Hi James. I was wondering if your students would be interested in participating in a nationwide SAT Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. If not, perhaps you have some educator contacts you could direct me to. You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
How's it going? Well, I'm teaching my edtech course in NING and it's going great. The students love the environment and the interaction is really good. In comparison to the wiki site, the students are posting more on ning.
I'm really glad you've been introducing the site. None of us know where this experiment is going, and if it has shown one thing, it's shown that age does not appear to be the predominant factor in using these tools. I think we often assume that just because a generation has grown up with technology that they will immediately "grok" the deeper levels of that technology. I do think your students are more likely to quickly try something new.
One comment I left on a student's blog, since she had arrived at the conclusion that she got better information from a search than asking a question on the social network. I'll find my response and send it to you.
I am looking for students and researchers, perhaps like yours, to look specifically at learning through online sound, animation, and interactivity. We focus on history, but that's a pretty broad reach and can use many kinds of technology tools.
If you all know of any research, or want a topic for new research, we're looking at how these things work or don't work. (Don't work to often for general learners IMHO). Any insight at all would be great.
No problem, I'm doing the same thing. Basically, I've decided to use my CMS tool as the primary course site, but I'm going to have my students build a course wiki. We will probably also test using Sakai--so I'm basically building my course in three sites for students to learn how to use. Let me know what you're doing, too.
Believe it or not, I'm actually working on it right now. As soon as I get it done, I'll send you a copy of my first draft. To get a sense of some of our projects, here's our course site http://www.itecksu.org/courses/edtech/pages/Assignments.html.
I'm planning on changing some assignments around to integrate more web2.0 applications --for example, using a wiki instead of frontpage to build the portfolio.
Hi James, very interesting story! Thanks for your advices as to WebQuests. I work a lot on this way of teaching:
1. I created webquests with help of students from University Regensburg (I care about) on instantprojects.org in Geography
2. In the lessons students have to work in groups:
- creating mindmaps with mindmeister.com
- summary in a magazine: Magazinefactory
- creating blogs
- creating websites ..
I will check out your templates.
By the way, have you already joined the workspace on my group DigiSkills?