Keeping distractions to the minimum?

Learning and teaching in a digital age … remove the digital distractions? To help create such a place, I keep distractions to a minimum. Everything about the interior is designed to promote a pleasant, relaxed, but fully focused atmosphere. There is no glittering or empty decoration. My uncluttered lime-green walls lack even a nail to hang a poster or photograph. As I have previously mentioned in these pages, I dim the lighting, creating restful shadows to encourage Continue Reading →

The Online Classroom?

This looks like a really interesting piece, which I’d like to read in full… but I suspect of interest to a lot of people working in e-learning particularly: The time comes for most teachers to face something they think they cannot do. Such a time came for me in 1993, when a guest speaker at the college where I had been teaching for 20 years invited the faculty to prepare courses for our then-developing online Continue Reading →

Would you ban laptops in your classroom? #HigherEd #TechChat

Interesting thoughts from an academic who banned laptops from his classroom: The problem is not just that laptops provide an outlet for boredom. After all, distraction was just as much a problem in Aristotle’s day as in ours. Laptops also have a negative effect on the more attentive students, many of whom compulsively transcribe every utterance out of my mouth onto their keyboards. I’ve even had some students who type notes and use a digital voice recorder Continue Reading →

Graduate School entirely on iPads

Education is changing… Educators across the nation have put Apple’s tablets into the hands of tens of thousands of students. Like many of the devices champions, Dumestre thinks the device has the power to enhance the learning experience like no other. The new programs are the latest example of how technology isn’t just replacing things like textbooks or lectures, but is even eliminating the need for classrooms. At St. Mary’s, administrators and instructors spend a Continue Reading →

Check out @timbuckteeth review of 'Now You See It'

I always love the chance to chat to Steve, and see what he’s up to on his blog. He mentioned at ALT-C that he’d reviewed this book, which I’d be interested to read: Steve Wheeler is convinced that we need new approaches for digitally remastered learners We are constantly reminded that we live in an age in which digital media, mobile phones and social media are profoundly influencing communication, business, entertainment and learning. Not a Continue Reading →

Does online access need to be reduced/banned in lectures? Jeremy Littau is an assistant professor of journalism and communication at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania who focuses on media and technology. The topic became intensely personal when he noticed something interesting about the students in his classes. Those who brought laptops with them, purportedly for note-taking, seemed to be performing less well than students who did not. And not only were they distracted; so were their nearby classmates. “There’s a halo effect, where people Continue Reading →

Twitter in Education: What Next?

Twitter in Education: what next? View more presentations from David Hopkins. See the full blog post, and also the presentation that I gave re: using Twitter for Communities of Practice in June. Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. Like it? Share it…

Twitter in the Classroom (@profhacker)

“Even a cursory glance at the matrix reveals the myriad ways Twitter might be an effective tool in and outside of your classroom. It can be an effective one-way communication tool for sharing news or broadcasting links over the weekend. Or it can be used in class itself as a two-way backchannel. Or try Twitter as a platform for reflective thinking, asking students at the end of class to sum up the most valuable lesson Continue Reading →