Scott Moore(associate professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan) blogs about designing a class for next year which is going to have elements of being flipped or simply blended - looking into different ways to assess student learning that goes on during semester inside and outside the classroom.
Among other things, he talks about using TEDed and its tools for quizes and posing questions for students. Looks like it merits a closer look.
Chris Dalton, head of personal development at Henley Business School, says the one thing which characterises speculation on the future role of social media is that it is just that, speculative. “No-one really knows exactly how things will go or where the next big thing will come from,” Dalton says.
When discussing favourite blogs to teaching a class where Ss evaluate some blogs and then write a class blog - it seemed also here visuals were an important factor.
In terms of social media and social networks we see that the trend is to”go visual” and simple. That's also the cause of Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter where users share visual information – photos, pictures andvideos.
Many old arguments from Sherry Turkle but a couple of interesting ideas and images "My students tell me about an important new skill: it involves maintaining eye contact with someone while you text someone else; it’s hard, but it can be done."
A bit of an advert for Scoop.It at the beginning of this interview. Plus some interesting ideas of Nik's idea language school with open Wifi top of the list, with readily available staff to help students to fully utilise their mobile devices for their learning.
Nik Peachey talks about one of his favourite tech tools of the moment, and some of the issues he comes across when helping schools implement technological change.
Straightforward if extremely daunting account from Nik Peachey on how he uses social media for his professional development.
The issue of how we use social media for our own development as teachers and as digitally skilled individuals, is one that I believe is of vital importance though, not just because it can enable us to keep developing as teachers through the content, ideas, resources and above all people it gives us access to, but also because the way use digital media for our own development should guide and influence the way we use it with our students and build their digital literacies and communication skills.
The Republic of Blogs – a new phase in the development, democratization, critique and application of knowledge
Prof. Dunleavy argues that we are currently experiencing a similar shift towards a Republic of Blogs that enlarges communication, debate and evidence beyond the halls of universities. Academic research is changing, academic publishing is moving towards a new paradigm of advancing ideas outside the confines of the traditional academic publishing model. Orthodox journals will soon be understood as tombstones: end of debate certificates.
"Social media's rapid rise is a loud, desperate, emerging attempt by people everywhere to connect with *each other* in the face of all the obstacles that modernity imposes on our lives: suburbanization that isolates us from each other, long working-hours and commutes that are required to make ends meet, the global migration that scatters families across the globe, the military-industrial-consumption machine that drives so many key decisions, and, last but not least, the television -- the ultimate alienation machine -- which remains the dominant form of media. (For most people, the choice is not leisurely walks on Cape Cod versus social media. It's television versus social media)."
Interesting thoughts in reply to Sherry Turkle and others.
"It seems like every day we can read another story about how substantial learning can take place online, especially when we use the tools of social networking....One of the wonderful things about teaching through conversation is that we get to help our students unplug from the inputs they have customized to reinforce their own tastes, expectations and identities." Some interesting thoughts in reply to Sherry Turkle's "Flight from conversation"