I want to thank those of you that were able to attend our webinar yesterday. I firmly feel that technology can be a successful tool in any classroom when used properly. As we went through some foundational starting points I mentioned several questions to ask as you approach the use of any new technology in the classroom. I have outlined those again below:
- Does the technology alter the message being communicated?
- Has the technology been simplified as to be easily grasped by the learner?
- Have I clearly communicated my expectations to the learners?
- Does the technology enhance the learning?
- Have I tested the technology?
- Will everyone be able to use and access the technology being used?
In addition to these questions I mentioned several resources that I regularly read and monitor when it comes to technology and teaching in general. I am providing that list here. As well as one that was reminded to me after the webinar. This is really just the starting point. There are numerous resources out there and you cannot expect to know them all but staying abreast of some should help you to stay connected to what is happening in the broader world of academia.
Google Hangouts www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/
Inside Higher Ed https://www.insidehighered.com/
Inside Higher Ed Tech specifically https://www.insidehighered.com/news/focus/teaching-and-learning
Tech and Learning magazine (free subscription) http://www.techlearning.com/default.aspx
Chronicle: Wired Campus email newsletter http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/
ProfHacker blog http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/
The Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C) http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/
University Business http://www.universitybusiness.com/
Distance teaching and learning conference https://dtlconference.wisc.edu/
Best wishes as you continue to shepherd your students toward a deeper understanding of the content. Remember you are the authority and technology is simply a means to help you lead the learner to deeper understanding!
Dr. Lee Skinkle