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  • 1. TECHNOLOGYin the classroom
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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?
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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?
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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?
  • 10. 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?
  • 11. 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!
  • 12. Blackboard: It’s allwe’ve got, baby Make it your own! Personalize with:  Buttons  Organization (subheads, dividers, tool links)  Banners  Colors  Consistent announcements Visual formatting: Course ToolsCustomizationStyle
  • 13. 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)  CollaborationOffice Hours: Bb’s chat function. Works great for off-campus conferences and student group work
  • 14. Blackboard . . . Build content  RSS, audio, image, video, URL  Learning Modules and Content Folders  SlideShare and YouTube Add Interactive Tool  Various options
  • 15. 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)
  • 16. Audio What’s on your computer? Any iPad voice recorder that produces mp3 files Audacity: free and easy  & Cautions: Make sure files aren’t too big Don’t use for grading Write a script
  • 17. 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)
  • 18. Screen Capture Images & Videos PowerPoint videos  Convey presentations in video and static form Yourown YouTube channel or store on  House your own videos and links to often-used or favorite videos Authorstream and Slideshare hosting  and Jing and Screencast-O-Matic  Capture images or videos; create tutorials and presentations
  • 19. Screen Capture Images & Videos Screencast-O-Matic   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
  • 20. 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
  • 21. 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
  • 22. 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
  • 23. On the horizon iPad and apps Cell phone and other mobile devices Social networking
  • 24. 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
  • 25. UC IT’s list of “8 Time-Saving Tech ToolsThat We Can’t Live Without” Zotero – Dropbox – Jing – Google Calendar – Remember the Milk – (organizer) Evernote – Diigo – (digital bookmarking) Doodle – (meeting time poll)Source: UC IT and Center for the Enhancementof Teaching & Learning, Dec. 27, 2011
  • 26. 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.)