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Last week I spoke on "Teaching with Twitter" to a group of educators in Michigan. Here is the presentation which includes teaching with Twitter examples, links to resources, and teachers/social media experts to follow and learn from. Below the "Teaching with Twitter" presentation you will find links to other Social Media / Social Network resources to supplement your teaching and help improve student learning. I make the case that we must use Social Media / Social Networks to supplement our teaching and improve student learnin g in my post Can We Afford Not To Use New Media to Learn, Share, and Work Together? I also share some Social Media / Social Networks tools and resources in my post on an Introduction to a Few Tools to Help Us Learn, Share, and Work Together Special thanks to:
In a previous post I asked Can We Afford Not To Use New Media to Learn, Share, and Work Together? The conclusion made in the post is that new communication technologies, the ever increasing pace of change, and global competition require important learning skills today to harness the vast amount of information online and to learn how to share it, discuss it, critique it, and make something new out of it. If skills for creativity, communication, and collaboration are needed today than what are some of the basic things we need to get started to do this?
I have been working with my students to use new media to engage them and help them find significance with their education beyond just getting a grade. The old model of teaching has trained students to ask "What's on the Test?" or "What do I need to know or do to get a good grade?" The learning usually stops there and the students forget the answers the next day or week.
I am catching up after an exciting weekend at the 2008 American Marketing Association Collegiate Conference in New Orleans and wanted to share the experience with you . I attended the 30th Annual AMA Collegiate Conference with ten students from the Alfred University Collegiate Chapter of the AMA . I have had the privilege to be the Marketing Faculty Advisor for the past two years and have watched the students and the AU AMA chapter grow. The opportunity to be a mentor and help students gain real-world marketing experience and leadership has been a wonderful experience. The AMA Collegiate Conference in New Orleans had record attendance with over 1,300 students and over 120 of the leading collegiate chapters from around the country competing, networking and gaining professional experience.
I hope you enjoyed the Alfred student guest author posts from Cannes Lions 2008 at DR4WARD.com and got taste of how busy and exciting it is at this must-attend international event. Here is a link to a video interview with the Lions Daily News that I did on the education, training, and mentoring of s tudent delegates and young professionals at Cannes Lions. To the left you will find the magazine article from the interview and a photo of our group in the Lions Daily News. You can also view 2008 Festival Highlights / Video Clips to get a flavor.
Tools & resources for teaching
Our goal as college professors is to open studentsâ minds to new experiences so they can grow intellectually while they mature through the traditional four-year process. But we are also challenged to give students the immediate skills they will need once they graduate so that they can begin their professional careers and move away from the fry-o-later to the cubicle and beyond. Over the past decade, there has been a sea change in the marketplace demands for graduates. Whereas broad skills used to be sufficient, now our students must demonstrate a set of concrete skills that not long ago were required only of those in highly technical majors.
Paul Sakuma/Associated Press A rally on the Berkeley campus against rising student fees at the University of California. The University of California, which has already received $716 million in federal stimulus funds to offset a $1 billion budget gap, announced on Friday that it is raising student fees by 32 percent. That works out to about $2,500 per student a year.
Today’s guest post is by Jason Seiden , author of the award-winning “ How to Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What’s Left of Your Career,” and “Super Staying Power: What You Need to Become Valuable and Resilient at Work.” Younger generations are growing up less able to cope with uncertainty and ambiguity than older ones. This isn’t a knock on Gen Y, it’s a universal truth: On the whole, each generation seeks to provide a “better,” more assured life for the one that follows. In a very simple example, consider the pioneer who doesn’t know where he will live when he arrives in a new land. The first thing he does is build a house, thus eliminating much uncertainty from his offspring’s lives. Within modern society, we don’t have to worry as much about protection from the elements, but we find other ways to remove ambiguity from our world.
Viewpoint 'But I Don't Want to Teach My Students How to Use Technology' By Trent Batson 10/21/09 For some teachers, the technology revolution of the last 30 years was and is an epiphany, but for most faculty it remains an enigma, at best a fad and at worst a threat.
By Michael J. Bugeja For most of this decade, professors embraced the pedagogy of engagement, wooing students via technology and ignoring the costs because traditional methods, from textbooks to lectures, purportedly bored students who multitasked in the wireless classroom. Now many state institutions are facing huge budget cuts in the worst recession since the Great Depression. In Iowa, we began our fiscal year with a 15-percent cut and were informed in October that we have to trim an additional 10 percent because of state shortfalls.