Teaching English in Second Life Over the past few weeks I've been pretty busy teaching my first English students on a Business English course I have been developing for Second Life. The experience has been pretty daunting with myself and the students having to come to terms with the complexities of the user interface and I have felt at times that my fifteen years of 'real world' classroom experience and the subconscious habits and reflexes that I developed over that period have totally deserted me. The introduction of voice within SL has certainly made a huge difference, though there are still problems and bugs to be ironed out. Though to my surprise I did find myself drilling a group of advanced learners to help them with their word stress, something I rarely do in the 'real' language classroom. I've created these videos which have been really useful both for myself and my students, so I thought I'd share them here. Best Nik Peachey
why should students use facebook What do you think about Facebook as a learning social networking media for students? Do you believe in its educational potential or do you think we need to keep our students away from it because it is all about distraction ? Of course there is no right or wrong answer to these questions and each one of you has a different stance, perspective, and worldview from which he/she view things and decide what works or not for their particular situation. Each time I publish a post advocating the use of Facebook in education I get angry replies and emails from some of my readers. While I do respect this opinion I also strongly believe that Facebook, just like any other social networking platform can be used for educational purposes. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already posted some practical guides and tips on how teachers can utilize Facebook with their students and I will definitely carry on proving more resources in this regard. Courtesy of edudemic
The Teacher's Guide to Facebook Facebook is the world's largest social network, reaching 1 billion active users at the beginning of October. People across the globe use Facebook to connect with old friends, share news about their lives and even to maximize their brand's social reach. SEE ALSO: The Beginner's Guide to Facebook In its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, Facebook lists a minimum age requirement of 13, which means that more and more students in high school and college are signing up for the social network. We spoke with teachers, professors and other education professionals about best Facebook practices to help answer these questions and more. Understanding Facebook's Atmosphere Each social platform exhibits a preexisting tone or atmosphere, and Facebook has a large focus on personal, one-on-one interactions. Bree McEwan, an assistant professor of communication at Western Illinois University, says that it's important for educators to consider each platform when using social media. Using Facebook Pages
A New Use for MOOCs: Real-World Problem Solving - Zafrin Nurmohamed, Nabeel Gillani, and Michael Lenox by Zafrin Nurmohamed, Nabeel Gillani, and Michael Lenox | 9:00 AM July 4, 2013 There’s been no shortage of media coverage on Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the past year. Universities have touted the value of free on-line courses offered to millions of learners from all walks of life. Some MOOC critics have argued that the “MOOC revolution” has been characterized by the Gartner Hype Cycle and that 2012, the Year of the MOOC, has given way to a new trough of disillusionment. Recent criticisms by faculty at Amherst College and professors at San Jose State University have questioned the pedagogical value of these online courses. However, directly comparing MOOCs to traditional classrooms may prevent us from realizing the true potential of global online education. We can use MOOCs as platforms for real-world problem solving. One hundred organizations joined the course and actively connected with learners.
100 Ways To Use Facebook In Education By Category Back in 2009, we wrote a popular post, 100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom. Now almost three years later, educators are still finding great ideas for putting Facebook to work on our list. But at the same time, Facebook has changed so much, and the site has even more to offer for the classroom. So we’ve compiled a fresh batch of ways to make Facebook work in your classroom, some tried and true, and others that have evolved with Facebook. Read on, and you’ll find a wealth of resources, assignments, and amazing uses for Facebook in any type of classroom. Resources on Facebook Facebook is so much more than vapid status updates. Ask for information: Instead of trusting Wikipedia, ask the crowd on Facebook. Projects & Assignments Facebook is an interesting platform for learning, and these ideas offer great ways to make the site a part of projects and assignments in your classroom. Sharing Collaboration & Discussion Classroom Management & Organization
Social Media in Schools There is something about Facebook, and all of social media, that makes it work especially well within a school community. What began in the post-secondary realm has spread like wildfire throughout the world, but it has returned to academia on a younger scale. The social part of it is obvious, but for elementary school students and up the educational benefits are proving to be even more powerful than likes and pokes. This infographic tells the story of social media among children from a statistical side--an astounding 96% of students who go online use social media--but it also includes ways teachers, schools, parents, and students are working together to use social media to strengthen and build their communities and themselves. The infographic features one school in particular that has begun a pilot program to test how social media can become less of a distraction and more of a solution to the school's biggest challenges. Click image to see a larger version Connect: Authored by: Ritu Pant
LTTO Episodes | COFA Online Gateway Contact Us Home LTTO Episodes Learning To Teach Online Episodes context, planning and teaching case studies technical glossary context, planning and teaching Welcome to Learning to Teach Online What are the aims of the Learning to Teach Online project? COFA Online Cracks the MERLOT Learning To Teach Online, a video-based program from UNSW... 02 May 2012 Why is online teaching important? What role does online teaching have in our society? Conducting effective online discussions Strategies for creating and sustaining online interaction. 23 Feb 2011 Managing your time when teaching online How can you make the most of your time when teaching online? Learning management system or the open web? Key considerations about using an LMS or open social media. 26 Oct 2010 Integrating online resources into your teaching Benefit from using online educational resources. 10 Mar 2011 Planning your online class Important considerations for planning online curricula. 17 Jan 2011 Engaging and motivating students case studies
How to Handle Students on Facebook Using Facebook in education is a topic that is creating so much controversy among teachers. Every time I post about it here in this blog, I get some very negative responses. I understand it and I know that the notoriety of Facebook comes from highly associating it primarily with informal socializing, a fact which probably drives many teachers to sideline it. As an advocator of the use of social media in teaching and learning, I honestly don't see any wrong with using it with students.
Using Social Media: Guide for DEECD Employees Cybersafety is a major concern facing schools. Again, this does not only affect children and young people. Department employees in schools are also at risk of misusing social media or being targeted by a disgruntled young person or member of the school community. In the context of this Guide, social media is the term used for internet based tools for sharing and discussing information among people. Social networking sites (e.g. For more information, see: Cybersafety, Bullying and Cyberbullying Purpose Teachers, students and parents are increasingly using digital technologies for professional purposes (i.e. teaching and learning) and personal purposes (i.e. communicating, creating and socialising) thus challenging the traditional concept of learning in a school setting. Department employees in schools who are interested in using social media tools to engage children and young people must have a clear educational context to support the teaching and learning. Professional learning
Top 5 Ways to Use Mind Maps for E-Learning Are you interested in improving your eLearning? These 5 techniques will help you leverage the power of Mind Maps and encourage you to utilize online Mind Maps in particular. Follow these tips to transform your eLearning using online Mind Maps. Mind Maps are increasingly used as a tool to improve eLearning, understanding and memory through the visual representation of information. Online mind maps are gaining popularity due to their ease of use, accessibility and ability to be used to transform eLearning into an active process. How Mind Maps Can Be Used As An Effective Tool For eLearning Planning Mind Maps are the perfect tool for creating a learning plan; whether it’s planning your curriculum, breaking down a particular subject or simply to map out an essay or exam answer. Are you interested in using online mind maps to improve your learning? Creating a mind map online means you can tailor the content to your needs, edit your notes at any time and save time drawing out a map.
4 Awesome Facebook Templates for your Class One of the strategies to get students engaged and motivated to learn is to incorporate materials that they can identify with and use easily. Facebook templates meet this criteria and have proved to be a real success within different educational settings. Again the purpose is not Facebook per se but to enhance students learning using templates that have the look and feel of this popular social networking site. There are a variety of ways to use these templates with your students: you can assign students to create profiles of historical figures adding pictures and biographical information in the different sections of the template . Some teachers have their students pose as authors and/or historical characters and then create entries as if they were those figures. 1- Check this one on Google Docs. click HERE to download it and then you can customize it the way you want.
The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011. In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? Likes?) and ran a contest to try and get as many submissions as possible. There were more than 900 submissions but many were duplicates.