Teaching Tips & Technology for Educators

Tips, ideas, and general information on using new technologies, and re-purposing old technologies, to improve student's learning experiences and to make your teaching experiences more effective.

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Icebreaker for your first class
by Susan Fleming - Friday, 24 October 2014, 2:45 PM
 

If you’re looking for a non-intimidating activity to warm up your first class, this suggestion from The Chronicle of Higher Education (https://chroniclevitae.com/news/669-what-do-you-do-on-the-first-day-of-class?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en) sounds easy & non-threatening even for ...

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Cell Phones in the Classroom
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 11:33 AM
 

Katz, L. (2014 August 25). Today's lesson: Life in the classroom before cellphones. Chronicle of Higher Education Online. http://chronicle.com/article/Todays-Lesson-Life-in-the/148423

The surprising results of an informal teaching experiment which removed cell phones from the classroom.

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Lectures - Do they still have relevance?
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 3:12 PM
 

Kolowich, s. (2014 August 11). Can Universities Use Data to Fix What Ails the Lecture? Chronicle of Higher Education Onlinehttp://chronicle.com/article/Can-Colleges-Use-Data-to-Fix/148307

Talbert, R. (2014 August 12). Is lecture really the thing that needs fixing? Chronicle of Higher Education Online. http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/castingoutnines/2014/08/12/is-lecture-really-the-thing-that-needs-fixing/

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Mobile Device Ice-breakers
by Susan Fleming - Monday, 11 August 2014, 9:33 AM
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Social Media in Education - infographic
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 2:16 PM
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Wearable Technology & Learning
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 2:14 PM
 
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What It Takes to Help Students Succeed - Video
by Susan Fleming - Friday, 18 July 2014, 9:12 AM
 

President of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County since 1992, Freeman A. Hrabowski III thinks he knows what students need: lots of support. Morally, colleges owe it to students to do everything possible to help them succeed, he said in a recent visit to The Chronicle, and a higher retention rate means more tuition dollars, too.

Interview by Sara Lipka (2014 July 17) for the Chronicle of Higher Education Online

http://chronicle.com/article/Video-What-It-Takes-to-Help/147511   (10 minutes)

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Gamification in the Classroom
by Susan Fleming - Friday, 27 June 2014, 12:05 PM
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e-Books & Interactive Textbooks
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 2:32 PM
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Flipped Classrooms - some thoughts
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 2:07 PM
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The State of Video in Education 2014
by Susan Fleming - Tuesday, 1 April 2014, 12:20 PM
 

A Kaltura Report - see attachment (28 pages - 761 KB)

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Using Moodle Choice Activity Creatively
by Susan Fleming - Thursday, 13 March 2014, 1:04 PM
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Apps for Teaching & Learning
by Susan Fleming - Tuesday, 4 March 2014, 5:28 PM
 

Williams, G. (2014 February 27). 40 Android Apps for Teaching and LearningChronicle of Higher Education Online. http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/40-android-apps/55769

Williams, G. (2014 February 4). iPad Apps for the ClassroomChronicle of Higher Education Online. http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/ipad-apps-classroom/55185

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What tech tools can't students live without? - video article
by Susan Fleming - Monday, 17 February 2014, 9:50 AM
 

O'Neill, M. (2014 February 11). Video: Tech Tools Students Say They Can’t Live Without.  Chronicle of Higher Education Online

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iPad Apps for the Classroom
by Susan Fleming - Thursday, 6 February 2014, 12:54 PM
 

Williams, G. (2014 February 4). iPad apps for the classroom.  Chronicle of Higher Education Online.  http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/ipad-apps-classroom/55185

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Using Video to Increase Creativity and Active Learning
by Susan Fleming - Tuesday, 4 February 2014, 2:47 PM
 

Two brief videos about using video to increase creativity and engagement:

Abrams, N. (2013) Increasing creativity and engagement at UNH: Kaltura case study.

Babin, Z. (2013). Active learning with video at UNH: Kaltura case study.

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Smartphones (and Technology) in the Classroom
by Susan Fleming - Friday, 24 January 2014, 3:24 PM
 

Gooblar, D. (2014, January 23). Smartphones in the classroom? Let the students decideChronicle of Higher Education Online. https://chroniclevitae.com/news/289-smartphones-in-the-classroom-let-students-decide

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Wondering About WordPress
by Susan Fleming - Friday, 24 January 2014, 3:18 PM
 

Basic overview of WordPress for those who have never encountered it plus some tips for making it more user-friendly.

Williams, G. (2014, January 22). Make your WordPress site more accessible. Chronicle of Higher Education Online. http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/make-your-wordpress-site-more-accessible/54631

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Expand & Focus Your Internet Searching
by Susan Fleming - Tuesday, 29 October 2013, 3:56 PM
 

Croxall, B. (2013, August 16). Add New Search Engines to Your Browser with the Mycroft ProjectChronicle of Higher Education Online. http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/add-new-search-engines-to-your-browser-with-the-mycroft-project/51611

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Using Comic Strips in Your Teaching - Some Suggestions
by Susan Fleming - Tuesday, 29 October 2013, 3:53 PM
 

Koh, A. (2013, August 15).  Make Your Own Comic Strip: Using Bitstrips For Projects or Assignments. Chronicle of Higher Education Online.  http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/make-your-own-comic-strip-using-bitstrips-for-projects-or-assignments/51571

 

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Helping the New Technology User
by Susan Fleming - Tuesday, 29 October 2013, 3:50 PM
 

Saller, C. (2013, July 26). Too Late to Learn? Helping the Reluctant With TechnologyChronicle of Higher Education Online.  http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2013/07/26/too-late-to-learn-helping-the-reluctant-with-technology/

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Effective Teaching: Tips to Improve Your Teaching
by Susan Fleming - Thursday, 16 January 2014, 11:31 AM
 

Cavender, A. (2013, September 16). Why Use an Online Syllabus?  Chronicle of Higher Education Online.  http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/why-use-an-online-syllabus/52261

Corbett, S. J. & LaFrance, M. (2013, September 9). It's the Little Things That Count in Teaching: Attention to the less 'serious' aspects can make you a more effective instructorChronicle of Higher Education Online. http://chronicle.com/article/Its-the-Little-Things-That/141489

Farman, J. (2013, October 3).  A Manifesto for Active Learning. Chronicle of Higher Education Online.  http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/a-manifesto-for-active-learning/52705

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Educational Innovation & Tools
by Susan Fleming - Tuesday, 29 October 2013, 3:27 PM
 

Mintz, S.(2013, July 22).  The Future Is Now: 15 Innovations to Watch ForChronicle of Higher Education Online. http://chronicle.com/article/The-Future-Is-Now-15/140479

Mullen, L. (2013, August 14). How to Make Prudent Choices About Your Tools. Chronicle of Higher Education Online.  http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/how-to-make-prudent-choices-about-your-tools/51261

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154 Brilliant iPhone (and iPad) Tips (ebook)
by Susan Fleming - Tuesday, 29 October 2013, 3:17 PM
 

Walsh, K. (2013, February 6). Free eBook: 154 Brilliant iPhone (and iPad) Tips. Too Cool Not to ShareEmerging EdTech.  http://www.emergingedtech.com/2013/02/free-ebook-154-brilliant-iphone-and-ipad-tips/

"This free eBook is full of tips and tricks you’ll benefit from for years to come!

Did you know you can add your own keyboard shortcuts on the iPad or iPhone? How about some faster ways to reject suggested auto-corrections as you type, or write contractions, or a single-tap method to magnify and select text? This free eBook from Michele Ballard is jammed full of handy, cool techniques like these."

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Open Content Digital Image Database from the Getty Trust
by Susan Fleming - Tuesday, 29 October 2013, 2:56 PM
 

Cuno, J. (2013, Aug 12). Open Content, An Idea Whose Time Has ComeThe Getty Iris: The online magazine of the Getty.  http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/open-content-an-idea-whose-time-has-come/

The J. Paul Getty Trust announces the launch of "the Open Content Program to share, freely and without restriction, as many of the Getty’s digital resources as possible.

The initial focus of the Open Content Program is to make available all images of public domain artworks in the Getty’s collections. Today we’ve taken a first step toward this goal by making roughly 4,600 high-resolution images of the Museum’s collection free to use, modify, and publish for any purpose"

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Using Twitter to Make Connections
by Susan Fleming - Tuesday, 29 October 2013, 3:45 PM
 

Lang, J. M. (2013, Oct 28).  How Orwell and Twitter Revitalized My CourseChronicle of Higher Education Online.  http://chronicle.com/article/How-OrwellTwitter/142617

"... the use of Twitter in his classes improved the learning of his students substantially: "The level of student engagement in these classes is the highest I've ever seen, and—as a result—students have been performing exceptionally well.""

Jones, J. B. (2013, September 5). Extend Your Tweets’ Life with Echofon and Buffer. Chronicle of Higher Education Online.  http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/extend-tweets-life-with-echofon-and-buffer/52061

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Discussion Forum Quality
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 21 August 2013, 9:44 AM
 

Darabi, A., & Jin, L. (2013). Improving the quality of online discussion: the effects of strategies designed based on cognitive load theory principles. Distance Education, 34(1), 21-36. doi:10.1080/01587919.2013.770429

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E-Textbooks
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 21 August 2013, 9:19 AM
 

College Students' Attitudes About E-Textbooks, 2011-12, (August 21, 2013). Chronicle of Higher Education.
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Tools That College Students Wish Their Instructors Used
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 21 August 2013, 9:16 AM
 

Tools That College Students Wish Their Instructors Used Either More or Less, 2013 (August 21, 2013).  Chronicle of Higher Education
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Web 2.0 Teaching Tools
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 21 August 2013, 9:08 AM
 

NOTE:  Many of these are based in the USA and information stored on them will be subject to the American Patriot Act.

Animoto: Animoto makes it simple to create video-based lessons or presentations for the classroom and to share them with students or anyone else.

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Clickers
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 21 August 2013, 9:06 AM
 

Clicker Resources - Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at UBC
- includes videos & links to clicker question collections

FAQ about using clickers in the classroom. Berkeley Educational Technology Services

Classroom Response Systems (“Clickers”) by Derek Bruff, Director, Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching (2012)
- "On this page you’ll find strategies for using clickers in your teaching, as well as logistical information on using clickers with your courses"

Student Reponse Systems (SRS) - Faculty Enhancing classroom Instruction One Click at a Time (University of Wisconsin Grant Project 2012)
- includes best practices, articles and research, guides and manuals

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iPads & Tablets in the classroom
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 21 August 2013, 9:04 AM
 

Chia-Jung, C., Chen-Chung, L., & Yan-Jhih, S. (2012). Are One-to-One Computers Necessary? An Analysis of Collaborative Web Exploration Activities Supported by Shared Displays. Journal Of Educational Technology & Society, 15(4), 3-13.

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Tony Bates' Presentation
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 21 August 2013, 9:01 AM
 

Attached is Tony Bate's powerpoint from his presentation,

Designing University Teaching

to Meet the Needs of 21st Century Students

as presented at North Island College, April 15, 2013

 

Please note that the file is 14 MB

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General Attitudes & Trends
by Susan Fleming - Wednesday, 21 August 2013, 8:56 AM
 

"The NMC Horizon Report: 2013 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program.

The tenth edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a decade-long research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period, giving campus leaders and practitioners a valuable guide for strategic technology planning." from http://www.nmc.org/publications/2013-horizon-report-higher-ed