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Low-Cost, High-Gain Technologies for Teaching


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Slideset from seminar given to faculty of Middle East Technical University. Goals was to share some interesting examples of technologies for teaching and learning that were relatively simple and inexpensive.

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Low-Cost, High-Gain Technologies for Teaching

  1. 1. Low-Effort, Low-Cost, High-Gain Technologies for Teaching & Learning<br />Learning<br />Efficiency<br />Outcomes<br />Collaboration<br />Engagement<br />Accessibility<br />Innovation<br />Creative<br />Effective<br />Brett Christie, Ph.D., Sonoma State University<br />April 19, 2011 @ METU University, Ankara, Turkey<br />
  2. 2. Acknowledgments<br />Dr. OyaYerinGüneri, DirectorLearning and Student Development Office<br />
  3. 3. Items to Explore or Consider<br />Wordle: Create “word clouds” with many uses<br />VoiceThread: Create more engaging discussions<br />Wallwisher: Online Notice or Discussion Board<br />Quizlet to create flashcards and practice quizzes<br />GoogleDocs: Forms/Survey, Drawing<br />Virtual Office Hours (Skype, Elluminate)<br />Glogster to create multimedia web posters<br />Prezi for visual-spatial presenting<br />Wikispaces to create course, research, or project wikis<br />Zamzar for easy conversion of file types<br />Doodle for meeting times-<br />Dropbox-<br />
  4. 4. Explanation of “Clouds”<br />
  5. 5. Word Clouds as More than Web Data<br />Create your own “word clouds” using Wordle<br />Copy and paste (or type) any text to see how it is represented in a word cloud<br />Copy and paste a series of articles to perform a visio-cumulus-meta-analysis<br />Copy and paste a mission statement or guiding document to see what is most prominent. Does it match the intended message?<br />
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  7. 7. Other Uses of Word Clouds<br />Show a Wordle of a reading for discussion prior to assignment<br />Start a discussion with a Wordle of the assigned reading<br />End a discussion with a Wordle of the assigned reading to see if all was covered<br />Use Wordle to preview vocabulary for a reading, topic, or unit<br />Have students create a Wordle of their term paper and analyze<br />
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  9. 9. Other Uses of Word Clouds<br />Have students Wordlean article and analyze<br />Create an “audible Wordle” by having students read each word aloud in the tone according to word size and meaning<br />Supports vocabulary, literacy, language learning<br />Have students create a Wordle biography<br />Have students create a “who am I?” Wordle<br />Create a cultural identity Wordle<br />iTunes playlist Wordle (related to biography?)<br />
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  11. 11. Additional Uses of Word Clouds<br />Paste a threaded discussion into Wordle<br />Paste two sides of an argument into separate Wordles and compare them visually<br />Comparing oratorical messages <br />(e.g., State of the Union address 2010 vs. 1930)<br />Create interesting topic slides to evoke discussion<br />Create a Wordle about yourself as an introduction<br />Enter histogram data into Wordle (advanced)<br />
  12. 12. Turning Histograms into a Wordle<br />
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  14. 14. Select All, Copy,,Paste,Voilà<br />
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  17. 17. VoiceThread for Engaging Online Conversations<br />
  18. 18. What is VoiceThread?<br />VoiceThread combines the purpose of threaded discussions with visual media and social web communication.<br />A VoiceThread starts with a series of images.<br />Author can post a welcome message and instructions.<br />Students can then post comments in the form of text, audio, or video.<br />All this is done with particular ease of use.<br />
  19. 19. Who is Using VoiceThread?<br />K-12 teachers for oral histories and student book reports<br />As a part of group projects<br />As a way to deliver a group presentation<br />Art appreciation/history professors<br />Language instructors<br />Instructors instilling media literacy<br />Any instructor who wants to build community, inside and outside of class<br />
  20. 20. How Does VoiceThread Work?<br />Simple interface to upload media:<br />From desktop<br />From social media sites (e.g., Flickr, Facebook)<br />Others can then view and comment<br />Can be open to course or peer-group via password<br />Or, can be publicly available for larger dialog<br />Author can send url or embed in a blog, web page, or LMS page<br />
  21. 21. Why is VT Significant?<br />Ease of use<br />Unique platform to combine social media and social communication with educational purpose<br />Allows for participation via text, audio, video, or mark-up<br />Flexible and scalable from still frames to audioto video<br />
  22. 22. What are the VT Downsides?<br />Initial rethinking in terms of how students are allowed to communicate<br />This new form involves developing new assessment strategies<br />If video is the focus, bandwidth access can be an issue<br />Flash technology can limit use on mobile devices<br />
  23. 23. Where is VT Headed?<br />Has evolved significantly since release<br />Options for local branding or design<br />Options for have one account administrator for a large number of users<br />You can progress from chatting about a slide to offering narrated demonstrations or tutorials<br />
  24. 24. Implications for Teaching and Learning<br />Simple venue for sharing, creating, and assessing media projects<br />Promotes digital literacy and other 21st century skills<br />Effective for posing a topic and having students choose sides and debate<br />Power of digital storytelling and group/individual reflections.<br />
  25. 25. Credit to Michelle Pacansky-Brock for “VoiceThread: Getting Started” slides<br /><br />
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  34. 34. Questions<br />or<br />Comments?<br />
  35. 35. A virtual bulletin board or discussion board<br />Place post-its, images, video, or audio<br />Each post is 160 characters<br />Author gets to create the url for the Wall<br />Author can control who sees a Wall<br />Author can moderate what gets posted<br />Share, RSS, and Embed features<br />
  36. 36. Allows you or students to create study sets<br />Or, search the 5 million existing flashcards<br />Work in different study modes<br />Flashcard, Matching, Learn, or Test<br />Create study groups around a card set<br />Study on the go with mobile Quizlet apps<br />Edit and improve existing sets<br />Free (limited) or $10/year<br />
  37. 37. Google Docs Options<br />Forms<br />Create surveys and report forms<br />It’s free and you own the data<br />Live look at the data<br />Allow others to see the data<br />Export into SPSS or other stats package<br />Unlimited for free<br />
  38. 38. Google Docs Options<br />Drawing<br />Create concept maps or topic diagrams<br />Built-in drawing and text tools<br />Import images<br />Collaborate in real time<br />Share work-in-progress<br />Share finished product<br />Export as jpg, png, or pdf<br />Unlimited for free<br />
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  41. 41. Virtual Office Hours<br />Makes you much more accessible to students<br />You can still set parameters:<br />What day and time<br />How much notice to be given<br />Professional conduct (netiquette)<br />More efficient. Can be more productive.<br />Can be 1-on-1 or group meeting.<br />Easy to use Skype.<br />
  42. 42. Elluminate “Three for Free”<br />Go to<br />Create a free user account<br />Schedule office hours<br />Put link on syllabus and in LMS<br />Use for audio meeting, as well as whiteboard participation, such as going over an assignment, rubric, or test.<br />
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  44. 44. Create multimedia posters<br />Interactive content poster<br />Collaborative project poster<br />Student research posters<br />Embed them into course web page<br />$99/year for 200 students<br /><br />
  45. 45. Visual-spatial presenting<br />Web-based presentation software<br />“3D Infinite Canvas”<br />Avoids linear presentations<br />Allows for sequence or free-flow<br />Can auto-play<br />Hosts audio and video content<br />Can be embedded within a web page or LMS<br />Free for up to 100 MB<br /><br />
  46. 46. Available for free (small ads in right margin)<br />Great way to organize resources<br />Create one class wiki for lecture notes to be posted by students<br />Have students create a research project wiki<br />Have group collaborate to create a project wiki<br />You can track who contributed what and when.<br />
  47. 47. Convert any file type to another for posting to web or LMS<br />
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  49. 49. Seamless organization and synchronization of files between all your devices<br />Access from anywhere via the cloud<br />Collaborate on files or share folders<br />Set up a JotForm that allows others to submit a file directly to your DropBox<br />Free for up to 2GB. $100/yr for 50GB<br />Extra 250MB referral link,<br />
  50. 50. Tools for 21st Century Teachers<br /><br />
  51. 51. References and Resources<br /><br />7 Things You Should Know About VT<br /><br />Introduction to VoiceThread<br /><br />Educator’s Guide to VoiceThread<br /><br />Tools for 21st Century Teachers<br /><br /><br />