Month: September 2008

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…

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!…