Teaching Projects Matrix

From the teaching projects that you found I have created a matrix which incorporates the areas that the unit dealt with: Internet research, Internet presentation and Internet communication.

Have a look at the resulting web page.

Learning Theories, Session Résumé

Here are the photos of the posters from the Learning Theories and Principles of Learning session. Pick one of your group for your second blog task. Ok, here we go…


Featured Communication Post

This week’s featured post is by Philipp Kindelbacher. He has written a very personal post on his experience with online communication tools both synchronous and asynchronous. I like it because it really gives a different kind of insight into the whole subject: What about the fact that kids may not like to use tools in class that are part of their every day life? Isn’t that an intrusion into their escapism?

One quote from the post dealing with changes in language:

Another random thought that struck me while doing the virtual session was that even though the internet tends to standardize and find it’s own language that most people will eventually conform to due to reasons of comfort there are ways for communication to develop in different ways. I remembered an old spiegel-online article about Japanese emoticons and how they’re not read horizontally but vertically. And I don’t care what any linguistic purist or literature enthusiast – and I would consider myself the latter – has to say: it is beautiful to see how a language can develop when the public decides upon it: purely based upon convenience. On that note: G2G…ttyl in class (^_^)

Oh, and have a look at the link at the end of the post. LOL! You have to tell people on the Internet that you literally laugh out loud, you know…

Update: I just saw today that Valentina Süß has put together a list of questions to test your expertise in netiquette. Go check it out.

How to Create a Bulletproof Knock-Off

Good, now this is classified information. You want to submit a termpaper and you don’t have the time to write it yourself, what with all the parties and stuff? You know that your teacher isn’t that stupid to not figure that you took a termpaper from Hausarbeiten.de and submitted it without changing a single letter (or mistake for that matter)? And you want to know about the secrets how to avoid exposure and still being able to show off infront of your fellow students?

Well, you won’t find that here. 😉 Not directly, anyway…

Jaana Stolp wrote in her Internet Research post that she missed something in the virtual session.

If I have to correct papers that my students have written at home, how do I find out if they only used copy and paste?

As always, this question is not quite that easy to answer. What I can do is to give some links you can have a look at. A very good way to start is Prof. Dr. Debora Weber-Wulff’s web site „Fremde Federn Finden“ which gives an insight into what plagiarism is, how to find proof, and she even tested applications which should enable teachers to find plagiarism (most of them weren’t worth the money, actually).

Another source you might want to check is Stefan Weber’s book „Das Google-Copy-Paste-Syndrom“ which deals with plagriarism aspects in the university. I could go on arguing about the style of his book (which I don’t like) or his view of students (which I mostly disagree with, because I think that they are not just lazy), but he has some good arguments in it.

If you have some more suggestion, please feel free to add them as comments or save them in the class‘ delicious bookmarks.

Featured „Internet Research“ Post

Yes, and here it is. The winner for this week: Erwin Gavrilas and his post on Internet Research. From a very personal point of view he considers the Internet as a „mere“ starting point for scientific research, by saying that

I still believe that the Internet is the best starting point when doing research. As I said before, for me personally, the advantages outbalance the disadvanteges. Not least because the Internet is our gateway into the future.

As for the part on methodology, I think we all agree that Internet research will play a more important role in every school in the future. Students, I’m sure, are using the internet to do their homework and to conduct research today and they will do so even more tomorrow. So, our task as prospective teachers, will be to know how to do Internet research and to know about all these possibilities you have in order to obtain information as well as to guide our ‘future students’ and show them how to use the Internet more efficiently with regard to the evaluation of online sources. That of course implies that we learn about these things up to the point where we can teach them.

Learning Theories Session Résumé

Ok, this one’s easy for me… Just the posters to get you going for your blog task. Sorry about the bad quality, but I think you can read the important stuff.

Practical Task 2

Why is drill & practice software still distributed? Do you think it is useful?

Practical Task 2 Result (click to enlarge)

Practical Task 2 Result (click to enlarge)


The Dumbest Generation Video

Here’s this week’s video for you to view and view again, until you feel the urge to comment once more on his theses.