By Kelly Briscoe and Dr. Chris A. Heidelberg III
Question: What types of technology do you allow your students to use in the classroom?
Dr. Chris A. Heidelberg III
Answer: My students use social media sites like Facebook, blogging software such as Vox and Blogger, Twitter to link their finished products and notify me when they were done. We also use Google products because they are free and provide great cloud storage. We use smartphones and cell phones a lot. Contrary to popular belief smartphones, cell phones, iPods and gaming devices are great tools as long as the professor sets the rules for their use in the learning environment. I make sure that everyone places devices on vibrate or silent and post their walls if need be that they are in class. We actually had class via Facebook, Vox, Twitter and YouTube during the blizzard with actual narratives from the students on what they did. It went well and the photos were great.
I allow my students to use these devices in class and for research because I understand the power of convergence technologies because of my 20 years of experience with convergence research and field experience as a producer and director with digital technology that has multiple uses. For the record convergence is the fusion of multiple technologies into one technology. For example the smart phone like the iPhone is a computer, a phone, a voice recorder, a web device, a storage device, a video recorder, a video/audio player, a digital still camera and more. You can even use an iPhone as a remote or a GPS device and medical record keeping and file transfer device.
I have used iPods, digital audio recorders, blogs, email, social media sites, video cameras, Flip and Kodak Zi6 cameras, digital still cameras, websites, wikis, laptop computers, smartphones, cell phones, flash drives, hard drives, online storage sites, and online surveys like Zoomerang to collect data, transfer data and store data as well as posting data. I actually created my original dissertation research site with my overall findings back in 2007 and 2008 at http://edutainmentconvergenceresearch.vox.com/
used these sites, software, and digital devices because the devices are
handheld, easy to travel with, enable me to transfer data to my sites
and I can also upload data for storage in the digital cloud for free on
various sites. It also provides backup storage on multiple locations
online where I can hide my data and identities.