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The Three C’s of 21s Century Teaching and Learning course taught by Dennis Richards.

Internet Safety Resources for Schools

Posted by dennisar on September 29, 2009

The issue of Internet Safety for students, educators and parents is one that concerns us all. Here are some resources, and an Ad4dcss Diigo group and wiki dedicated to collecting and sharing insights and resources to improve our collective knowledge, understanding and wisdom. In no particular order

If anyone analyzes/synthesizes these resources, please place a link to the analysis/synthesis in a comment below.

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Seaching For Our Town in Web 2.0?: Skitch Analysis

Posted by dennisar on September 22, 2009

Skitch Analysis: I used Skitch to prepare a personal Keynote analysis of Richard Schwier’s Searching for Our Town in Web 2.0 Keynote that he presented at the UBC Okanagan Learning Conference, May 8, 2008. I did this to prepare for an Elluminate session with the Dr. Schwier for Dr.Alec Couros’s Social Media and Open Education course, ECI 831, University of Regina, Saschatchawan, Canada. You can find the keynote at http://tr.im/zomO.

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Backchanneling in the Classroom?

Posted by dennisar on September 16, 2009

I have been in a number of forums where the subject of backchanneling for learning in the classroom has been mentioned. I personally use it all the time in exactly the same way Dana Boyd does. It has dramatically increased my learning power. See the excerpt from her blog post below. I also Scott Snyder’s presentation at K12OnlineConference.org 2008. Hope this helps you move beyond confusion.

Backchannel


Wikipedia Definition

Backchannel is the practice of using networked computers to maintain a real-time online conversation alongside live spoken remarks. The term was coined in the field of Linguistics to describe listeners’ behaviours during verbal communication, Victor Yngve 1970.
The term “backchannel” generally refers to online conversation about the topic or the speaker. Occasionally backchannel provides audience members a chance to fact-check the presentation.
First growing in popularity at technology conferences, backchannel is increasingly a factor in education where WiFi connections and laptop computers allow students to use ordinary chat like IRC or AIM to actively communicate during class.


Blog Post on Backchannling

Dana Boyd’s Blog apophenia :: making connections where none previously existed

I want my cyborg life

Excerpt: There’s no doubt that I barely understood what the speaker was talking about. But during the talk, I had looked up six different concepts he had introduced (thank you Wikipedia), scanned two of the speakers’ papers to try to grok what on earth he was talking about, and used Babelfish to translate the Italian conversations taking place on Twitter and FriendFeed in attempt to understand what was being said. Of course, I had also looked up half the people in the room (including the condescending man next to me) and posted a tweet of my own.
But, of course, the attack was not actually about the reality of my internet habits but the perception of them. There’s no doubt that, when given a laptop in a lecture setting, most people surf the web, check email, or play video games. Their attention is lost and they’ve checked out. Of course, there’s an assumption that technology is to blame. The only thing that I really blame said technology for is limiting doodling practice for the potential future artist (and for those of us who still can’t sketch to save our lives). Y’see – I don’t think that people were paying that much attention before. Daydreaming and sketching (aka “taking notes”) are not particularly new practices. Now the daydreamer might just be blogging instead.


Back-channels in the Classroom

Scott H. Snyder Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, USA
Blog: http://thespian70.blogspot.com/
Bio: http://k12online08presenters.wikispaces.com/Scott+Snyder
Bio: Scott, a graduate of Bowling Green State University (Ohio) with a B.S. in Education, has been teaching for 15 years. A member of the English
Department at Cedar Cliff High School, Camp Hill, PA, USA, Scott teaches Theater, American Literature, and AP Language and Composition.
Presentation Description: Backchanneling, traditionally an online discussion running alongside a live presentation, is a way to engage all students in classroom activities, including students who are normally non-participants. Issues and student needs that lead me to the technique, the educational
relevance of the process, backchanneling services (including possibilities and limitations of several), and example activities will all be addressed in this presentation.
Post By Dean Shareski ⋅ on K12OnlineConference.org 2008 October 29, 2008


Crossposted at innovation3.edublogs.org.

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Diigo & Delicious – “Save Elsewhere”

Posted by dennisar on September 16, 2009

If you want to save bookmarks to delicious and Diigo, you need to set up an account in both services. Then go to the bottom of any of the main pages in Diigo and click on “Tools.” The link will take you to the page you see here. Follow the arrows in the graphic to complete the process. Then any bookmark first saved in Diigo is automatically saved in delicious.

Save Elsewhere Funtion in Diigo: Automatically save to delicous when you first save to Diigo

Save Elsewhere Funtion in Diigo: Automatically save to delicous when you first save to Diigo

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What Would Google Do About Education?

Posted by dennisar on September 9, 2009

Here is a slideshow summary of the book What Would Google Do by Jeff Jarvis? What have you learned as an educator that would fall under the category of “What Google Would Do” about education?

Additional help:

1. This What Would Google Do About Journalism? post might help.

2. In this video, Jeff Jarvis gives and overview of the rules he discusses in the book.

3. You’ll find a longer video (79 minutes) with Jeff Jarvis here.

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Teaching & Learning with Alec and Others

Posted by dennisar on September 7, 2009

Today is Labor Day, a national holiday on the first Monday in September in the United States. Teachers have either returned to school by now or they begin tomorrow. One hundred and eighty days in a classroom from now until the end of the year. I will be teaching teachers this year. Three classes of teachers in three different school districts in Massachusetts. The classes begin on September 24th, October 15th and January 6th, respectively. I titled the course The Three C’s of 21st Century Teaching and Learning.

Time permitting, I will be participating as a non-registered student in an online course lead by Dr. Alec Couros from Saskatchewan, Canada titled Social Media & Open Education: Open, Connected, Social, ECI831.

This is the main page for EC&I 831: Social Media & Open Education, an open access graduate course from the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. This course is available to both for-credit and not-for-credit students. It features openly available, live, and recorded presentations from notable educators & theorists. It is anticipated that the open nature of this course will benefit both the registered and non-registered students especially in the fostering and development of long-term, authentic, educational connections.

I’m looking forward to being a teacher and a learner this year.

For anyone unlucky enough not to be Canadian, here are some aids to help you prepare for the course.

Audio Aid: Saskatchewan (pronounced səˈskætʃɨwɑːn (listen))

Visual Aid: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Regina, Saskatchawan, Canada

Cultural Aid:

molson brewery

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