I get badges. Really I do. I get the strange physiological high one gets when normal everyday tasks get value systems added onto them like what happens in Foursquare. I understand that because of government confidentiality claims, engineers, soldiers and other workers in our opaque military industrial complex can only showcase their top secret achievements [...]
Since my last update, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to design community into a new online platform. While I think most of the actual class experience can be accomplished via live video and discussion, that alone won’t create a thriving learning community that challenges, supports, and allows students to grow together.
My learning community has [...]
Group work can be a powerful motivator and peer-pressure mechanism for not only starting but actually completing projects.
Students would have to have a group components in all assignments. For non-production work, the group activity could be a live conversation via google hangouts, a co-written review, etc.
Group members can rate each other based on [...]
For our Pointers* website, each member will have their own profile page where they could share their own skills, as well as find people that have the skills they want to learn. One of the aspects we hadn’t really ironed out was a verification system for teaching. Originally, we thought of just “requesting” a [...]
Some say that the most difficult part of any task, is to start. I’d argue that, specially in education, it’s not the beginning but the thrive to finish, or to be motivated through out the experience.
I think this is specially true in a classroom setting, where most people just sit, because once signed up for [...]
Motivations are the starting point when it comes to online education. If a student is not motivated to learn something on her own, then she will not finish that online tutorial, and so on. When we began this class, I was driven towards this problem of student motivation, but the more I’ve thought about it, [...]
Last summer I started working on a portfolio site that would include not just the concept and result for a project, but also details of implementation, process and future work. Here is a prototype, not very advanced: http://luisaph.herokuapp.com/ (click on “Celluloid” to see the format for a project). The idea was to make it easy [...]
All this time, I was really frustrated because I was trying to do so many things with various technology/programming we learned. Here is my work in progress site that has very simple database for students and teachers and plug-ins for Google hangout and Skype.
I realized that I cannot move forward if I don’t get [...]
For this weeks assignment I designed a mock-up of a social media platform that would be used for education purposes. While brainstorming this weeks assignment, I kept thinking of ways Code Academy helps motivate it’s users/students to continue studying. It’s in great part, through it’s badges and study records that helps push students to continue [...]
Recently, I’ve found that I have been going to more educational events outside of NYU. I attended the Entrepreneurs Fest at NYU, which was a great learning experience and taught me many lessons about the startup world. I’ve been taking a Ruby on Rails class at General Assembly. That’s in addition to daily learning experiences [...]
My post about motivation: http://technochicblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/motivation-in-learning-environments/
For this week’s assignment, I decided to start an online discussion on an interested TED Talk I saw last year by Sir Ken Robinson, that challenges the way children are being educated. I innitially tried to do it on wordpress, using buddypress. It worked fine but I felt as if it wasn’t the best platform for this [...]