On the 26th June, 2012, I gave a one-hour session on "Blogging for Faculty" as part of the monthly Technology Tuesdays. I turned this presentation into an Apple iBook, which you can download to an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch and read on the iBook App. The iBook contains both text and video. The video is not quite as good as it could be - I used a different microphone to make the recording, rather than my usual one. However, I think I get the message across.
From this point on, I will attempt to use iBooks for more of my handouts. The handouts will continue to be available as PDFs as well.
You can download the iBook from the Technology Tuesday page, or direct from here. You will need the iBooks App to view the file.
Mark Sample, in the Chronicle of Higher Education, asks the question “Are you sick of reading your student's blogs?” to provoke a conversation on the best way of using blogs in the classroom.
He shares his experience of experimenting with structure, rhythms, and roles. Faculty considering blogging will find these approaches very helpful (along with the commentary at the end of the post)
On Inside Higher Ed, Lanny Arvan shares her experience of teaching with students blogs, and anxiety on how FERPA impacts the process. She, like I, suggests that students post anonymously (or at least consider their options carefully before creating a presence in the blogosphere). There are some great links to follow in the article.
Lastly, Bob Jensen at Trinity University has a series of links to explore.
Blogging is a powerful and efficient way of facilitating communication. It can be an effective means for your students demonstrate literacy, to engage with media, to opine, to cite, and to remix.
In this dynamic session, you will learn:
- Which blogging software to recommend to your students.
- How to avoid FERPA violations.
- How rubrics can guide your students towards best practice.
- Social media recommendations.
- How to monitor student postings.
Location: DPC 7406
Date: Tuesday, June 26th
Time: 10-11 a.m.
To RSVP or for more information, please visit the Technology Tuesdays page.
Faculty Focus recently shared a free set of articles on Teaching With Technology, written by John Orlando, PhD. The articles are short and helpful - I think the advice may be of help to faculty and staff at DePaul. You can download a copy by following this link.
The articles within the document are:
- Using VoiceThread to Build Student Engagement
- Wikipedia in the Classroom: Tips for Effective Use
- Blogging to Improve Student Learning: Tips and Tools for Getting Started
- Prezi: A Better Way of Doing Presentations
- Why You Should be Using Social Bookmarking Tools
- Unleashing Innovation: The Structured Network Approach
- Save Time and Teach Better with Screencasting
- Integrating Social Media into Online Education
- Using Polling and Smartphones to Keep Students Engaged
- Lecture Capture: A New Way to Think about Hybrid Courses
- Personal Learning Environments Help Students Extend Learning Beyond the Classroom
- Education Remix: Unlocking Creativity to Boost Learning
- Effective Uses of Video in the Classroom
The old blog can still be found, but I am thinking about importing the posts into RapidWeaver (when I have both time and the inclination).
The site is slowly being migrated. This might introduce to odd issue. Normal service will be resumed shortly.