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New opportunities for learning outside the classroom

April 15, 2010

Technologies such as Twitter, Google Docs, Google Wave, and Skype provide new opportunities for learning outside the bounds of the classroom.  In this session, Professors Deborah Gardner and Laxmi Ramasubramanian and graduate student James Ellis discussed how students in a graduate capstone course used a suite of web-based tools to communicate and collaborate.  Students initiated the use of Google Wave, Google Sites, Skype, and other tools to collaborate with Hunter students and Indian students located in Chennai, India. Additional information about these tools can be found in the resources below.

Professor Jessie Daniels gave an introduction to Twitter and discussed its potential uses in an academic setting.  Twitter can be used to track what people are saying about a current issue, to follow a conference even if you can not physically attend, to network with professionals in your field, and to connect students with leaders in their field.  Additional uses of Twitter in academia are discussed in the resources below.

Google Apps Resources

Skype Resources

Twitter Resources