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Do we need more social connections in the classroom.

Posted on | February 14, 2010 | No Comments

I am wrestling with the use of technology in my university classes.

To be very honest the use of new communication technology excites me!

I love the way Twitter, #jamesed_me, allows me to communicate links, materials and ideas to my students.

Facebook creates another forum for interaction, especially if the group is protected.

Livestream allows me to actually film and stream the content of my classes.

I know some students are using the tech tools I am throwing open to them and some are not.

But does the use of tech tools to open more lines of communication make the class any better?

I know I spend more time on the back channel with my students and I seem to get a sense, very fast, if they are keeping up or not, this can only be a good thing.

But if everyone in the class is not on twitter am I disadvantaging some students who fail to be part of the complete discussion?

I think we are in a transition phase.

There is still more buy in to be had with tech tools for communication and we need to figure out where the physical and cyber lines cross.

I am glad to be part of the process trying to figure that mix out.

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