Social Media in the classroom

I have just come across this post (thanks to Twitter!): 100 INSPIRING WAYS TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE CLASSROOM. Plenty of ideas for language teaching and learning too, with links to examples.

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A new blog for my research students…

Yesterday Share IT conference really inspired me… I finally did what I have been thinking about for months: creating a group blog for my research students! The team is getting bigger, and students are all dispersed. Between geographical distance, work and family constraints, it is very difficult to organise any face-to-face meetings where everybody can meet and share their experience (as well as their occasional frustration and despair :)). Hopefully, this will compensate the lack of interaction between us as a group.

More importantly, I hope that this new venture will help us to generate new ideas and to make an even greater contribution to knowledge. There is a lot good work coming out of this group! Time it gets aired beyond the conversations in my office, whether face-to-face or via email and Skype!

Share IT 2010 Conference

Today, I had the great privilege to take part in the Share IT 2010 Intergenerational Learning Conference organised by my colleague Trudy Corrigan and her team in DCU. It was absolutely wonderful. Listening to the young and older learners share their enthusiasm and passion for learning together and from each other just brought home to me once more, that this is what learning and education are about, that teaching is first and foremost about learning with and from your students.

The ICT and Social Media workshop, organised by Cathy Fowley (whose PhD I also have the privilege to supervise) in the afternoon was probably the best workshop I have ever attended on this topic. The stories told by the older learners on their journey through twittering and blogging were simply inspirational. I wish I could blog like them, I wish I could tell life stories the way they do. I have learned so much today.