CAU – the final days

I’ve just done my last session at CAU – yesterday I’d got the students to present their websites -which went very well, and the level 2 students to show me their group research projects – explaining what they’d discovered. Clearly the research project was quite difficult for them, as quite a few had inadvertently plagiarised,…

Google Docs – Templates for Students.

Free Technology for teachers has a link to some Google templates to aid with creating bibliographies. I’ve got the students to create a Google Doc with their work & referencing isn’t a strong point (not that UK students are that much better!), so I think I’m going to start by sending them here! Blogged with…

eJournals – in China

I’ve just been told that CAU does have access to eJournals – I guess I must have not made it clear to the students what it was I was trying to ask them (Or maybe they’re just like UK students, they get told lots of times & still forget!) Now … to figure out which…

Blogging in China

I’m getting some of my students to use blogs as part of their work while I’m here. We have a unit in the second year in which the students (in Portsmouth) have to use Eduspaces (Elgg powered) to create a “blog carnival” of their research. I’ve not got the time for that & also the…

China

I’m now in China, visiting the China Agricultural University. I’m doing some teaching with some students who’re going to be coming to Portsmouth University next year/the following one. It’s been a little different – teaching in rooms that have limited & patchy internet access; using Chalk rather than whiteboards (chalk has a lot going for…

ALTC2008: Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling got the conference off to a fabulous start with a Keynote. He started from the premise that the hardest time to teach someone is when they think they know. The particular example he used was getting a group of students to select which of a pair of countries had the worst child mortality…

Microblogging: F-ALT

Blogging from the F-ALT session – looking at Microblogging Josie has just explained how F-ALT was born, following a number of twitter conversations with Scott. Andy’s now talking about Twitter users; about 430 delegates have signed up to Crowdvine, but he thinks that only about 40 or so are active Twitterers. Helen’s just discussing her…

Off to China

I am in the process of getting ready for my trip to the China Agricultural University in Beijing, where I will be teaching some students who are on computing courses there – and hoping to come to the UK next year. I am not quite sure what to expect!…