For this assignment, I was inspired by Jessica Tydwell’s post “Spice Up Your Life” in which she reviewed tools teachers can incorporate into their classes. I came up with the following activity:
Share the Love (of Knowledge)
Purpose: This activity is designed to improve technology fluency and to encourage interaction among classmates.
Activity: For this activity, students will do the following:
- Read through the posts made by your classmates.
- Identify three technology resources they have used, mentioned, or reviewed. The technology resources should be designed to be used for self or class improvement.
- Visit the sites of each of these resources and write a review (three total). In each review you should describe what you see as the pros and cons of that technology resource, and how you envision yourself using it or not.
- Then award each technology resource a score ranging from 1-5, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest.
Value: 15 points (5 for each review)
Today’s Meet: The first resource I played around with is “Today’s Meet.” Although their homepage isn’t very flashy or formal, I suspect it may be a solid resource. I found an interesting article called “20 Useful Ways to Use Today’s Meet,” and after reading it, I can envision using it for class. It is evident from this article that the creators of “Today’s Meet” just assume that students will have access to technology at all times, even during class. While I can see how this program could be useful, albeit potentially distracting, in a face to face class, I can also imagine using it for an online class. For example, I like the idea of using it to hold virtual office hours. I have been thinking about doing that already with Slack, but this is another good option. I wonder if we can keep records of interactions?
Remind: This app looks especially useful for the K-12 student, although I could see it being useful in certain instances at the college level. I think I will mention it to my daughters’ teachers for this new school year. I know they have problems getting people to return papers, etc. This would be a great way to encourage that sort of thing in a fairly non-invasive sort of way. I think Remind is close enough to a text message that most users would be comfortable with it. I also really like the idea that it keeps phone numbers private. This isn’t a huge deal in elementary school, but could be a real safety concern as students get older. I’m not sure I would use this at the college level since it seems like one more tool to potentially confuse students (or for me to confuse them by mis-posting), but all the same, it might be interesting to experiment with. Again, I wonder about keeping a record of interactions.
Bitmoji: Cue eye roll, massive eye roll. Can me old school or call me a snob, but I think these things are obnoxious. I didn’t know what they were called until I clicked on Jessica’s link. I know a lot of people who use them frequently, and while I choose not to, I can see why they might be appealing. I suppose they would work especially well for k-12 students. However, I am not sure they would work well for the hardened veterans or the working moms I frequently have in my UAF classes. I somehow imagine them doing their very own massive eye rolls and then possibly hitting the computer if I asked them to spend their valuable time on something like this. Then again, maybe they would find it funny. Who really knows?