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I’ve found Google+ to be a great tool for networking and learning about teaching resources and strategies. In fact, I learned about this site and the spreadsheet via a post at Google+ – for folks who are looking to connect online, you will find a lot of fellow educators there at Google. Here’s where you can find me there
I regularly use the internet to illustrate a particular teaching point in class. I also use it to expose my students to other resources for their personal research.
I’m learning that I tend to overprepare for class and talk at the students the whole time, while in theory I want them to be doing the talking and thinking. Sometimes, the quality of a class is in inverse proportion to the amount of time I put into preparation. It’s so much more interesting when I divide the students into groups, give them texts to read and discuss for 20 minutes, and then have each group report back to the class as a whole. And I think that they must get more out of it too.
I’ve found using interactive sites in my History class to be more effective than lecturing. Typically, I fill in some background information on one day, then the next day ask students with laptops to bring them into class. Divide the class into competitive groups and let them go at it – they retain a lot more and are willing to try the exercises two or three times in class. The best site for this kind of interaction is the BBC (EX: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/british_prehistory/launch_gms_ironage_life.shtml) and I wish the Library of Congress or National Archives (or even PBS) would do something similar. Simple FLASH media games with depth, analyses, and interactive components for students to think about in context of the time period.
Sande Cohen’s ACADEMIC AND THE LUSTER OF CAPITAL, the work of Stanley Aronowitz, Jill Dolan’s GEOGRAPHIES OF LEARNING, the classic TENURED RADICALS (Nelson), writings of Felix Guattari, and the article by Greg Petsko (below) are on my desk this weekend.
I’m also returning to a strange obsession by teaming Harold and Allan Bloom together into a weird conservative topenade or this meal that seems to be missing something.
Great resource to remix for present and future conversations.
Very clear and accurate read of the situation and the history leading and following the situation: https://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/05/08-1