Reading Ko & Rosen (Susan Ko and Steve Rossen, Teaching Online: A Practical Guide (3rd ed)
I do use a https://twitter.com/jaapsoft but it is only for ‘business’. Same for my Facebook account it is for work only https://www.facebook.com/softskills.kennisnet. Ko & Rosen want you to use separate accounts for private and for ‘business’ profiles. If you do, you will need a different email account for every Facebook account you sign up for. I do have doubts about using Google for teaching just because of privacy matters. They are an advertising agency after all. Compare what Lisa M. Lane writes about the build-in pedagogy in LMS systems. Google has a build-in pedagogy too.
The quiet student.
Ko & Rosen discus the quiet student. They mention two strategies, a third strategy could be to require student to student feedback just like in the forum on potcert. K & R stress the need to keep a record of teacher to student conversations, email is a nice way to keep a record.
Eric Robertson is using hands and bodily expression in a way adapted to video. I like that.
LMS and CMS often are a problem for teaching and most of time not a good solution. LMS offers a gradebook, a tool for submitting assignments, and it is a management tool. Jennifer Demski writes about the the walls inherent in the design of an LMS. School should connect to the outside world as much as possible.
When using tools be it LMS or any other tool, pedagogy must be emphasized before features and tools. The TPACK could be useful for this pedagogical training of novice online teachers.
I did some experiments in Moodle, of all closed teaching systems this is the one I like most, because it is free to use. You could install Moodle right now on your computer if you like. I would like to improve a tiny bit the Moodle Tool Chart. The first collumn should be the last. Because pedagogical questions should be first.
Joanne mentions a (for me, a Dutchman) remarkable and fascinating discussion about free speech for teachers in USA. It is about blaming Republicans and Tea Party for closing down government. Think before you post is what Joanna wants to tell us. You should think before you post because posting online is different from f2f communication.
J Ohlaker mentions providing online course tools to students in F2F courses and she found that this increases overall student interest and achievement. Online parts of a course could give additional opportunities and support to learn concepts. Online course tools could give opportunities for students who want to excel and learn more in depth about topics. Providing online course tools to students in F2F courses will improve teaching and learning. That is a fascinating development. Will most f2f grow into blended learning?
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