I did something in class yesterday that I’ve never done before, in over 40 years of teaching. I asked students to get into groups of three (done that before) and then asked them to use one of the three’s device to look at a blog post and listen to a podcast. I’ve never been able to do a internet-connected small group exercise in class before, except in computer labs. This was an ordinary classroom. What’s new is the tipping point we’ve just gone over. There are now enough students who have laptops, tablets, or smart phones in the classroom, that I can do these kind of small group, web-connected exercises as part of our classroom work.
It went over well, and was a good learning experience for them and for me!