A terrific post from Presentation Zen on ways to inspire today’s learners. Check it out here. Continue reading Rethinking Education
Students of all ages are surprised when their instructors introduce a popular song to the learning environment. Music stimulates areas of the brain that normally snooze along during a standard text or lecture driven lesson. Any music will work- old, new, traditional etc- but it must be used with purpose. Here is a recent Prof Hacker post with some inspiring uses for specific popular music, … Continue reading Music in Instruction
Do you ever have students brainstorm or collaborate in your face to face classes? In an online course, the same end results can be achieved by asking students to use a “mind mapping” tool. Online mind mapping involves adding concepts in bubbles or containers that can be connected as needed to synthesize learning and create conceptual frameworks. Many online mapping tools are also collaborative, allowing … Continue reading Mapping Tools
There are dozens of web 2.0 tools that can be used to enhance an online learning environment, but in evaluating these tools, one wants to ensure that the time spent learning to use the tool is proportional to the teaching and learning impact made by the tool. VoiceThread is a tool that handily meets this criteria. With VoiceThread, an instructor can post a primary source to be viewed by students. This source can be a photo, video, piece of text, document, website etc. VoiceThread allows users to cluster around the primary source, sharing reflections, audio comments, video feedback, whatever is asked of them. Their feedback appears in a circular fashion around the initial object. In this way the electronic conversation emulates more organically a face to face conversation. Continue reading “VoiceThread”
IDEAS Basic 1. Sign up sheet. Create a wiki page with dates when students will be presenting. Ask students to Edit Wiki Content to sign up next to a date or time.2. Paired work. Have pairs of students each create a wiki page for use as a partner workspace. The 2 students can share ideas project planning deadlines, resources, websites, summaries etc. on their shared … Continue reading Using Blackboard Wikis
We’ve all heard a story from a friend or family member whose computer hard drive has suddenly crashed, and months or years of work was lost. While the prevalence of these stories may have decreased over recent years, can we safely assume that it is because hard drives don’t crash anymore? There are many easy (set it and forget it) options to back up your … Continue reading Do you have a backup?
“Technological change has made some of the embodiments of humanistic work — media, archives, institutions, perhaps curricula– a lot more plastic than they used to be. That could turn out to be a good thing or a bad thing. But it’s neither of those just yet: the meaning of the opportunity is going to depend on what we make of it.”Reference Continue reading What will we make of it?