Deloitte Digital Blog: Melbourne Wave Meetup December 10, 2009
If you are interested in following what is going on with Wave and perhaps even working out what it is good for…
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The Blogush challenge is to take one of a number of sentences, ponder and blog it.
If given a choice, would students choose to come to your class?
I am working towards giving students that choice. As adult learners, they are able to choose.
When I first started teaching, I demanded students attend. I worked hard to make the classes valuable and managed to pack in a lot of theory, activities, feedback and stuff. After five years, I am wanting to be more flexible. I want them to have more control over their learning decisions.
So really, I want students to have that choice.
I want to provide them with resources so a missed class is not a missed learning opportunity. For resources to be available so they can read up before class, or follow their interests after the class.
To this end, I am pondering, reading, getting excited, moving forward, cold feet, standing still. Every time I feel as though I know where to start, it all becomes too hard and I leap down that road, too far and too fast.
I need to restrain myself. Either I need to develop a plan where I know what to fill in with elearning opportunities, or I need to choose an elearning tool and work with that over the next semester.
Thing 18 is looking at Wikis. The task is to upload your photo to the Swinilearn wiki.
As usual, I am taking my own path to the same destination. I recently started a Ning which is my wiki sandbox. I am tempted to use Ning as a tool in our PR course. Each student would join. Any teachers who so desire, would also be welcome. There is a discussion to be had around opening the Ning to alumni. I see such a lot of value in this. Many want to give back to the course, and they would continue with their own learning through this involvement.
One of the other questions I have is: can my Ning post on member’s facebooks with recent activity?
Jing is a tool which the students used easily. This makes it valuable!!
With only a short introduction to Jing, they were able to create short video/screencasts. They had fun, which also makes it valuable.
Jing captures what is happening on the screen as you talk through the process. There are a few settings you can tweak but it is relatively simple. In my book, this makes it a good choice.
Follow the link, it gives a good introduction to Jing, including its downsides (limited output formats).
I found my way to Technorati. Looked over the front page. Quickly found the search tool. Started with elearning as the word to search. It came up with a fabulous list of blogs.
I just rightclick the ones I like the look of and open them in a new tab. I now have so many open, my tab bar looks like squidgy blocks.
Problem is that as soon as I start reading them, I find other links and am interested in those.
Perhaps an important point here is about workflow management.
I am doing this blogpost in my business hygiene time. For the first time this week (Thursday) I have something resembling a normal day. So I started with my hygiene tasks and my coffee. (Working from home, so first task was a load of washing in the machine.) In my work hygiene, I rip through my inbox; answer emails, and sort those which don’t need answers but do need to be kept. Then to Twitter. Eight minutes of looking at recent posts and following interesting links. Then into my blog. I now have ten more minutes of blogging time left before I move to the next task. This time I will choose something from my to do list. So most probably finishing off a reflection for my Dip VET.
After an hour I am through a lot of chunks of work. Some are not completed tasks but they have had a bite or nibble taken from them which keeps them ticking over.
While looking over image generators, I found this Mosaic Image Generator. It is way cool. I will have to use it in another post.
Thing 16 December 6, 2009
Digg. Hmm, it is definitely for the technogeeks. Possibly it is starting to mainstream, but is generally probably not as useful to those of us who are techno-challenged.
So on that basis, I won’t be setting it up here. I tend to find enough interesting blogs and comments to read without Digg. I do like to find my own way through that part of the web. There is a real joy in stumbling across interesting bits and pieces.
Yesterday I set up my first Ning. It is definitely a sandpit. Took very little time and the management of it seems to be really well set out. Had quite a bit of fun adding games and other apps. Stumbled across some great Ning apps which I will be playing with next time. I am looking at setting up a chat room style interface through the Ning but need to give that some thought as it takes it beyond the realm of public posting on the Ning itself.