Building Classroom Community

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Building Classroom Community

  1. 1. Building Classroom Community: Collaborative Technology in Use Michael Rees School of Information Technology @mrees Slides at go.mrees.com/bccslides An Emerging Technologies Committee Talk
  2. 2. The New Normal – Activity Streams © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 2 Source: go.mrees.com/5slides
  3. 3. Collaboration Tools © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 3 Tool Types Blogs Social bookmarks Wikis Social networks Online Docs Note Taking Microblogs
  4. 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. 5. Philosophy of Learning Environments Making sense of complexity requires social and technological systems Creation is vital Learning is network formation. Knowledge is distributed Learning requires time, depth of focus, critical thinking, and reflection Openness of content and interaction increases innovation Learners need to experience confusion in the learning process Learners should be in control of their own learning © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 5 George Siemens, go.mrees.com/noquestions
  6. 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. 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. 8. Student Blogging © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 8 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
  9. 9. Wordpress Blogs © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 9 Teaching uses: • Develop an important life skill • Share thoughts with students/staff • 9 free choice posts for 9% of marks
  10. 10. Delicious Social Bookmarking © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 10 Teaching uses: • Targeted lists of links (tagging) with notes • Share with students/colleagues • Evolve over semester
  11. 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. 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. 13. Student Wikis © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 13 https://sites.google.com/site/webappdevmaster/
  14. 14. Future of Learning Institutions using innovative thinking creativity, connected collaboration, flexibility, play=learning? with curiosity, exploration, transparency & openness To prepare all of our students for a decidedly digital future © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 14 Michael Stephens go.mrees.com/hypercampus
  15. 15. Mobile everywhere © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 15
  16. 16. Twitter raises grades? © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 16 … 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/twittergrades
  17. 17. Fast, Cheap, Out of Control Fast • To learn and set up • No need of IT services • Experiment and innovate quickly Cheap • Free, or afford to buy out of own pocket • No need of budget authorisation • Liberating Out of Control • Free of policy restrictions • More personal element • Increased flexibility © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 17 Martin Weller, go.mrees.com/goodedtech
  18. 18. Open Scholar Research funding insists on open access Funding requires +ve social impact Public readers of open access check on authors Researchers need searchable public persona Public persona determines funding © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 18 Source: http://bit.ly/public- persona the Open Scholar is someone who makes their intellectual projects and processes digitally visible bit.ly/osdefn
  19. 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 © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 19 yammer.com
  20. 20. Other Online Tools for Activity Streams PollEverywhere • Real-time polls Mindmeister • Mind maps Google Docs • Shared documents Diigo • Web slides Evernote • Notetaking Twitter • Microblogs Facebook • Social network LinkedIn • Professional groups © 2010 Michael Rees Building Classroom Community 20

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