These pages are meant to give you some great ideas and to let you hear interesting concepts that will bring value to you as an educator.
For now these are just random unedited raw concepts, but they will soon be better organized and incorporated into the site.
Short, sweet, and to the point. Limit your presentations to 20 simple graphics for 20 seconds each. And thus limit your presentation to just 6 minutes 40 seconds.
Its similar to the Twitter concept for PowerPoint! 🙂
Digital Story Telling
It hasn’t been possible for very long in history that just regualr people have had the power to record an event or story with full audio, video, text, and pictures, and send it around the world.
Wealthy television studios have been doing video for quite a while, but now all that power (and then some) is within YOUR grasp!
So, here’s a GREAT student project! Have students create a “Common Craft like … In Plain English” video summary of what topic you are discussing! They will love it, and it requires them to really pull out the important parts and convert that knowledge into the video. What better way to reinforce their learning and to get them involved and having fun than to let them teach!
Here are a few links as examples (After clicking, close the browser window to return to this blog): Sample 1 – World War 1 Sample 2 – Digestion Sample 3 – Nazis Sample 4 From Lee Lefever Himself – The Election Process!
Have your students watch a couple of actual Common Craft In Plain English videos so they’ll understand the basic idea.
And let the video editing be mega primitive, it just adds to the cheesy fun! All it takes is a webcam pointed at a table top and some cuts only editing. Alternatively you can use a document camera if you have one available. Then, just edit it a bit and upload the video to Youtube. Piece of cake and your students will love it! You can then show future students what previous students have done. Have teams compete for the best one!
Real Time Searches
Real time searches now possible!
Google has now turned on real time searches. (Go to Google, Search for your topic, Click Latest, then click Updates) It is now possible for your students (and you) to see news and posts of interest the very second the info is released on the internet! Wanna know the lastest in instructional technology? Just Google for articles with instructional technology and sort it by time of release. Find articles less than a second old! And for that matter using tools like del.icio.us you can get data sorted by popularity as well. So now you can not only find hot off the press instant information, you can find the most relevant information filtered from the enormous mass of data as voted on by your peers as well. In addition, Google is offering a “Hot Topics” button. What’s that do? It gives you what the masses are most recently searching for on the web. You can now easily follow mass trends and hot news topics from around the world without having to read a trillion news sites.
Also check out Twitter’s public timeline!
Google Googles Concept
Google Goggles allows you take pictures of bar codes, etc. with a cell phone and instantly see info about that product. Take pictures of business cards and have them instantly added to your contacts. Take a picture of a car and watch a video about it, etc. The concept is awesome! For instance lets say you prefer Texas grapefruit over Florida’s. Now just take a pic of the bar code, and wallah, instance info on the grower, the location, etc. Find someone with cool sneakers, snap a picture, and find the store closest to you that has them. As of now your pretty limited to just bar codes and such , but eventually it will expand to take a picture of car, logo, etc.)
Interesting Student Project:
Have students describe what President Lincoln’s Facebook page would look like. Who would his friends be? What would his status message read? What would he likely put in a blog? Who would be leaving him flame wars? Who would his pictures be of or about? Etc.
Paradigm Shift In Communications
Social networking is a paradigm shift in communication capability.
For instance there was recently an earthquake and people in nearby town were getting Twitter posts about it before they even felt the rumble! Also, Twitter is killing bad movies like never before. Before it would take the word about a bad movie several weeks to spread before it lost steam. Now students know DURING the very first viewing from other friends whether its worth watching or not!
Corporate TV’s method of sending reporters, shooting video, writing and editing stories, and waiting for the time the news program begins, can simply NOT be faster than Twitter or Facebook. People have heard of most real news hours before the TV’s have it on!
What if you were an investor and the bottom was about to fall out of your particular stock. Would you want to wait to hear about on the 10 o’clock news? Or would you want to hear about it on Twitter so fast you could quickly cut your losses?
Word of mouth from our peers most people trust. Some stuck up movie critic, well. Lets just say less. What about news in countries where news is strictly controlled by the government? Can they control it any longer?
So just know…Never before in the history of man have rumors been able to spread as rapidly and as globally as now! 😉
Some students believe they have a right to public privacy. 🙂
Be aware some students don’t want to add a professor as a friend on their Facebook because they feel that their facebook is just for their friends and for their personal life.
And how about this quote: “Oh dang my parents joined Facebook, my social life is over, how embarrassing!” 🙂
But if you run up against this as an educator, simply let students know that if they wish, they can create an alternate Facebook account for class. All they need is a different email, and there are tons of sites that offer free email: Gmail, Live, Yahoo, etc.
For faculty that have existing paper documents, they can come to ITLE and we have a copier that can scan them into PDF files so they can be easily distributed over the internet out to students.
PDFs are internet distributable printable documents that hold graphics, etc nicely in place. After being scanned, the file can even be automatically emailed to you.
Help students learn GLOBAL tools!
Who will prepare our students to think globally? We are no longer so bound to just our one little local town on this planet. We must help students use tools that help them gain a far broader reach and understanding of the world around them. Space barriers are rapidly being brought down. You can give a video speech from your home live around the globe in seconds. Prepare your students for this immediacy of global information. Facebook and Twitter are not just some local dormitory bulletin board, they have a global reach as does almost every tool listed on this site. Think big and break out of old ways of time and space bound thinking. It IS possible to be multiple places all over the planet at the same time and to collaborate with peers instantly all around the globe!
Why not have the author of your classes’ text book Skype in as a guest lecturer to your class? Why not allow students to have team projects with other students from other countries? The possibilities are endless.
Blooms Taxonomy was updated in 2001 to have Create at the top!
Help your students achieve that. Use tools like those listed on this site to help them create and be creative.
As with all tools, they can be used for great good or great evil.
Consider the gun that can defend a little old lady and help a cop keep a robber at bay.
But, that gun in the hands of a criminal can do much harm.
The more powerful the tool, the greater benefits and the greater the potential harm.
So we must be very wise in the use of this power!
Here are a few of the scarier tools I’ve ran across lately:
www.spokeo.com (Site that finds people’s info and images on social networks, their credit rating, the value of their home, etc.)
www.pipl.com (Deep web search of personal records, including any criminal convictions)
Interesting but scary thought: http://plazes.com/ Cool to think “Hey where are my friends Johnny and Sally right now?” “At the movies?” “Yep, Cool, I’ll go meet up with them.” But, scary too for stalkers, government, robbers, hit men, etc. And speaking of criminals, what about the tracking the criminals with a tracking device embedded as a chip or tracking via cell phone triangulation, etc. Some location info might be good, how about http://flook.com that in the future might use your current location info to serve up local info like the closest movie theater, nearby restaurants, best gas price within the nearby area, etc. Anyway, mark of the beast aside, when our every move is tracked and our digital fingerprint is readily available to all, and we enter a one world government phase where our government turns on us. That’s when we’ll have had the lick.
It is possble to use a simple cell phone for creating audio content on the web, both live and on demand.
See the Phonecasts section of the website
Scribe Post Concept
You can have teams use a “Scribe” each day and post blogs about a certain topic the class is currently discussing. Each day the team uses a different team member as the scribe.
Back Channel Communication
Ever ask another student a quick but relevant question about what the teacher was talking about? That’s communication among peers behind the scenes. It’s similar to briefly talking among local fellow faculty during a webinar you are receiving. Sometimes that communication adds GREAT clarity to what’s being discussed! Now what if you could capture all that back channel discussion and add it as supplemental information for your students along with the lecture?! I’m not talking about posting “This teacher is a stinky head.” or “What did you have for lunch” or “Check this box if you like me.” Instead I’m talking about capturing the USEFUL back channel communication. I think embedding a tool like Twitterfall into your D2L site and projecting that on your screen during class or possibly even capturing it and adding it to your D2L site, might have some substantial potential for student engagement and interaction, not to mention how it might contribute positively to the comprehension of the course.
(Live blogging) allows students to share notes and reactions during class and gives students the ability to create a transcript of the class session and the professor can push one question surveys and videos to participants. (Makes the live back channel easier to manage) The live blog is easily embeddable on a course website, D2L, etc.
RateMyProfessors.com (Be aware, you TOO are being graded!)
(Lets your webcam be used by multiple applications at once. And adds some cool effects too)
Change For The Better Is Beautiful
Be the butterfly that emerges with awesome change for the better.
Refuse to be a ground crawling caterpillar your whole life.
Let ‘Em In On How
If you post something, letting people know HOW you posted it can sometimes be of great benefit.
For instance, put a tag at the bottom that says “Posted using BlogPress from my iPad. Photos taken with an iPhone and uploaded to Flickr via Pixelpipe.”
It’s a concept similar to what some people do with photos. They say taken with a Nikon H800 with a Pentax T2000 lens, with Kodak 100 speed film, using an F-stop of ….. etc.
And that can be of great benefit to other photographers wanting to follow in their footsteps.
This can even be a great benefit to YOU as a great reminder when you want to shoot again in that same location a few weeks later!
The same holds true for something you do on the web. Give yourself and your peers a little crumb trail to follow. It’ll benefit you both.
Cool New Remote Desktop
Awesome remote control of someone’s desktop, share files, etc.
Great for giving remote assistance to the technologically challenged)
Be aware of your digital footprint. From Facebook being looked at by potential employers, to posting “Hey I’m going to the movies tonight” being read by a robber.
We must be aware that our online profile is information, and information is power, and power can be used for good OR evil.
Don’t be afraid to venture out into the digital world, but be careful out there and use your head.
2010 Horizon Report
A great site for current trends in Instructional Technologies.
OER (Open Ed Resources)
A great site with great resources for educators!
Follow Great Tweeters!!!!
A great way to hone your craft regardless of what that craft is, is to follow the leaders in that craft.
Want to know the best math book being released on the market this month?
Follow the Tweets of text book companies, fellow educators, etc.
The possibilities are endless.
Virtual Guest Speakers
Have you ever thought of having a guest speaker in your class via Skype or Videoconferencing?
What about bringing in the author of your textbook!
Or an expert in industry who does the topic you are speaking on.
Or a Pseudo Celebrity.
What about a Virtual Field Trip?
Did you have any friends in college that are currently doing something in the field you are currently teaching?
Combining Google’s Sidewiki with Google Buzz, teachers can bunch students together into a network and then place their conversations right next to the resource they’re discussing, such as online articles, artwork, or videos.
Cool New Type of “Kendall” Book From Skiff
Find your textbook in electronic format!
Have Each Student Tweet A Thought On The Class Each Day.
Assign homework that requires students to tweet one thing discussed in class that day.
As a side benefit, this type of assignment makes it easier for shyer students to participate.
Use polls as feedback on how students’ opinions relate to the lessons. If your poll findings reinforce the lesson, great! And if not, let that spark fun and intellectual debate.