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Bringing the World to Your Classroom, and Your Classroom to the World

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Given at SIM University Faculty Learning Day (July 25 - 28, 2012)
With globalization, the rapid proliferation of online information, and increasing complexity of problems, the development of collaborative learning skills is essential. Former models of group work, based on traditional assignment design such as papers and presentations, are limited in their effectiveness. Technology is changing the face of collaboration and enabling far more creative, engaging and effective learning opportunities for students and faculty. This presentation shares methods to create authentic learning experiences using widely available software and tools tailored to the classroom.

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Bringing the World to Your Classroom, and Your Classroom to the World

  1. 1. Bringing the World to Your Classroom, and Your Classroom to the World
  2. 2. Greetings from Virginia Tech! Technology in the classroom talks John Boyer (joboyer@vt.edu)       Geography,Virginia Tech, United States Katie Pritchard (kpritcha@vt.edu)       Geography,Virginia Tech, United States
  3. 3. Intro: Why you should consider turning your classroom/assignments/interactions completely inside out, and open to the world...
  4. 4. Intro: Why you should consider turning your classroom/assignments/interactions completely inside out, and open to the world...Has anyone here ever written a 10 page paper? 20? More?
  5. 5. Intro: Why you should consider turning your classroom/assignments/interactions completely inside out, and open to the world...Has anyone here ever written a 10 page paper? 20? More? How did you do it?
  6. 6. Intro: Why you should consider turning your classroom/assignments/interactions completely inside out, and open to the world...Has anyone here ever written a 10 page paper? 20? More? How did you do it? Who graded it?
  7. 7. Intro: Why you should consider turning your classroom/assignments/interactions completely inside out, and open to the world...Has anyone here ever written a 10 page paper? 20? More? How did you do it? Who graded it? Who else saw it?
  8. 8. Intro: Why you should consider turning your classroom/assignments/interactions completely inside out, and open to the world...Has anyone here ever written a 10 page paper? 20? More? How did you do it? Who graded it? Who else saw it? What ever happened to it?
  9. 9. Intro: Why you should consider turning your classroom/assignments/interactions completely inside out, and open to the world...Has anyone here ever written a 10 page paper? 20? More? How did you do it? Who graded it? Who else saw it? What ever happened to it?In what job/career would a person be tasked with creating a giant document, completely by themselves, with nocollaboration with others, that would then be seen by only one person, and then thrown in the garbage?
  10. 10. We think this is the best part of education:
  11. 11. We think this is the best part of education:
  12. 12. We think this is the best part of education:
  13. 13. We think this is the best part of education:
  14. 14. We think this is the best part of education:
  15. 15. We think this is the best part of education:
  16. 16. So how can we encouragecollaboration and “openness”?
  17. 17. So how can we encourage collaboration and “openness”?-Experiment with new communication tools
  18. 18. So how can we encourage collaboration and “openness”?-Experiment with new communication tools-Integrate collaboration/openness into assignments
  19. 19. So how can we encourage collaboration and “openness”?-Experiment with new communication tools-Integrate collaboration/openness into assignments-Harness student knowledge and crowd-sourcing
  20. 20. So how can we encourage collaboration and “openness”?-Experiment with new communication tools-Integrate collaboration/openness into assignments-Harness student knowledge and crowd-sourcing....and get your students (and yourself) outthere interacting in the real world we arepreparing them for!
  21. 21. So how can we encourage collaboration and “openness”?-Experiment with new communication tools
  22. 22. Technologies that facilitate connection andencourage interaction in class, and in the world
  23. 23. Technologies that facilitate connection andencourage interaction in class, and in the world-An individual (student) posting info 1:WORLD
  24. 24. Technologies that facilitate connection andencourage interaction in class, and in the world-An individual (student) posting info 1:WORLD e.g. Twitter, Facebook, podcast, Tumblr, Storify
  25. 25. Technologies that facilitate connection andencourage interaction in class, and in the world -An individual (student) posting info 1:WORLD e.g. Twitter, Facebook, podcast, Tumblr, Storify-An individual (student) interacting 1:1 with others
  26. 26. Technologies that facilitate connection andencourage interaction in class, and in the world -An individual (student) posting info 1:WORLD e.g. Twitter, Facebook, podcast, Tumblr, Storify-An individual (student) interacting 1:1 with others e.g. Skype, Ustream, Penpals, Spotify
  27. 27. Technologies that facilitate connection andencourage interaction in class, and in the world -An individual (student) posting info 1:WORLD e.g. Twitter, Facebook, podcast, Tumblr, Storify-An individual (student) interacting 1:1 with others e.g. Skype, Ustream, Penpals, Spotify-An individual (student) interacting 1:MANY others
  28. 28. Technologies that facilitate connection andencourage interaction in class, and in the world -An individual (student) posting info 1:WORLD e.g. Twitter, Facebook, podcast, Tumblr, Storify-An individual (student) interacting 1:1 with others e.g. Skype, Ustream, Penpals, Spotify-An individual (student) interacting 1:MANY others e.g. GoogleDocs, Google Hangout, Wikis, forums, Reddit
  29. 29. Technologies that facilitate connection andencourage interaction in class, and in the world 3 approaches: -An individual (student) posting info 1:WORLD e.g. Twitter, Facebook, podcast, Tumblr, Storify-An individual (student) interacting 1:1 with others e.g. Skype, Ustream, Penpals, Spotify-An individual (student) interacting 1:MANY others e.g. GoogleDocs, Google Hangout, Wikis, forums, Reddit
  30. 30. TOOLS Technologies that facilitate connection andencourage interaction in class, and in the world 3 approaches: -An individual (student) posting info 1:WORLD e.g. Twitter, Facebook, podcast, Tumblr, Storify-An individual (student) interacting 1:1 with others e.g. Skype, Ustream, Penpals, Spotify-An individual (student) interacting 1:MANY others e.g. GoogleDocs, Google Hangout, Wikis, forums, Reddit
  31. 31. -An individual (student) posting info 1:WORLD
  32. 32. -An individual (student) posting info 1:WORLD e.g. Twitter, Facebook, podcast, blogs, Pinterest, Tumblr, Storify, Delicious, etc
  33. 33. TOOLS-An individual (student) posting info 1:WORLD e.g. Twitter, Facebook, podcast, blogs, Pinterest, Tumblr, Storify, Delicious, etc
  34. 34. Twitter
  35. 35. Facebook
  36. 36. Podcasts
  37. 37. Pinterest Delicious
  38. 38. -An individual (student) interacting 1:1 with others
  39. 39. -An individual (student) interacting 1:1 with others e.g. Skype, Ustream, Spreecast, Penpals, Interpals, Spotify
  40. 40. TOOLS-An individual (student) interacting 1:1 with others e.g. Skype, Ustream, Spreecast, Penpals, Interpals, Spotify
  41. 41. Ustream
  42. 42. Spreecast
  43. 43. www.interpals.net
  44. 44. Spotify
  45. 45. -An individual (student) interacting 1:MANY others
  46. 46. -An individual (student) interacting 1:MANY others e.g. GoogleDocs, Google Hangout, Wikis, forums, Reddit, news forums, Spreecast
  47. 47. TOOLS-An individual (student) interacting 1:MANY others e.g. GoogleDocs, Google Hangout, Wikis, forums, Reddit, news forums, Spreecast
  48. 48. Wikis
  49. 49. Forums
  50. 50. Reddit
  51. 51. Newscommenting
  52. 52. Spreecast
  53. 53. So how can we encourage collaboration and “openness”?-Experiment with new communication tools-Integrate collaboration/openness into assignments
  54. 54. Assignments that interact (and our examples)
  55. 55. ASSIGNMENTS Assignments that interact (and our examples)
  56. 56. ASSIGNMENTS Assignments that interact (and our examples) 1)Students putting their individual work “out there” on-line
  57. 57. ASSIGNMENTS Assignments that interact (and our examples) 1)Students putting their individual work “out there” on-line2)Students collaborating with other students/instructors on joint projects in class
  58. 58. ASSIGNMENTS Assignments that interact (and our examples) 1)Students putting their individual work “out there” on-line2)Students collaborating with other students/instructors on joint projects in class3)Students collaborating with others out in the wider world on projects
  59. 59. 1)Students putting their individual work “out there” on-line Why? Paperless. Instant updates. Editorial ease. Public scrutiny.Blog writing/commentingDiscussion forums Twitter Interviews Delicious
  60. 60. ASSIGNMENTS1)Students putting their individual work “out there” on-line Why? Paperless. Instant updates. Editorial ease. Public scrutiny.Blog writing/commenting Discussion forums Twitter Interviews Delicious
  61. 61. ASSIGNMENTS1)Students putting their individual work “out there” on-line Why? Paperless. Instant updates. Editorial ease. Public scrutiny.Blog writing/commenting Discussion forums Twitter Interviews Delicious
  62. 62. 2)Students collaborating with other students/instructors on joint projects in classWhy?Editorial skills. Communication skills (human and digital). Social skills.
  63. 63. ASSIGNMENTS2)Students collaborating with other students/instructors on joint projects in classWhy?Editorial skills. Communication skills (human and digital). Social skills.
  64. 64. ASSIGNMENTS2)Students collaborating with other students/instructors on joint projects in classWhy?Editorial skills. Communication skills (human and digital). Social skills.
  65. 65. 3)Students collaborating with others out in the wider worldWhy? on projectsExpert advice. Outside opinion. Interaction skills. Social networkexpansion.
  66. 66. ASSIGNMENTS 3)Students collaborating with others out in the wider worldWhy? on projectsExpert advice. Outside opinion. Interaction skills. Social networkexpansion.
  67. 67. So how can we encourage collaboration and “openness”?-Experiment with new communication tools-Integrate collaboration/openness into assignments-Harness student knowledge and crowd-sourcing
  68. 68. But wait! Let’s get more ‘real world’ regardless of what assignments you use: utilize student energy and knowledge!
  69. 69. STUDENTS But wait! Let’s get more ‘real world’ regardless of what assignments you use: utilize student energy and knowledge!
  70. 70. STUDENTS But wait! Let’s get more ‘real world’ regardless of what assignments you use: utilize student energy and knowledge!1)Students as checks on other students
  71. 71. STUDENTS But wait! Let’s get more ‘real world’ regardless of what assignments you use: utilize student energy and knowledge!1)Students as checks on other students 2)Students themselves as sources of knowledge
  72. 72. STUDENTS But wait! Let’s get more ‘real world’ regardless of what assignments you use: utilize student energy and knowledge!1)Students as checks on other students 2)Students themselves as sources of knowledge 3)”Crowd-sourcing” knowledge
  73. 73. 1)Students as checks on other students
  74. 74. STUDENTS 1)Students as checks on other students
  75. 75. Student based knowledge
  76. 76. STUDENTS Student based knowledge
  77. 77. STUDENTS 2)Students themselves as sources of knowledge Student based knowledge
  78. 78. “crowd sourcing”put in anything that has voting...reddit,iclicker, mentimeter PollEverywhere
  79. 79. STUDENTS “crowd sourcing” put in anything that has voting...reddit, iclicker, mentimeter PollEverywhere
  80. 80. STUDENTS 3)”Crowd-sourcing” knowledge “crowd sourcing” put in anything that has voting...reddit, iclicker, mentimeter PollEverywhere
  81. 81. Final slide: Why is it important?
  82. 82. Final slide: Why is it important?-students take pride in public work
  83. 83. Final slide: Why is it important?-students take pride in public work-students write better when they know anyone can read it
  84. 84. Final slide: Why is it important?-students take pride in public work-students write better when they know anyone can read it-can give feedback directly as comments
  85. 85. Final slide: Why is it important?-students take pride in public work-students write better when they know anyone can read it-can give feedback directly as comments-permanent portfolio for the student
  86. 86. Final slide: Why is it important?-students take pride in public work-students write better when they know anyone can read it-can give feedback directly as comments-permanent portfolio for the student-students learn IT skills
  87. 87. Final slide: Why is it important?-students take pride in public work-students write better when they know anyone can read it-can give feedback directly as comments-permanent portfolio for the student-students learn IT skills-students learn how to properly interact online
  88. 88. Final slide: Why is it important?-students take pride in public work-students write better when they know anyone can read it-can give feedback directly as comments-permanent portfolio for the student-students learn IT skills-students learn how to properly interact online-education transparency

Given at SIM University Faculty Learning Day (July 25 - 28, 2012) With globalization, the rapid proliferation of online information, and increasing complexity of problems, the development of collaborative learning skills is essential. Former models of group work, based on traditional assignment design such as papers and presentations, are limited in their effectiveness. Technology is changing the face of collaboration and enabling far more creative, engaging and effective learning opportunities for students and faculty. This presentation shares methods to create authentic learning experiences using widely available software and tools tailored to the classroom.

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