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Teaching with Technology: Tools, Tips, and Techniques
Jason Rhodeon 1 November 2013
Transcript of Teaching with Technology: Tools, Tips, and Techniques
Jason Rhode, Ph.D.
Director of Distributed Learning
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center
email@example.com | www.niu.edu/facdev | twitter.com/facdev
Tools, Tips, and Techniques :: overview of teaching with technology
Technology Selection Factors
...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
basic non-electronic to electronic and online technologies
"Technology is anything that was invented after you were born." - Alan Kay
evolution of the use of technologies in teaching
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
time and support available
Technologies @ NIU
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Prepare course content
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
organize & make content
available to students
local file servers
Content organization, size, navigation, adaptive release
Will students have the technologies to access the content easily?
What might prohibit students from accessing content?
Content organization, filesize, format, navigation, adaptive release...
Face-to-face, blended, and online
what if the delivery technology fails?
engage students in course activities
How will technologies promote interactions and learning?
Design activities that use technologies effectively and offer feedback
& assess learning
Online quizzes are good for self-paced learning and feedback
Provide practice tests and quizzes
Ensure technology works smoothly when students take quizzes
use the arrow button to advance
Search "NIU Faculty Development" in iTunes
Search "Teaching with Blackboard" in iTunes
Do you personally own a smart phone?
How do you prefer to communicate with students
outside of class?
A) Face-to-Face After Class
B) Office Hours
E) Text Message
Do you use any sort of visual projection
of lecture notes in class?
Do you use a learning management system
(ie: Blackboard or equivalent) to post online materials, grades, communicate with students, etc.?
Have you ever read an e-book on an
e-book reader or other mobile device?
Have you ever subscribed to
a podcast on your computer
or mobile device?
C) Not sure what you mean
Do you personally own, or has your institution
provided you with a tablet mobile computing
Have you ever assigned an electronic
textbook as a required reading for one
of your courses?
C) I'm not sure
Have you ever used a "clicker" device before?
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
E) Post question in discussion board in your LMS
F) Text message
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
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
What LMS (learning management system)
does your institution make available?
Have you ever used a web conferencing tool to teach a synchronous class meeting online?
C) Not sure what a web conferencing tool is
Have you ever tried "
Does your institution provide a plagiarism prevention tool?
C) Not sure
What is your current setting for teaching with technology?
A) Middle School
B) High School
C) Community College
E) Non-profit or Government
Online Learning System
Cheaper for students
Assumes students have access and knowledge of tech
Have's vs. Have Not's
can be mind-numbing
paying too much attention to tech
When it fails....