Friending Your Textbook: Using Social Networks to get Students to Read and Analyze Text and Video
Presented by John Barr, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science
October 10, 2012
This workshop introduced Classroom Salon, a web site that is part electronic textbook (think Kindle) and part social network (think Facebook). The goal is to leverage student’s familiarity with social networks to get them to engage in conversations around documents such as textbooks. In Classroom Salon instructors form students into social groups, called salons, and introduce documents, text, and videos into the salons. Students then cooperate in highlighting, annotating, and discussing (but not editing) the text/video and cooperatively answer questions about the it. Classroom Salon also contains analytical tools that help instructors determine how much students are participating. Though there are some similarities to blogs and wikis and web sites such as Pizzaza, Classroom Salon provides a much richer and more focused experience, as demonstrated in this workshop.
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