Just watched this updated Youtube video on the Social Media Revolution posted May 2010. It really does make you think about the perspectives our students come in with and what we should be teaching in our classes.
If you're thinking of incorporating technology into your classes this fall, here's a free ebook with lots of "how to" info. I have used Twitter, weblogs, Skype, and Wikis so far in order to get more active participation from my students.
If you've wondered how you might use Wikipedia as a resource in the classroom, here are two wayssuggested by Dr. John Orlando (Norwich University). As he notes,"Wikipedia’s motto is 'nooriginal thought,' meaning that everything must be cited, and uncited material is quickly removed. In fact, studies have shown the Wikipedia is about as accurate as Britannica."
One interesting idea is to have your students create their own articles for Wikipedia.Dr. Martha Groom (University of Washington) shares her tips on how to do this here.
Jon Udellwalks us throughhow Wikipedia works by following a page and how it changes over time.
Professors Irina Gendelman and Nathalie Kuroiwa-Lewis (Saint Martin’s University) share their approach to using a blog assignment in their creative writing course. They include guidelines for students as well as sample discussion questions and examples of effective and ineffective blogs. You can access their blogpost here.
As we get to that time of the semester when many of us have our students do presentations, you might look at this creative approach called Pecha Kuchawhich incorporates 20 slides, each shown for 20 seconds, or a total of 6 minutes,40 seconds per presentation.
Some companies are even requiring applicants to use this technique as part of the interviewing process.
You can watch a Pecha Kucha video on using Pecha Kucha here.
For those of you who are interested in using blogs in the classroom, here's a paper I recently presented in Dallas at the Southwest Academy of Management meeting. My co-author, Timothy Johnson, has included a rubric for grading blogs.
A friend of mine, Dr. Joe Hoyle (University of Richmond) has created a blogabout the teaching of a class this semester. He starts out with some advice on how to create a good first impression with your students. As he notes, "It is about teaching first and about teaching Financial Accounting second."
Joe is an excellent teacher whom I've mentioned before on this blog so he's sure to have lots of good tips for all of us to "borrow."
Just had short version of article published in Academic Exchange Quarterly on “The Use of Blogs as a Knowledge Management Tool.” Timothy L. Johnson (Drake University) and I share our experiences using instructor-focused, learner-focused, and community-focused blogs over the past three years as a way to teach both explicit and tacit knowledge.Both benefits and concerns of using blogs in the classroom are also addressed.
One complaint both students and faculty have about online courses is that they can seem so impersonal. This article gives seven easy ways to change that. I liked the suggestion of having students share photos of their pets.