Capturing the backchannel:<br />Microblogging & Note applications<br />
What’s the backchannel?<br />The side-bar discussions going on in a classroom or during conferences or meetings.<br />Can these conversations add to the discussion?<br />Can utilizing the backchannel also help with note taking?<br />Instead of writing notes on your own paper, type them online for all to see and expand upon.<br />Utilizing the backchannel with different note taking tools may also help combat plagiarism.<br />
What’s microblogging?<br />Posting small pieces of information - commentary, links, photos - on the internet.<br />Most microblogging services limit the amount of characters, like Twitter, which limits to 140 characters per post.<br />It seems small, but this can also help students with summarizing and paraphrasing. How do you concisely say what you need to in 140 characters?<br />Can this paraphrasing also help them not plagiarize?<br />Use microblogging tools to capture the backchannel, but also for your own professional development.<br />
Twitter wrap-up<br />Think about Twitter again, it’s not just what people are eating for breakfast.<br />Follow educators, businesses, news, and government feeds.<br />Think of Twitter as being similar to RSS feeds<br />RSS feeds that go into your RSS readers talk about the same type of thing.<br />I use Twitter as a replacement for some RSS feeds.<br />
Microblogging in education<br />Can use Twitter, but know that Twitter has two privacy settings – either public or private. No in between.<br />Two tools may be better for the classroom:<br />Edmodo<br />TodaysMeet<br />
Edmodo wrap-up<br />Really is the educator’s backchannel tool.<br />Can use it as class management: upload files, calendar info, assignments, create polls, etc.<br />Students do need to log in, but don’t need an email address.<br />They just need the group code from you for your class group. You are given the code upon creation of the group.<br />They will then create username and password.<br />As the teacher you can get notifications when anything occurs in Edmodo.<br />This is a private tool, only those you allow in are allowed.<br />
TodaysMeet wrap-up<br />TodaysMeet is the simplest of backchannel tools.<br />You don’t need a log in or an account to use it.<br />You just need the link to the room to enter.<br />Because you only need the link, anyone with the link could technically enter the room.<br />Something to think about: because of the ease of use, requiring no log in, there are also no privacy controls.<br />They claim they’re working on making rooms more private and requiring log ins, but they haven’t yet done this.<br />
Microblogging guidelines<br />Create guidelines for class microblogging:<br />Grade what they type<br />Must use proper grammar<br />When quoting things, put a capital Q at the beginning<br />If paraphrasing or summarizing something, link to it<br />Participation counts, so participate<br />Any misuse of the tool will be an immediate F<br />Outline all the guidelines before you begin so they know where they stand if they do not follow them<br />Carry through with misuse of guidelines<br />
Microblogging rubrics<br />Create rubrics to use with microblogging, it can be something that is graded.<br />Use rubrics even as simple as this for participation:<br />This and other rubrics linked under Month 7<br />
Taking notes online<br />You can take notes in all the tools we just discussed, but what about taking notes about websites you find?<br />We showed you Delicious, where you can store bookmarks and take notes about the bookmarks you store, but there are other tools where you can do even more.<br />Diigo & Evernote let you store bookmarks, but also highlight things, add notes, and even store just clips of certain things on websites.<br />
Between now and our meeting…<br />Explore Twitter. Can it be a place for you to follow and interact with other educators?<br />Make a fake TodaysMeet room to just check it out. Could this be useful for your class?<br />Explore Diigo or Evernote before we meet to see if you have any questions about them.<br />Blog your thoughts about all of these things. Blogs only need to be one or two paragraphs. Tell us your thoughts in a blog post. We don’t know if you’re doing anything between our webinars and our meetings unless you blog.<br />All of these things are under MONTH 7!<br />
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