Notetaking & the Backchannel: Note & microblogging applications
Notetaking One way to help avoid plagiarism is notetaking Notetaking & paraphrasing tips (Safe Practices from Purdue OWL): In your notes, always mark someone else's words with a big Q, for quote, or use big quotation marks Indicate in your notes which ideas are taken from sources with a big S, and which are your own insights (ME) When information comes from sources, record relevant documentation in your notes (book and article titles; URLs on the Web)
Notetaking Social bookmarking tools (like Delicious) can help with notetaking Take notes as you bookmark Diigo has more storing/notetaking options than Delicious
Notetaking with the backchannel The backchannel? Side-bar discussions in a classroom or during conferences or meetings. Can these conversations add to the discussion? Utilizing the backchannel can help with notetaking 40% of classroom lecture/discussion is captured in average student’s notes. Backchannel is like taking notes together.
What captures the backchannel? Microblogging platforms Microblogging - Posting small pieces of information - commentary, links, photos - on the internet. Most microblogging services limit characters Can help students with summarizing and paraphrasing. How do you concisely say what you need to in 140 characters? Paraphrasing also helps them not plagiarize
Microblogging in education Can use Twitter, but know that Twitter has two privacy settings – either public or private. No in between. Two tools may be better for the classroom: TodaysMeet Edmodo
Edmodo wrap-up Class management: upload files, calendar, assignments, create polls, etc. Students do need to login, but don’t need an email address. As the teacher you can get notifications when anything occurs in Edmodo. This is a private tool, only those you allow in are allowed.
Microblogging guidelines Create guidelines for class microblogging: Grade what they type? Do they need to use proper grammar? When quoting things, put a capital Q at the beginning If paraphrasing or summarizing, link to it Participation counts, so participate Any misuse of the tool will have consequences Outline guidelines before you begin Carry through with misuse of guidelines
Microblogging rubrics Create rubrics to use with microblogging, it can be something that is graded Use rubrics even as simple as this for participation: This and other rubrics linked under Month 6
Why microblogging? Group notes can help students Notes remain in the cloud and can be revisited Introducing blogging/chatting, with guidelines, helps students realize how online tools can be utilized for their education
Between now and our meeting… Sign up for a Diigo account BEFORE our in-person meeting Register your account to be an Educator account Blog your thoughts about notetaking, either by yourself or with others, in the cloud. How can this enhance your classroom? Links to everything is under MONTH 6!
Next meeting dates/times Sanford Monday, January 10, 2011, 4:45-6:45pm South Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 4-6pm Southwest Thursday, January 20, 2011, 4-6pm