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First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning

First Day of Class Activities that Create a Climate for Learning | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
There’s no discounting the importance of the first day of class. What happens that day sets the tone for the rest of the course. Outlined below are a few novel activities for using that first day of class to emphasize the importance of learning and the responsibility students share for shaping the classroom environment.

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Research seems to suggest that people aren't good judges of how they learn best. I wonder if asking students to say "I learn best when . . . " is a good idea? 
 
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 19, 12:10 PM

Creating an online community of practice is essential for online courses. These traditional icebreakers can also be used online.  

Juanita Amiel Garcia's curator insight, July 27, 8:56 AM

Creating an online community of practice is essential for online courses. These traditional icebreakers can also be used online.  

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Teaching With Technology - Ice-Breaker Ideas

Teaching With Technology - Ice-Breaker Ideas | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Whether you are in a traditional classroom setting, or an online learning community, ice-breakers play a vital role in developing a sense of community in a learning environment.

 

Here's a wiki with many resources on ice-breaking and online community development.


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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, June 24, 2012 4:41 AM
Classroom teaching is a demanding job. Most people outside education probably think teachers spend most of their time teaching, but teachers are responsible for many tasks that have little to do with classroom instruction.
Beyond planning and implementing instruction, teachers are also expected to be managers, psychologists, counselors, custodians, and community "ambassadors," not to mention entertainers.
It is easy to understand how a teacher might become frustrated and disillusioned. Most teachers enter the profession expecting to spark the joy of learning in their students. Unfortunately, the other demands of the classroom are very distracting and consuming. We envision technology as a teacher's liberator to help reestablish the role and value of the individual classroom teacher. To do so, two things must happen. First the perspective of the classroom must change to become learner centered. Second, students and teachers must enter into a collaboration or partnership with technology in order to create a "community" that nurtures, encourages, and supports the learning process.
There is a difference. Technology in education is often perceived in terms of how many computers or videocassette recorders are in a classroom and how they might be used to support traditional classroom activities, but this is a misleading and potentially dangerous interpretation. It not only places an inappropriate focus on hardware, but fails to consider other potentially useful "idea" technologies resulting from the application of one or more knowledge bases, such as learning theory. Educational technology involves applying ideas from various sources to create the best learning environments possible for students.
Educational technologists also ask questions such as how a classroom might change or adapt when a computer is integrated into the curriculum. This integration means that the curriculum and setting may also need to change to meet the opportunities that the technology may offer.