7 Weeks of Learning Social Media
Wow, this has been a 7 week crash course in “Social Media”. I think have still have more questions than answers, but have learned a great deal over the 7 weeks. I have to admit I was terrified of social media, but now, no so much. I would to thank all of you in the PIDP 3240 program for you posts and tweets and feedback. I found the twitter and water cooler area very helpful, and the posts very motivating. I was on the road throughout most of the course all around B.C. and found the online learning very helpful.
If you are ever feeling a bit down or unappreciated about being a teacher, all the work and all the prep you do …. just take a moment to watch this video by Tayor Mali called “What Teachers Make”.
In my search for types and uses of social and instructional media I came across this:
The Teacher’s Guide To Pinterest
“Pinterest” seems to be derived from the word “interest” and is the name of a type of resource sharing, where the teachers and students can pin up items, similar to posting in moodle the way we have been doing our assignments. These pin ups are very visually stimulating and try to interest students to use the resource. Please take if you have time and let me know if you use these or have any experience with this:
What happen when you have a “Technology Failure”
I travel a lot and teach students in buildings where I never know what I will face for internet and display screens. I always have a backup plan which is having some of the curriculum in printed form ( old school form ). This gets the student started right on time, which really helps with credibility and buys me time to get my technology working. If at that point it still is not working I still have time to print more, and keep the curriculum rolling. I found an interesting article where they speak of these technology failures and call them “technology fails”. Once something has a name it is real and you need to prepare for it. Please take some time to read this post and add any “technology fails” tips.
Working with an expert
I wonder if the online classroom will help students not be so intimidated and insecure when they working with an expert. I have always felt a bit intimidated and nervous when an expert or the instructor is watching me, or working with me. When I am teaching a class I notice a big difference in how students perform, depending on their comfort level and stress level. There seems to be a correlation to who they are working with, either when they work with each other, or they work with an expert. I have noticed many students do quite poorly when partnered with an expert. I wonder if this is mostly a physical reaction, and when the expert is not staring them in the face, if they might perform a bit better. I would like to hear your thoughts on this, or any experience you might have had.
If you want to read some articles on intimidation, take a look at this site and concentrate on the words you are reading to drum up some of those feelings:
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