Dogfooding? Yes.

One of the ed blogs I read, “Cult of PedagogyScreen Shot 2015-06-11 at 12.55.23 AM,” by Jennifer Gonzalez, regularly touches on straightforward ways to incorporate tech to modify and redefine the tasks our students do.  In a recent blog, she imported a term from software development lingo to apply to teaching practice and preparation:  dogfooding.  Do you dogfood? Regularly?

According to the article, dogfooding “refers to the act of using your own product as a consumer in order to work out its glitches, the metaphorical equivalent of ‘eating your own dog food.'” it goes on to say that when developers create a new app or software, they load it on to their own device to test its functionality as a user would.

She recommends that teachers incorporate dogfooding into their instructional design, that actually doing what we ask our students to do, from start to finish, is enlightening.  I would think this is especially true for tech that we ask them to use.

I would often complete the work I asked my students to do, but when I got too busy, I often skipped this step.  What about other teachers?  Do you try to follow your directions through your students’ eyes?  Complete projects that you ask them to do?  What do you think?

You can read the full post here.

Marissa Dietrich

Photo by Lou Ann Snawder, CC License here.

Looking through a “Hole-in-the-Wall”

The blog entitled “Looking through a ‘Hole-in-the-Wall'” by Dashe & Thomson is about an experiment on social learning is conducted.

The experiment goes like this: In an urban slum, there is a computer that anyone can access. How will the computer be used? The results surprised everyone. Children came in groups to increase their knowledge in academic areas they didn’t have access to in their schools.

The blogger for this post showed that even children who live in not so great conditions can learn more by using a computer rather than memorizing information from their schools.

The blogger for this post asked ” If you are hiring a candidate for a position at your company, and you are down to two people equally qualified, do you want to hire the person who has memorized information?  Or, do you want to hire someone who can find up-to-date, current information quickly and easily?”

-Kimberly Wondoloski

Debunking 4 Myths of Social Learning

I found a blog with the title “Debunking 4 Myths of Social Learning” by Blackboard. It outlines some misconceptions about what Social Learning is and what it isn’t.

Myth #1: Social Learning is new. Social Learning has been around for hundreds of years. Think back to Aristotle; he encouraged people to go out and create their own theories and build on what he taught. Social learning is basically when people learn together in groups.

Myth #2: Social Learning is the same as Social Media. Social Media can help social learning by connecting people together, but it also causes distractions when not used correctly.

Myth #3: Social Learning is just for fun. 

“When allowed to let go of the rules that accompany formal term papers, the changes were significant. They (the students) were more expressive.”

Myth #4: Social Learning doesn’t have broad appeal. 

“Modern day social learning is a reflection of the educational environment today’s students have helped create for themselves (and future students) to perform at their best.”

-Kimberly Wondoloski

Ways to Build Social Media Following

In our contemporary society, social media is king. The old saying of “it’s not what you know. its who you know” still rings true, just in an adjusted medium. This article from Entrepreneur.com lists a few ways social media users can expand their brand and following: Entrepreneur Article.

There are a few great suggestions included in this article, not to mention the first two suggestions are on blogging and podcasts. This article is all about getting your name and brand out to the public. It is not only tips on the proper steps to take in expanding a social media audience, but some of the suggestions include ways to keep that audience. It is a quick and beneficial article that can help with your social media presence.

Social Media in the Classroom

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An article I read,Inside the Classroom:Social Media’s Impact, discussed about allowing students to use social media in the classroom was very eye opening. I can see both sides that were made in the article. Some of the students at the school were all for it because they used their smart phones in a positive way to collaborate with peers. While other students just used it to go on facebook and twitter.

Another point that was brought up was the use of social media as a distraction from homework. I can agree on this because I myself usually end up on some social media site while completing homework.

“[Social media] has definitely hurt my grades in the past few years,” Willman said. “Even though I don’t have a smartphone, I will get on my friends’ phones sometimes during class and it is still a distraction for me.”

I think if teachers learn how to use the technology in a proper way I think it would make a great addition to the classroom. I know in education today administrators are pushing for technology and I think classroom teachers need to keep up. I know this is a very debated topic so what is your opinion on the topic?

#DoIt4theGram…in the Classroom?

Hey,

So I came across this article recently published on Education Week.org. The author, a freshman in high school, talks about the possibility of merging social media and education within her classrooms.

Check out the article here!

What I found interesting about the author’s point is that she herself begins on the notion that technology in the classroom can be a distraction to students. Her initial depiction of social media is, at first, a negative one and does not favor the applications frequented by her peers. The final note of the author’s tone is one of optimism that social media can, and should, be incorporated in the classroom.