Month: June 2011

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Thoughts about Web 2.0

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I finally realized that I have to change the way I teach because the way students think has changed.  It’s a little scary, but it’s also very exciting because more responsibility can be put on students for their own learning.  I might even be willing to exchange my books for Kindles if  “electronic dialogue” is actually possible and students can comment simultaneously on the same text.  I might actually get my more reluctant students to annotate as they read! 

As I read Steve Hargadon’s article the following ideass struck me:

  • “age of the collaborator”
  • “collaborative scholarship”
  • “it’s the hallway discussions after the lecture where learning actually takes place”
  • electronic collaborative study”

As students take a more active role in their learning, I become more of a facilitator than an expert.  That’s kind of  a relief!  I

I am also realizing that we need to update our research methods because time now is spent not in finding information but in determiningwhich information is reliable and relevant. We need to use research tools such as Google Scholar and itunesU. 

I like the idea of using wiki sites for student-generated study guides.  I am wondering if you can have too much information.  If it’s overwhelming for me, is it overwhelming for students.  Are all the podcasts, blogs, and resources really helpful tools, or do you start focusing too much on technology and not enough on content and students?

Collaboration sounds good, but I still have reservations about the inundation of information.  How do we manage it all?

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Time for Change

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I love books. Good old fashioned pages that you can touch and smell and turn and write on…with a real pen, not a stylus.  I’ve resisted technology and used the minimum amount of it as long as I could, but now it’s time to change. And I’m ready to embrace the change…I think.  I’ve already used a fragment and started a sentence with a coordinating conjunction.  It doesn’t feel like progress.  I feel as though I have to give something up to make room for technology.  I feel overwhelmed.  Nevertheless, it’s time for me to stop making excuses and wasting my energy resisting and start taking responsibility for my own learning.  The next most important habit for me will be to have confidence in myself as a competent and effective learner.  Confidence is also my biggest challenge. Like most people, I like doing things that I understand and that bring me a feeling of success.  So far in my life, technology has not fallen in to that category.  Shrouded in mystery, it usually brings me frustration.  I need to treat myself as I would my students and celebrate the small accomplishments and view even the smallest improvement as success.  I mean look at me – I’m writing a blog without the help of my 11 year old daughter! That’s HUGE!

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