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Teaching with Technology: Tools, Tips, and Techniques

Overview of teaching with technology, presented at the 2013 Illinois Sociological Association Conference at Northern Illinois University, November 1, 2013
by Jason Rhode on 1 November 2013

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Transcript of Teaching with Technology: Tools, Tips, and Techniques

Teaching with Technology
Jason Rhode, Ph.D.
Director of Distributed Learning
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center
jrhode@niu.edu | www.niu.edu/facdev | twitter.com/facdev
Tools, Tips, and Techniques :: overview of teaching with technology
Types
Purpose
Use
Technology Selection Factors
Problems
...of today's session
quick overview of teaching with technology
discuss effective strategies for integrating technology in teaching
focus is on instructional strategies
not meant to be a hands-on session
communicate with students on course-related issues
Purpose
Examples
When appropriate?
When ineffective?
email
IM
SMS
phone
social networks
status updates
basic non-electronic to electronic and online technologies
simplifying teaching
promoting learning
impeding learning
frustrating students
"Technology is anything that was invented after you were born." - Alan Kay
evolution of the use of technologies in teaching
Impact
What are some of the common technologies used in teaching?
What are some benefits of properly using technologies in teaching?
What are the possible consequences of improperly using technologies in teaching?
You don't have the time or skills to use the chosen technology effectively
Students don't have the technology skills
Technology isn't helping students' learn and
is consuming their time unnecessarily
Students don't have easy access
Students with disabilities cannot use
technology fails and there is no support or easy alternatives (Plan B)
type of use - development, delivery...
user skill level and comfort
location of use
course-specific needs
pedagogical purpose
time and support available
accessibility considerations
Technologies @ NIU
www.niu.edu/facdev
www.niu.edu/blackboard
www.facdevblog.niu.edu
www.twitter.com/facdev

Links
This presentation available online at
Purpose
Prepare course content
Examples
Word
PowerPoint
image editor
audio/video capture
bookmarks
mind maps
Consider
Development time, effort, skill, technologies, copyrights, etc.
Learning styles and visual design principles in designing content
How the content will be made available to students
Purpose
organize & make content
available to students
Examples
Blackboard
LiveText
local file servers
e-Reserves
podcasts
Consider
Content organization, size, navigation, adaptive release
Will students have the technologies to access the content easily?
What might prohibit students from accessing content?
Purpose
deliver instruction
Examples
overhead projector
Elmo
data projector
virtual classroom
Consider
Content organization, filesize, format, navigation, adaptive release...
Face-to-face, blended, and online
what if the delivery technology fails?
Purpose
engage students in course activities
Examples
clickers
tutorials
Blackboard Collaborate
games
IM
groups
discussion
How will technologies promote interactions and learning?
Design activities that use technologies effectively and offer feedback
Purpose
provide feedback
& assess learning
Examples
clickers
online
quizzes
surveys
electronic
assignments
SafeAssign
Online quizzes are good for self-paced learning and feedback
Provide practice tests and quizzes
Ensure technology works smoothly when students take quizzes
j.mp/isa13tech
use the arrow button to advance
web conferencing
Announcements
audio editor
screencasts
narrated presentations
YouTube
SlideShare
Prezi
www.niu.edu/blackboard
www.niu.edu/blackboard/assess/clickers.shtml
www.niu.edu/blackboard/communicate/collaborate.shtml
www.niu.edu/media/smart_classrooms
m.niu.edu
Suggested
Resources
www.niu.edu/facdev/resources/guide
Search "NIU Faculty Development" in iTunes
Search "Teaching with Blackboard" in iTunes
Polling Questions
Do you personally own a smart phone?

A) Yes
B) No
How do you prefer to communicate with students
outside of class?

A) Face-to-Face After Class
B) Office Hours
C) Email
D) Phone
E) Text Message
F) Other
Do you use any sort of visual projection
of lecture notes in class?

A) Yes
B) No
Do you use a learning management system
(ie: Blackboard or equivalent) to post online materials, grades, communicate with students, etc.?

A) Yes
B) No
Have you ever read an e-book on an
e-book reader or other mobile device?

A) Yes
B) No
Have you ever subscribed to
a podcast on your computer
or mobile device?

A) Yes
B) No
C) Not sure what you mean
Do you personally own, or has your institution
provided you with a tablet mobile computing
device?

A) Yes
B) No
Have you ever assigned an electronic
textbook as a required reading for one
of your courses?

A) Yes
B) No
C) I'm not sure
Have you ever used a "clicker" device before?

A) Yes
B) No
By what mode of communication do you prefer students use to contact you?

A) In person after class
B) Schedule an appointment during office hours
C) Email
D) Phone
E) Post question in discussion board in your LMS
F) Text message
G) Other
How do you go about organizing content for your lectures?
(choose your favorite 2)

A) Keep a paper file of articles, resources, etc.
B) Keep folder(s) on your computer with digital versions of
articles, etc.
C) Bookmark resources online using a social bookmarking
tool like Diigo or Delicious
D) Bookmark/keep resources "privately" in the cloud using a
service like Evernote or Dropbox
How many hours, on average, do
you spend per week organizing & managing
course content?

A) 0-2
B) 3-5
C) 6+

What LMS (learning management system)
does your institution make available?

A) Blackboard
B) Canvas
C) Desire2Learn
D) Moodle
E) Sakai
F) Other
Have you ever used a web conferencing tool to teach a synchronous class meeting online?

A) Yes
B) No
C) Not sure what a web conferencing tool is
Have you ever tried "
Does your institution provide a plagiarism prevention tool?

A) Yes
B) No
C) Not sure
What is your current setting for teaching with technology?

A) Middle School
B) High School
C) Community College
D) University
E) Non-profit or Government
F) Other
smart board
PowerPoint
Whiteboards
Online Articles
Audio
YouTube
Video Cameras
Online Learning System
AppleTV
Document Cameras
Online Books
Supplemental e-resources
Cheaper for students
Increase interest
Visual
Engaging
Efficient
Keep Current
Increased Access
Assumes students have access and knowledge of tech
Have's vs. Have Not's
"Digital Divide"
can be mind-numbing
distracting?
paying too much attention to tech
When it fails....
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