I sent the following message to Seattle Pacific University faculty in hopes that they will submit a grant application to me by Monday night:
- Wake up.
- Have some coffee and breakfast.
- Download and listen to several of the Martin Luther King lectures from SPU’s iTunes U collection (27 possible choices dating back as far as 1975).
- Read the just-released 2010 Horizon Report to become informed about emerging technologies predicted to have an impact on teaching and learning in higher education within the next five years.
- Complete your online application for the 2010 Teaching and Technology Grant and submit it by midnight. Keep in mind that CIS sent out a message saying that SPU Internet access may not be available between 6-10 PM on Monday because of an upgrade.
- Go to bed.
The web page linked above uses a table to compare features of blogs, wikis, and Google Docs. Comparison topics include definitions, number of concurrent authors, and how each tool is used in collaborative activities. The author, who is unknown, outlines commonly known strengths and weaknesses of each tool. For example, one of the advantages of using a wiki is that a previous revision can be reverted to at any time. An example of a wiki disadvantage is that a user can accidentally override a fellow collaborator’s contribution if the wiki is used as a synchronous tool. Teachers can use this web page to help decide if one of these tools might be appropriate for a lesson that integrates technology. While all three tools can be used for reflection, blogs are probably most commonly associated with reflective activities. The table includes links to several blogs focused on reflective practice including David Warlick’s blog.