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A short outline of some of the technologies you can use to enhance student engagement and reduce tutor time in your working life. ...

A short outline of some of the technologies you can use to enhance student engagement and reduce tutor time in your working life.

Also showing the use of Proximity Table Lesson Menus using QR Codes, NFC, and Re-Direct Sites for re-using existing materials.



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  • Change the way students behave in learning spaces by giving them positive messages about the educationally beneficial ways they can use their own technology to help with their studies. Table Top (proximity) Lesson Menus could be used to allow students to access relevant resources for your lesson that you know will help them.
  • By combining the use of QR codes and NFC tages with re-direct sites such as p-qr, you can create high quality re-useable resources and move away from printing 30, 50 or 100 hanouts each time. In this presentation, I use an eHandout created in Google Docs. Everything is updatable and re-useable, .. It saves me time !!
  • Related ‘Skit’ video at
  • Wattpad is a FREE simple eBook creation tool available for viewing on the web and every smart phone platform. It provides the opportunity to give your students your entire set of course notes, lesson notes.. Or indeed the entire set of notes for this presentation to carry around on your phone in your own eBook Library. For a tutor, it only requires the ability to CUT and PASTE text from a Word document into Wattpad. The disadvantage is that the content is open to the public and the eBook will only work with simple text formatting. But hey… its free, its simple and it works! 
  • To find the notes for this presentation, simply use Wattpad on your smart phone or on the web and search for the Tag I have used for the notes that accompany this presentation, ALTC2011
  • Demo view of what a FREE electronic register might look like on your phone available at
  • Demo view of what a FREE electronic register might look like on your phone available at
  • Re-useable ‘Re-direct’ sites such as p-qr .. Open up all sorts of possibilities for making better use of the very nicely printed QR Codes and NFC Tags you might produce. That is why the Table Lesson Menus shown earlier can be re-used and updated as the course and lesson change.
  • Fantastic Remote eAssessment solution. Install the Teacher App on one phone and have your students install the Student App on theirs. When both are running, you will be able to control the screen that they see appearing on their phone to get them to answer either ad-hoc or pre-set quizzees. All the results and numbers of students in your virtual classroom are viewable on your own mobile phone. Available for Android and iPhone presently. Search for the apps in the appropriate market place or view the website online.
  • A fantastic site that allows a tutor to create Flashcards.. For FREE and make them available for students to view on their own smart phone, catering for all the main mobile phone platforms and a range of Flashcard apps. And if a student does not have access to a smart phone, they can view the interactive content directly from the main website.
  • Using a FREE Picture annotation app such as PicSay allows you to take pictures and comment directly on to the photograph for sharing or uploading to web2. This is a great way to take some forms of notes at a conference or field trip and excellent for students to capture evidence of what they are doing, both in the classroom, on work placements, on field trips etc and share immediately with the tutor via email from their phone for comments back. – Just ideas.
  • EverNote.. Great Cloud Based word proceessing and media capturing tool that allows you to take notes on your phone and have them immediately available on your desktop … whereever that happens to be. And, vice versa.
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  • SMARTER WORKING – Making better use of your technology
  • Rules for this session
    Turn Mobile Phones on silent
    Enable your Bluetooth. Accept files from your tutors devices:
    Leave all mobile phones on the desk infront of you.
    Ask permission if you want to use them for something other than the task sessions I set please.
    The Twitter Hash Tag for Todays Course is..
  • Smart Table Lesson Menus
  • An
    Information Table Menu
    Re-Customisable for each Lesson
  • An
    Information Table Menu
    Re-Customisable for each Lesson
    QR Codes
    (Using a colour coded standard for the whole course or department)
    Quick NFC Link
    Text Introduction to Lesson Content
    Re-Customisable easy to write down web links
    Audio Introduction
    Tutors Contact details – Take a picture quickly.
    Video Summary of todays lesson
  • Are you suffering from….
    • Back ache
    • Wasting time writing up notes
    • Making mistakes copying URLs
    • Cluttered desks
    • Having to travel to meetings
    Related ‘Skit’ video at
  • Making Mobile work
    Animated GIFs
    Ebooks, WattPad
    QR Codes
    Enhanced Handouts
    URL Shortners
    GPS Mapping
    Mobile Websites
    Mobile Surveys
    Text Walls
    Twitter Votes
    Digital Note Taking – PicSay
    Electronic Registers
  • eBook Guide
  • Install & Search for ALTC2011
  • Use Survey Monkey ..
    Quick electronic registers for mobile situations,
    …export to Excel
    Demo Register:
  • Mobile Friendly,
    Self Marking,
    Live Data Recording Forms
    • Export to Excel if needed
    • DEMO:
  • Short URL Creation & re-customisable landing sites with full tracking analytics
  • Socrative
    iPhone: Search for Socrative Student.
  • Revision Flashcards for this course:..
    ANDROID: Kaka Flashcards, Quizard
    iPhone: Touchcards, Quizard
    Blackberry: gFlash Pro
    Windows 7: Mystikeep Flashcards
  • Note Taking
  • Annotate Pictures and share directly from your phone.
    (iPhone? – Try Skitch)
  • Cloud Based Note Taking
  • Audio Feedback…!?
  • Mobile Kit Bag
  • Smart Phone
  • Small Video Camera
  • BlueTooth Keyboard
  • Portable USB Power Charger
  • Portable USB powered Speaker
  • USB Cables, with USB A and B converter
  • SD / USB Smart Card 1
  • Mobile Meetings with colleagues…
  • Calling for Help from the ‘Crowd Source’
  • Mobile Kit Bag
    Bluetooth Keyboard
    Photo editing (Pic Say)
    Cloud Note Taking – EverNote, Google Docs
    Mobile Reading – Wattpad
    AP- Tethering
    Portable Battery Charger
    USB Cables
    Portable speakers
    Mini Projector
    Video camera
    Skype - Virtual mobile meetings, from your phone.
    Twitter – Crowd Support
    Extension Lead!!