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  • LOL (laughing out loud) POS (parent over shoulder) GNSTDLTBBB (good night sleep tight don’t let the bed bugs bite) CUL8R (see you later)
  • ;-) Wink >:-(  annoyed ^5 high five (((((name)))) hug (::()::) band aid @[_]~~  java ;-) Wink >:-(  annoyed ^5 high five (((((name)))) hug (::()::) band aid @[_]~~  java
  • Notice the difference in the students. I am sure that you have noticed changes in your students. This generation embraces technology.
  • Does this surprise you? Notice how little reading this generation does. Look into your own house, do these figure ring home?
  • Many of the video games for children are educational. Look at some the TV programming for children.
  • Science has finally proven what we have already suspected – they are wired differently.
  • Doe some of these surprise you???? The one that I recognize in the classroom and at home is busy with extra curricular activities. What does this mean for the classroom?
  • Only 44% of adults use IM There is an e-mail system for teens called tagged. They sign up and e-mail each other.
  • If you have computers in the class, you will find students IM, e-mailing and watching music videos in addition to working on the class assignment. I have found that they can multi-task successfully.
  • If you can bring these characteristics in the classroom, it will increase learning. You might try and reorganize one assignment and then monitor the results.
  • The classroom is a great place to practice some of the skills that our students lack.
  • Notice how different this is from the conventional classroom. Does this mean that students are not learning? Students adjust to the classroom for learning, but it may not be their preference. It is good for students to have the ability to adjust to different teaching styles regardless of their learning preference.
  • Does this look familiar? Educators in their infinite wisdom decided that this should be what the classroom of the future looks like. Does this type of classroom work? What are the problems?
  • It is all about balance. You can try different technologies to engage students in the learning process. The key is to combine action with reflection; visual with text; social with individual; process with content; speed with deliberation & peer-to-peer with peer review.
  • Give examples from classes and let the audience share their experiences.
  • Is anyone not familiar with PowerPoint. We can take a little time and learn and play with PowerPoint.
  • Notice how these students are studying or organized.
  • Notice that even this PowerPoint is not a series of bulleted points, but a mix of layouts.
  • This is where you can add notes, like where your resources came from and extra material. This is helpful so you can remember details.
  • Remember that many students have personal websites. At a minimum you can have a site where students can get their assignments. We can take time and practice working in Frontpage.
  • Using technology to enhance classroom learning

    1. 1. Using Technology to Enhance Classroom Learning Facilitated by Dr. Sophia Scott
    2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Understanding our students </li></ul><ul><li>Technology & Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Tips & Techniques for using PowerPoint technology to enhance learning in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Tips & Techniques for using Website technology to enhance learning in the classroom </li></ul>
    3. 3. Understanding Our Students
    4. 4. Pop Quiz <ul><li>What does this mean? ROTFL </li></ul><ul><li>Pneumonic for remembering the 5 plant cell types </li></ul><ul><li>Reserve Officers Training Florida </li></ul><ul><li>Record of True Foreign Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Rolling On The Floor Laughing </li></ul>
    5. 5. Pop Quiz <ul><li>What do these chat acronyms stand for? </li></ul><ul><li>LOL </li></ul><ul><li>POS </li></ul><ul><li>GNSTDLTBBB </li></ul><ul><li>CUL8R </li></ul>
    6. 6. Pop Quiz <ul><li>What do these emoticons mean? </li></ul><ul><li>;-) </li></ul><ul><li>>:-(  </li></ul><ul><li>^5 </li></ul><ul><li>(((((name))))  </li></ul><ul><li>(::()::) </li></ul><ul><li>@[_]~~  </li></ul>
    7. 7. Pop Quiz <ul><li>Web site comparisons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Which of each pair of Web sites is designed for younger learners, which is designed for “us”? </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Website comparisons <ul><li>OURS </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>THEIRS </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    9. 9. Who are our Students? <ul><li>Baby Boomers </li></ul><ul><li>TV generation </li></ul><ul><li>Typewriters </li></ul><ul><li>Memos </li></ul><ul><li>Gen X </li></ul><ul><li>Video games </li></ul><ul><li>Computers </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Net Gen </li></ul><ul><li>The Web </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile devices </li></ul><ul><li>Instant messenger </li></ul><ul><li>Online communities </li></ul>
    10. 10. By age 21, <ul><li>The average person will have spent…. </li></ul><ul><li>10,000 hours video games </li></ul><ul><li>20,000 emails </li></ul><ul><li>20,000 hours TV </li></ul><ul><li>10,000 hours on a cell phone </li></ul><ul><li>Under 5,000 hours reading </li></ul>Prensky, 2003
    11. 11. Children are exposed to technology for play and learning at a very young age
    12. 12. Neuroplasticity <ul><li>The brain reorganizes itself through life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stimulation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Developmental experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Their brains are really “wired” differently </li></ul>
    13. 13. The Net Generation… <ul><li>Born in or after 1982 </li></ul><ul><li>Gravitate toward group activity </li></ul><ul><li>8 out of 10 say “it’s cool to be smart” </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on grades and performance </li></ul><ul><li>Busy with extracurricular activities </li></ul><ul><li>Identify with parents’ values; feel close to parents </li></ul><ul><li>Respectful of social conventions and institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Fascination for new technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Racially and ethnically diverse </li></ul>Howe & Strauss, 2003
    14. 14. Teen use of Web <ul><li>100% use it to search for information on colleges, careers & jobs </li></ul><ul><li>74% use instant messaging as a major communication vehicle </li></ul><ul><li>54% of students (7-12 grade) know more IM screen names than home phone numbers </li></ul>
    15. 15. Teen use of Web for Communication <ul><li>81% e-mail friends & relatives </li></ul><ul><li>70% instant message </li></ul><ul><li>56% prefer the Internet over the telephone </li></ul>
    16. 16. Why do teens go the Web? <ul><li>Find new & exciting information </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more/better </li></ul><ul><li>For community </li></ul><ul><li>Show others what they can do </li></ul><ul><li>Be heard </li></ul>
    17. 17. The Net Gen is Self-teaching – What does that mean for the classroom?
    18. 18. Teens & Multi-tasking Online
    19. 19. Technology & Learning
    20. 20. Today’s Learners… <ul><li>Digitally literate </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Always on </li></ul><ul><li>Experiential </li></ul><ul><li>Social (stay connected) </li></ul>Oblinger, 2004
    21. 21. Hypertext minds: Qualities <ul><li>Crave interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>Read visual images </li></ul><ul><li>Visual-spatial skills </li></ul><ul><li>Parallel processing </li></ul><ul><li>Inductive discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Fast response time </li></ul>Prensky, 2001
    22. 22. Concerns… <ul><li>Short attention span </li></ul><ul><li>Choose NOT to pay attention </li></ul><ul><li>Lack reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Lack text literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Lack identification of source quality </li></ul>
    23. 23. NetGen learning preferences <ul><li>Teams, peer-to-peer </li></ul><ul><li>Structure </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement & experience </li></ul><ul><li>Visual & kinesthetic </li></ul><ul><li>Things that matter </li></ul>Oblinger, 2004
    24. 24. Students vs. Faculty Students Faculty Pictures, sound, video Text Random access Linear, logical, sequential Interactive & networked Independent & individual Multitasking Single or limited tasks Spontaneous Deliberate Engaging Disciplined
    25. 25. Generational Comparisons <ul><li>Ctrl+Alt+Del is as basic as ABC </li></ul><ul><li>They don’t understand the “return” key </li></ul><ul><li>Computers fit into backpacks </li></ul><ul><li>They have always had a personal identification number </li></ul><ul><li>Photos are processed in under an hour </li></ul><ul><li>Gas has always been unleaded </li></ul><ul><li>Rogaine is available for the follicularly challenged </li></ul>
    26. 26. Multiple Media Literacy <ul><li>2 million children have a personal website (ages 6-17) </li></ul><ul><li>6 million will have one by the end of the year </li></ul>
    27. 27. It is not about AGE… We live in a technologically enriched environment
    28. 28. Compare yourself <ul><li>Are you comfortable composing documents longhand? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you turned “remembering” over to a technology? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you connected? (Internet, cell phone) </li></ul><ul><li>Do you engage in more than one activity at a time? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you play computer or video games? </li></ul>
    29. 29. What does the learning environment look like?
    30. 33. Environments for learning <ul><li>Every students learns all the time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning is in & out of classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every setting can be a learning environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Direct experience shapes individual understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals learn by establishing & reworking patterns, relationships & connections </li></ul><ul><li>Change is stimulating </li></ul>
    31. 34. The Big Question… How can teachers enable students to be successful in education?
    32. 35. What students want in a learning environment… <ul><li>Teacher to have an in-depth knowledge in their field </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty ability to use technology Effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t overuse the technology </li></ul>
    33. 36. Interaction Students learn from thinking… thinking is engaged by activity Junassen, 2003
    34. 37. Balance Action Reflection Visual Text Social Individual Process Content Speed Deliberation Peer-to-peer Peer Review
    35. 38. Engaging Learning Experiences Emotional Engaging Passive Active Case Study Voting Debate Problem Solving Real Project Games Facilitated Discussion Lecture Q & A
    36. 39. Tips & Techniques for using PowerPoint technology to enhance learning in the classroom
    37. 40. Preparing Presentations <ul><li>Use a design template so you can focus on content </li></ul><ul><li>Use PowerPoint interactively </li></ul><ul><li>Outline the lecture using PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Use text sparingly </li></ul><ul><li>The “Joy of Six” – max of six points & six words per point </li></ul>
    38. 41. How to Design Effective PowerPoint Presentations
    39. 42. Know Your Audience
    40. 43. Organize the Content Effective PowerPoint PowerPoint in The Classroom PowerPoint on the Web PowerPoint Nuggets
    41. 44. Font Styles Garamond Bookman Old Style Comic Sans Ariel Courier New CG Times Times New Roman
    42. 45. Present in a Variety of Ways <ul><li>Use: </li></ul><ul><li>Tables </li></ul><ul><li>Charts </li></ul><ul><li>Shapes </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul><ul><li>Stair steps </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t overuse Bullets </li></ul>
    43. 46. Say it With Graphics
    44. 47. Which slide communicates the clearest visual message?
    45. 48. Your Visual Image  7 Seconds  Eye Contact  Entry  Non-Verbals  Attire  Organization  Movement  Demeanor
    46. 49. 7 Seconds Eye Contact Entry Attire Organization Non-Verbals Your Visual Image Movement Demeanor
    47. 50. Use Animation When Appropriate
    48. 51. Editing PowerPoint Presentations <ul><li>Use the tools provided </li></ul><ul><li>FOCUS on content & not presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Read & Edit before showing </li></ul>
    49. 52. The Purpose of a PowerPoint is … to give Power to a Point
    50. 53. What do you think of the Following Slides?
    51. 54. Great Graphics
    52. 55. Keep it Real <ul><li>First Year Success </li></ul><ul><li>At Southeast, you’ll learn two kinds of skills and knowledge:  those particularly targeted for a specific career or profession (your major), and those that will serve you regardless of your chosen profession (University Studies).  In your major, you’ll learn leading-edge information that will allow you to be successful in your first job.  In University Studies , you’ll learn skills and knowledge that will go beyond job-specific abilities.  These are the skills that will make you a valuable employee and a valued colleague. </li></ul><ul><li>  Advising : At Southeast, you are encouraged to consider many academic and career interests. Our academic advisors can help by providing guidance related to course selection and registration. If you haven’t selected a major, the University Studies advisor can provide you with assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>First STEP Orientation : Sign up for our specially designed Southeast orientation program. This critical program connects students and parents with faculty, staff and other Southeast students and parents. During the day you not only will meet with an adviser and get that all-important class schedule but also you will get your official I.D. card, get advice about academic majors and possible careers, learn about social activities and find out where those critical offices and services you will need are located. </li></ul><ul><li>First Year Seminar : Check out our nationally recognized and required First Year Seminar, where you’ll be introduced to the University Studies program and the value of a liberal education while addressing one of a variety of themes. </li></ul><ul><li>Kent Library : Southeast's Kent Library is your partner in finding information for completing research papers and class assignments. Library professionals can work with you in person, by phone or e-mail. Online resources bring the library to wherever you are, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. </li></ul>
    53. 56. I like Color <ul><li>Do you like this color? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you like this color? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you like this color? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you like this color? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you like this color? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you like this color? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you like this color? </li></ul>
    54. 57. Animation and sound too far… <ul><li>This is point one </li></ul><ul><li>This is point two </li></ul><ul><li>This is point three </li></ul><ul><li>This is point four </li></ul>
    55. 58. Preparing Materials <ul><li>Use notes </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare handouts </li></ul><ul><li>Can use PowerPoint for transparency handouts </li></ul>
    56. 59. PowerPoint in the Classroom <ul><li>Make it interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Use text sparingly </li></ul><ul><li>Print slides in advance </li></ul><ul><li>Put on website </li></ul><ul><li>Use as an outline </li></ul><ul><li>Leave out information – to be filled in class </li></ul>
    57. 60. PowerPoint in the Classroom <ul><li>Remember the “Joy of Six” </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize animated text, sound and transitions </li></ul><ul><li>Black out the screen (use B on keyboard) </li></ul><ul><li>Use three slides per minute </li></ul><ul><li>Use 24 font or bigger </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t turn your back on your students </li></ul>
    58. 61. Avoid PowerPoint Overload
    59. 62. <ul><li>Focus on minimizing Distractions! </li></ul>
    60. 63. Mix Lecture with Technology
    61. 64. PowerPoint on the Web <ul><li>Can enhance learning online </li></ul><ul><li>Do not overuse </li></ul><ul><li>Use creative ways to present the information </li></ul><ul><li>Specify what you want your students to look for (terms, concepts, examples) </li></ul><ul><li>Narrative the clips for added interactivity </li></ul><ul><li>View as both PowerPoint & HTML </li></ul>
    62. 65. Issues with PowerPoint on the Web <ul><li>Some animations & slide transitions are not supported </li></ul><ul><li>Some images do not show in certain resolutions </li></ul><ul><li>Frames could be a problem </li></ul><ul><li>Sounds do not play </li></ul>
    63. 66. PowerPoint Nuggets <ul><li>Use PowerPoint tools </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on Content not presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Do not overuse PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Vary your Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Edit </li></ul><ul><li>Make PowerPoint Interactive </li></ul>
    64. 67. What are some tips you can offer using PowerPoint in the classroom & Web?
    65. 68. Tips & Techniques for using Website technology to enhance learning in the classroom
    66. 69. Assembling web-based materials
    67. 70. First Things First! <ul><li>What's the purpose of your web site? If you can narrow down what you want your viewers to do when they're at your site, you can save yourself a lot of time by focusing your web site content. </li></ul><ul><li>Who is your audience ? </li></ul><ul><li>What kind of technology is your audience using? </li></ul>
    68. 71. Tips for Basics of Web Design <ul><li>Identify Purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize Bandwidth (design to 28.8 modem) </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics (GIF or JPEG? – GIF better for bandwidth </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor resolution (design to 640X480) </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize multiple platforms and browsers (MAC or PC and Netscape or Explorer) </li></ul><ul><li>Navigation should be consistent & easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Use common Fonts </li></ul>
    69. 72. Notes and hints... <ul><li>To get &quot;headings,&quot; use the style drop-down menu. This is the first dropdown menu in your toolbar. </li></ul><ul><li>Use &quot;bold&quot; and &quot;italics,&quot; but stay away from underlining text. This makes the text look like it's a link , which is confusing to users. </li></ul><ul><li>To get sub-bullets, click the &quot;indent&quot; toolbar button twice. </li></ul>
    70. 73. Maintaining a web site <ul><li>Have a back up copy </li></ul><ul><li>Update the site </li></ul><ul><li>Use the navigation and interface tools </li></ul>
    71. 74. Delivering <ul><li>Check the content </li></ul><ul><li>Check links </li></ul><ul><li>Get feedback from students & others </li></ul>
    72. 75. Student Comments <ul><li>Keep the site organized </li></ul><ul><li>Keep the site updated </li></ul><ul><li>Have a place for questions </li></ul><ul><li>Have clear instructions & directions </li></ul><ul><li>Respond in a timely manner </li></ul><ul><li>Add additional resources </li></ul><ul><li>Have a purpose for the content (don’t like busy work) </li></ul>
    73. 76. In summary…. <ul><li>Recognize your students </li></ul><ul><li>Balance technology & lecture </li></ul><ul><li>Be active in teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Use PowerPoint & Websites effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Engage students in different learning experiences </li></ul><ul><li>It is NOT about technology – it IS about interactivity! </li></ul>
    74. 77. Thank you for your Time! Any Questions or Comments