October 12, 2010

Connect HERE (via Elluminate) at 7 p.m. Saskatchewan Time (click to convert to your timezone)

Meeting Topic - Day in the Life of a Connected Educator

Introductory Announcements
  • Second reminder: Students may want to consider turning off the comment moderation in their blogs. If there is too much time taken to moderate blogs comments, often, opportunities for conversation may be lost. To turn off (or modify) comment moderation in your Wordpress blog, go to your Dashboard, then settings, discussion. This is usually how I have my settings - of course, you can always change this back if you have any issues.
  • Second reminder: There are now 16 students from the class on Twitter. You can see (and easily follow) the complete EC&I 831 Twitter list here. Several of you are quite active in this space, and I'm hoping that others do give it a shot. Let me know if you need any help understanding how this tool works and how to get connected to others. Also, you can get a sense of how people are using Twitter in this class by watching the #eci831 tag (you don't need an account to view).
  • The majority of students have now emailed me project ideas or blogged their ideas. If you need any help with your idea, please let me know. There is much flexibility in your topic, but it should have to do with our core, course content (social media & open education). If anyone would like to setup a Skype conference with me, email some times and we can arrange a meeting (btw, I am aleccouros on Skype).
  • Here are a few more strong posts from this past week - this short list is NOT representative of all the good posts I've seen this week, but only a few that come to mind.
    • Roadblocks by Danielle - an excellent and thoughtful description of the real-life pressures teachers face in the classroom regarding the use of Internet tools and social media (policy vs. innovation vs. pedagogy)
    • What to do? What to do? by Angela - a great example of how asking questions in the open can bring about thoughtful feedback from one's network - in this case, it is Angela asking advice on her final project.
    • Learning is Messy and Complex ... by Linda - wonderful post makings sense of a complex learning theory within a local context (meaning making).
    • My Issue with Social Media by Jud - critical post reflecting on the perceived value of social media for students.
  • What supports do you need to make this a better experience? (Open Discussion)

Content That May Be Relevant to this Weeks Presentation

Weekly Tasks
  • Big questions to think about for next week:
    • What are your thoughts so far on open & networked learning?
    • What are the pros and cons of this type of learning experience?
    • How can we improve this learning experience?
    • Does any of this inform the way you teach or learn (or could/should teach and learn)?
  • Be sure you are subscribed to all course blogs - please let me know if you do not understand how to do so.
  • Have you finished the introductory assignments?
  • Thinking you're ready to try Twitter?
  • By now, you should have a solid idea about what you will do for your project. Share this with your instructor if you would like some feedback.

Media To Get You Thinking

The Elluminate Recording for this week is available here.