ReggieNet offers two tools for leading online discussions, the Discussions tool and the Discussion Forums tool. To avoid confusion, I recommend only using one of these two tools – below, we have CTLT videos for each tool.
The Discussions tool is the one you’ll have by default. It offers good links within ReggieNet, particularly if you’d like to use the Modules or Announcements to link to your individual discussions. However, the Discussions tool is a pain when it comes to grading. To grade your discussions, you first need create an item in your gradebook for each discussion, and then manually connect it to the discussion you’re grading.
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Sometimes, it’s good to be able to refer back on a previous discussion – this can not only help your students better reflect on what they’ve learned, but it can also help you use specific examples as you write teaching statements for future employment.
The technology in the STV 250 classroom offers unique opportunities for students to write records of their discussions. Plus, when discussions are shared online, students can continue the discussion beyond the classroom. Here are some techniques and technologies I use to engage my students during class time.
Fellow teachers often find it “unusual” that I would recommend Facebook as a teaching tool. However, the factors which make Facebook such a popular (and powerful) tool for social media can also make it a highly effective means of fostering interaction among your students – so long as you mind your privacy settings. Or, for a step-by-step guide to setting up a group, go straight to the WikiHow.com guide: Creating Your Facebook Group.
by Ryan Edel
It’s a fact: paper usage damages the environment. It’s also expensive. In this blog post, we look at how to choose between paper and digital mediums for your classroom projects, and also some ways to reduce your costs for when you do need to use paper.
Writing is about communication. Regardless of technology – whether you’re speaking to the group or sending out an e-mail – you need to set an example for your students. E-mails, in particular, offer a good example of how to start.