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technical support to figure out how to read an object called a “book.” In my judgment there IS¬†a danger, however, in becoming too dependent on “technology learning tools.” My favorite tools remain a # 2 pencil with an eraser, a Pilot G-2 broad ink pen, some writing paper, and my mind. Nonetheless, this blog post is a heart-felt mini-festschrift to an Internet visionary. I’ve written numerous blog posts about the tremendous value I find from Jane Hart’s annual identifying top learning tools. I have unbridled¬†admiration and respect for her vision, willingness to share, and thought-provoking ideas. As I wind up (or wind down) my teaching career over the next few years, I am making an intentional, concerted effort to use¬†things I have learned from¬†Jane (directly or indirectly) over the past seven years. Thank you, Comrade and Mentor across the Pond!

  1. I have¬†incorporated into my Experimental Social Psychology class use¬†of a Ning¬†(or see Julie Lindsay‘s superb utilization of a Ning). If you would like to visit this¬†Ning, especially if you are a former student or classmate of mine or are also an¬†experimental social psychologist, let me know. I would welcome incorporating into the Ning your thoughts about the course or your thoughts about being a social psychologist or using social psychology.
  2. Jane has influenced (favorably) my extra-classroom university academic life (e.g. I maintain alumni contact through Linkedin, and by my cross-posting my WordPress blogs across Facebook and Twitter.
  3. Jane’s influence has transformed the way I conduct¬†my¬†committee work (e.g. I recently began a Planning and Budget Committee meeting which I co-chair with a screenflow screencast which explained to colleagues how to access budget and planning information).
  4. Jane has transformed my daily interaction with my student research assistants who annually pilot test all tools on Jane’s list. ¬†Among the tools we currently use or are bench-marking for student learning utility¬†are¬†Google Drive, Class Owl, and WordPress. These research assistants¬†continue to revitalize me with their intelligence, playfulness, eagerness to learn, and youth. I have invited this year’s S -Team¬†to identify what Top Tools they find most valuable and which they’d like to learn. Stay tuned.
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