Regina McCombs reports: “Students use the language of addiction and withdrawal in talking about their experiences going without technology for 24 hours during a study at the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill College of Journalism.
‘I clearly am addicted and the dependency is sickening,’ said one student. ‘Although I started the day feeling good, I noticed my mood started to change around noon. I started to feel isolated and lonely,’ said another. [...]??Students equated technology with media — the phones, iPods, computers, laptops and televisions were just a means to get to information, whether that information was about the world around them, or about their friends. And much of that technology is mobile. Phones in particular [...] ‘A truer mapping of those pathways could provide direction to journalists in their search for relevance in the century ahead’. ”
Five free places to learn how to touch type online August 14, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
Sites suggested by Jane Hart. For links, click through to her post (at end, below):
1. Goodtyping.com – Online typing course
2. Peter’s Online Typing Course – A set of free online typing lessons and typing exercises for beginning typists
3. Power Typing -this online free typing tutor is an educational web site for kids, students and adults alike!
4. typeonline.co.uk – structured touch typing course for motivated individuals looking to develop their keyboard skills
5. Typing Web – free online typing tutor & keyboarding tutorial for typists of all ages. All skill levels will benefit from TypingWeb’s free keyboarding lessons.
UPDATE: I’ve just found another one on my list!
6. Keybr – Online keyboarding lesson
You can't do that in a classroom! July 2, 2009Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
What traditional teaching env. canNOT do (Cath Ellis — great post): "I think it’s time we shifted our thinking away from what eLearning can do to what traditional teaching environments can’t do. The simple fact is, however, that such thinking is deeply iconoclastic. The simple suggestion that traditional, face-to-face learning environments have limitations and *gasp* may even be found wanting is unthinkable to many teachers and learners who have never experienced anything else. But that’s precisely the point. It’s vital that we be able to evaluate different teaching and learning environments on their objective relative merits in order to best harness their distinct potentials. As such, it’s vital that we move away from old-fashioned hierarchical thinking that positions face-to-face learning environments at the top of the heap.
To that end, here is a list of 5 things that can’t be (easily) done in a rigidly synchronous learning space (a time-limited physical face-to-face classroom) "delicious links , add a comment
Alexandra Rampy's good reasons to study journalism:??"I still encourage perspective students and recent grads to continue in the field of journalism. To provide evidence as to why and to help spread hope in the journalism field, I write this letter…"
Popular Online Videos Teach Crafty Ways to Cheat On Tests ~ Stephen's Web ~ by Stephen Downes October 17, 2008Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
Next thing they'll be reading students' blogs… Who is watching whom (and how):
" 'I don't think any of my teachers go to YouTube.' Famous last words from a student posting instructions on how to cheat."
Students assessed on Web2.0 shocker: Times Higher Education October 5, 2008Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , 1 comment so far
Web2.0 starts to penetrate more of HE? — but that this makes news might be something to do with the core readership of the Times Higher and their (lack of) familiarity with such newfangled gadgetry:
Some students are now formally assessed on "wikis" – websites that can be edited by others – or websites they create on their own or with fellow students. Students are also submitting internet podcasts, video diaries and blogs.
Are College Students Techno Idiots? :: Inside Higher Ed :: Higher Education's Source for News, Views and Jobs September 30, 2008Posted by Jonathan Hewett in : delicious links , add a comment
Large-scale study suggests poor information literacy skills, including evaluating websites and searching online effectively: "For the study, information was gathered from over 6,300 students found at 63 universities, colleges, community colleges, and high schools (seniors). Each institution selected participants to take an information and communication technology literacy assessment. Because the institutions did not make random selections , caution should be taken when evaluating the results. The challenge was to see if students could identify trustworthy information, manage that information, and communicate it effectively. The results do not inspire confidence. […]Results also show that students might even lack the basics on a search engine like Google. When asked to narrow a search that was too broad, only 35 percent of students selected the correct revision. Further, 80 percent of students put irrelevant points into a slide program designed to persuade an audience."