Session IV

Pre-session activity for Session IV (April 22)

“Adding more tools/tricks for the trade”

  1. Explore the Carnegie Melon Eberly Center Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation.
  2. Find and share at least one educational technology and consider its usefulness in enhancing student learning by providing a brief description of:
    – learning benefits
    – when, where, how and why you could use the technology
    – what kind of challenges (and potential solutions) would you anticipate
  3. Bookmark this information on our FLC Diigo Group so your peers can review
  4. Post comments on at least one peer’s exploration of an educational technology tool.

Carnegie Mellon Eberly Center homepage

One Response to Session IV

  1. Educational tools that I find interesting and educational:
    1. Information visualization tools: I currently use Google Earth in my online GEOL 106 course to orient student and help them interpret what they are seeing. I have been exploring new ideas and concepts that I may want to incorporate into these assignments.
    –>Learning benefits: Using visualization tools can help drastically in the understanding and comprehension of certain concepts. Utilizing Google Earth helps students orient themselves and “see” the overall big picture
    –>When/How/Why you would use it: I currently use Google Earth in my course as a tool to help students visualize faults and plate tectonics as well as learn about volcanoes throughout the world.
    –>Potential issues:I have noticed that some students grasp the ideas/concepts of using the tool quickly and other struggle a little bit. I have recently been tossing around ideas about how to improve this tool and the activities associated with it including some clarification steps.
    2. Teaching with clickers: This is a new idea for me. I am planning on using clickers in my fall in-class session and I have not used them before. I think this can be a great tool to aid in understanding of concepts in the course as well as testing the waters to see how students are doing.
    –>Learning benefits: I think clickers can be a great tool to assess understanding of concepts both pre- and post-explanations in class. I have seen this tool utilized by a colleague in great ways that I hope to be able to do myself this fall. Using the clickers, you can test their knowledge, you can poll their preconceptions, you can quiz them, and you can help them study/prepare
    –>When/How/Why you would use it: I am thinking of using this tool in my in-class session as way to test knowledge (kind of like a poll in my online class) before I explain certain ideas. I would also like to use this as a participation/ in-class activity tool to allow for more student interaction but minimize papers that have to be turned in and graded. (The in-class session will be 120+ students)
    –>Potential issues: As far as challenges go, I think they mostly revolve around my comprehension of how the clickers actually work and the results are recorded. From a student perspective, I would think that a concern may stem from if your scores being recorded. I can also see there being issues/concerns with students who say they participated in a particular activity and that they used their clicker, but I don’t have evidence of it (in whichever form the results are recorded). Again, i think that is just because I don’t fully know how they work/record. This link on the Carnegie Melon site has some great PDFs and ideas on how the whole clicker systems works and how to test it out that I will be playing with.

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