Referencing tweets he posted on Twitter almost nine months ago during his mother’s final week of life, NPR’s Scott Simon, host of Weekend Edition Saturday graced the stage at Norton Chapel during the 26th Annual Fribolin Lecture at Keuka College May 6. Simon shared moments of humor, frustration, wisdom and especially, heart, that came from his time at his mother’s bedside in a Chicago hospital. These poignant memories, shared with an audience of more than 100 guests, will form the foundation for a new book Simon will publish in the next year.
At the close of the lecture, Simon took questions from the audience on the experience. Several guests were quite moved, expressing thanks for his openness sharing the intimate joys and grief of the death of a parent.
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She Skypes. She shoots (video). She scores.
Denise Love, assistant professor of education, has boldly taken her classroom teaching into the next frontier – the virtual one.
In the Instructional Methods class this fall at Keuka College, students learned the ins and outs of classroom methods to teach math, science and social studies. Toward the end of the course, students practiced giving original lessons to one another, and Love integrated Twitter into the project evaluations.
At the end of each student presentation, classmates logged on to Twitter on their smart phones or laptops and posted brief comments. Concise, direct evaluations were necessary because Twitter limits postings to 140 characters.
According to Love, today’s students can best be described as digital “natives,” meaning they have been born and raised with many contemporary technology tools. By contrast, many of today’s adults, those of the Gen X and Boomer generations, are the “digital immigrants,” she said.
“Their learning is different from the way we learn,” Love explained. “We have to take the time to learn [a new technology] and that can be our downfall.”
By permitting a smart phone or laptop in the classroom, Love said she opens up a connection for student learning. Further, students using those tools can find answers quicker than if she sent them home to look up the answer to bring in the following day. Instruction that can keep students motivated and active in their learning will also prevent the distraction of checking e-mails or other electronic distractions, she said.