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Class Information Management System

Exploring ideas for managing information relevant to a class and for integrating social learning and game mechanics to enhance the classroom experience.
by Praveen Baratam
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Off-late many classrooms have embraced technology and its not uncommon to see projectors at the disposal of the teacher and laptops on the desks of every student but are these really helping? Yes, the teacher can now use rich media such as videos and presentations to communicate better with the students and yes, the students can use their laptops to access relevant information but can we do better? How is the information relevant to a class managed? Classrooms will soon change for good. Its a matter of necessity than novelty.

In the Age of Information, classrooms have to be better than places of instruction. Shouldn't classes from different schools be sharing and accessing relevant infomedia? A connected world demands a connected classroom to be relevant.

Information today is widely accessible on the internet and a teacher's role is better imagined as managing collaborative learning than delivering lessons and instructions.

Class 2.0 is the way to go.
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 5 years ago Edit
@Praveen- What if our needs changed without our realizing? My own thoughts are that in our generations, we have seen the birth of new medical practices, new treatments, and longer life spans, so now the game is changed, no longer are here for a blink of an eye, but a blink and a half, so to speak. I find myself more concerned with learning for enrichment than for a job, and i find the education system is the opposite.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 5 years ago Edit
@Nicholas - You are an exception that you want to learn more than what is expected of you and this behavior is not very common. However, the game has changed and we are now living in a post-industrial era, where trained personnel performing routine work are increasingly replaced by machines. Walking forward more and more jobs will require problem solving abilities but our education system only trains us for specific roles than help us evolve into problem solvers.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 5 years ago Edit
Contd... Once this trend precipitates at a larger level our education system will change too. I believe future schools will be more about providing the stimulus to learn than focus on teaching and most learning will happen on the information highway. We don't need to listen to an uninteresting lecture by a unmotivated teacher when someone more passionate is provoking us to learn the subject of interest in an intriguing way online and all the information is already at our fingertips.
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 5 years ago Edit
@Praveen- All I know is that if you ever decide to become of teacher, I want to take whatever class you decide to teach! I truly fear that the current system of education had the opposite of the desired effect of inspiring one's curiosity to learn and grow as an individual.
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I believe 'Class Information Management System' at the bare minimum could be a stream of Posts like Talkonomy with a provision for the moderator/teacher to bookmark certain posts.

The bookmarked posts will serve as must reads and the regular timeline will serve as the discussion board for the class. This way the relevant content for the class keeps evolving and can still be organized.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 5 years ago Edit
This approach enables collaborative learning and accommodates evolving information. Contrary to an instruction based classroom inline with a textbook or a predetermined set of information here the teacher and students participate with information and views about the topic of interest. Lets consider a class about 'Quantum Mechanics' where the teacher posts or quotes the double slit experiment with a video and an explanation for the same. contd..
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 5 years ago Edit
Now the students research around this topic, quote other experiments, bring up issues, discuss, criticize, etc. One of the students will bring up the double slit experiment with a particle counter that affects the outcome and then another student will bring up another similar experiment where observation does not alter the interference pattern thereby calling for a different explanation. Here learning is implicit and students actively seek information than passively receive it.
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 5 years ago Edit
I see, and can vouch for its effectiveness. It's like Agile Management but adapted to an even greater task. Excellent!
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 5 years ago Edit
Any school could start using Talkonomy for this purpose. The only difference between the proposed system and Talkonomy is that CIMS has bookmarks to aggregate important posts in a topic and collections to aggregate topics into a group relevant to a class/course. These features are being evaluated for the next iteration of Talkonomy. As a bonus not just students in a class but different schools can collaborate on the topic of interest.
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Computers can never replace Teachers, but a teacher who knows computers will certainly replace the one who doesn't !
I am a huge fan of free Classroom Information Management System. Now that most of the 2.0 tools are free, it can bring a revolution in countries that can afford to have a few computers and an internet connection in their class rooms. Google has a new Classroom Information Management System, Moodle has already made its mark and look at Khan's Academy. You can learn whatever you want for free. CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning) is the future !
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
Imagine a free and open portal where anyone can submit documents, presentations, links, videos, quizzes and interactive widgets for a Class / Topic. Where everything gets voted/rated and the best surface for a beginning.
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Javad Anjum, Evangelist - 6 years ago Edit
Well, if it is a class, it still needs to be administrated at some level to avoid random discussions and maintain structure. The role of the facilitator may be limited to promote creativity and open discussions. I think this is a very good phase in the current discussion to learn about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). I am attaching a wiki link for readers if someone is interested. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
MOOC is a very interesting concept and we can inherit the connectivist design principles from it. My idea of Class Information Management System (CIMS) only stretches to the point of organizing the information relevant to a class and does not include organizing the class as such. So the role of the instructor boils down to initiating, facilitating and moderating the activity rather than designing the whole thing. it will be a more fluid and collaborative learning experience than course pattern.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 6 years ago Edit
A class can have different members (instructors & participants) from one session to the other where as the information relevant to a class is a continuously evolving entity. The role of CIMS is to manage that content and Class Management can be a simple module attached to CIMS.
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