Students, Technology, and Crunch Time

A recent study finds that:

[While] students are tech-savvy and have plenty of gizmos, they may not be as distracted by these technologies as some may think . . . Results showed that students take a “less is more” approach when exam pressure starts bearing down. Students use technology to help them study and to communicate with others, the report found. And students are using the library less for its traditional resources — books, journals, etc. — and more as a place to get away from the hectic world around them.

Interestingly, the researchers also found that “65 percent [of students interviewed] said they used social media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, to coordinate study sessions or group work.”

Social media isn’t just a coordination tool for students, it can also be a study tool: “nearly two-thirds of the respondents said they had used social media for coursework. One student said he was having trouble understanding concepts in his physics class, so he researched lessons on YouTube, which helped him catch up with the coursework.”

Have you noticed students leveraging social media for learning purposes in your courses?

Last, here’s hoping that – however the studying happened – this is a successful exam week for all parties!

Making a TED Video Your Own

The fine folks at TED-Ed have just released a great new video customization tool. So new it is still in beta, the “Flip This Lesson” feature allows instructors to “use, tweak, or completely redo any video lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on a TEDTalk or any video from YouTube.”

You can add an introduction, insert additional content, or add reflection questions at the end of a video. All you need to do is select and insert the video “and start writing questions, comments, even quizzes — then save the lesson as a private link and share with your students. The site allows you to see who’s completed the lessons and track individual progress.”

Here’s the TED-Ed video about it:

Actually, the tool can be used with any video that allows you to embed it elsewhere on the web – isn’t that great? If you’re looking for videos, you might try reviewing the Koehler Center eLearning website on Internet Streaming Video Resources. Not all of the links there will allow you to embed the video file, but some will.

Google Education On Air FREE conference

Google Education is hosting a free conference on May 2, 2012 via Google+ Hangout on various topics Education related!

Conference information

There are some great session topics on various tools.  A few that caught my attention are:

  • Managing Digital Portfolios
  • Using Google Docs to Organize the Classroom
  • Google Docs for Writing Instructors
  • Using Google Sketchup In the classroom
  • The Play, The Playwright, and Your Scene: Using Google Docs, Sites and YouTube
  • Google Sites for your Classroom (Basics)
  • The Paperless Classroom with Google Docs
  • Becoming a Google Search Ninja
  • Google Forms for Everything
  • I think, Therefore I blog

The price is right (FREE) and the topics sound pretty interesting. I hope to attend a few sessions, time permitting.  What about you?  Are you going to attend?  Which sessions interest you?

10 Internet Technologies Educators Should Be Informed About – 2011 Update

10 Internet Technologies Educators Should Be Informed About – 2011 Update

These Technologies Are Changing Education. Are You Familiar With Them?

If not, stick with us! We have posts forthcoming about several of these – and we’d love to hear about your experiences!