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Faculty Focus: Education Remix: Unlocking Creativity to Boost Learning

Posted on 3 December 2010 | 5:18 pm — 

John Orlando posted a great article this week on Faculty Focus titled Education Remix: Unlocking Creativity to Boost Learning discussing social media and remix culture.  One of the most common forms of remix culture is making videos, which can be used as a great learning activity in the classroom.  As Orlando states, “remixing is also a fundamentally creative process, as the creator must develop links between two different topics. The process forces the creator to see the topic from new perspectives.”

Orlando also notes that “one simple way to use remixing in your classes is to provide extra credit to students who develop a short video that reinterprets some part of popular culture in a way related to the class subject. The original can be a song, commercial, movie, etc. Students can also remix elements of photographs or text.”

If you are interested in using remix culture in the classroom, or are considering how remixing can foster engagement, creativity, and learning, take a moment to read John Orlando’s article and follow the helpful links he provided in his article below.

Remix examples:

Discussions:

Faculty Focus – Using smartphones to conduct polls

Posted on 5 October 2010 | 4:45 pm — 

If you are not familiar with Faculty Focus I highly recommend it.  It is full of great information and ideas for teaching.  Today’s article by John Orlando, PhD is about Using Polling and Smartphones to Keep Students Engaged.

I was familiar with some of the polling software provided in the article, but many were new to me.  I enjoyed reviewing the different recommendations.  If you have considered using polling in your class but do not have access to iClickers (or other clicker technologies) or just want to try it out and see what you think of it, this may be a great option!

I am including a brief excerpt and the “Links” section from the article below.

While many instructors consider smartphones the bane of teaching—causing distraction and even cheating during a test—polling turns the technology into a teacher’s advantage by engaging students with the content.

Orlanda has also provided an informative screencast, demonstrating how easy it is to use polling software. Watch it here »

Links

  • Vorbeo (http://vorbeo.com)
    Another system for creating a poll to embed in your website.

Work together in real time on the same Prezi with Prezi Meeting!

Posted on 14 September 2010 | 5:19 pm — 

PREZI recently announced that you can now work together in real time on the same prezi! With Prezi Meeting, teams can collaborate live or simply present prezis with up to 10 people in a prezi at one time.  What a great enhancement to an already great presentation program. Click HERE to learn more about how to start Prezi Meeting!

cinfolit cinema + information literacy

Posted on 6 August 2010 | 2:38 pm — 

A great new blog found by Jannette Finch, Librarian at the Lowcountry Graduate Center.

cinfolit available at http://cinfolit.blogspot.com/ compiles popular film scenes, TV shows and YouTube examples to help demonstrate information literacy skills in the classroom.

Posted by Ellie

Twilight in the Classroom!

One way to ask students to create their own criteria for evaluating the reliability of websites is through a clip from the popular film Twilight. We see the main character, Bella Swan, use Google to find a website about the Cold Ones and use the website to come to a conclusion about Edward Cullen. Students are asked questions about the reliability of the site based upon what they see and what other kinds of conclusions Bella can draw outside of vampire.

Here is the clip from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BGVeLelmQc