I really like the new videos being produced by the Merspi team and some of their teacher contacts. They are designed to answer some of the more common questions being asked by VCE students, as well as giving them general survival tips.
I particularly like James’ videos on how to manage stress and how to survive the VCE years.
These are definitely worth telling your students about. It’s this kind of willingness to produce quality material and collaborate with real teachers that sets Merspi apart from other online resources for VCE students.
As a VCE teacher I am really impressed by the initiative shown by James Spittal and Collin Li in establishing Merspi for VCE students. I’ve been a vocal advocate for Merspi for sometime now and have always been a little disappointed that there aren’t more people, especially teachers, getting involved.
I know the big barrier for teachers is the time, but there is a simple way of monitoring Merspi so that if a question arises that you feel you could add value to, it arrives in your RSS feeds with the simplicity of the morning paper.
Of course, that still doesn’t address why you should give any time to Merspi and helping students you don’t know…but I’m not going to proselytize today.
Subscribing to Merspi Tag RSS feeds couldn’t be simpler, but if you need a walk through:
I receive updates about all VCE English questions this way, and occasionally answer them too if I think I can be helpful. It really doesn’t take much time, and I find it quite helpful in alerting me to common misconceptions students may be having in units I’m yet to teach. It also helps me increase my arsenal of canned responses to frequently asked questions. (Yes, I have been known to direct pupils to Merspi when they have asked me a question via email, if I’ve already answered it before there)
Adding to this new blog, there is also a new YouTube Channel, MrJacksonBates, so called because ‘JacksonBates’ was already taken. These days, I’m all for doing away with pseudonyms online. I mean, really, what does Malgalin even mean? Nothing. I happy to be Jackson Bates, so I will remain so online!
Anyway, I digress!
The new channel will provide videos and tutorials for teachers and students in education. It will predominantly be focused on VCE and Victorian educational stuff, but much of it will be applicable in other countries too.
The first video provides an introduction to Merspi.
More to follow…