Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ August 31

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

~ Henry David Thoreau

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Up Close & Canvas: SpeedGrader

 

PBS TeacherLine uses the Canvas Learning Management System for its full array of online undergrad and graduate courses. Here are some tips shared among us in our course faculty forum.

 

 

 


One of the best features of Canvas is SpeedGrader. Canvas wizard Dave Pelino offers these insights regarding Canvas in general and the SpeedGrader feature in particular:

“Canvas is very user friendly, especially with SpeedGrader. When you are in a discussion forum, if you click on the “Settings cog” in the upper right hand corner of the forum directions (to the right of the “edit” button) the drop down menu will give you a SpeedGrader option there as well. Once you open that you can see all the posts for each of your individual learners. You can also grade from there and enter your feedback.

Another way to get there is to click on a grade for any student under a discussion forum column in the grade book, when the box opens there is a SpeedGrader option in it. 

A third option will allow you to see everything a learner has submitted fairly quickly – open the grade book and click on the learner’s name. A list of all assignments will appear and as you click on any of them you will see either the submission (if it was an assignment) or all their posts at once (if it was a forum).  You can also grade and leave comments from here.

Using the back button quickly brings you right back to that list. If you click “Show All Details” on the grade page it will even show all feedback you provided and any comments the learner left for you.

Thanks, Dave, for sharing these efficient tips for SpeedGrader!

For more information, view this Speedgrader post from the Canvas forums.

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Innovations to Borrow and Blog: Twitter Slow Chats

Is there an aisle in the Anytime/Anyplace online learning supermarket that is reserved for the gourmet delicacy of sustained, deep thinking?

Yes there is!

Digital Innovations: This week’s Borrow & Blog’s innovation is Sylvia Ellison’s Twitter Slow Chats!


The Concept:

Sylvia Ellison @SylviaEllison perfects anytime/anyplace engagement through an affinity space called “Slow Chats.”

A Twitter “slow chat” invites an extension of informal learning and Sylvia Ellison at  #HackLearning is a particularly effective connecting spark for learning because it conforms to learner’s engagement preferences (Tsai & Men, 2013).  Ellison’s Monday/Thursday question response time segments promote reflection. Slow chats veer away from “vexatious issues over which people are in and which are out of the group” (Gee, 2004, p.215).   Extroverts are plentiful online (Cho & Auger, 2017), yet in the social engagement supermarket not all affinity spaces are pressed from the same cookie cutter.

Slow chats encourage extended contemplation. They promote active engagement over frenetic response or the passive lurking of learners overwhelmed by rapid-fire tweets.

That a contemplative practice can occur on Twitter is a promising (and welcome) irony. Check out slow chats here!

How-focused implementation:

  1. Every Monday and Thursday, Sylvia creates and posts a new question.

Slow Chat

2. Sylvia begins with an introduction followed by the question.

Slow Chat 2

3. During the intervening days, Sylvia responds to participants.

 

Why It Works:

Twitter in educational contexts has research-based support. Research indicates that affinity spaces are necessary for student-led inquiry and learning engagement (Gee, 2004, 2017, Lammers, et al., 2017).  Why? Because affinity spaces connect shared interest and engagement with activity (Gee, 2004, 2017).

Engagement on social media follows a continuum (Tsai & Men, 2013).

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References

Cho, M., & Auger, G. A. (2017). Extrovert and engaged? Exploring the connection between personality and involvement of stakeholders and the perceived relationship investment of nonprofit organizations. Public Relations Review43(4), 729-737.

Gee, J. P. (2004). Affinity spaces. Situated language and learning: A critique of traditional schooling. London: Routledge

Gee, J. P. (2017). Affinity spaces and 21st century learning. Educational Technology, 27-31.

Tsai, W. H. S., & Men, L. R. (2013). Motivations and antecedents of consumer engagement with brand pages on social networking sites. Journal of Interactive Advertising, 13(2), 76-87.

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ August 24

“too slow, too big, pretty, and touchy-feely”  ~the 2007 description of the iPhone, Time Magazine’s Invention of the Year for 2007

 

Not all impressions are accurate (kinda applies to the engaged classroom through the eyes of outsiders).

 

 

 

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Back-to-School Survival Tip # 5


 

Many school classes begin this week… here is a back-to-school survival tip: Build Your Sanctuary Fort


 

 

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Back-to-School Survival Tip #4

Amazon/Thriftbooks/AbeBooks your reading list

 

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Back-to-School Survival Tip #3


Many school classes begin this week… here is a back-to-school survival tip: Stock up on Supplies


 

 

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Back-to-School Survival Tip #2

Many Texas schools begin tomorrow… here is a back-to-school survival tip:


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Back-to-School Survival Tip #1


Many school classes begin this week… here is a back-to-school survival tip: Laugh During Meetings


 

 

Video by Gerry Brooks, the Funniest Principal on the Planet

 


 

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Weekend Ed. Quote – August 17

“Order emerges at the edge of chaos.” Roger Lewin and Birute Regine, The Soul at Work

 

… a busy, innovative, thriving classroom (or online discussion board, or boardroom) sometimes is chaotic. 

 

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