Hey, You! Pay Attention!

Andy Guess, Inside Higher Ed, Apr 18, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is what happens when you have professors totally unequipped to deal with internet access in the classroom: blocked wireless access. Not that it stops students from playing chess, sorting pictures or reading saved web pages while the prof drones on. What would I do? Well, first thing, I'd set up a backchannel, displayed on a screen in the front of the room, to focus students on what was going on. I'd set up a second screen and have someone Google-jockey. And my main screen would be showing more than just power point slides: it would be displaying student work, which we'd be discussing. The lecture? Captured, edited and then podcast, for listening prior to class. The Slashdot thread on this is pretty good.
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