Week 5 Reflection on Post PowerPoint Pedagogy #MOSOMELT

This week we have been exploring some interactive mobile social media tools such as Wireless Screen Mirroring, Evernote, Picasaweb, Twitter, Storify, Flipboard, and Google+. Each has its unique features and strengths. I would imagine that Wireless Screen Mirroring would be helpful in sharing students’ group-work outcomes in class. Picasaweb would be handy in searching images for presentations. Storify and Flipboard would be beneficial to intrigue students’ interests in curating and sharing ideas. Google+ could be used to build a learning group to interact within group members. As for Evernote, I am not sure how to take advantage of it. Maybe just sharing notes with each.

What some other possible mobile social media tools that I can suggest? Wikispace maybe could be one which can help facilitate discussion and cooperative editing. I have used it on computer, but not cellphone. I am not sure how well it works on mobile.

I guess the biggest advantage of using mobile social media is that it is accessible anytime anywhere provided that there is wifi. Moreover, it is interactive and can be concurrent. I certainly believe mobile phones can be embedded into post powerpoint pedagogy era. Still there are a lot of problems: 1. How to ensure everyone has the smart phones; 2. How to ensure everyone is using mobiles for class-related activities; 3. How to develop a good habit of using smart phones; for instance.


#mosomelt week2 reflection

I have never used Instagram before. I know it is popular, but just don’t wanna use it. The problem of digital era is that there are so many similar apps. People like to repost the same content in different social media tools maybe for the sake of publicity. It took me a little while to get familiar with Instagram, and also the repost part. Well, so far so good! 

Happy weekend, y’all!


Reflection on the 23 things for research course

For your final blog post, we’d like you to reflect on the entire programme and on what you want to do next. What did you enjoy? What do you think you will use in future? What would you like to explore further? What do you think we should be exploring further at CreATE?

I think the 23 things for research course provides us a glance of what current online resources that we as researchers or teachers can take advantage of. The only suggestion I can give is that how to engage the participants more with the tools introduced, maybe not all the tools but at least a couple of, so that the participants may have a fully understanding of the advantage that the particular tools may bring. Or to put it this, the problem for me is that I know most of the tools but I just don’t like us them, or just don’t see the real benefits of using them. If the course could guide us to have a deep experience of one or two tools, it might be more useful for our future use of it.

Though I knew most of the tools, it was good to rediscover them again. As to CreATE, maybe it is a good idea to introduce some tools for transcribing? I have been tortured by clicking mouse now and then while transcribing if you know what I mean. haha



My blog stats

According to my post stats, my home page has the most hits over the semester (see the following figure). I think it is because my posts are all fully displayed on my home page. It does not require any further click to view the posts. That’s probably why home page has gained the most views. It seems some posts have relatively high hits as well, as I observed it has to do with the replies. More replies more clicks.

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My blog’s peak readership times happened on the very first two weeks of this 23 research project (see the following figure). It is probably because that participants were relatively free and enthusiastic in the beginning of the semester. An interesting thing is that the number of views and visitors bounced back a bit in the first week of november. I guess it has to do with the topic of the post. It was relatively interesting compared with the other weeks’.

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As to my personal 23 research project activity reports, I found it is quite useful for me as a learner to track back what I have done and what I failed to do, especially the outline report and the complete report. The two reports can show my activities in this course in detail. It is really intimidating after knowing that I am fully exposed to ‘teachers’ in terms of my performance pertaining to this project. I guess I would have had more engagement with the project if knew I was ‘monitored’ all the way. haha

Another thing about these reports is that it shows what kind of learner I am (see the following figure). I am definitely not a person who will finish the assignments in advance. Often I wait until the last minute to do it. Maybe I should change this kind of learning style, so that I won’t feel overwhelmed when the deadlines of the assignment approach.

In brief, these reports could be useful for teachers as well as for students to monitor their course progress.

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Data Visualisation via Gliffy

The data visualisation tool that I am going to introduce is called Gliffy. This tool can be used to generate a diagram or a chart flow. Often we found in MS Office that the diagrams are limited, especially when  we would like to add some innovation to a diagram, it seems impossible. Here we have the tool which enables us create diagrams with our free will. Moreover, you can even upload a picture onto it if you feel it is necessary to add something more than a circle or a box. Another good thing about this tool is that you can save what you’ve created as a picture. More information about Gliffy can be found through the following youtube video. Enjoy!


Note-taking Part A

After watching the video clip about evernote, I found it might be useful for your research especially in terms of sorting out all different kinds of information we may accumulate during our research. As evernote has the sort of folder function, we can basically create all sorts of theme based or subject based or whatever based “folders” to compartmentalise our notes. It all depends on how you wanna group your notes.

Tagging is also another feature of evernote, personally I think it is feasible to create a system of tags (e.g. author, subject, type of data, ect.) to index our notes,  the problem is that it may duplicate our work if we already use refworks to manage our information pool.

Adding attachments is another useful feature of evernote. I may attach pics to the note, coz pics won’t be too large compared with other forms of attachments such as MP3 or MP4. I am not sure whether evernote is unlimited or not in terms of attachments. Otherwise, we should be careful adding large attachments.

As to sharing, I am not sure whether the shared notes are editable or not, if it is just for sharing but can not be edited. I think people will just use google drive for sharing and editing.

Last but not least email integration, I am sure the feature is there for a reason, but I just don’t know how much it will benefits us on notes-taking level. By which i mean i probably won’t use it.


References Management

References were so annoying before I knew any reference management tools. I literally manually type every single piece of references into my bibliography. After I got introduced to some reference management tools such as refworks, Endnote, Zotero, I felt such a relief.

The main tool I use is refworks coz it is the first tool I was introduced to. It is so easy to use and manage my data. I don’t see any other reasons why I should try something else. As to references management, I usually create a folder for a paper I am working on, and put every references into it. Within the same folder, I normally will subgroup the articles that I have referenced. If the article I am very interested in and would like to carry out a similar study based on it, I will put it into my replicable study folder. Basically, I create folders based on themes.