Incorporating Technology into Teaching


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  • From the awesome text, Meaningful Learning with Technology (4th ed.) by David H. Jonassen, Jane L. Howland, and Rose M. Marra (2011, May 18).
  • What’s hot in emerging learning technologies includes the following trends as identified by the 2011 Horizon Report. Great video from James Paul Gee about gaming’s role in problem solving and creating new worlds for discovery, experimentation, and applying the knowledge we know in complex, contextualized systems:
  • Steve Gilbert coined the phrase “low-threshold application” of learning technologies so faculty members would know how easy a program is to learn and how easy it would be for learning institutions to support such learning as well. I think of these types of technology uses as grassroots-oriented … oftentimes
  • Also discuss how multimedia lectures, like those often found in the flipped classroom model, may help multimodal learners, students who are English Language Learners, and/or students of diverse abilities. Great tie-in article to this is:
  • Incorporating Technology into Teaching

    1. 1. Michaella Hammond, MFAAssistant Director for Instructional Design @ The Reinert Center for Teaching Excellence Saint Louis University
    2. 2. Identify learning technology trendsDiscuss how educational technology can improve learners’ experiences and possibly learning outcomes
    3. 3. “Education will be more about how toprocess and use information and less aboutimparting it. This is a consequence of boththe proliferation of knowledge – and howmuch of it any student can truly absorb –and changes in technology.”Lawrence H. Summers, former president of Harvard, speech from The NewYork Time’s Schools for Tomorrow conference
    4. 4. When you thinkabout technologyandeducation, whatopinions, concepts, images, debates,words, orthoughts come tomind?
    5. 5. {Students born between 1981 and 2001 tend to…} Multitask & enjoy collaborative learning Often depend on others for direction Be at ease with new technologies May need support using technology for academic and professional purposes Benefit from additional practice with critical thinking and independent decision-making skills (Lynch qtd. in The Economist, 2008, p. 11) (RIT Online Learning: Adult Learners, 2012)
    6. 6. {Students born before 1981 tend to…} Be self-directed and active learners Question theories and ideas Seek relevant, problem-based learning experiences May need support using technology for academic and professional purposes Bring real-world experiences that contextualize world view (RIT Online Learning: Adult Learners, 2012)Photo source: l_hilt’s photostream on Flickr
    7. 7. “Learning technology is the broadrange ofcommunication, information andrelated technologies that can beused to support learning, teachingand assessment . . . you do not haveto be called or to call yourself alearning technologist to be one!”(UK’s Association for LearningTechnology)
    8. 8. “So, our purpose is not todemonstrate how to usethese technologies, butrather to demonstrate howlearners can use thesetechnologies. The processmay be more difficult, butthe meaning that you andyour students derive from itwill be deeper. We believethis approach is worth theeffort” (Howland, Jonassen& Marra, 2011, para. 2).
    9. 9.  Peer-based and scholar-based communication via social media (e.g., Stanford’s Encyclopedia of Philosophy) Mobile learning, or m-learning (e.g., BYOT, flipped classroom model) Incorporating play more widely into higher education (James Paul Gee’s: “preparation for future learning”)
    10. 10. “Social Media Explained a la @ThreeShipsMedia”
    11. 11. “A Low-Threshold Application (LTA) isa teaching/learning application ofinformation technology that isreliable, accessible, easy tolearn, non-intimidating and(incrementally) inexpensive” (TLTGroup Resources Collection, 2009).
    12. 12.  Tracking changes in Microsoft Word documents Collaborative writing projects in Google Docs, blogs, wikis, etc. Using Instant Messenger and web conferencing programs for remote office hours or study sessions Adding audio narration to presentation slides Using social bookmarking sites to help students learn how to evaluate and curate research Using digitized recordings or videos to respond to student and peer work (e.g., Jing, iMovie, Audacity, etc.) Twitter backchannel in the classroom as a means of informal, formative assessment (checks for understanding) Discipline-specific apps that transcend platforms BYOT – “Bring your own technology” into the classroom
    13. 13. What Low-ThresholdApplications ofeducationaltechnology haveyou or learnersyou know beeninfluenced by?
    14. 14. Systemic orinstitutionalapplications ofmeaningful learningtechnologies that“require substantialreorganization andrethinking of facultyroles” (Chickering &Ehrmann, 1996).
    15. 15.  Course, curriculum, and classroom redesign Flipped classrooms (leveraging Tegrity, SLUGlobal, screencasting, p odcasting, etc.; e.g., Khan Academy) Universal Design and Universal Instructional Design Institutionalized problem-based learning, service learning, and/or simulations for degree-granting programs or schools Electronic portfolios transferable and visible from a learner’s academic life to professional career The possibilities are endless, too, but there are challenges with implementing purposeful, systemic learning technology in the classroom.
    16. 16. Source: The Flipped Classroom: Turning Traditional Education on ItsHead,
    17. 17. What High-threshold Applications ofeducational technology have you orlearners you know been influencedby?
    18. 18.  Educational technology works best when explicitly connected to learning outcomes Today and tomorrow’s classrooms are shifting towards more learner- centered, guide-on-the-side environments Learning technologies have the capacity to improve learner access in terms of accessibility, geographic location, socioeconomic status, and modes of engagement
    19. 19. If you would like toread more aboutsome of the ideasand technologiesmentioned intoday’spresentation, pleasevisit: _edh670
    20. 20. Michaella (Kella) HammondEmail:Phone: 314-977-1910Twitter: @Reinert_CTETwitter: @kellahammondWebsite: