Category: Tips for Teaching with Technology

Introducing Video Workshops in the Classroom

I teach workshops on media production, often focusing on empowering students to create videos and web pages of their own, and I have plowed through all sorts of snags along the way. I’d like to take a few minutes to share with you some of the things I’ve run into, some strategies I’ve devised, and some thoughts about how all of this works. I’d also really like to hear your thoughts, ideas, and methodologies!…Continue Reading Introducing Video Workshops in the Classroom

How are our students communicating? Let me count the ways!

As the new term approaches many faculty across campus are beginning to reach out to their students. This got me thinking about the what tools our students using for electronic communication.  According to the 2011 ECAR National Study of Students and Information Technology in Higher Education (http://www.educause.edu/library/ERS1103), Email and Texting are students’ two most common electronic communication tools…Continue Reading How are our students communicating? Let me count the ways!

Responsibly using the wild, wild world of social media

Fair warning:  This post contains more questions (we like to think of them as thought-provokers) than answers about navigating the world of social media.  We’d love to hear your thoughts – please comment! Can Facebook get you fired? Or maybe worse, not even hired?  Boston University School of Management Professor Kabrina Chang recently spoke about…Continue Reading Responsibly using the wild, wild world of social media

YouTube meet PowerPoint!

Everyone has heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but sometimes a picture just does not do justice to a what is being presented in the classroom.  This is where video can come in! Video has been a part of classroom educational technology since 1910 (Saettler, 2004) and its use has continued to grow…Continue Reading YouTube meet PowerPoint!

Creating Accessible Presentations

WPI has a new Director of Disability Services starting on Monday, May 2nd and in honor of our new colleague, I thought I would do a post on designing accessible presentations. First, let’s introduce and warmly welcome Aaron Ferguson!  Aaron comes to WPI from Springfield College where he served as the First-Year Success Coordinator.   You may…Continue Reading Creating Accessible Presentations

Academic Continuity: Defeating the Weather with Technology

Much of the talk on campus these past few weeks have centered around the weather and the record amount of snow we have been receiving.  However, the snow has incited much more than talk.  In an almost unprecedented move, WPI has had to delay or cancel classes more than once this winter!  With such short…Continue Reading Academic Continuity: Defeating the Weather with Technology

Coding the Web With Style

Coding the web with style In a previous post, we covered the basics of HTML, the markup language of the internet. We explored ways to divide content into different kinds of contextual containers using tags, and we saw some rudimentary formatting as a result. But how do really style the web? How do we control…Continue Reading Coding the Web With Style

Moving Forward, Looking Back – Asking Adjunct Questions in Class

“It is one thing to find out, from asking a question, that the majority do not understand.  It is quite another to then summon up one’s best elucidation of the point in question, ask another question, and find the majority still do not understand.”  -Louis Abrahamson in Audience Response Systems in Higher Education: Applications and…Continue Reading Moving Forward, Looking Back – Asking Adjunct Questions in Class