The Plateau (Problem and Concerns)
I feel as though my students have learned to set up and use the blogs in the last two weeks, but are currently a bit uninspired in the way they are creating posts. Some students have not posted the past assignment at all, and others have done the minimal job possible. Some did not really understand or respond to the question in the way it was intended, and this is true for both the ESL099 course (ESL and Art pair) and the ELL101 (linguistics) course. Finally, both the other professor (in the pair) and I are concerned that the ESL/Art students are plagiarizing and copying text from websites, and we are going to have to address this in some way. All this brings me to these doubts and musings:
1. Should I have walked them through the assignments in more detail in class than I did?
2. Are blogs not as interesting to the students as it seemed in the past weeks? Or are they generally overwhelmed with other things in the classes (quizzes and readings) and the blogs therefore seem not to be the priority for them?
3. Are my assignments either uninteresting or unclear?
4. Will assignments posted by the other professor in the paired class encourage students to use it more and take it more seriously as an integrated space for both classes?
5. How will I best address the plagiarism issue?
Next Steps: Getting Inspired
I am going to peruse your class blogs and see what activities you have been doing to get more ideas! I am also looking around on the Internet.
One thing I have found (and remember from prior conferences where people had really interesting, dynamic presentations using this program) is Prezi. Has anyone used it for classes?
I have actually created a short Prezi presentation for the "Language of Art"course - and am also going to show it to the Intro to Language class - as an example - and then will ask students to create their own Prezi presentations (in groups) to teach a particular topic to the class. Here is my presentation, on "Creativity":
I welcome feedback on any of the ideas/musings/queries in this post!