June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment
I am happy to announce that last month I was able to purchase a portable SMART board for the Curriculum Library! The board will be available for TEP student and faculty use, both in the Curriculum Library and around campus. If you’d like to use the board, just ask me about availability, and give me some notice so that I can set it up for you (it’s a relatively quick set-up, but a day’s notice would be appreciated).
Remember, both Ambrose 210 and Ambrose 001 are now equipped with wall-mounted SMART boards. We also have SMART Response “clickers” for use in class and during presentations, and a SMART Slate, so you can control the board from anywhere in the room!
All TEP students can download the SMART Notebook software onto their personal computers. Contact me to find out how! You don’t need to use a SMART board to use the Notebook software. It’s basically like PowerPoint on steroids – lots of built-in features. If you’d like a demonstration of how to use Notebook or the SMART boards, let me know that, too. I’m more than happy to get you started!
March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
This is an interesting site, along the lines of VoiceThread, TrailMeme and the like. Described as a combination of Facebook, Wikipedia and YouTube, this site could be used to post student projects about their understanding of a topic (after, of course, presenting to the class in a more traditional manner)
I should add that I found this while trolling around the internets, so I don’t remember who originally provided the link to this article. Thanks, though, whoever you are!
January 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
If there is a definite disadvantage to not paying attention to pop radio, and spending most of my time listening to audiobooks rather than music, it’s that I often don’t get cultural references or understand spoofs. I could name many examples, but the one of the more recent was when the Librarians Do Gaga video was virally spreading throughout the library world.
Thus, when this video was mentioned, I didn’t realize at first that it was a sort of spoof:
My lack of recognition of the cultural reference aside, this is an awesome video. The students not only manage to make math fun and create an easy way for fellow students to remember math function, but THEY DO IT SO WELL. I’ve seen less-than-fabulously-produced songs and raps that achieve a similar purpose, but this one renews my faith in such endeavors.
Thanks to Michelle Luhtala of EdWeb seminar fame for posting the video.
January 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
Here is an interesting article shared on Twitter by @notinmy. It explains how a professor used blogging in both a large physics class and a smaller honors student course.
I think this is a great example of how to use technology in a course. Alternative assignments could have asked the students to bring the article to class, but as pointed out, asking the students to blog produced better writing, and I’m sure more thoughtful preparation, precisely because the result will be public. Again, this is not so much changing the way the class is presented, but how the student experiences the course/subject matter.
See also: this post about how blogging is ridiculously easy. Also shared by @notinmy.
November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment
More evidence as to why Dan Meyer is my hero.
Behold! A way to provide multiple links with one, teeny, tiny URL. No printing, mailing, or even emailing necessary.
As a side note, it absolutely amazes me that people still provide handouts, at least in such quantity as the second example he shows us here. I am further astonished that this presenter would then offer to snail mail copies on request, rather than just emailing the digital file he started with. Really?