In viewing other student’s posts, I was interested to note that many shared the same thoughts that I had regarding the usefulness of Blogs and Google Docs. I was also interested in some of the other options that people chose. Janet’s use of Tumblr struck me as very interesting. I also was interested to see that MaDonna used Edmoto and to see how useful it would be in working with younger students. I don’t have young students, but I work with teachers who do, and I am always excited to share information with them on different resources.
I was interested to note that several students assessed using Facebook as a possibility. I was also thinking about using Facebook, but I chose not to because I don’t quite see how instruction would take place within the Facebook page. The privacy issue didn’t bother me as I am in a couple of groups in Facebook and I know that those groups are private, and I don’t have to friend group members to be a part of the group and to receive updates. I know teachers in higher education who use the groups function in Facebook, but they use it more to share information regarding assignments and due dates rather than to teach.
I thought that Margaret’s use of wikispaces was interesting. I have used this in the past, actually several years ago. At the time, I found it somewhat difficult to keep organized. I preferred Google Docs, but now I am curious to try wikispaces again and see if it would fit my needs. I thought that Bethany’s use of Youtube to encourage students to get to know each other was very smart.
All in all, I found it useful to see what tools different students were using and to read about why they made the choices they made. In many cases the student population and the instructional goal appeared to be the deciding factor which would make perfect sense. I would have loved to use Youtube, but I couldn’t think of an assignment that would make sense for an information literacy class so I was forced to let it go as an option.