Archive for May, 2009

What does an educational microblogging service need?

Today we talked about the question if one would like to use microblogging in education, what would be needed to be a good educational microblogging service.
To discuss that and share some general information we used an etherpad document. And I have to admit that I was a bit surprised that instead of just thinking about the task everyone started creating content in this document. I shared the Information that we are working on this right now on twitter an so other seminar participants who can’t joint today and other twitter users joined as well. Thanks for that!

In my opinion the collected features might exclude each other sometimes, but it is a first collection and might be improved during the next weeks.

PS: During working with etherpad we discovered that there is a limitation to 8 users working on the document at the same time.

Intermediate Results at the end of the seminar: Read more »

Microlearning

Last Semester I had a seminar about (e)Learning and some students created a film during the seminar. It is about microlearning and that is related to educational (micro)blogging as well.

Task

Videos in the seminar

Last week we watched this nice video about procrastination. There is a nother video I’d like to share with you but there was’nt enough time to do during the session so I’ll do it here and now.
May be it can help us to understand why it is difficult to adopt twitter and blogs in education as well (see here and here), as these tools are still prette new, but dont take it tooo serious.

Questions about Educational Blogging

In a Blogpost related to Task#4 Catha talks about one specific way how blogs can be used in Education.

“Create a blog where students describe a typical day at school. Invite other same aged students from different global locations to contribute the same type of information on the same blog. Let students ask questions and leave comments to gain cultural awareness. Students can then begin to share/compare thematic units being learned, novels being read, field trips being taken, etc.”1

In her opinion this is

“…very interesting for students, because in this manner they have the opportunity to learn a lot about other cultures and the way other students learn at school. The best is to be connected with students all around the world. Because the bigger the distance between the locations of the schools is the more interesting and exciting the project is.”2

That sound nice and interesting for me but iI have to admit that it sounds a bit like theory to me that the students could keep in touch by using the blog – but maybe I am wrong.

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I think Sabine is asking good questions in her blog:

  • How can adults be «taught‚Äù to use the internet not like classical media?
  • How do have educational blogs to be changed to increase active participation ‚Äì and I talk only about comments and discussions?
  • What are the fears of adults to write a blog? How can they be reduced?
  • How does a virtual learning environment look like which motivates adults to write an own blog or even participate at all?
  • What does adults motivate to share their thoughts and learning experiences?

After you have some experiences now in educational blogging and as at least some of you also faced problems like the ones named above we should discuss all that. In the seminar and in this Blogentry/Comments/Trackbacks.
What are your answers to the above questions? Have you read anything about barriers and/or resistance in this context?

  1. http://web20intheclassroom.blogspot.com/2008/10/ways-to-use-blogs-in-your-classroom-and.html []
  2. http://caravirtual.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/task-4-one-of-33-ways-on-how-to-use-blogs-in-education/ []
  3. Image Source:http://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaf/2536358399/ []

Twitter in the seminar

(CC) Brian Solis. www.briansolis.com1
Somehow it is not that easy to follow the twitter messages from all seminar participants. Espacially following my tweets might be a lot of work and/or maybe to much work for you, because I am not only tweeting about what is happening in the seminar. And you are allowed to tweet about other things as well! But still the question is how to keep up with the seminar related tweets?
The answer is hashtags! Hashtags are strings beginning with a # (hash).
So I’ve chosen to use the official seminar Number 41-61.030 as hashtag. So always I post a twittermessage related to this seminar I add the hashtag #41-61.030 to my twittermessage.

But there is more, because there are services out on the web which aggregate twiter messages which use the same hashtag. One example is twazzup and if you search for #41-61.030 at twazzup, you will find a list of Twitter seminar related messages from any Twitter user (also from you if your posts aren’t protectet) using this hashtag.

So I would ask you to use twitter a little bit more to let us know what are you doing (for the seminar) and please include #41-61.030 to your messages if it might be interesting for the seminar.

  1. (CC) Brian Solis. www.briansolis.com | Image found at Lara Kretler []

How to use Blogs in Education

You might have read about the different possibilites to use Blogs in the Classrom or in Education in general. The Web 2.0 in the Classroom Blog lists 33 ways on how to use blogs in education. Please select one way or describe a new one which you like best and connect it to any educational theory.
Please remember to create your references like in usual scientific papers.

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