September’s Teaching Carnival was compiled by Billie Hara, a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Texas, Arlington. Billie is both an educator and a faculty development consultant. You can reach her via email, on Twitter, or through her website. This month she gathers tips on teaching, advice to share with our students, ways to utilize technology in the classroom, and suggestions for professional development, along with a few sites to start the school year.
ProfHacker has become the permanent home of the Teaching Carnival, so each month you can return for a snapshot of the most recent thoughts on teaching in college and university classrooms. You can find previous carnivals on Teaching Carnival’s home page. —Billie Hara]
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Welcome back to another year of aggregated teaching links from around the blogosphere (aka, The Teaching Carnival)! The Teaching Carnival (and its editor) took a break over the summer, but we are back and we have an epic Teaching Carnival 6.01 post for you. Grab some coffee (or maybe a meal), settle back, and prepare to be educated.
- Kelli Marshall provides Advice on Creating “Themed” College Courses
- Jack Solomon asks, What’s Your Brand?
- Jeff Dunn lists 30 Ways You’re Addicted to Your Smartphone (and I was indicted)
Professional Development / Productivity
- Derek Bruff compiles A Social Pedagogies Reading List
- Jason Heppler explains how to create a better file system for PDF files in Towards Better PDF Management with the Filesystem
- Bill Wolff outlines Why I’m Putting My Recontracting, Tenure, and Promotion Documents Online
- Ellen Bremen, the Chatty Professor, reminds Students, Before You Hide in Your Large Lecture Course, Read This and then asks Freshmen, Wondering About Textbooks, What to Call Your Prof? Just Ask!
- Nedra Reynolds pens Revisiting and Revising Portfolio Keeping
- Derek Bruff explores BYOD vs. Digital Distractions
- Nick Carbone explains Project Syndicate: Bringing the World to Your Classroom and Writers Writing about Writing and Reading
- Ashley Wiersma writes a “how to” with Crafting an Engaging Lecture
- Deanna Mascle provides insight in Creating a Writing Studio Program
Teaching the Elections
No Caption Needed is wonderful website that provides photographs that can enhance and supplement instructional materials. About the 2012 election, however, NCN found these two images:
Bedford Bits: Ideas for Teaching Composition publishes a wealth of information about the teaching of writing, but many of their ideas could be appropriate for other disciplines.
- Barclay Barrios provides a wealth of information about “Teaching the Election” (Part I, Part II, and Part III)
- Jay Dolmage provides some resources on teaching about the election, Teaching Through the 2012 Federal Elections (More Resources) and he created an annotated bibliography of even more sources.
Technology / Online Tools
Many folks in higher education, use Google products, and they provide hints and tricks on how to make the most of this technology
- Traci Gardner describes an important concern: How to Convince Students of Google’s Limitations
- Andrea Zellner provides 3 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know about Google Scholar and 3 Ways to Hack Your Class with Google+
- Deanna Mascle explores Teaching with Google Docs: The Good, Bad, and Ugly
Moving beyond Google:
- Derek Bruff uses an often untapped tool, social bookmarking in Leveraging Student Interests through Social Bookmarking
- Nedra Reynolds explains how using Kickstarter for Undergraduate Research Projects is beneficial to student learning
- Jeff Dunn provides 20 Facts About Twitter You Probably Don’t Know, and if you are tired of Twitter, Dunn defines The 2 Hottest Educational Social Networks You’re Not Using Yet
- Jeff Dunn presents his 10 Favorite Education Infographics of 2012 (so far)
- Derek Bruff also using visualization techniques in Discovering Stories through Data Visualization (#CurbBootCamp)
- Jen McCreight at Blag Hag wrote a “goodbye” blog post after receiving hundreds of online threats. (Useful if you teach blogging and blogging culture in your courses.)
- Jeff Dunn explains 100 Ways to Use Facebook in Your Classroom
As educators, we make presentations all the time. We encourage or even demand presentations from students. These tips and tricks might help our students.
- How (Not) to Present with PowerPoint
- Life after Death by PowerPoint
- How to Overcome the Fear of Presenting
- How to Create an Impromptu Presentation
- Wayne Au explores high stakes teacher accountability in the age of NCLB) in Playing Smart: Resisting the Script
- Rita Kirshstein and Jane Wellman explain “Technology and the Broken Higher Education Cost Model: Insights from the Delta Cost Project.”
- Randall Bass writes, Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education.
- Mark David Millron pens An Open Letter to Students: You’re the Game Changer in Next-Generation Learning.”
- Traci Gardner writes about Press ‘Play” in the Composition Classroom and Connecting with Personal Artifacts
- Holly Pappas explains Scaffolding Assignment: The Habits Redux
- AnnMarie Thomas writes about Engaging Students in the STEM Classroom Through “Making”
- Mark Phillips argues, If They Don’t Practice Democracy, They Won’t Learn It
- Andrew Miller describes, Game-Based Learning to Teach 21st Century Skills
- Katie Lepi provides 11 Real Ways Technology is Affecting Education Right Now
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A last note: If you do not see your discipline represented in these Teaching Carnivals, it’s because we don’t know about you (or them). Please send them to the current compiler of the TC or to Billie Hara (email or twitter) and we’ll get them included next time. Better yet, volunteer to compile a Carnival yourself! We are always looking for more contributors for the Teaching Carnival, so if you have interest in compiling links for one month later this year, please contact Billie Hara for information. (Please make sure you include TEACHING CARNIVAL in the subject line of your email.)
[Image by Billie Hara and used under the creative commons license.]