Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching

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Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching

  1. 1. Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching http://www.flickr.com/photos/28413589@N04/5090468672/ ! Meredith Gorran Farkas Portland Community College
  2. 2. Three Big Trends
  3. 3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/28567825@N03/3137422976/ and http://www.teachthought.com/technology/12-principles-of-mobile-learning/ Mobile and point-of-need learning
  4. 4. QR Codes for point-of-need help • Short for Quick Response • Originally developed for inventory control • Need a QR code reader to read • Scan a QR code to access info or take action
  5. 5. QR Code Generators & Readers
  6. 6. Uses of QR codes
  7. 7. Uses of QR codes
  8. 8. Uses of QR codes
  9. 9. Uses of QR codes
  10. 10. Are near-field communications the next step? • A way for devices to receive information at close range • RFID is an example • User no longer has to take the initiative to scan something.
  11. 11. To be successful with mobile and point-of need learning... • Know your users • Know their needs • Know what technologies they use • Know their info-seeking behavior • Don’t make the technologies a barrier • Many do not have QR code reader apps
  12. 12. http://www.flickr.com/photos/77343377@N00/3707964045/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/47326183@N07/9400228603/ Gamification and badges
  13. 13. Passport!
  14. 14. Flipped instruction http://www.flickr.com/photos/t2thestreet/5967035566/
  15. 15. Lots of tools for flipped instruction • Instructional videos • Websites with instructional content • LibGuides and other research guide software • Survey software • etc.
  16. 16. Three Simple Tips
  17. 17. 1. Focus on the need http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianric/7263382550/
  18. 18. 2. Think beyond “typical uses” http://www.flickr.com/photos/lel4nd/6062809527/
  19. 19. Tools for...
  20. 20. http://www.flickr.com/photos/67193564@N03/6173548853/ Synchronous Online Teaching
  21. 21. Can’t Afford Collaborate or Connect?
  22. 22. Google Hangouts • Video (web cam) chatting with up to 10 people • Can use just audio • Screensharing • Mobile-friendly • Can record for later viewing • Requires a download
  23. 23. oovoo • Free video chat for up to 12 participants (can use just audio) • Share files, images, or your desktop • Can be recorded (.avi format) and uploaded to YouTube • Mobile-friendly • Requires a download
  24. 24. Join.me • Screensharing, VoIP and text chat for up to 10 participants • File-sharing • No download for the participants, quick download for the presenter • Mobile-friendly
  25. 25. Skype • One-on-one video chatting (free) • Pro offers video (web cam) chatting for up to 10 people (approx. $60/year) • Free audio chats for up to 25 people • Mobile-friendly • A familiar technology for many • Requires a download
  26. 26. Rules of thumb with synchronous online instruction • Don’t implement tech that will create barriers for students • Don’t try to implement in asynchronous online classes • Don’t just lecture • Active learning • Tailored to their needs
  27. 27. Movie-Making http://www.flickr.com/photos/29454428@N08/3676790621/
  28. 28. Can’t Afford Camtasia or Captivate?
  29. 29. Jing • Free download • Screenshots and short (<5 minute) video screen captures • No editing features (can edit in Camtasia) • Output to SWF, easy upload to Screencast.com, Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, etc. • Puts Jing branding on video
  30. 30. Snagit • Cheap ($50, less for educational use) • Screenshots and video screen captures • Can edit and annotate screenshots, but no video editing (can only edit video in Camtasia) • Multiple output formats, easy export to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. • Extremely easy to use
  31. 31. Screencast-o-matic • Free or $15/year for Pro • Video screen and web cam recording, web-based product • Nice editing features available in Pro version • MP4, AVI, and FLV export; easy publish to YouTube, more publishing options with Pro • Extremely easy to use
  32. 32. Google Hangouts • Can record web cam and screen (PowerPoint, Prezi, searching a database, etc.) • Pros: Easy lecture capture, automatically uploads to YouTube • Cons: It’s publicly available on Google Hangouts and YouTube; no editing
  33. 33. Mozilla Popcorn Maker • Free web-based video or audio annotation tool • The useful: Add pop-up annotations, cut sections, add pauses at different places on the video timeline • Other fun features: Add pop-up Wikipedia entries, images, maps, and loop video. • Provides link to video and embed code • Could be useful with screen capture products that don’t offer editing
  34. 34. Rules of thumb with video instruction • Keep it short • Always offer closed captioning and transcripts • Film it all in one take • Watch out for split attention effect • Match audio with screen actions • Don’t have text on the screen that doesn’t match what you’re saying
  35. 35. Engagement http://www.flickr.com/photos/29454428@N08/3210687729/
  36. 36. Guide on the Side • Open source software for tutorial creation • Active learning • Tutorial is in a left-hand frame on a live web page • Pro: Easy to create a guide on the side, students can use the database while learning to use it • Cons: Easy to make a bad one, needs to be installed on a server, doesn’t work with databases that open in a new window, doesn’t work with Google Scholar
  37. 37. Guide on the Side • Open source software for tutorial creation • Active learning • Tutorial is in a left-hand frame on a live web page • Pro: Easy to create a guide on the side, students can use the database while learning to use it • Cons: Easy to make a bad one, needs to be installed on a server, doesn’t work with databases that open in a new window, doesn’t work with Google Scholar
  38. 38. Assessmenthttp://www.flickr.com/photos/fylkesarkiv/8424034566/
  39. 39. Poll Everywhere • Free online polling tool using text messaging and a web form for getting feedback • Answers can update in real time on a PPT slide • Great for icebreakers, getting feedback, formative or summative assessment, etc.
  40. 40. Socrative • Free software for creating quick, mobile-friendly assessments and learning activities (quizzes, one-minute papers, games, etc.) • Works on tablets, smartphones, and computers
  41. 41. Google Forms • Free survey software • Can embed on any website • Can only embed video in personal (non .edu) accounts • Responses placed automatically into spreadsheet • Useful for quizzes, satisfaction surveys, pre-assignment worksheets, one-minute papers, etc.
  42. 42. Rules of thumb with assessment tools • Figure out what you really want to learn • Think beyond the multiple choice or true/false quiz • Make it easy to access (shortened link, no login) • If in-class, do you have enough computers for everyone to complete (or does it not matter)? • If out-of-class, is it assigned by the instructor?
  43. 43. Create Infographics
  44. 44. Rules of thumb with infographics • Start with learning outcomes • Keep it simple • Show, don’t tell • Don’t rely on typical MS Office-type graphs and charts
  45. 45. Thank you! Any questions? Find me at: gmail: mgfarkas Twitter: librarianmer Facebook: meredithfarkas http://meredith.wolfwater.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/trucolorsfly/2401196653/

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