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Talk given at Bond University 15 November 2010

Talk given at Bond University 15 November 2010

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  • 1. Building Classroom Community: Collaborative Technology in Use An Emerging Technologies Committee Talk Michael Rees School of Information Technology @mrees Slides at go.mrees.com/bccslides
  • 2. The New Normal – Activity Streams Source: go.mrees.com/5slides © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 2
  • 3. Collaboration Tools Blogs Social Microblogs bookmarks Tool Types Note Taking Wikis Social Online Docs networks © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 3
  • 4. Learning Tools in Use 1. Wordpress & Windows Live Writer 2. Google Reader 3. Google Sites 4. Delicious/Diigo 5. Gmail 6. Evernote 7. Live Mesh/Dropbox 8. SlideShare 9. Twitter 10. Camtasia Studio © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 4
  • 5. Philosophy of Learning Environments Learners should be in control of their own learning Learners need to experience confusion in the learning process Openness of content and interaction increases innovation Learning requires time, depth of focus, critical thinking, and reflection Learning is network formation. Knowledge is distributed Creation is vital Making sense of complexity requires social and technological systems George Siemens, go.mrees.com/noquestions © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 5
  • 6. Questions Not To Ask! Online learning more or less effective than learning in a classroom? Does technology use vary by age? Do learning styles influence learning online? What role does xxx technology play in classroom or online learning? How can educators implement [whatever tool] into their teaching? Is connectivism a learning theory? © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 6
  • 7. My Blogging Blog is your social media mother ship Invented word ‘weblog’ in 1995 with PhD student Started blogging in 2006 as a professional journal at Scholarcast Volume 1 ‘published’ by Blurb.com in 2009 Volume 2 ebook in epub format – see BookBrewer.com and Zinepal.com go.mrees.com/blognov2010 © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 7
  • 8. Student Blogging Set student blogging assignments from 053 Now worth 10-15% of all marks Encourage students to: • Record additional learning resources, own thoughts and ideas, and achievements throughout the semester • Read other students blogs • Comment on other student blogs © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 8
  • 9. Wordpress Blogs Teaching uses: • Develop an important life skill • Share thoughts with students/staff • 9 free choice posts for 9% of marks © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 9
  • 10. Delicious Social Bookmarking Teaching uses: • Targeted lists of links (tagging) with notes • Share with students/colleagues • Evolve over semester © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 10
  • 11. Wikis for Assessment Improve structured writing/documentation skills Build body of knowledge that extends formal subject content Encourage comments Wiki topics used for (part of) other assessment Tried both group and individual wiki pages © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 11
  • 12. Wikis in iLearn Subject content held in subject wiki Instructor free to structure content as needed Potentially can be shared with students Versioning prevents content loss Content can be exported for reuse Comment facility © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 12
  • 13. Student Wikis https://sites.google.com/site/webappdevmaster/ © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 13
  • 14. Future of Learning Institutions To prepare all of our students for a decidedly digital future with curiosity, exploration, transparency & openness using innovative thinking creativity, connected collaboration, flexibility, play=learning? Michael Stephens go.mrees.com/hypercampus © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 14
  • 15. Mobile everywhere © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 15
  • 16. Twitter raises grades? … At the end of the semester, the tweeters had grade-point averages half a point higher, on average, than their nontweeting counterparts. And students who tweeted were more engaged… Wired Campus, go.mrees.com/twittergra des © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 16
  • 17. Fast, Cheap, Out of Control Fast Out of Control • To learn and set up • Free of policy • No need of IT restrictions services • More personal • Experiment and element innovate quickly • Increased flexibility Cheap • Free, or afford to buy out of own pocket • No need of budget authorisation • Liberating Martin Weller, go.mrees.com/good edtech © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 17
  • 18. Open Scholar the Open Scholar is someone who makes their intellectual projects and Research processes digitally visible funding insists bit.ly/osdefn on open access Public persona Funding determines requires +ve funding social impact Source: http://bit.ly/public- persona Public readers Researchers of open access need searchable check on public persona authors © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 18
  • 19. Continue Discussion on Bond Yammer Private to Bond Only need bond.edu.au address to participate Threaded messages Easy embed of images/video Public/private groups yammer.com © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 19
  • 20. Other Online Tools for Activity Streams PollEverywhere Mindmeister Google Docs • Real-time polls • Mind maps • Shared documents Diigo Evernote Twitter • Web slides • Notetaking • Microblogs Facebook LinkedIn • Social network • Professional groups © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 20