Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th June 2014
Archive for the 'Digital literacy' Category
Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 3rd June 2014
How Social Media Is Being Used In Education
Here is also an IMS blog entry about the use of Twitter in education:
Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd June 2014
Some 30 years ago, there was only “literacy” – the ability to read and write. Then literacy proliferated into a multitude of literacies: e.g. – media (including “new media”), visual, information, computer, digital, technology, data. According to some, up to 20 literacies: http://listverse.com/2012/04/04/20-types-of-illiteracy/.
I often receive [mildly put] “unhappy” comments by students when their semester papers are turned with [a large amount of) corrections, involving their use of grammar and style. Students revolt against grammar and academic style NOT having place in a "technology" class. I counter with the fact that a technology class is still a college class and academic IS ABOUT learning how to speak and write and not only learning the "trade" (technology). There is a multitude of articles underlining the ability to write not only for English major but also computer major, e.g.:
Cilliers, C. B. (2012). Student Perception of Academic Writing Skills Activities in a Traditional Programming Course. Computers & Education, 58(4), 1028-1041.
Dankoski M, Palmer M, Gopen G, et al. Academic Writing: Supporting Faculty in a Critical Competency for Success. Journal Of Faculty Development [serial online]. May 1, 2012;26(2):47-54. Available from: ERIC, Ipswich, MA. Accessed June 1, 2014.
To make things worse (for both students and instructors), instructors are inconsistent, whereas some do evaluate students on their “technology” skills only and some (like me) insist on a “complete” academic package.
What is your take? Do you think at least two of the aforementioned literacies: technology literacy and old fashioned literacy need to co-exist in class?
Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st June 2014
53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts
As cited in our blog entry of May 29, 2014, one of the most important steps to secure success of your social media presence is the use of images: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/05/29/social-media-11-tips-for-using-images-on-twitter/
In this blog entry, we share with you a large (53+) sites with free images. Do you know/have you used successfully a site with free images not listed here? Please DO share…
Please have an excellent outline of what “free” means, what is Creative Commons, what is Public Domain + stock sites with images:
and many more at http://blog.bufferapp.com/free-image-sources-list
Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 20th May 2014
Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 8th May 2014
MANAGING ONLINE COURSE WORKLOAD
Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th April 2014
12 Embarrassing Gadgets And Apps You Should Stop Using
Not sure if Google Glass will go into oblivion (but it might, considering that it ALSO tethers with a mobile device as the vanishing Blackberry tablet), but smart phones definitely are taking over.
Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 21st April 2014
You know that you can export a Google Doc into a MS Word format.
Did you know that you can open a MS Word doc in Google Doc? Here is how:
Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th April 2014
Peer reviewed (please consider LRS online dbase to retrieve):
Westera, W., De Bakker, G., & Wagemans, L. (2009). Self-arrangement of fleeting student pairs: a Web 2.0 approach for peer tutoring. Interactive Learning Environments, 17(4), 341-349. doi:10.1080/10494820903195249
Interesting conference proceedings:
Gaofeng, R., & Yeyu, L. (2007). An Online Peer Assisted Learning Community Model and its Application in ZJNU.Online Submission,
A model to consider, if you have a higher ed instution in the vicinity and replace freshman students with K12 ones. I like how the authors further classified the tutors into 3 categories:
De Smet, M., Van Keer, H., & Valcke, M. (2008). Blending asynchronous discussion groups and peer tutoring in higher education: An exploratory study of online peer tutoring behaviour. Computers & Education, 50207-223. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2006.05.001
This is the foundation, which the startup companies from Sillicon Valley are using to make money:
Hsiao, Y. P., Brouns, F., Kester, L., & Sloep, P. (2013). Cognitive load and knowledge sharing in Learning Networks. Interactive Learning Environments, 21(1), 89-100. doi:10.1080/10494820.2010.548068
this is old, but you can take the concepts and apply them right toward your research of using CAI
Dewey, D. P., & Cannon, A. E. (2006). Supporting technology instruction through peer tutoring, discussion boards and electronic journals. IALLT Journal Of Language Learning Technologies, 38(2), 17.
this one goes towad
Mengping, T. (2014). Mathematics Synchronous Peer Tutoring System for Students with Learning Disabilities.Journal Of Educational Technology & Society, 17(1), 115-127.
Tsuei, M. (2012). Using Synchronous Peer Tutoring System to Promote Elementary Students’ Learning in Mathematics. Computers & Education, 58(4), 1171-1182.
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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 23rd March 2014
The future of education lies in a healthy balance between teaching and technology. Digital literacy a the standard language of our world today, writes Andrew Marcinek. “As databases grow and information continues to evolve into paperless formats, it is essential to teach students how to question effectively and efficiently.” In addition, Marcinek advocates for educators to promote and encourage offline activities like socializing and traditional books alongside online learning.
In addition, Marcinek believes that educators should find applications that “promote and strengthen a variety of skill sets for students, not just one or two.” Learning goals and objective should still drive classroom engagement, not tools like devices and applications.
An administrator’s biggest mistake is to make technology seem like a mandated item.
For full story, see Edutopia.
Technology and Teaching: Finding a Balance
MARCH 11, 2014
Andrew MarcinekDirector of Technology & EducatorU.org Co-founder, Boston, MA