The Twitter Treasure Hunt

How would you go about trying to get your students anyone to understand twitter if you only have an hour to do it? (There is a good “why” for the rush*, but i won’t go into it now). Please help me improve my ideas below What has not worked at all In the past, I’ve…

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Getting My Students Excited about Twitter: first steps

I love twitter In case you don’t know, I am planning a twitter treasure scavenger hunt with my students to introduce them to twitter as preparation for a #tvsz hack in mid-November (working with Pete, Janine, Andrea, Lizzie, Christina). As part of the scavenger hunt, I thought they might as well experience the power of…

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10 Reasons You Can’t Tell Me I’m Not African (Enough)

I recently got a comment from another academic questioning my Africanness after she read my poem I’m Not Angry at You, which people were tweeting quotes from as part of the Equity Unbound Twitter Scavenger Hunt (happening this week until Monday morning). I’m actually not sure why the poem triggered a questioning of my Africanness…

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Unofficial Teaching Philosophy

I need to write my teaching philosophy for an official document for work, and I’m having difficulty getting it written down. For several reasons My teaching philosophy is a living thing. It evolves with my thinking and my practice. I believe something in theory, I try it, I revise my beliefs. Or… Something happens, it…

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Wikipedia editing workshop reflections

Last week, I invited local Egyptian Wikipedia folks (Wikimedians?) to give my students a workshop on Wikipedia editing.  Before the workshop happened, I asked around on Twitter about resources and such, and I’m including most of what I found near the bottom of this post. My plan  It is pretty vague ūüôā Two volunteers from…

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On Attribution vs Privilege of CC0

Let me share with you this true story of my Sudanese friend. One I share with students when I teach about copyright and plagiarism (and how to differentiate them). She was educated in the UK, but now lives in Sudan and has kids. She noticed her nieces/nephews science books were really bad so she created…

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Whole-class Augmented Reality Game a la Pokémon Go?

‚ÄčI have been following articles about Pokemon Go and thought it might be interesting to have my students next semester read up on Augmented  reality games and find positive and critical articles (some are so critical I am scared of trying it myself) about Pokemon GO specifically (by October there will probably be too many!)…

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Considering Teaching with SOLE Approach

It just so happened that three entirely different people mentioned SOLEs to me within a short 2-month period. They are Sean Michael Morris, Jonathan Worth, and an educator here in Egypt. SOLEs are Self-Organized Learning Environments (check out this toolkit) and it occurred to me that this approach (I’ll explain in a second) really fits…

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We Don’t Need No Academic Articles by White Men

This week Dave Cormier asks us to reflect on “content is people” and to consider the myth of content. Uhh this doesn’t challenge me very much, to be honest, because I have a long thread of discussing the politics of content choices in my thesis (particularly thinking of curriculum theory and how liberal arts education…

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A Different (Authentic?) Approach to Reading and Feedback

So for my educational game design class I’m trying something new this semester. Here’s the gist: 1. No assigned readings. Students find their own readings in two ways: A. They google for their own resources, and reflect on them on their blog (bonus points for finding a reading no one else has used or using…

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