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Steve Ransom

OU Rolls Out New iPads to Future Teachers - 22 views

  • "The goal is to have the faculty use the technology as a tool to incorporate the activities that they are already doing
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      If the goal is mere integration, perhaps one is missing the best part of technology-facilitated rich learning opportunity.
Steve Ransom

A Tech-Happy Professor Reboots After Hearing His Teaching Advice Isn't Working - Techno... - 41 views

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    See Wesch's comments down in the comment stream. I think he is correct in supporting a balance between good lecture and participatory pedagogy in the classroom
Steve Ransom

After student complaints, Utah professor denied job | Inside Higher Ed - 35 views

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    What to do when students DEMAND to be passive recipients of information rather than active participants and thinkers?
Steve Ransom

The 10 Worst Mistakes of First-Time Job Hunters - Finance and Accounting Jobs News and ... - 9 views

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    Some salient and relevant advice for 21st century learners! "I would have actually networked." "I would have gotten more involved in career-relevant extracurricular activities.""I would have focused more on becoming 'professional.'""I would have kept better track of my achievements.""I would have focused more on developing relevant skills."
Steve Ransom

News: Not Guilty ... and Not Long Employed - Inside Higher Ed - 10 views

  • Rybicki denied hurting the student's finger, as she alleged, but said that professors have every right to shut a laptop when a student violates class rules or is rude by surfing the Web rather than using a laptop to take notes.
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    A Georgia jury has acquitted Frank J. Rybicki, assistant professor of mass media at Valdosta State University, of battery charges related to his shutting the laptop of a student in one of his classes in March.
Steve Ransom

SEI Videos - 22 views

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    Some good videos on how to use clickers effectively.
Steve Ransom

Michael Wesch: What killed their souls? on Vimeo - 27 views

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    Interesting comments about why the lecture is not going away from around 13:00-16:00 minute marker. Is the "flipped classroom" model still about efficiency rather than meaningful learning?
Steve Ransom

Strictly business? Personal tweets make profs more "credible" - 10 views

  • At least among the young.
  • The researchers found that older students tended to rate the professors lower in credibility after having viewed their Twitter accounts. These students were also more likely to think it was a bad idea for professors to have Twitter accounts at all, citing the potential for revealing too much personal information and creating an awkward student/teacher relationship.
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    students perceive instructors who make social tweets as more credible than instructors who remain strictly business, lending support to the idea that knowing a real human is behind the Twitter stream helps people feel more confident about that person's abilities.
Steve Ransom

Should Professors Allow Students to Use Computer Devices in the Classroom? | HASTAC - 25 views

  • One final comment, a funny one.  On Monday, in my "Twenty-First Century Literacies" class where laptops are required for a whole range of experiments and inclass collaborative work, I caught one of my students with his laptop open and with a book propped secretly inside it, reading away in his book when he should have been paying attention.   So maybe that's the next class, "Should Professors Allow Students to Use BOOKS in the Classroom Devised for Computer Learning?"   I'm being facetious but that's the point.  A book is a technology too.   How and when we use any technology and for what purpose are the questions we all need to ask.
  • Do you see the difference?   "Computer learning" doesn't exist.   In 2011, it exists less than it did a decade ago and, in a few years, that phrase won't exist at all.   Students learn.  Computers are tools for all kinds of things, from checking the Facebook page, to making notetaking easier, to being fact checking or calculating devices that can take a class to a more sophisticated level to interactive social networking devices that can either distract a class or allow for new forms of group collaboration.   There are many other uses as well.   The point is that most profs have (a) simply "adapted" (as a colleague told me recently) to computers without understanding the intellectual and pedagogical changes they can enable; or (b) resigned themselves to their present, gleefully or resentflly; or (c) made them into a pedagogical tool; or (d) all of the above.    
  • The point isn't that the class has to be designed for "computer learning" but that there are different forms of learning available with a device and profs should be allowed to determine if they want to facilitate and make use of those different forms of learning or not.
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    Great post by Cathy Davidson. Her final facetious question of we will ban books because they can distract students makes a nice point.
Steve Ransom

8 Big Mistakes Online Students Make - US News and World Report - 55 views

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    8 Big Mistakes Online Students Make - US News and World Report
Elizabeth Koh

Teaching With Twitter: Not for the Faint of Heart - Technology - The Chronicle of Highe... - 8 views

  • Instructors in the classroom really have to teach toward their personalities
Steve Ransom

BU Now » Blog Archive » Profs Texting Students: Where Do We Draw the Line? - 10 views

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    Should professors be social with their students beyond the classroom?
Shane Brewer

edbuzz.org » Revenge of the Edupunks - 19 views

  • The education futurists see the development of Web 2.0 as the final death knell of the 20th century learning model. The proliferation of open source learning tools, social media technology, mobile learning tools, and the ability of educators to cheaply and effectively construct rich, complex, individualized learning experiences for students is bound to revolutionize education.
  • In some ways, integrating technology with high school and college curriculum may seem like a simple task, but any experienced educator will tell you it’s definitely not. Shifting from a classroom mindset to an online mindset not only presents significant practical problems, but the transformation can be very difficult for teachers to conceptualize.
  • Although the potential benefits online learning presents are exciting, shifting the way educators think about teaching and learning is definitely not an easy task. Nevertheless, the more students and their parents demand highly individualized and inexpensive curriculum, educators will be forced to change the way they deliver instruction. The market forces that are shaping today’s schools will, at the most fundamental level, disrupt the current educational model. The problem we face as educators is deciding which tools we should use and the best ways to use them. Finding a solution to this problems might require the sort of radical thinking the edupunks like to embrace.
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    "The education futurists see the development of Web 2.0 as the final death knell of the 20th century learning model. The proliferation of open source learning tools, social media technology, mobile learning tools, and the ability of educators to cheaply and effectively construct rich, complex, individualized learning experiences for students is bound to revolutionize education."
Steve Ransom

Wake Up and Smell the New Epistemology - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher... - 11 views

  • Good pedagogy is the product of instructors who respect, understand, and creatively engage their students.
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      Hear hear!
  • make transparent
  • I am asking instructors to see the two questions that the new epistemology emblazons across the front of every classroom — "So what?" and "Who cares?" — and then to adjust their teaching accordingly.
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  • show no patience for lectures
  • Good pedagogy is the product of instructors who respect, understand, and creatively engage their students.
  • except for the occasional late bloomer, we fail miserably at creating sustained intellectual fires among the vast majority of our practical, credential-driven students.
  • better and more widely achievable educational goal should therefore be to inculcate a respect for learning and the pursuit of knowledge.
  • public scholarship
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    An excellent read for those interested... and those who need a kick in the pants re: engaging meaningfully a new culture of students, especially in higher education.
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