Yes, there are many people tweeting about what they ate for breakfast/lunch/dinner or their location on any particular time of day. Twitter is a social media platform and we can use it for whatever we choose.
As mentioned last week, I’ve moved to Schoology as my LMS (Learning Management System) for my courses this semester. I am teaching a total of four groups across three separate courses which means I put two groups of the same course (Fundamentals of Programming using Python) together.
The biggest win for me so far has been the engagement of my students in discussing the out-of-class assigned videos/readings/activities. I use a modified WSQ system (Watch/Summarize/Question) but please see Crystal Kirch’s (@crystalkirch on Twitter)explanation on her blog.
Often the syllabus for courses is an exercise in formality of creating a document that we are required to make and ensure students are aware of its existence. Very rarely do the students actually read the document until they find a motivation to go back and look at it.
I wrote about engagement before and how important that is. In my experience I have had the best success in reaching my shy students by getting to know them at some personal level. I like to ask questions like “where did they go to high school”, “what sports do you play”, “what do you read”.
This afternoon I received an email from one of my students of the typical “I am really embarrassed to ask you and this is probably a dumb question” type.
You know the type of question, these tend to appear sometime after the first exams when students feel stressed about their marks and are looking for guidance on how to move forward.
This time of the semester is also when students have that awkward feeling of “it is too late to say I have no clue about your course, have not read the book nor installed the software on my laptop that I need”, “the teacher is going to explode if I tell her/him that, so I better just hide and hope the problem goes away”.