To use it or not to use it:THAT is the questionGood reasons to use Good reasons to avoid or technology: limit use of technology: Keep up with Students aren’t always students’ interests proficient; can become and proficiencies overwhelmed Part of 21st century Can take the focus off learning that we of what we’re teaching cannot and should Doesn’t always work as not ignore it should Engages students Can be time-consuming Engages us or require too much Can make teaching work some concepts Can be fun and cool but easier not pedagogically sound
To consider . . . What do you already know? What is your comfort level? – Do you use Facebook and Twitter? Do you have a laptop or iPad? Do you regularly read blogs and RSS feeds? What is your teaching style and how might technology complement that style?
To consider . . . What is your access to technology? What does your school provide? How much (if anything) do you want to spend out of pocket? How much time/energy do you have to invest in this aspect of your career? – As opposed to concentrating on pedagogy, mastering your school’s curriculum, refining your teaching skills, conducting research
To consider . . . Allof those questions focus on you as the teacher. The most important question, though, should focus on your students: –What technology will help them become better learners, writers, readers, thinkers?
Integrating technology into yourclasses Start gradually. – Don’t try to use all of these exciting technologies in one semester Think about your “lifeload”: – Your own classes; jobs; spouses and children. – Technology can be time-consuming and frustrating
Integrating technology into yourclasses Use “down” time: – Summer and other breaks, periods during the semester when you have little or no grading Look for professional development or other learning opportunities: – Summer technology workshops, opportunities by UC organizations such as the Teaching & Technology Committee, sessions at professional conferences
Integrating technology into yourclasses Keep a log/journal/list of technologies you want to investigate. Choose technologies that utilize your strength or expertise: You’re a strong public speaker: use audio and video recording technologies You’re a visual learner/teacher: use artistic presentation software You’re an organization freak: re-organize Blackboard or use your own blog or wiki
Integrating technology into yourclasses Think about your class and cater technology accordingly: You’re teaching ENGL 1000 and many students struggle with paragraph cohesion. Can you expect them to master a wiki? You’re teaching an Honors section and students are driven and independent. Can you assign a multimedia text in addition to a written essay? You’re teaching a short summer section. Can you expect students to create and maintain a comprehensive website?
Other current and futureconsiderations How do we include students with disabilities? How do we accommodate students without access to technology at home? How do we avoid contributing further to the rising cost of higher education?
Now that I have you bummed out . . . Let’s play with technology! Blackboard Presentation software Audio Video Screen capture software On the horizon: iPads, apps, social networking, oh my!
Blackboard … Create interactions: Discussion Board (I use for peer review) Blogs (class or individual) Wikis (I don’t love them, but hey, you might) Journals (good for personal writing) SafeAssign (for research essays) Starfish (again, don’t love it. I use Google Docs and post link to Blackboard) CollaborationOffice Hours: Bb’s chat function. Works great for off-campus conferences and student group work
Blackboard . . . Build content RSS, audio, image, video, URL Learning Modules and Content Folders SlideShare and YouTube Add Interactive Tool Various options
Presentation Software In one corner, the reigning champion, PowerPoint vs. the contender, Prezi Experiences? Impressions? Preferences? Are you presenting or entertaining? Good for flipped instruction, online instruction, introduction, and review My bias: Prezi jumps too much, distracts my students, is better when I’m present Others: Adobe Presenter (ExPENsive!) Keynote for iPad ($9.99)
Audio What’s on your computer? Any iPad voice recorder that produces mp3 files Audacity: free and easy http://audacity.sourceforge.net/Suggestions & Cautions: Make sure files aren’t too big Don’t use for grading Write a script
Video What’s on your computer or iPad? Your decision: record your face or your computer screen? Suggestions & Cautions: A brief introductory video of you or a weekly vlog is nice, but beyond that students probably don’t want to see your face so much Avoid recording “lectures” Write a script if necessary Let your students do the recording! (accompanied by something written, of course)
Screen Capture Images & Videos PowerPoint videos Convey presentations in video and static form Yourown YouTube channel or store on Screencast.com House your own videos and links to often-used or favorite videos Authorstream and Slideshare hosting www.authorstream.com and www.slideshare.net Jing and Screencast-O-Matic Capture images or videos; create tutorials and presentations
Screen Capture Images & Videos Screencast-O-Matic www.screencast-o-matic.com Website, so you can use it from any computer My favorite for making screen capture videos Will upload directly to YouTube Jing House your own videos and links to often-used or favorite videos Must be downloaded, so it’s computer specific My favorite for capturing images Must upload to Screencast.com
Your Own Creation Create your own website/blog/wiki My favorite: Wordpress Others: tumblr, blogger, blogspot, pbworks (wiki) Suggestions & Cautions: Very time-consuming Must have a clear purpose Consider it an investment in your career and do it only if worthwhile
Recast and other assignments:The good, the bad, and the ugly Encouraging students to use technology: The more you use technology, the more your students will use it Teach them what you know, but . . . Also let them experiment Use UC resources such as the STRC Set up a practice Discussion Board Post final products somewhere like Discussion Board or a Bb blog Make them write about it! Analyze, reflect, and so on
Recast and other assignments:The good, the bad, and the ugly My research steps: Blogs and Vlogs Recasts from fall semester: iMovie video Screencast video presentation Screen captured Prezi video Prezi Facebook page Twitter feed Blog Comic strip Tumblr site
On the horizon iPad and apps Cell phone and other mobile devices Social networking
My wish list . . . To investigate iPad & apps iAnnotate and Evernote organizer RSS feeds Voicethread conversations in the cloud Pearltrees collect, organize, and share Web content Pinterest (just because it’s fun) Zotero research organization
UC IT’s list of “8 Time-Saving Tech ToolsThat We Can’t Live Without” Zotero – zotero.org Dropbox – dropbox.com Jing – techsmith.com/jing Google Calendar – calendar.google.com Remember the Milk – rememberthemilk.com (organizer) Evernote – evernote.com Diigo – diigo.com (digital bookmarking) Doodle – doodle.com (meeting time poll)Source: UC IT and Center for the Enhancementof Teaching & Learning, Dec. 27, 2011
Teacher vs. Technology: may thebest human win Do not let technology replace you. YOU are the teacher. Technology is your tool. Nothing beats a one-on- one relationship between student and teacher. (Nobody’s going to give an apple – or a Starbucks gift card, or a nice note, or a smile – to your computer.)
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