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Everything For Somebody

A presentation I delivered to the Diploma of VET teachers about the implementation of web applications into the classroom environment.

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Everything For Somebody

  1. 1. Everything for somebody A presentation on the implementation of Peer Press, Social Spaces, and Weblogs in the classroom. By Rupert Owen 2009 - www.simuli.blogspot.com
  2. 2. Opportunity “A time favourable for the purpose; a suitable time, combined with other favourable circumstances” - A Concise Dictionary of The English Language Charles Annandale M.A. LL.D Blackie & Son, London 1886
  3. 3. Hazard “Chance; danger; peril; risk” - A Concise Dictionary of The English Language Charles Annandale M.A. LL.D Blackie & Son, London 1886
  4. 4. Social Networking Social Networking sites are beneficial for Experiential Teaching. Students get to know you on a more humanistic level. An egalitarian bond is formed. Formal barriers are reduced shifting the interpersonal loci. Trust is built.
  5. 5. Blogs Blogs are great for teachers and some students enjoy keeping them as well. Blogs map the learning journey by providing students with access to the key concepts covered in class. Blogs do not tire of repeating themselves ... archives, links, trackbacks, and Memes.
  6. 6. Wikis Wikis seem to work well for most students. Wikis are powerful Visual Diaries with a centralised virtual space for classroom engagement. Wikis provide fast feedback between teachers and students. A Wiki is Peer Press.
  7. 7. MicroBlogging Fast and precise communication works well with small groups operating within a large class. Effective for Brainstorming and sharing digital notes. Less responsibility of care-taking a personal profile for the duration of a course or subject.
  8. 8. Vlogs and Podcasts Most students may find speaking directly to the world in an articulate fashion or facing an invisible audience through Webcams too confronting. However one or two may embrace this opportunity.
  9. 9. What then are the Negatives?
  10. 10. Privacy We all deserve our privacy We all deserve intact integrity We all seek refuge from the public eye
  11. 11. Partition Many Social Networking sites, Blogs, Microblogs, and Wikis all have customisation tools for delegating Privacy, Administrative Rights and Comment/Posting functionality.
  12. 12. Partition Many Social Networking sites, Blogs, Microblogs, and Wikis all have customisation tools for delegating Privacy, Administrative Rights and Comment/Posting functionality. Use the “curtains” for determining when and when not to share information or invite participation. (Don’t forget you can always delete, block and vanish in a puff of HTML.)
  13. 13. Some niche nooks Sharing uncharted waters If meeting a student at your Local seems undesirable, consider meeting them somewhere else.
  14. 14. Here are a couple of examples of where my Online presence has enhanced my teaching/ learning practice
  15. 15. Gradually, as more students became “friends” on Facebook, conversations about Web Applications and Class Content began to filter out into our non-class social space. This form of communication between student and teacher encourages the intrinsic sharing of knowledge and information without any extrinsic need to exchange it. Student This student will receive no better mark at school, no “browny points” in class, no educational institute formal recognition for having responded to my Update. What the student will benefit from is having thought about and communicated independently in their own time information and knowledge that is relevant to their dedicated area of interest.
  16. 16. Student achieves part of a production process that she is proud of. She posts it up onto Facebook, I give it the thumbs up, another teacher who is also on her “friends” list agrees and four other people leave encouraging remarks. When she had finished the video, she then Uploaded it onto Facebook, five people gave her positive responses and eleven others gave it the thumbs up. I don’t know what kind Text of Mark would have been as good as eleven people responding with a Thumbs-Up to someone’s work. What has happened here is a better reward then any mark she could have received from this project, what she experienced was her hard work and dedication to her work being accoladed and admired by her peers.
  17. 17. The www.slife.wetpaint Wiki was a fascinating classroom virtual environment. The students used their Second Life avatars to host the Wiki Space to cover classroom topics. On the front page we Uploaded a Virtual Snapshot group photo of their Second Life avatars. Students are accustomed these days to expressing themselves through Mediums like avatars and profiles, it empowers them through a proxy to express “free thought”.
  18. 18. Navigating the Virtual World. Usability Functionality Free/Freemium/Premium Aesthetics Privacy Controls
  19. 19. Credits(Images) • www.iconpot.com / www.blogperfume.com • www.ephemera.ning.com • www.artsytime.com • www.fontplay.com

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