Day 19: Something old, something new

5 10 2009

Today’s class was a blend of the old and the new, the low tech and the high tech. We took quizzes using the time-honored “paper” method. Again, groans from the class when I announced the old school method. Again, paper worked exceptionally well, with no lost scores and not failures to connect. If you are as old as me, you probably remember Xerox and some others promising us the ‘paperless office’ way back in the 1980’s. The reality was an explosion of paper, as we all got the tools to produce nice looking stuff right on the desktop. Reality vs. the predictions….

Today we used Turning’s Responseware for most of our class session. So far this little app has been my favorite aspect of our connected learning experiment, since it gives me instant feedback on whether my students are getting the material or not. Today we were discussing span of control, and how firms are organized to maximize efficiency and productivity. For the exercise I was able to put various organizational charts on the screen and ask about specific employees: “OK, what is Jim’s span of control?” “How about this VP up here?”

I was also able to ask some values questions, including one which I think is a pretty good predictor of whether you will potentially enjoy a management job or not. Questions like these are an important part of this intro class, since many of these students are still working on what they want to be when they grow up. By the way, there’s not a thing wrong with that; I am still hoping to figure that out for myself sometime soon.

About 40 minutes into class I looked down to see a student on the front row playing a video game on his phone. He was “fully engaged.” Welcome to the future…

Saw a kid on the front row playing a video game on phone during class. Welcome to the future.




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