Timothy Recuber, lecturer in the Writing Program at Princeton University, spoke about using WordPress as a platform for student writing in his WRI 128/129 courses. The course, entitled ‘Witnessing Disaster’, investigates media depictions of disaster and human suffering. In the assignment for which WordPress was used, Dr. Recuber asked students to “envision an alternative way of representing the suffering of others by creating a website, online memorial, or blog devoted to the disaster or tragedy that you research this semester”. The students, having chosen and written about significant events previously in the semester, expanded upon their research by posting writings, videos, images, and sound recordings to the course blog. As a supplement to the more formal writing done during the semester, the blog was intended to provide a more creative outlet for the students. Continue reading
We just recently gave a talk about using tablets in the classroom for a Lunch and Learn session here at Princeton. The focus was to address how an instructor can not only use their tablet device for their personal life, but cross over and use the same device in the classroom to teach.
Tablets are becoming more and more popular with instructors and they are opting for them instead of carrying a laptop around. Once instructors get use to using the iPad or any tablet device for their daily personal tasks, it only makes sense that instructors would want to start venturing into use the tablet device for lecture and course work. Worldwide media tablet sales to end users are forecast to total 118.9 million units in 2012, a 98 percent increase from 2011 sales of 60 million units, according to Gartner, Inc. Tablet use in the classroom also goes in the vein of the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement which we have been seeing for years with students and instructors bringing their own laptops to class.
Below we have a summary of apps we tested (mostly iPad but a few can be found in the Google Play Store). We have also categorized them by topic. They are listed below: Continue reading
“In April 2008, Becta launched a major research programme to support
the Harnessing Technology strategy. The research covers the education
and training system as a whole; children’s services; schools; further
education, skills and regeneration (FESR); and higher education (HE).
publication is a consolidation of work carried out to identify and
analyse the major trends relating to each area of the Harnessing
Technology research programme. This report presents an overview of the
trends identified, why these trends are important, and how they relate
to the ongoing research work.”
You can click on the link below to download a Word, ODT, or PDF version of the report: