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Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching

  1. 1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/28413589@N04/5090468672/ Free and Cheap Technologies to Supercharge Your Teaching Tuesday, October 29, 13 Meredith Gorran Farkas Portland State University Hawaii Library Association
  2. 2. Three Big Trends Tuesday, October 29, 13
  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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  8. 8. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
  9. 9. QR Code Generators & Readers Tuesday, October 29, 13
  10. 10. Uses of QR codes Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  16. 16. 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. Tuesday, October 29, 13
  17. 17. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
  18. 18. http://www.flickr.com/photos/77343377@N00/3707964045/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/47326183@N07/9400228603/ Gamification and badges Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  21. 21. Passport! Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  24. 24. http://www.flickr.com/photos/t2thestreet/5967035566/ Flipped instruction Tuesday, October 29, 13
  25. 25. Lots of tools for flipped instruction • Instructional videos • Websites with instructional content • LibGuides and other research guide software • Survey software • etc. Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  29. 29. Three Simple Tips Tuesday, October 29, 13
  30. 30. 1. Focus on the need http://www.flickr.com/photos/florianric/7263382550/ Tuesday, October 29, 13
  31. 31. 2. Think beyond “typical uses” http://www.flickr.com/photos/lel4nd/6062809527/ Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  33. 33. Tools for... Tuesday, October 29, 13
  34. 34. http://www.flickr.com/photos/67193564@N03/6173548853/ Synchronous Online Teaching Tuesday, October 29, 13
  35. 35. Can’t Afford Collaborate or Connect? Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  37. 37. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  39. 39. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  41. 41. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  43. 43. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
  44. 44. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
  45. 45. http://www.flickr.com/photos/29454428@N08/3676790621/ Movie-Making Tuesday, October 29, 13
  46. 46. Can’t Afford Camtasia or Captivate? Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  48. 48. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  50. 50. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  52. 52. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  54. 54. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  56. 56. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  60. 60. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
  61. 61. http://www.flickr.com/photos/29454428@N08/3210687729/ Engagement Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  63. 63. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  65. 65. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  67. 67. 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. Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  74. 74. http://www.flickr.com/photos/fylkesarkiv/8424034566/ Assessment Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  77. 77. Socrative • Free software for creating quick, mobile-friendly assessments and learning activities (quizzes, oneminute papers, games, etc.) • Works on tablets, smartphones, and computers Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  79. 79. Survey Monkey • Free survey software • Pro accounts are between $200-$300/year and are worth the $$ • Pro account has unlimited questions and responses, can embed video and other HTML, and can create question/page logic • Can embed on any websites • Useful for quizzes, satisfaction surveys, pre-assignment worksheets, one-minute papers, etc. Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  81. 81. 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. Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  83. 83. Rules of thumb with assessment tools • What do 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? Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  86. 86. Create Infographics Tuesday, October 29, 13
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  91. 91. 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 Tuesday, October 29, 13
  92. 92. Thank you! Any questions? Find me at: gmail: mgfarkas Twitter: librarianmer Facebook: meredithfarkas http://meredith.wolfwater.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/trucolorsfly/2401196653/ Tuesday, October 29, 13

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