One of the stand-out sessions from this year’s New Faculty Institute was the presentation on the new technology of Canvas by WIlliam S. Durden. Titled “Creating Connectivity with Canvas: Designing Active Learning Environments,” this presentation covered specific Canvas tools that promote Connectivity, Alignment, and “Flipping” the Classroom.
Yesterday, when I woke up, the first thing I did was check Facebook. Yes, that is what I do most work mornings (instead of doing my Morning Pages, as Julia Cameron suggests in The Artist’s Way. That’s probably why my novel remains unwritten– my creepy lurking into other people’s lives rather than creating them for my characters. Anyhoo . . .)
My many friends were posting pictures of their kids on their first day of school.
I love this day, every year– it always makes me realize, anew, what an enormous enterprise this whole education thing is. Buses. Backpacks. New shoes and shiny scrubbed faces, hair slicked back and neat.
The Back Story
First, there’s the 140 character limit: who can express a complex thought in so few words? Well, Orwell, I guess, for one . . . or Hemingway . . . but I’ve always been an external processor.
Facebook is more my style, where one can write half the length of a Hemingway novel in one status update (no joke– the maximum FB post is 63, 206 characters). That is 451.5 full Tweets.
And Facebook, perhaps because it was originally grounded in F2F relationships, seemed safer– more intimate– less overwhelming. Twitter, because it is more public, seemed dangerous (the way MySpace eventually became for me)– there was nothing to hold users accountable for their online, asynchronous actions.