August 16, 2007 at 9:27 pm Comments (0)
Had to throw this link up quickly, sorry, no graphic. This CNET article tells us how important student-generated material could become, and several universities will incorporate it into their curricula this fall.
Knauff said self-publishing tools are an enticing way to get college students to develop original thoughts as opposed to simply repeating what they think professors want to hear. Students are collectively creating glossaries and repositories for academic articles, audio files and videos.
“They write for their peers as well and it creates a different motivation. They want to do well, don’t want to look phony and get excited about the projects with the media aspect,” said Knauff.
The multimedia or personal stuff that professors may think of as flashy filler is getting students to make an emotional investment in their education. “Sure, the content they offer is not as good as if a faculty member produced it. The content expert is always going to be better at creating the content, but that’s not the point,” said Knauff.
And it goes beyond blogs replacing reading journals for undergrad American lit classes. Dartmouth’s medical school students use wikis to author, share and critique case studies.
This stuff is important; universities, and especially colleges of education, need to shape trends, not just respond to them. The k-12 students in schools now need positive examples of uses for these technologies.
July 17, 2007 at 4:26 pm Comments (0)
This feels difficult. I went to two different conferences in the last three weeks, and came away with more specific information for following up than ever. I heard about wonderful ideas, teaching practices, classroom strategies, new uses of technologies… new to me, anyway, but that’s why we go to these conferences.
So what’s difficult? Part of the difficulty is knowing I’ve been at this job for 10 years now, as of the 7th of July. It’s been a great ten years – I really like what we’ve created here in the ITC. I’ve seen what could be, though – some wonderful innovations that we could emulate at Emory’s Cox Hall, the FCIT at University of South Florida, and the University of Texas at Austin. Now I’m ready to try some of these new things, to plan and share these ideas and this energy, but the students and faculty are either involved in the end of summer semester or on vacation, and as I said, I’ve got other commitments to keep.
So, back to the work I left behind to go to the conferences… valuable work I mostly enjoy for people I like and respect for a purpose I support, but it’s not the exciting stuff I saw at these conferences! While I’m tempted by the new new things, I’ll dig in, and work to keep the energy from these fresh ideas while I do the not so new things. As Dave Winer always says, still diggin’.
June 25, 2007 at 3:55 pm Comments (0)
I spent all yesterday with Ellen and Will at a workshop celebrating constructivism presented by a new group, the Constructivist Consortium. Six companies got together and invited NECC attendees to this all day, project-based work/play/learn/reflect series of activities. They provided full licensed copies of key software titles for people to install on their laptops and take with them, and lunch, for a paltrey fee of only $25. And they seemed surprised that it sold out in just days. Spending the day feeling like you’‘re playing, and on review, realize you learned a tremendous amount – an excellent educational model, if you ask me.
Will spent both project periods – morning and afternoon – programming interactive projects and games using MicroWorlds EX from LCSI. He has his sights set on a Computational Media major at Georgia Tech, so this was just practice for him.
Ellen networked, especially spending time with Peter Reynolds, author, artist, and a leader (with his twin, Paul) of FableVision.
I spoke with Lauren Elliott about PNN.com, the Personal News Network, a multimedia-rich network/blog site. Lauren is the guy who created Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego
Their mission is a constructivist manifesto for companies; check it out below the fold.