Twitter in the Classroom?

To further the conversation on social tools like Twitter and their involvement in academia, here is an interesting little article from Mashable.com that details how a couple of courses at the University of Texas at Dallas and Purdue University have incorporated Twitter as a means of interacting with students despite the large enrollment numbers.  While audience response systems are very effective for receiving feedback from students on what they may or may not know, they generally lack the ability for participants to submit questions of their own, and often students are too nervous to raise their hand and ask.

What I found most interesting about this article was the following blurb:

The first thing I noticed when the class started using Twitter was how conversations continued inside and outside of class,” [David Parry, Professor of Emerging Media at the University of Texa] wrote. “Once students started Twittering I think they developed a sense of each other as people beyond the classroom space, rather than just students they saw twice a week for an hour and a half.” As a result, classroom conversation became more productive as “people were more willing to talk, and [be] more respectful of others.”

I think that being able to engage students about a particular subject long after they’ve left the classroom is extremely important and often very difficult to do and that, combined with the increased sense of community that is developed, makes this particular approach worth considering.

Read the full article here on Mashable.

Review: Curio–Mind Mapping, Brainstorming and Project Management

As an avid user of Evernote, I happened to be perusing a list of the company’s partner projects, looking for good new applications to try out, and that’s when I stumbled upon Curio, by zengobi.  Curio is billed as a “mind mapping, brainstorming and project management software” for Mac OSX.  Being that I am very interested in mind mapping applications, I downloaded the free trial to test it out.

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