It’s getting late since I was working on organizing my notes from today’s workshops and finalizing the lesson plan I’ll present to my small group tomorrow for feedback. I really struggle with making human tissues an interesting topic, so I look forward to the suggestions of my colleagues.
Keynote: Jesse Hirsh – Learning at the Speed of Light
The hour and a half flew by (at the speed of light)!
- McLuhan’s rear-view mirror effect: we are living in the future (of technology) now!
- Whoever has attention has a form of social power.
- Twitter is the court of public power.
- Philosophically, no one goes on the internet to find someone who disagrees with them.
- The classroom is the last bastion of shared reality.
- A digital native is not necessarily great with technology.
- The digital divide speaks to differing socioeconomic status and privilege.
- We are cursed with connectivity.
- Literacy is all about pattern recognition and the network effect.
- On gamification: games have rigid logic and rules, but play promotes a freedom to explore.
Nancy Nelson – Project/Problem-Based Learning
- 67% of high school students are bored at least once everyday in class (less than most of us thought). See: http://ceep.indiana.edu/hssse/news/index.shtml for more information.
- Will revisit this topic very often, I think.
David DiBattista – Getting the Most Out of Multiple Choice Questions
- I will try not to use sentence-completion format.
- I will try to reword my old questions so they are clearer and shorter.
- I will get rid of all of my option E’s (4 options only).
- I will avoid negative wording.
- I will get rid of all options that state ALL or NONE of the above.
- I will ensure that my questions are properly aligned with the course outcomes.
- I will ensure that the questions are covering the appropriate cognitive level.