Incorporating Google Moderator, Twitter, and others….
In recent years, there has been a proliferation of new social media and other interactive technology tools. So how do you navigate this ever changing landscape? How can these tools be used for teaching and learning activities?
“Backchannel communication is a secondary electronic conversation that takes place at the same time as a conference session, lecture, or instructor-led learning activity… the allure is its immediacy as a real-time conversation in parallel with the formal presentation.” – EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, 2010. Examples of backchannel tools include Twitter.
- 7 Things You Should Know About Backchannel Communications.
- A framework for teaching with twitter.
- Teaching with Twitter: “Teaching With Twitter: Not for the Faint of Heart”
- Horton hears a tweet. Dunlap, J. C. & Lowenthal, P. R. (2009). EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 32(4).
- 7 things you should know about microblogging.
- The Twitter Experiment
Idea Generation, Collaboration & Feedback
Google Moderator “ is a Web-based tool that lets a user set up a series of one or more topics to which people can post questions… [It] is a way to accept and filter questions and ideas in a course. It is also a way to create a record of what students understand, question, and would like to explore further.” From 7 things you need to know about google moderator. Teaching and Learning with Technology at Penn State.
- Cornell supported blogs and wiki‘s.
- GoogleDocs at Cornell
- GoogleDocs; GoogleGroup; Using GoogleDocs
- OpenStudy.com: online study groups
- MindMeister: online mind mapping and brainstorming
- Ning.com: online community collaboration environment.
- Ideascale.com: collect ideas and a community can identify most important ideas.
Potential Teaching & Learning Activities
Considerations for Teaching & Course Planning
Using new technology tools in teaching have some planning considerations to keep in mind.
- What will students need? For example if using a tool like Twitter, who will manage the backchannel?
- Are there privacy or FERPA considerations? Review related Cornell guidelines.
- If using a third party vendor, what are the terms of service or other “cloud” considerations?
- Access: do students have accounts? Are they willing to use it for a class?
- Technical Skills/support – do they use these tools? Or do they need to learn? How will technical questions be answered?
- Time- how much class time for this?
- What can students do? Don’t make any assumptions!
- Expectations: what are the required activities? Will the activities be graded? If so, how?
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This posting is part of the spring 2011 Teaching with Technology series co-sponsored by Faculty Support Services-CIT, and the Center for Teaching Excellence.