Thanks to all the presenters and participants, we had another great Teaching with Technology Forum this semester. We hope that all the participants got some ideas from the event. Feedback we’ve got has been very positive.
Just in case you missed it, here are some recordings of the event.
“Using an iPad as a Teaching Tool”
Paul Farber, Writing Fellow
Paul discussed his experiences using an iPad to manage classroom interactions, including the associated possibilities and travails.
“Using an iPad as a Learning Tool”
Hiroyo Saito, Director of Instructional Technology Services, IITS
Hiroyo discussed how she worked with Kimko Suzuki, a Japanese professor
1) to use iPads inside the classroom to change the dynamic of the Japanese classes
2) to use iPads outside the classroom so that Kimiko’s students can spend the class time for discussion, rather than for presentation.
Hiroyo discussed the use of AirServer, which allows you to project your iPad, iPhone, and Macbook wirelessly in any classroom on campus. She discussed an interactive whiteboard app “Explain Everything” and showed a project using that app by one of Kimiko’s students.
“Looking into the future: Google Glass”
Upma Singh, Instructional Technology Specialist, IITS
Charles Woodard, Digital Media Specialist, IITS
Sorelle Friedler, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
They demonstrated the explorer edition of Google Glass and talked about future implications of the device.
“Looking into the future: Leap Motion”
Charles Woodard, Digital Media Specialist, IITS
Charles demonstrated the Leap Motion controller. Please let us know if you want to try it out and explore the possibility of its use in your courses.
Demonstrations of Tools to Create Micro-Lectures
Instructional Technology Services, IITS
We demonstrated various instructional technology tools and programs that you can use to deliver your lectures outside the classroom so that you can spend your precious class time on discussion, problem solving, etc. and focus on higher order thinking skills in Bloom’s Taxonomy.
If you are interested in learning how you can use technology outside your classroom, you might want to read this book “Teaching Naked: How moving technology out of your classroom will improve student learning” by José Antonio Bowen.
Tools and programs that we demonstrated during the lunch time.
Explain Everything -Interactive whiteboard iPad app.
You can type, hand-write, insert picture, video, sound, and files such as PDFs. You can use a laser pointer while you are recording a video. You can export the project as a mp4 movie, or you can save the project and share the project via a shared Google drive with your collaborator, who can then add to the project!
You can attach an iPad to the New Swivl and record your lecture. Then you can upload the video via the free Panopto iPad app to your Moodle course. If you want, you can place the Swivl + iPad in front of the blackboard, and you can use your familiar chalk! The iPad on the Swivl will follow you as you move in front of the blackboard.
Panopto (+ SMART Podium, iPad, Wacom table)
You can use our lecture capture system, Panopto, to record a micro-lecture and share it with your students. You can capture your screen and add audio and video. If you use Powerpoint or Keynote, Panopto creates a table of contents for your students, and also create a searchable index of your presentation. This allows your students to search your video presentation for any word mentioned on your slides. You can use Panopto with tablets such as SMART podium, iPad, and Wacom tablet.
If you want to have more editing capabilities than Panopto, Camtasia is a great choice. You can capture your screen and add various annotations. It even allows you to add your face! In this recent article by Educause “What makes an online instructional video compelling?, “students cited faculty presence as a key factor related to their engagement and perceived learning from videos.” If you use a tablet like Wacom tablet, you can create a video like the ones in Khan Academy. Camtasia is not free, but you can try it for free for 30 days to decide if you like it or not.
Zapotec Talking Dictionary
Brook Danielle Lillehaugen, Assistant Professor of Linguistics (Tri-Co),
Alex Mannix (BMC ‘15)
Rachel Elizabeth Weissler (BMC ‘16)
They demonstrated the Zapotec Talking Dictionary and talked about the process of involving students, linguists, and Zapotec community members in collaborative work building the database for the dictionary, using a spreadsheet in Google Drive. They discussed the role of the dictionary in a Haverford classroom, its use as a hands-on learning experience for students outside the classroom, and its place in a larger movement to engage technology in language preservation and revitalization projects worldwide.
Nick Jones, Laboratory Instructor & Research Coordinator, Psychology
Nick gave us a quick overview of Qualtrics – online survey software. Nick discussed the variety of applications for which Qualtrics, a feature-rich and user-friend survey system, has been used in the Psychology department over the past year, from senior theses to longitudinal data collection. Qualtrics is available to all the Haverford students, faculty, and staff.