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Calculus Tweetwars: The End

  We hope you’ve enjoyed the production of “The Calculus Tweetwars” and thanks to all that participated by interacting with the characters. The Calculus Tweetwars: Act 3 from Maria Andersen Also, check out our mention in the Chronicle of Higher Education Newton and Leibniz Duke it out on Twitter   Possibly Related Posts: Group Exploration in Math Learning at Scale Slides from ICTCM Clickety Click Click: Awful Measures for Learning The Importance of Findability for Learners Why Random Practice is...

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The Calculus Tweetwars

I wanted to wait until I was SURE that this was going to happen before I mentioned it here.  My Honors Calculus II students have decided to “tweet” The Calculus Wars for modern times. Their assignment was to read “The Calculus Wars” by Jason Socrates Bardi, and then come up with a project (individually or collectively) that requires them to further explore something from the book.  A few years ago, I had one student in this course and he build the Leibniz Calculating Machine the animation software Blender (you can see it here). Anyways, this year, there are three students.  During our discussion of the book, we observed that the scientists involved were like the bloggers and tweeters of their time, sending and publishing an incredible amount of correspondence (some anonymous) via really old-fashioned mail (i.e. SLOW).  Then we wandered into what it would look like if the Calculus Wars happened today and all the characters were in Facebook (friending, unfriending, fan pages, wall posting, etc.).  Ultimately, the students decided to work together to create a modern-day recreation of The Calculus Wars.  Facebook turned out to be too difficult (each follower would have to “friend” each character in order to see the storyline play out). The students have written a rather lengthy script that includes a rather large cast of characters.  In order to get the twitter accounts, they...

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Social Networking for Academics

Lately I’ve been getting some emails expressing bafflement at understanding the plethora of social networks and why on earth they are being used (many of these questions come from academics).  So, here’s a short introduction to social networking for academics (specifically geared towards the mathematics variety).  Watch the 8-minute video here or below. In the meantime, I can assure you that the only way to “get” social networking is to dive in and try something.  There’s a reason our students enjoy it so!  I resisted for years (and only dove into Facebook in December).  I have made the choice not to “friend” students until they graduate, but that is a personal decision and can be made only by you. If you are just getting started, I’d recommend FB.  I have not regretted the decision to join at all. If you let FB look at your email addresses (not stored, no worries) you will be able to see who you already know that is on FB (if a picture shows up for them, they are on FB already). Very important if you decide on FB to try: Go immediately to Settings and turn off all email notifications (or it will swamp your email inbox). If you decide to try twitter, look me up @busynessgirl. Possibly Related Posts: Group Exploration in Math Learning at Scale Slides from ICTCM Clickety Click Click:...

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Tweeting for Accountability in Online Classes

I am planning to ask my fall online calculus students to create twitter accounts in order to tweet their studying in hourly increments. As you are probably aware, this is the way I’ve been holding myself accountable to working on my dissertation (227 hours and counting). Since time management is an issue for online students, I want them to be accountable to themselves that they are honestly putting the time in. In particular, learning in math needs to be spread out over time for long-term retention, but it often gets crammed in at the last minute before a test.  Also, I want to know how they are progressing and what their frustration level is with the material. Logistics: The students do not have to put any identifying information on the accounts as long as I have the “handle” they have chosen on twitter. They will be required to put a hashtag and the hour number on each study tweet (see example below) so that we can easily see the studying habits of the whole class on one page.  There will be a minimum tweet requirement of 8-12 hours of studying a week (4-credit course) for a total of 150 hours by the end of the semester.  I suspect that it will become a bit of a contest to see who can study the most in the semester (but I...

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