Let me preface what I’m about to say by getting all Oracle in your face. This is the future: younow
Nod to the actual Oracle, the lovely, Sacha DeVoretz for bringing younow into my mental hemisphere at her super-fun blogging course.
NOTE: It is NOT a YouTube spinoff. younow takes JenniCam to a whole ‘nother level and is actually pretty creepy from a GenXr’s perspective.
I can see it’s obvious instructional uses, like showing people how to rebuild their chainsaw in time for Halloween, but seriously? It’s a little weird. AND. I think it would be so boring to use it in a lecturey kind of way. So, I’m curious…would you use this tool? What are some ways you could get creative with it?
Peace Owt Peeps.
Check out Grammarly. As a creative writing student, adverbs were the revered as the most naughtiest of no-nos. So that’s why I find it funny that a grammar-checking app is adverbarial in nature. The name aside, this tool is way too cool for school.
I think it functions as one of those “Web 2.0” tool thingies. It is a two-way communication between what you’re writing and/or uploading and the app. Grammarly checks your grammar while you write. So for a writerly type like me (har, har), it’s super-funtastic to use.
Check course outlines before handing them out to those keener English students or make sure students’ grammar is Grammarly next time you have to read a twenty-page paper. 😉
Today I had my web conference with my learning partner for the PIDP program, Alisha. Vancouver Community College incorporates Skype with much of the content in the delivery of the Foundations of Adult Education course. The whole Skype experience has been really positive. It feels like I’m working with a partner in a physical classroom situation rather than the virtual one we are actually taking part in. Alisha helped me see where I was doing well in the blog assignment and where there were some gaps. For example, while I was “teaching” her about the trend of indigenization in the academy, I realized I went into the situation without a plan around how I was going to teach the material to her. I have just finished learning about lesson plans and as a result, I am more aware when I go into teaching situations without a plan. I have to admit that before the PIDP 3100 course, I usually prepare for teaching situations by jotting down some key points I want to cover on a scrap of paper and then going for it! Despite my less than adequate preparation methods, I did remain on point and Alisha told me it was informative and had some excellent feedback. However, I can’t help but feel that a formalized plan would have given her a clearer picture. It might have also helped me deliver the material in a more professional way.
Just another “teachable moment” on my learning journey!