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Facebook Technology in the Classroom

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Guest Blogger Lana

Guest Blogger Lana Andrean uses Facebook in the Classroom

Today I would like to feature a special guest blogger, Ms. Lana Andrean.  Ms. Andrean is a Psychology Instructor in the department of Non Traditional Studies at KVCTC. She teaches both online and traditional courses.

Facebook Technology in the Classroom
Ms. Lana Andrean

Facebook Technology in the classroom is a motivational and empowering tool for students because it gives them a voice. Currently there are over 500 million active users and at least half of those users are on Facebook every day. Facebook used in the classroom enhances self-esteem through co-operative learning. The average user has 130 friends.  According to Facebook, there are over 900 million objects that students can interact with such as: pages, groups, events, links, notes, and blogs. Facebook technology in the classroom allows students to collaborate and discuss possible ideas. There are more than 70 translations available on the site to enhance project based learning centered on real world contexts.

I have personally incorporated Facebook technology within my classes by using text quiz links, educational videos, group chat, activities, and private messaging.  By creating a private group for each section, students can concept map together, post discussions, and form group presentations. I have found students to be peer coaches to other students, and they are more compliant to participate. Students who have a voice are more engaged in the subject area. Student attendance and assignments improved since using this proclaimed learning strategy as a reflective tool. If used properly, with set rules, guidelines, and consequences (such as temporary blocking) students will respect this social networking device as a positive learning environment.


Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 27, 2012 at 1:44 pm

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Seven Principles of Good Practice in the Online Classroom

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Seven Principles of Good Practice in the Online Classroom

Seven Principles of Good Practice in the Online Classroom

This presentation was given by Dr. Laura J. Little and Dr. Sherri E. Ritter at the WVCCA conference at Canaan Valley on Oct 25, 2012 and the West Virginia Higher Education Technology Conference (WVHETC) 2012 at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown on November 12th and 13.

Link to seven principles presentation.


Faculty Contributors

  • Principles 1 and 2: Ms. Donna Hastings (KVCTC) – Contact Between Students and Faculty: Bio Page & Develops Reciprocity and Cooperation Among Students: Discussions
  • Principle 2: Ms. Brenda Durham (KVCTC) – Contact Between Students and Faculty: Educreations
  • Principle 2: INFT: Mr. Bob Hayton (BCTC)
  • Principle 3: Ms. Tammy Dearing, Mr. Robert Walker, Dr. Laura Little (SAM) (BCTC)
  • Principle 4: Dr. Sherri Ritter
  • Principle 5: Ms. Lana Andrean (KVCTC) – Time on Task: BB9 and Connect
  • Principle 5: All BCTC online courses
  • Principle 6: Mr. Bob Hayton (BCTC)
  • Principle 7: All BCTC online courses
  • Principle 7: Mr. Charles Pomroy (KVCTC) – Respects Diverse Talents and Ways of Learning: Timelines

Links to additional software introduced in the presentation


Chickering, A.,  & Ehrmann, S.C.  (1996), “Implementing the Seven Principles: Technology as Lever,” AAHE Bulletin, October, pp.  3-6. Chickering, A. W. & Gamson, Z. F.  (1987) “Seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education” American Association of Higher Education Bulletin vol.39 no.7 pp.3-7

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

Flocabulary – Five Things

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Today I would like to share with you something a little different than my normal post, it is an interesting Prezi called, The Literary Elements, by Joel Pardalis. Joel uses Prezi to describe the elements of a story; plot, character, conflict, theme, and setting. He does a wonderful job with presentation, but I was particularly taken with his lead video, Flocabulary – Five Things. This video put the 5 elements to hip-hop music and makes a memorable lesson for students. To see the complete prezi go to http://prezi.com/bjxnpx9he4en/the-literary-elements/?utm_source=website&utm_medium=prezi_landing_related&utm_campaign=prezi_landing_related_popular

Flocabulary also offers hundreds of other educational videos on YouTube, located at http://www.youtube.com/user/FlocabularyYT or their website at http://flocabulary.com/subjects/.  I love the videos, the only problem is that they are still playing in my head. Enjoy!

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 9, 2012 at 9:10 am

The Mathematics of Spiderman and the Physics of Superheroes

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The Mathematics of Spiderman and the Physics of Superheroes

Recently, I introduced my readers to a new website called Learnist, it was described as a cross between Facebook and Pinterest for education. Today I came across an interesting board on Learnist called Math Sites (http://learni.st/users/rosanna.luzarraga/boards/2274-math-sites) by Rosanna Claudia Luzarrage.

One particular entry grabbed my attention, The Mathematics of Spiderman and the Physics of Superheroes (http://learni.st/learnings/25327-the-mathematics-of-spiderman-and-the-physics-of-superheroes). Prof. Skip Garibaldi, from the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science of Emory University, gives a unique slant on Spiderman and Mathematics. This will surely keep students engaged.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 1, 2012 at 9:17 am

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