Archive for the ‘Teaching Technologies’ Category
Monday, March 19th, 2012
Recently, I attended a webinar led by the “train the trainer” company Bob Pike. The topic of the webinar was “Dealing with Difficult Participants,” but also included some information about training in general. Over the next few blog posts I’ll report on interesting ideas discussed in the webinar.
The webinar leader listed a number of interactive activities to help keep students engaged and encourage participation. A few that caught my attention were:
- Fill in the blanks: provide a handout with course notes, but leave some important words blank. The students fill those in during the presentation. Students don’t have to try to scribble notes of every word you are saying, but filling in the blanks will help them retain what they learn because they are writing something down.
- “Teach backs”: students teach what they have just learned to another student.
- Top 10 Lists
- Card sorting
- “Gallery walks”: students review posters on a wall; see this page from Central Michigan University for a description.
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
This app allows you to record the audio of your meetings or classes, transcribe the audio, and share the recordings and transcriptions with others.
Currently available for iPhone & Android.
The app is free to download. There are both free and premium service options.
Monday, March 12th, 2012
Do you have data that you want to make more visually appealing to the audience? IBM has a free site that helps you transform columns of numbers into interactive charts and graphs. Free to register and use.
Friday, February 24th, 2012
OMG! A free App that allows you to view and edit your Microsoft files (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and more) on your iPad. First, go to http://desktop.onlive.com/ on your desktop/laptop computer and sign up for a free account (there is also a paid version). Second, download the App to your iPad. Third, upload desired files from your desktop/laptop computer to the OnLive server. Fourth, sign into your OnLive account on your iPad. Fifth, access your uploaded files from your Documents folder that will appear on your OnLive desktop.
The company is also working on bringing OnLive to Android tablets, iPhones and iPod Touches, Macs and PCs, and even to TV sets.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
I have given several presentations where I want to include some historical context and make the information more than just a list of events. I recently found some PowerPoint timeline templates on Microsoft’s website that add some action to the information.
3-D timeline that spans across three slides
Pictures that move along a curved path onto the slide
Monday, January 30th, 2012
The old saying: A picture is worth a 1000 words. In this 21st century, a video is worth a 1000 words.
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard (free)
Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking.
ScreenChomp by TechSmith (free)
Record It. Sketch It. Share It. – to create a sharable, replay-able video that tells your story clearly. http://goo.gl/NZArV
Both apps are only for iPad and are easy to use. The apps both provide multiple ways to share the video: email, Facebook, Twitter. Click on the links to view a short example made with each of the apps. I used my finger to draw on the screen.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
I recently came across an app category that I am very excited about; Handwriting recognition. Just picture yourself swiping your finger across your iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire or Android phone screen. Now picture yourself forming letters while swiping your finger across the screen (You can also use a stylus). That’s how easy it is. The apps can be used in meetings, brainstorming sessions, or [your idea here]. Both of the sites below have short demonstration videos to get you started.
7 Notes (Free and a paid version)
Tuesday, January 24th, 2012
The National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) will be creating web based self-paced tutorials related to PubMed®, TOXNET®, and NCBI databases.
We need your input in order to inform topics, length, and format of the tutorials we will develop. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ntctutorial to complete a short questionnaire. The questionnaire should take 10-15 minutes to complete.
Please complete the questionnaire by close of business on Friday, February 17, 2012.
Questions may be directed to Sharon Dennis, Assistant Director of the NTC, at email@example.com.
Monday, January 23rd, 2012
- Do you Tweet? Whittling away at a post can be frustrating while we try to figure out how much of a sentence can be removed and still retain its meaning. Try these two text reduction sites designed for Twitter posts. The first site uses special characters that look like letters.
- Let’s remember to abide by copyright. Creative Commons has an easy search interface to find photos with the permissions you need. http://search.creativecommons.org/
- Mr. Purrington taught evolutionary biology for 14 years at Hudson University. He has some good tips on creating and presenting an academic poster. You will also find a template and links to poster examples. http://colinpurrington.com/tips/academic/posterdesign
Friday, January 20th, 2012
Richard Byrne posted a slideshow on the Free Technology for Teachers blog called, “Discovery, Discussion and Demonstration.” If you page through the slideshow you’ll find references to a number of online tools for teaching, including a few that you may not have heard of before: Wevideo, a collaborative online video editor; and Socrative, a free student response system.