I DIDN'T SPEND enough time in the University of Limerick's Language Learning Conference because I had to attend a major exam board in County Tipperary within an hour of finishing my 25-minute talk. As I explained to those attending, I feel like a real blow-in when I don't meet and mingle at events.
I embedded my Slideshare deck below the break for those interested in Social Objects as Realia. It might sound very academic to call what I do online as "practise in applied realia" but that's what I do. And if you're in the game of selling via social networking, you're a realia person too.
Realia are objects from real life used in classrooms to improve understanding. For the language learners in the University of Limerick, realia strenghthen associations between words for objects and objects themselves. Used correctly, realia connect learners with key focal points. I make these connections between learned material and objects of lessons most effectively with tactile and multidimensional methods.
The bulk of my talk dealt with active listening via hashtags (i.e. #edchatie, #elss12, #ictedu), learning the lay of the online environment, and answering the Grand Imperative of our creative multimedia degree by learning to create, critique and curate.