I thought today went well. I enjoyed getting my hands dirty and trying out new tools. I always like hearing about new topics and tools that other people have found helpful or not. Obviously, as we have said, it’s easy to want to use them all!
Today, Amanda (bless you Amanda for your patience) and I explored Slack. The way people were talking about it, I was pretty excited to try it out and see what it had to offer. But, to be honest, I was kinda disappointed in it. I thought it would be more applicable to my group of students. But, as Dave said, I am not sure my group is the right fit for Slack. The maturity definitely just isn’t there yet with my last group. Maybe this next one will work out better. While I like the idea of live comments and discussion and most importantly, questions, I do worry about staying on task and even having control over how it is used. I guess I just feel that using a discussion forum on SAM or something similar to it serves much the same purpose in my classroom. And google docs would solve the issue of groups being able to communicate and collaborate with one another. I am sure a part of this is my own insecurities as a new instructor but I just like to know that I have some oversight in student action. Overall, I can’t say I will be using Slack or at least not often.
I am eager to learn more about all that google docs has to offer though. It just seems like such a fantastic and diverse tool. There is so much you can do with it that I feel will truly benefit learning and intsrtucting. I can easily see myself incorporating it into my class. I am already hatching plans of which assignments I see value in using it for. I enjoyed the session from Steph and Nick about forms. Whole new world to discover!
I also want to try out Prezi. Being careful not to get sucked into the black hole of course. But Trauma is sooooo PowerPoint heavy and I just see a good benefit to mixing it up and trying to trim, at least some of them, down and incorporating some interactive pieces.
If anyone knows of some interactive handout tools I am all ears. I am incorporating many new activities and assignments and I am compiling a resource list for the students to use to be creative with these activities rather than a million pieces of paper to review.