will help you focus your research by defining the information you are looking for as you research your topic.
Your research question must be:

  • Open-ended (should begin with “how,” “why” or “what”)
  • Clear
  • Concise
  • Detailed

The How to Ask an Open-Ended Question handout can help you formulate an open-ended question.