Making a Lesson Better…Together

In my prior blog post, Help Wanted:  From My Students, I asked my students for help with a social bookmarking lesson.  A brief description of the lesson and my shout-out to these awesome sophomores is found in the prior post.  This post, however, is dedicated to answering some of the concerns they voiced in their comments.  I hope that I can learn from them, and hopefully, other folks can learn from them as well.

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Hi, folks!  You gave me some great advice and were so nice, too!  Thank you for your honesty, and please know that I am also available for tutorial every day except Tuesday when I advise a club.  Below I will comment on some of the suggestions and ask more questions as a result.  The questions are for everyone because I have a feeling that these folks may not be the only ones who felt this way.

Reader Blog4Cassandra said: “…the only part that I would change is to give us some more wiggle room with diigo. We did run out of time in the end, but if there was another link or website that we could go to in order to find out other ways on how we could use diigo to our advantage, that would be great.”

I’m not sure what you mean by “wiggle room.”  Is it more time to play around on Diigo?  Do you think there is something that we could cut out to make more play time?  I didn’t find any other resources that explained the power of Diigo better than those that are on the project link page.  Please let me know if you find any.  Thanks!

Reader dandre10 said: “I think it would have worked a little easier and gone smoother if you went step by step on how to get into Diigo and then install the toolbar because then not everyone would be confused. Maybe if you put it on the projector so that everyone would be on the same page, then everyone would understand what was going on.”

Right on!  I tried to backtrack and do so, but it was too late.  I will definitely do this next time!  Thank you!

Reader laurat15 said: “Some of the tutorial videos got a little boring but I understand that we needed to understand the basics of it.”

Hmmm…I wonder if I cut one of the videos out.  What do you think?  Or what if you watched the initial one at home on your own, and then we could jump into tagging right away?

Reader anshu said: I thought that the lesson was helpful, but I did not understand how to use diigo very well.

So…let’s see if I get this right.  The concepts of social bookmarking and tagging were helpful, but diigo did not go over well for you?  What do you think would help?  Did the diigo part of the lesson provide you with enough information to get started?  If not, what was missing?  What else should I include to help you understand diigo better?

Reader soccered99 said: I think you could improve on making the class less confusing. . .for the technically challenged anyway. I was just confused and its nothing that you did its just my understanding for technology which is probably level 1. Also if you could go over the steps that you did a few times because unless you do I probably won’t grasp it.

I definitely need us to put our heads together on this one.  Do you think pairing up folks who are more comfortable with technology with those who are not would be helpful?  How can I prevent students from feeling frustrated either because they feel behind or because they desire to move ahead?  This is a challenge for all teachers and all learners since we each have different strengths.  Any ideas?  I don’t want to rely on tutorial.  I’m looking for things we could implement in class.  What say ye?

I think I got all of the areas of concern.  It was so great to hear from all of you about what worked and what didn’t.  Plus, we are talking about learning, which definitely fits into the realm of your blogs.  TTFN!