Friday, January 30, 2009

Astro 1109

An astronomy PhD candidate is currently teaching an intensive writing class for Cornell freshmen. I have created a LibGuide for her class. Most of the resources mentioned are free, so I thought you might find it useful as well.

Astro1109 The Birth of the Universe

Friday, January 16, 2009

Co-teaching a Class

I am pleased to report that Michael Fosmire is co-teaching a class that includes information literacy components.

Michael says: " The latest thing I'm looking at is CPR (Calibrated Peer Review),
which seems to be growing in popularity in lots of disciplines,
including in the sciences and elsewhere here on campus, so I'm
co-teaching a Great Issues class for Science this semester and we've
created a half-dozen assignments in there that incorporate information
literacy issues."

Michael was kind enough to share some of his assignments with me, but I found them too long to post here.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Social Networking for New and Cross-over Physics Teachers

There is a school of thought that teachers need to know how to use the new technologies to teach the next generation of students, many of whom have grown up with the new technologies. While this is not really information fluency, it is definitiely a related issue.

I was asked to give a bried presentation for the panel discussion "How Educational Technologies Can Reach New and Cross-over Teachers Who Also Teach Physics." The title of my talk is the heading for this note. I will focus on social networking and briefly tell how I use email, blogs, wikis, Connotea, Instructional Architect, TappedIn, FaceBook and Second Life.

I have created a chat room for physics teachers in TrappedIn and look forward to testing the system. I will report back after AAPT next month.