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Paul Bond

In-Class Collaborative Debate Mapping, or How a Mathematician Teaches a Novel

has class map pro-security & pro-privacy arguments from Doctorow's Little Brother:
summarize arguments on color-coded post-its
organize/categorize post-its on chalkboard
draw connections between post-its

thought: it's a low-tech mindmapping activity. Maybe something like this would have helped in TIC104 - lots of students didn't seem to get the Cmap activity, maybe due to the tech barrier. This is low-tech, physical, with group interaction - maybe the point would sink home better. Something to think about if I ever get the chance to do a course like that again

Paul Bond

Flip it good

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Flipping Assessment: Making Assessment a Learning Experience

This article presents a view of inquiry-based learning as a flipped classroom, similar to TIC104 - not just doing the reading before class, but using class for synthesis and collaborative learning. As the title indicates, the main point is about shifting from testing to learning in assessments, which we also accomplished with the midterms. Ideas offered include involving the students in crating rubrics, having students create written self-evaluations with rubrics, and grading conferences. Using flipped learning in this way lets students "take charge of how and why they learn," something I've been pushing a long time.

Paul Bond

creation/consumption #tic104 #theInternet104candc

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Most people approach the internet as consumers. They go there looking for content or product or service or experience. And the internet changes the ways we consume - on demand versus according to schedule, for example. However, the video from last week, The Machine Is Us/ing Us, at one point said “every time we click on a link, we teach it (the machine) an idea.” Our actions online are part of what makes the internet. All the social networking sites would be nothing if not for what users do. Yet even there, how much do people contribute compared to what they consume? 

On the other hand, the internet opens up whole new possibilities for creativity. It goes beyond new media. People who work in old forms, like literature, cinema, art and music, are all in positions to self-publish and self-promote (for better or worse).