A Polis of Pixels: Social Networking for Classics Instructors

I am a member of the ‘eclassics social network’, which was recently written up in the case studies section of the Higher Education Academy’s Subject Centre for History, Classics & Archaeology. The response to this social network in classics circles,  as documented by Andrew Reinhard, is quite interesting… read the case study.

“The eClassics website was created to build a bridge between Classics teachers and technology, and between technologically enabled teachers and those instructors who describe themselves as technophobic. By creating a virtual, comfortable, even fun meeting space to candidly discuss the topic of integrating technology into the Classics classroom, we can begin to break down barriers between the perception of technology as “scary” and its genuine usefulness to language learning. Recently developed technological applications, specifically software in the Web 2.0 toolkit (wikis, blogs, social networking, and the like), can blend traditional book learning with a more kinetic, active approach to exploring how language works. This new pedagogy of active learning better suits modern students. eClassics serves as the nexus connecting teachers to technology and, ultimately, to those students….”