The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom. A colleague of mine in the department of computer science at Dartmouth recently sent an e-mail to all of us on the faculty. The subject line read: “Ban computers in the classroom?” The note that followed was one sentence long: “I finally saw the light today and propose we ban the use of laptops in class.” While the sentiment in my colleague’s e-mail was familiar, the source was surprising: it came from someone teaching a programming class, where computers are absolutely integral to learning and teaching.
Surprise turned to something approaching shock when, in successive e-mails, I saw that his opinion was shared by many others in the department. My friend’s epiphany came after he looked up from his lectern and saw, yet again, an audience of laptop covers, the flip sides of which were engaged in online shopping or social-media obligations rather than in the working out of programming examples. I banned laptops in the classroom after it became common practice to carry them to school. Successfully Implementing Mobile Learning Across an Entire Campus. We better be paying attention to mobile learning. A short while ago, I asked Robbie Melton, the Tennessee Board of Regents’ (and WCET’s) “Appologist” about examples in her state of successful implementation of mobile learning on campus. She introduced me to our friends at Walters State Community College who agreed to write a series of three blogs about their experience. Thank you to Robbie, Lori, and the leaders at Walters State who will share their stories in a series of three blog postings.
Russ Poulin About our College Walters State Community College (WSCC) is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), the 6th largest system of higher education in the nation. Walters State is a premier community college, committed to increasing educational attainment and workforce preparedness through excellence in teaching and service. In October 2012, TBR in collaboration with WSCC’s Natural Science Division (NSCI) was named a recipient of the WCET Outstanding Work Award. Like this: Is It Time To Dismantle the Lecture Hall? Big Picture | News Is It Time To Dismantle the Lecture Hall? In this debate, the question might not be so much about whether online education is effective, but whether it could be any worse than the existing model.
By Dian Schaffhauser04/03/14 When Anant Agarwal was in college, he would "follow the professor for the first five minutes" and then get lost and spend the next hour scrambling to keep up with note-taking. On the other hand, "Online education will not replace the great colleges. " Then again, contended Ben Nelson, the practice of paying a professor to teach just a few students each year is not exactly an economically viable model.
Of course, asserted Rebecca Schuman, MOOCs can be "great fun," but they're no replacement for college. So go the arguments for and against (and for and against) the idea of online learning walloping the tradition of face-to-face instruction. Education. UT-Austin psychology professors prepare "world's first" synchronous massive online course. Two University of Texas at Austin psychology professors will Thursday night take the stage for the fall semester’s first session of Introduction to Psychology. Their audience will consist of a production crew and their equipment. In their years of working together, the professors’ research has shown their students benefit from computer-based learning to the point where they don’t even need to be physically present in the classroom. Just don’t call it a MOOC. The university styles the class as the world’s first synchronous massive online course, or SMOC (pronounced “smock”), where the professors broadcast their lectures live to the about 1,500 students enrolled.
“I think we were influenced predominantly by this mix of Jon Stewart and 'The View' or Jay Leno,” said James W. Pennebaker, chair of the department of psychology at UT-Austin. The course is the result of almost a decade of research into how students learn. “No human can do more than one of these a year,” Pennebaker said. Historic Places - All Historic Places in the United States & Canada | HistoricPlaces.net. Flipping To Adapt to Multiple Learning Styles at Minnesota State University. Distance Learning | Viewpoint Page 3 of 4 Flipping To Adapt to Multiple Learning Styles at Minnesota State University The Power of Flipping I am very satisfied with the flipped classroom model I implemented.
Using my existing digital resources, I was able to effectively target my students in such a way that their achievement was no longer tied to being lucky enough to fall within a specific learning style. After the semester was complete, I analyzed data collected from my chemistry students who participated in the flipped model and compared it to the research findings of my original work with the traditional classroom. Additionally, through my data analysis, I found that the flipped classroom model proved effective across all learning styles when examining test scores compared to the traditional method. As such, a student in the flipped course stated, "I really enjoyed the format of this course.
10 Internet Technologies Educators Should Be Informed About – 2011 Update. These Technologies Are Changing Education. Are You Familiar With Them? It’s been nearly two and half years since the publication of the first “10 internet technologies that educators should be informed about” article on this site and given the fast paced evolution of technology it’s time for an update. The start of new school year is the perfect time to refresh this list! Below you will find updated information for 5 of the technologies from the original posting, and 5 new technologies that have earned their rightful place in the list (displacing 5 other types of tech, that while still worthy, are not quite as relevant today, IMHO). This is not intended to be a definitive listing, but rather an informed resource that provides insights and raises awareness.
Lots of links to example apps and articles have been provided, so readers can learn more about each application category. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post. Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom. This year, I admitted a hard truth to myself. I wasn't having my students write enough. In an attempt to follow Kelly Gallagher’s advice that students should write more than we can assess, I decided to have them blog weekly. One Assignment, Many Objectives After giving students some practice and solidifying my ideas by talking to a colleague and past student, I developed this assignment. Address multiple Common Core standards Hold students accountable while minimizing stress Be structured enough to provide clarity while giving freedom to experiment Be varied enough to keep students engaged Get students to write for multiple purposes I introduced blogging to my juniors, reminding them to keep an open mind about this experiment (they could relate to that; I teach in a STEM school that focuses on life science and experimental research).
You may think this MOOCs revolution is hyped, but my driver in Boston disagrees. You see, I was picked up at Logan Airport by my old friend Michael Sandel, who teaches the famous Socratic, 1,000-student “Justice” course at Harvard, which is launching March 12 as the first humanities offering on the M.I.T. -Harvard edX online learning platform.
When he met me at the airport I saw he was wearing some very colorful sneakers. “Where did you get those?” I asked. Well, Sandel explained, he had recently been in South Korea, where his Justice course has been translated into Korean and shown on national television. It has made him such a popular figure there that the Koreans asked him to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a professional baseball game — and gave him the colored shoes to boot! Sandel had just lectured in Seoul in an outdoor amphitheater to 14,000 people, with audience participation. 8 Considerations for Online Text. Distance Learning | Viewpoint Page 2 of 8 8 Considerations for Online Text Imagine a screen with solid text from one side of the screen to the other and from top to bottom--what could be called a "full screen of text.
" Would your students read it? Would you? Chaparro, Baker, Spring Hull, & Brady (n.d.) found that white space "… affected both reading speed and comprehension" (p. 6). Both word processing programs and Web editing programs allow the user to adjust leading and the margins easily. Limit Text Hand-in-hand with white space usage is too much text being displayed on-screen. Instead of one long document, divide it into four or five sections and create four or five screens with much less text and hence, more white space. Alignment Readers are used to reading left justified text; therefore, the body of each online document should also be left justified. What is Krunchd? - Krunchd. Blooms Taxonomy of Apps. Higher Education: Software Training, Support, and Course Technology Integration Tools. TweetChat.
Instructional Technology Solutions. TubeChop - Chop YouTube Videos. Tagxedo - Word Cloud with Styles. Colorado Study finds “No Significant Difference” in Online Science Courses. A big thank you to our guest blogger, Rhonda Epper, Assistant Provost at the Colorado Community College System and past chair of the WCET Executive Council, who shares with us today a new study of online science course outcomes in Colorado.
Just when we thought it was safe to move beyond the “no significant difference” phenomenon[i], knowing that scarcely any college class today is untouched by technology – we find ourselves in 2012 still engaged in debates about “online” versus “traditional” instruction. We don’t find this debate at conferences or annual meetings like WCET where conversations are centered on innovation and change. But within most colleges and universities, there are influential faculty members and groups who hold onto deeply held doubts about the quality of online learning.
There is perhaps no discipline with more misgivings about online learning than Science. Rhonda M. Assistant Provost Colorado Community College System [i] Thomas L. Like this: Like Loading... Student Engagement in the Online Classroom - Do Your Job Better. By Errol Craig Sull Online teaching has many components, and all must come together smoothly for a productive, energetic, and enthusiastic class to result.
If there is one factor more critical than others, though, it is student engagement, for without it, the entire course can be flat. No one—not you, not the students, not the institution—wants that. No one wants to see students seldom participating in a course, late in submitting assignments, or leaving dissatisfied. Start with a good opening. Unlike in face-to-face courses, in which your opening words are spoken then quickly forgotten, in an online environment they are available to your students throughout the course, 24/7.
Be first whenever possible. So be sure you always have the first post of each new discussion topic. Respond to all student queries within 24 hours. Be detailed and positive in your comments on their work. Respond to all—or nearly all—student discussion postings. It's important to keep the discussions fresh. Edugraphics / Major EdTech Trends for 2013. 15 Education Technologies To Check Out in 2013. What latest gadgets and gizmos are going to change your classroom in 2013? It’s hard to know exactly what will catch on and what won’t, but the following list showcases some of the emerging new technologies, software, and platforms available. With their innovation and practicality, many of these are poised to enter the classroom and change the way students and teachers learn permanently. 1.
Flashnotes Remember the days of doodling on the side of your spiral notebook while you tried to take copious notes from your boring biology teacher? Would you be more motivated if you knew that your notes would not only give you an edge on the exam, but could also earn you a bit of cash? Flashnotes allows students to upload their lecture notes and sell them to other students who need more help or resources. 2. The new startup is using a Facebook type platform- riding the wave of what works- and tailoring it for education. 3. Imagine your smartphone as your primary source for study materials. 4. 5. 6. Celly. 7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning. Big Ideas Culture Teaching Strategies Flirck:WoodleyWonderworks Every educator wants to create an environment that will foster students’ love of learning.
Because the criteria are intangible, it’s difficult to define or pinpoint exactly what they are. But one group is giving it a try. Researchers at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) launched the Innovative Learning Environments project to turn an academic lens on the project of identifying concrete traits that mark innovative learning environments. Their book, The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice and the accompanying practitioner’s guide, lay out the key principles for designing learning environments that will help students build skills useful in a world where jobs are increasingly information and knowledge-based.
“Adaptive expertise tries to push beyond the idea of mastery,” said Jennifer Groff, an educational engineer and co-founder of the Center for Curriculum Redesign. Related. Dipity - Find, Create, and Embed Interactive Timelines. Storytelling | Xtranormal. At Temple, Twitter takes on a key role in class. While many professors at Temple and beyond ban tweeting and texting in class, Jordan Shapiro encourages it.
Jordan Shapiro’s class at Temple University last week delved into a weighty discussion of Plato’s allegory of the cave and shifting perceptions of reality. Front and center on the classroom wall behind him flashed a constantly shifting series of posts on Twitter, all under the class hashtag of #Mosaic1. With her Nook and phone at hand, sophomore Kaylyn Christian, 20, tweeted: “Are you really happy if you live a successful life in the shadows?” Shapiro’s classroom is definitely not the norm in academia, but it could be a harbinger of the future.
While many professors at Temple and beyond ban tweeting and texting in class, Shapiro, a full-time instructor who started last year, encourages it. Even more so—he counts it as classroom participation. “Please tweet. Christian, a psychology major from Princeton, is happy to comply. (Next page: What students, colleagues think of the practice) Putting Pinterest to the Test. CAMPUS TECHNOLOGY January 2013. More college instructors are 'flipping' the way they teach. Living in a Digital World We Don’t Understand. Education - Challenge Based Learning. 25 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Twitter. Ultimate Tips & Social Media Cheat Sheet For Businesses. Facebook Meets Predictive Analytics - Head Count. How I Teach Calculus: A Comedy (xkcd-Dating Pool, Optimization) Edtech-cheatsheet.jpg 500×2,264 pixels. Essay on the value of cell phones in class. Start-up Hopes to Be the 'Weight Watchers of College Completion' - Wired Campus.
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