Engaging Students Through Technology

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Engaging Students Through Technology

  1. 1. Engaging students through technology Scott Moore Associate Professor, BIT Thurnau Professor BBA Faculty Director Instructional Technology Brown Bag Ross School of Business University of Michigan October 16, 2008 Slides, notes, & web site access will be provided later. 1
  2. 2. Technology is everywhere. 2
  3. 3. Your competition. 3
  4. 4. Faculty are fighting technology instead of embracing it. 4
  5. 5. Faculty learn to use technology to engage students with the material 5
  6. 6. Faculty use technologies that feel familiar to students. Computing Internet, wikis, sharing Videos Photos, and media generally 6
  7. 7. A wiki provides a welcoming home for student involvement. 7
  8. 8. A time-out for questions 8
  9. 9. The professor generates the initial content of the site. 9
  10. 10. The professor generates the initial content of the site. 9
  11. 11. Students generate much of the content. 10
  12. 12. Students generate much of the content. 10
  13. 13. Students generate much of the content. 10
  14. 14. Students generate much of the content. 10
  15. 15. Some simple steps make a big difference. 11
  16. 16. The daily schedule page is complete. 12
  17. 17. Assignment sign-up pages are very useful. 13
  18. 18. A student’s personal wiki provides a private space for doing work. 14
  19. 19. Students reflect on their experiences in their personal blog. 15
  20. 20. Track progress Work record Automatic backups Students create their term projects within the wiki. 16
  21. 21. Track progress Work record Automatic backups Students create their term projects within the wiki. 16
  22. 22. Track progress Work record Automatic backups Students create their term projects within the wiki. 16
  23. 23. Track progress Work record Automatic backups Students create their term projects within the wiki. 16
  24. 24. Students do many assignments in the wiki, too. 17
  25. 25. Videos can help engage students outside the classroom. 18
  26. 26. Faculty can create tutorials. 19
  27. 27. YouTube makes it easy to share. 20
  28. 28. Requirements are modest. 21
  29. 29. 22
  30. 30. Presentations should be conceived as an opportunity for the students to engage with you and the material. 22
  31. 31. Material Student Teacher Presentation 23
  32. 32. Structured, visual story Simple, forceful visuals Hand-drawn visuals A couple useful approaches are possible. 24
  33. 33. Simple tools are all that are needed. Create Use Publish 25
  34. 34. Simple tools are all that are needed. No T Create emp late s! Use Publish 25
  35. 35. Creating a presentation is a fully engaging process. 26
  36. 36. Conception: Notes Version 1 Version 2 27
  37. 37. Organization: Template Engaging students through technology by Scott Moore Act I: I: Set up the story Act Set up the story The setting The setting Technology is everywhere in the lives of our students. The protagonist The protagonist Faculty compete for student attention 24/7 The imbalance The protagonist Faculty are fighting the technology instead of embracing it. The balance The balance Faculty learn to use technology to engage students with the material. The solution The solution Faculty learn how to use technologies that are feel familiar to students. Act II: Develop the action Act II: the action 5-Minute Column: Why? 15-Minute Column: How? 45-Minute Column: The professor generates much Syllabus info of the content and framework Announcements and Q&A of the site. Blog entries Notes A wiki provides a welcoming Students generate much of the Exam questions home for student involvement. content. Industry updates Other content sounds simple, Daily schedule isn’t, but simplifies Assignments management of the class. Students write 8 blogs per All start private semester reflecting on their The good ones get shared. experiences with the class. The student’s personal wiki Professor can track progress any time. provides a private space for Students create their term A record of work is kept. doing work. project within the wiki. Back-ups of the work are always avail. Other students can’t see these wikis. Students do many of their assignments within their Good answers are easily shared. personal wikis as well. online, with or without other students. 28 Faculty can create tutorials on simple subjects.
  38. 38. Storyboarding 29
  39. 39. Create slides Convenient & powerful Students have news search a need to know Scott Moore BIT330, Class 9 The news never sleeps overwhelming Learn about the available news tools Use specialized news search tools to monitor the news Desired features Why is news Focus search Legitimate different? Response time Relevance Current Update speed Quality of sources 30
  40. 40. Write the narrative To fix this imbalance students should use specialized news search tools to monitor the news. Yes, they're specialized, and not just general search tools, because news itself has characteristics that differentiate it from a standard Web page. Further, there's this sense of automated monitoring because you can set it up so that information is sent to you instead of you having to go search for it. Use specialized news search tools to monitor the news Learn about To get to this desired state, today you're going to start learning about the major news tools, and you're going to integrate this with your knowledge of RSS. the available news tools Before we go any further, let's clarify why news search is different. Once we go over this, you should better understand why there are news-specific search engines and why you should use Why is news them. search different? The first major difference is simply the focus of a news search engine. The search engine is very Focus concerned with only using legitimate news sources. Journalism is a profession with standards and a long history, and these news search engines want to include only legitimate news sources. Second, a news search engine is focused on current events, so time and location are of the Legitimate essence. Current 31
  41. 41. Create public notes 32
  42. 42. Perform! 33
  43. 43. Publish results...after! 34
  44. 44. An alternative that I have also used... “Back of the Napkin” 35
  45. 45. Will faculty find ways to use technology to engage students? 36
  46. 46. Faculty are losing the battle. 37
  47. 47. Faculty learn to use technology to engage students with the material 38
  48. 48. More attention, more learning. 39
  49. 49. Try some of these yourself! Presentations Wikis Videos Wiki: bit330f08.wikidot.com Notes: “Brown Bag” in left menu 40

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