Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rage against the Machine...Really?... Yes, Really!

Too many machines; not enough usage. ...Or so 'they' say. Well, the machines ARE being used! -as typewriters and word processors. Let's learn how to leverage those tools! Students know how to use them for sloppy seconds... ummm I mean; sloppy copy and paste... that many instructors don't bother to notice.... "it must be too much work"... or "it's not my job"...."I don't get paid enough to check for plagiarism".
So.... what else can be done with those fantastic machines hooked to the interwebs beyond check facebook, post to instagram and snapchat?
Check these ideas out.... get some new ideas, try them out and share in the ORG.  Be sure to share failures... because especially when things don't turn out all nice and neat and tidy.... that is when the most learning occurs.... Students need to observe how we handle stress -how do we correct a slip-up; how do persons with an Advanced Degree handle themselves when those thorns surface among that carefully planned lesson? -Of course.... we take a deep breath; we ask the students if they have any ideas for a work-around; ask how they might solve the problem; ask if any of them have experience with the particular program or know of a better one; rely on non-digital technology... or just sit down and hold your head in your hands, take a deep breath, and begin again. No shame in starting over, just as we would tell our students.
So, take a look; love them or leave them.
Lets begin a conversation.
Lets share ideas.
Let me know what worked and what did not and why.
Tell me what your students thought!
Keep your artifacts to share with another in-service!

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