In response to my last post about the digital disconnect, I would like to point to these resources from the Educause Learning Initiative. Each of these “7 Things You Should Know About…” articles points out the main features of the emerging technology and gives an example scenario about how you can use these tools that students use in real life in your classroom.
7 Things You Should Know About…pieces provide quick, no-jargon overviews of emerging technologies and related practices that have demonstrated or may demonstrate positive learning impacts. Any time you need to explain a new learning technology or practice quickly and clearly, look for a 7 Things You Should Know About… brief from ELI.
Here are some direct links to a couple of my favorite articles from this series:
7 Things You Should Know About Flickr
7 Things You Should Know About Twitter
7 Things You Should Know About Ning
7 Things You Should Know About FaceBook
7 Things You Should Know About FaceBook II