Another term is ending and I tried a few different things this term. I stepped up the student use of blog and vlogs in Gender and Politics. And, also offered Twitter as an optional place to add to the discussion or to share information.
Much like last term, the blogs varied from good to great. And, the vlogs were not only fun to watch, but I could see the students’ attempt at articulating their points verbally. For some of the students the vlog is their strong suit–talking about the materials and responding to it. Yes, some had a script that they were referring to, but that was OK. For those that used these various options, hopefully they can add a line to their resume: familiar with blogs/vlogs. These Web 2.0 platforms are not going away.
In American Politics, I used podcasts more. These included mini-pods where I spent time explaining an assignment. This explanation or a similar one took place in lecture and the assignment’s information is also included in the syllabus. Most of the podcasts, though, were mini-lectures. These pods focused on certain aspects of the chapters or lectures.
This last school year I also am now uploading my PPT slides on to Moodle for the students’ review. I haven’t done this previously and while it does add more work, I think it’s worth it. The students are satisfied and maybe a little spoiled!
Reviewing the student comments about technology use, it looks like I will continue to use technology in the classroom. Most of them like it, which is a good thing–since I really like it. Big smile.