Digital communication tools

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Given at SIM University Faculty Learning Day (July 25 - 28, 2012)
Online social media and interactive tools are often viewed to be at odds with the classroom experience. Rather than work against the draw of these gathering places, faculty can learn to utilise them appropriately within the context of a course. This presentation provides a tour of online communication tools and demonstrates how each can be customised to promote greater student engagement and interactivity within an academic setting. Among the tools to be discussed are Facebook and Twitter, Ustream and Spreecast (videocasting), Reddit (peer voting), Forums, Delicious (social bookmarking) and music tools.

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  • Digital communication tools

    1. 1. Digital Communication ToolsOnline social media and interactive tools are often viewed to be atodds with the classroom experience. Rather than work against the draw of these gathering places, faculty can learn to utilise them appropriately within the context of a course. Join Professor John Boyer and Katie Pritchard as they provide a tour of online communication tools and demonstrate how each can be customised to promote greater student engagement and interactivity within an academic setting. Among the tools to be discussed are Facebook and Twitter, Ustream and Spreecast (videocasting), Reddit (peer voting), Forums, Delicious (social bookmarking) and music tools.
    2. 2. Digital Communication Tools Twitter hashtag: #simfldJohn Boyer (joboyer@vt.edu) Katie Pritchard (kpritcha@vt.edu)       Dept. of Geography Dept. of Geography Virginia Tech, United States Virginia Tech, United States Twitter: @plaidavenger Twitter: @katiepritchard
    3. 3. How we do it(and the technologies that help)
    4. 4. How we do it (and the technologies that help)-Diversity of student assessment options thatintergrat online technologies
    5. 5. How we do it (and the technologies that help)-Diversity of student assessment options thatintergrat online technologies-Increased teacher to student interaction thatincorporate online platforms
    6. 6. How we do it (and the technologies that help)-Diversity of student assessment options thatintergrat online technologies-Increased teacher to student interaction thatincorporate online platforms-Increased student to student interaction thatutilize existing social networks
    7. 7. How we do it (and the technologies that help)-Diversity of student assessment options thatintergrat online technologies-Increased teacher to student interaction thatincorporate online platforms-Increased student to student interaction thatutilize existing social networks....and in doing these things, we have found thata GROUP SYNERGY evolves organically
    8. 8. Ways to stay connected... -New: Subscribe to Professor Boyer on Facebook - facebook.com/joboyer -Like the Plaid Avenger onFacebook - facebook.com/plaidavenger -Follow the Plaid Avenger on Twitter - twitter.com/plaidavenger -Join Turntable.fm and play tunes in The International Spin room - turntable.fm/the_international_spin-Use the class Twitter hashtag #wrvt to interactwith fellow students, ask questions, and get info
    9. 9. Increased interactionsProfessor Facebook/Twitter - class notices, quickpolling
    10. 10. Facebook groupsSuggest students join class groupPlace to post notices and students can “meet” each other digitallyStudents can find study partners
    11. 11. Students made own Uni SIM group (830 people) https://www.facebook.com/ groups/unisim/
    12. 12. Students made own Uni SIM group (830 people) https://www.facebook.com/ groups/unisim/
    13. 13. Increased interactionsProfessor Facebook/Twitter - class notices, quickpollingTwitter - Class hashtag
    14. 14. http://tweetchat.com/ room/wrvt
    15. 15. http://tweetchat.com/ room/wrvt
    16. 16. #HBRchat
    17. 17. #HBRchat
    18. 18. Increased interactionsProfessor Facebook/Twitter - class notices, quickpollingTwitter - Class hashtag Poll Everywhere - In class on the spot polling
    19. 19. Increased interactionsProfessor Facebook/Twitter - class notices, quickpollingTwitter - Class hashtag Poll Everywhere - In class on the spot pollingUstream - Online office hours
    20. 20. Ustream http://www.ustream.tv/channel/prof.-boyers-office-hours
    21. 21. spreecast
    22. 22. Google Hangouts
    23. 23. Blackboard chat tool
    24. 24. Increased interactionsProfessor Facebook/Twitter - class notices, quickpollingTwitter - Class hashtag Poll Everywhere - In class on the spot pollingUstream - Online office hours Video podcasts - current events, other topics
    25. 25. Blogs/Podcasts -continued dialogue -expanded, tag- able, content http://www.plaidavenger.com/plaidcasts/all/
    26. 26. Other toolsReddit social news website where the registered users submit content, in the form of either a link or a text "self" post.Subreddits http://www.reddit.com/r/highereducation http://www.reddit.com/r/business http://www.reddit.com/r/engineering http://www.reddit.com/r/literature
    27. 27. http://www.reddit.com/r/finance
    28. 28. http://www.reddit.com/r/finance
    29. 29. http://www.reddit.com/r/engineering
    30. 30. http://www.reddit.com/r/engineering
    31. 31. BlogsTumblrBloggerWordPress
    32. 32. www.tumblr.com
    33. 33. www.tumblr.com
    34. 34. www.blogger.comassociated with Google
    35. 35. www.blogger.comassociated with Google
    36. 36. www.wordpress.com
    37. 37. www.wordpress.com
    38. 38. Technologies in the classroom are not just gimmicks:HARNESS THE TOOLS!
    39. 39. Technologies in the classroom are not just gimmicks:HARNESS THE TOOLS! Students don’t have to be passive: HARNESS THEIR ENERGY!
    40. 40. Technologies in the classroom are not just gimmicks:HARNESS THE TOOLS! Students don’t have to be passive: HARNESS THEIR ENERGY!You don’t have to do italone:HARNESS STUDENTKNOWLEDGE andSKILLS!
    41. 41. Technologies in the classroom are not just gimmicks:HARNESS THE TOOLS! Students don’t have to be passive: HARNESS THEIR ENERGY!You don’t have to do italone:HARNESS STUDENTKNOWLEDGE andSKILLS! A strong community is a potent force: HARNESS THE POTENTIAL!

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