April 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
Shared by Jennifer Dorman
An “online/offline mystery game” for middle schoolers, spanning 8 weeks, and teaching the scientific method and “problem solving through science.”
Visit the About page to learn more. About | Vanished
No museum needed, but scroll down on the About page for a list of participating museums, including the Putnam Museum in Davenport!
January 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
If there is a definite disadvantage to not paying attention to pop radio, and spending most of my time listening to audiobooks rather than music, it’s that I often don’t get cultural references or understand spoofs. I could name many examples, but the one of the more recent was when the Librarians Do Gaga video was virally spreading throughout the library world.
Thus, when this video was mentioned, I didn’t realize at first that it was a sort of spoof:
My lack of recognition of the cultural reference aside, this is an awesome video. The students not only manage to make math fun and create an easy way for fellow students to remember math function, but THEY DO IT SO WELL. I’ve seen less-than-fabulously-produced songs and raps that achieve a similar purpose, but this one renews my faith in such endeavors.
Thanks to Michelle Luhtala of EdWeb seminar fame for posting the video.
January 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
Here is an interesting article shared on Twitter by @notinmy. It explains how a professor used blogging in both a large physics class and a smaller honors student course.
I think this is a great example of how to use technology in a course. Alternative assignments could have asked the students to bring the article to class, but as pointed out, asking the students to blog produced better writing, and I’m sure more thoughtful preparation, precisely because the result will be public. Again, this is not so much changing the way the class is presented, but how the student experiences the course/subject matter.
See also: this post about how blogging is ridiculously easy. Also shared by @notinmy.
November 18, 2010 § Leave a comment
Another item shared in my Teaching with Technology Diigo group*:
We are considering purchasing clickers for our department. I can see various ways that they would be useful and would save our professors time, such as having students use them to take a multiple-choice quiz. But for the purchase to be really worth-while, I think that they will need to be used more often, and this post offers guidelines on how to construct meaningful questions to aid learning.
*Interestingly, this link is to the blog Clif’s Notes. The other group I currently subscribe to is Clif’s Notes on EdTech.