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Free and Cheap 
Technologies to 
Supercharge Your Teaching 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28413589@N04/5090468672/ 
! 
Mere...
Three Big Trends
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28567825@N03/3137422976/ and http://www.teachthought.com/technology/12-principles-of-mobile-l...
QR Codes for point-of-need help 
• Short for Quick Response 
• Originally developed for inventory control 
• Need a QR cod...
QR Code Generators & Readers
Uses of QR codes
Uses of QR codes
Uses of QR codes
Uses of QR codes
Are near-field communications 
the next step? 
• A way for devices to receive information at close range 
• RFID is an exa...
To be successful with mobile and point-of 
need learning... 
• Know your users 
• Know their needs 
• Know what technologi...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/77343377@N00/3707964045/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/47326183@N07/9400228603/ 
Gamificat...
Passport!
Flipped instruction 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/t2thestreet/5967035566/
Lots of tools for flipped instruction 
• Instructional videos 
• Websites with instructional content 
• LibGuides and othe...
Three Simple Tips
1. Focus on the need 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianric/7263382550/
2. Think beyond “typical uses” 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lel4nd/6062809527/
Tools for...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/67193564@N03/6173548853/ 
Synchronous Online Teaching
Can’t Afford Collaborate or Connect?
Google Hangouts 
• Video (web cam) chatting with up to 10 people 
• Can use just audio 
• Screensharing 
• Mobile-friendly...
oovoo 
• Free video chat for up to 12 participants (can use just 
audio) 
• Share files, images, or your desktop 
• Can be...
Join.me 
• Screensharing, VoIP and text chat for up to 10 
participants 
• File-sharing 
• No download for the participant...
Skype 
• One-on-one video chatting (free) 
• Pro offers video (web cam) chatting for up to 10 people 
(approx. $60/year) 
...
Rules of thumb with synchronous online 
instruction 
• Don’t implement tech that will create barriers for 
students 
• Don...
Movie-Making http://www.flickr.com/photos/29454428@N08/3676790621/
Can’t Afford Camtasia or Captivate?
Jing 
• Free download 
• Screenshots and short (<5 minute) video screen 
captures 
• No editing features (can edit in Camt...
Snagit 
• Cheap ($50, less for educational use) 
• Screenshots and video screen captures 
• Can edit and annotate screensh...
Screencast-o-matic 
• Free or $15/year for Pro 
• Video screen and web cam recording, web-based 
product 
• Nice editing f...
Google Hangouts 
• Can record web cam and screen (PowerPoint, Prezi, 
searching a database, etc.) 
• Pros: Easy lecture ca...
Mozilla Popcorn Maker 
• Free web-based video or audio annotation tool 
• The useful: Add pop-up annotations, cut sections...
Rules of thumb with video instruction 
• Keep it short 
• Always offer closed captioning and transcripts 
• Film it all in...
Engagement http://www.flickr.com/photos/29454428@N08/3210687729/
Guide on the Side 
• Open source software for tutorial creation 
• Active learning 
• Tutorial is in a left-hand frame on ...
Guide on the Side 
• Open source software for tutorial creation 
• Active learning 
• Tutorial is in a left-hand frame on ...
Assessmenthttp://www.flickr.com/photos/fylkesarkiv/8424034566/
Poll Everywhere 
• Free online polling tool using text messaging and a web 
form for getting feedback 
• Answers can updat...
Socrative 
• Free software for creating quick, mobile-friendly 
assessments and learning activities (quizzes, one-minute 
...
Google Forms 
• Free survey software 
• Can embed on any website 
• Can only embed video in personal (non .edu) accounts 
...
Rules of thumb with assessment tools 
• Figure out what you really want to learn 
• Think beyond the multiple choice or tr...
Create Infographics
Rules of thumb with infographics 
• Start with learning outcomes 
• Keep it simple 
• Show, don’t tell 
• Don’t rely on ty...
Thank you! 
Any questions? 
Find me at: 
gmail: mgfarkas 
Twitter: librarianmer 
Facebook: meredithfarkas 
http://meredith...
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching
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  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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