Communicate with my Learners
There are many methods of contacting students in the world of digital learning. Just as in the face-to-face classroom ten years ago, email remains a convenient, simple tool for interacting with learners.
Short message service (SMS) is the formal name for text messages. Texting is a convenient way to collaborate and communicate with students. SMS text messaging has become the communication method-of-choice for students. If you text it, they will read it.
Weblogs, also known as blogs, offer a unique forum for students both to publish ideas and to customize the ways in which their ideas are presented. Many websites, such as Blogger and WordPress, offer free, easy-to-use blogs for those new to the online journaling sphere. Encouraging blog comments and blog discussions can expand the traditional one-person weblog into a multi-learner interface.
It can be very convenient to post by email to a blog. Using any email account to post to a blog can enable you to post from any convenient location, as well as your mobile device.
Blackboard allows faculty and students to interact through the BB discussion forum. Blackboard discussions enable learners to communicate easily using single-threaded discussions. By clicking on a discussion topic and pressing "reply," students can engage one another in conversation within only a few minutes. Faculty may use it for the clarification of a lesson or assignment, while students may post questions and receive answers from both faculty and their class members.
In the 21st century, all of these functions - email, SMS, blogs and BlackBoard - can be accessed using your iPhone. The iPhone can, of course, still be used to make calls.