It’s a Foreign Language to Me…. (Week 6)
I scored relatively high on the internet skills quiz – missing only one question (the one about an “open source” program). But I don’t necessarily attibute that to my internet skills; it’s probably due to the fact that my husband works in IT and I hear the jargon frequently. My theory was proven when I went on to view the “Introduction to HTML” site. After about two minutes, my eyes glazed over and my brain shut down. Now I know what it feels like for our students learning new and difficult material! I mean, I guess I understood what the site was explaining, but at the same time it felt like I was looking at a foreign language.
So then I went on to learn about the RSS Feed. I was a bit familiar with this concept before, and I think the “Oprah Way” was about my speed. So I went and set up a Google Reader Account (after having to reset my Google password because, honestly, I don’t even know when I would have ever set up a Goolge Account, but apparently I had years ago.) Adding the Pedagogy First blog feed was simple and very straightforward. However, I honestly don’t think I will continue using an RSS Feed. To me, it’s just “another” place I have to visit. I “get” that it could be the ONLY site I have to visit, but it’s just not that appealing to me. Plus, for any of the other blogs that I do enjoy reading, I follow in Facebook. Most of those bloggers post their new blog postings there. Yes, I understand that I could still be missing out on updates and new posts, but really, I don’t want to be that committed to having to stay on top of every post for every blog that I may enjoy reading.
I’ve just recently started adding embedded video to my Blackboard course and I think it’s tremendously helpful! I try to include a short video each week on the topic we’re covering. Sometimes it’s directly related to an assignment the students have to complete and other times I just post the video as additional information the students can use. I frequently use short videos in my on-ground class to facilitate a discussion or open writing assignment. My next step is wanting to not only include video from outside sources, but maybe even create my own videos on certain topics.
Here’s a YouTube clip that I like to use in my class when we’re talking about Nutrition. It compares processed food vs. fruit and their nutrient content and gets students to think about not just the calorie content of food, but the nutritional content as well…