We had another great Teaching with Technology Forum on December 20, 2013.
Just in case you missed it, here are the recorded presentations.
Presentation by Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Louise Charkoudian
“Pacing Student Learning with Technology”
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Louise Charkoudian used technology to help her 70 students keep up with the significant workload in her challenging Organic Chemistry course. Through a few relatively simple tools, she helped students keep up with the work, take ownership of what they learned, and have fun. Her presentation highlighted the following tools:
Charkoudian used Moodle’s Choice activity to get a sense of what students were thinking. Choice is tool for getting quick results to a single question. Results can be displayed as a simple bar graph. You can find more information about the Choice activity at Moodle.org.
Pre-lecture Moodle quizzes
Using Moodle, Charkdoudain created online quizzes that students needed to complete before class. Quizzes closed at 2:00am to encourage students to get a good night’s sleep. Moodle lets you give students questions in a variety formats, including multiple choice, matching, fill-in-the-blank, and essay. You can find more information about the quiz activity at Moodle.org. It is easy to set a date and time to open or close quizzes via the the Quiz settings.
Quiz copies to allow student practice
Once a quiz closes, students can no longer take it. However, Charkdoudain let students retake the prelecture quizzes to study for tests by simply duplicating the quizzes and keeping them open for repeated practice. You can create copies of any Moodle resource or activity quickly by clicking on the duplicate item icon.
Lecture capture with SMART Podium
Charkoudian used Haverford’s Panopto system and an interactive pen-display SMART Podium to capture her video and let students review lectures as often as needed.
In addition to the tools above, Charkoudian challenged her students come up with creative projects related to the course. Students created a mix of creative projects ranging from low-tech haikus and board games to higher tech digital stories.
Presentation by Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Joshua Schrier and, Professor of Chemistry, Rob Scarrow
“Flipping Two Sections of Introductory Chemistry”
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Joshua Schrier and, Professor of Chemistry, Rob Scarrow used a wide range of tools to “flip” their classes; students reviewed instructional material as homework and worked on problems together during class time. They assembled an impressive array of options to help students understand the materials.
Sapling Learning is a website that provides students with simulations, problem sets, and evaluation tools for a variety of scientific topics. Students liked the way they could work through problems and get instant feedback with Sapling. Schrier and Scarrow liked the detailed assessment analytics Sapling provided.
Piazza is a an online platform that ties into Moodle and facilitates students working together to learn better. Scarrow and Schrier used it as a central place for students to ask questions–and store answers to those questions. That way they did not have to repeatedly answer the same questions. The tool is currently free, and it is used by a number of schools. You can tie Piazza into Moodle by following these instructions.
The Livescribe pen allows you to record a narrative along with text. Scarrow and Schrier used it to demonstrate and explain chemical reactions.
Explain Everything is one of several interactive whiteboard apps for the iPad that let you show ideas through a mix of sound, sketching, and other media.
Panopto is the lecture capture system that Haverford College. In addition to recording lectures, students’ presentations, and events, you can use Panopto to create a video that you can use in the flipped classrooms.
Scarrow and Schrier found and shared a variety of videos to explain chemistry concepts. Kaltura works together with Moodle to let you upload and stream any video to your students. They also used videos from the Royal Society of Chemistry, Claude Wintner--emeritus Professor of Chemistry, and Chemistry modules by Wolfram Alpha.
Presentation by Associate Professor of Physics, Suzanne Amador Kane
“Honey, I flipped the Lab”
At the Teaching with Technology Forum, Associate Professor of Physics, Suzanne Amador Kane, shared her experience restructuring and improving her Physics 211 lab. Many of the changes, such as making sure labs were properly stocked, did not utilize technology. However, she also spent a lot of her own time finding, watching and selecting online videos from MIT, Yale, and other sources on YouTube. In addition, she created prelab Moodle quizzes to make sure students were prepared for the labs. The result–better prepared students that created better lab reports, even though those students spent less time in the lab overall.
Presentation by Associate Professor Mathematics, Joshua Sabloff
“Student-Centered Textbooks in the Classroom using iPads and Dropbox”
Associate Professor Mathematics, Joshua Sabloff, used a few simple tools to create a powerful effect–a collaborative course where students worked together to create their own textbook. Sabloff and his students did this with iPads and the following tools:
Dropbox is an online service that makes it easy to share documents from multiple devices.
LaTeX is a high-quality, free typesetting system commonly used to create mathematics and scientific documents.
Goodreader is a simple iPad app for reading and annotating PDFs.