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The Wisdom of Crowds: Clickers, Crowdsourcing, and Educational Technology

Keynote at NAIRTL Conference, Galway, Ireland, June 9, 2011

Derek Bruff

on 26 October 2012

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Transcript of The Wisdom of Crowds: Clickers, Crowdsourcing, and Educational Technology

The Wisdom of Crowds Clickers, Crowdsourcing, and Educational Technology "Colourful Army," maistora, Flickr (CC) Derek Bruff
#NAIRTL11 Aggregation Open-Ended Questions "Choices," Derek Bruff, Flickr (CC) Risk-Friendly Environments "Little Shredder," clappstar, Flickr (CC) "RGB," Rafael Nogueira, Flickr (CC) Peer Review Independence Long Tails "Grammar Police," Eli Reusch, Flickr (CC) "DSC_7102," Nate Shepard, Flickr (CC) "Scrabble's Long Tail," Derek Bruff, Flickr (CC) "Colourful Army," maistora, Flickr (CC) Diversity Decentralization "Barracudas," Daniel Vaulot, Flickr (CC) Your sister calls to say she's having twins. Which is more likely? (Assume she's not having identical twins.)

A. Twin boys
B. Twin girls
C. One boy and one girl
D. All three are equally likely. Counting Jelly Beans "Decentralization's great weakness is that there's no guarantee that valuable information which is uncovered in one part of the system will find its way through the rest of the system."

--James Surowiecki How do clickers help create more risk-friendly environments for students?

How can clickers make it more risky for students to share in class? Which of the following is most crucial to effective teaching with clickers?

A. Students responding to questions independently
B. Bar charts that aggregate results
C. Questions that allow open-ended discussion
D. Letting go of the coverage model
E. Creating safe environments for students to share
F. Uncovering diverse student perspectives Twitter + Small-Group Discussion "The Twitter Experiment" Monica Rankin, History, UT-Dallas Google Moderator + Q&A "Project 365 #169," comedy_nose, Flickr (CC) Backchannel Prediction Markets "Binoculars," Vestman, Flickr (CC) http://markets.nitle.org/ Collaborative Writing "Arguments," el patojo, Flickr (CC) Skidmore College Greek Tragedy Wiki
https://academics.skidmore.edu/wikis/Greek_Tragedy/ "Going in, everyone had their own conceptions of the characters’ personalities and the themes they wanted to discuss, and I think we managed to reconcile these different thoughts into a unified whole." Wikis Derek's Story: http://is.gd/KseLlC Prezi Meeting A. B. C. How many of the following terms can you identify?
The Long Tail

A. None
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. All The Arab Spring Research & Scholarship "Untitled," Duca di Spinaci, Flickr (CC) 7,222
Articles http://geographyoflost.tumblr.com/ http://lostpedia.wikia.com/ Wikis http://www.research.ibm.com/visual/projects/history_flow/ http://www.lostpedia.com Tunisia http://is.gd/OJRjsc 41 Commenters, 350 Comments "Groups that are too much alike find it harder to keep learning, because each member is bringing less and less new information to the table."
--James Surowiecki D. FOSS
Free and Open-Source Software "When everybody realizes that everybody’s thinking the same thing at the same time, that’s the moment where real political change happens."
Clay Shirky http://is.gd/BjG8Ap http://is.gd/b9VjRn
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