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Technology in the Classroom

Technology in the Classroom Workshop Schedule

This series of one-hour hands-on workshops on the use and pedagogy of new technologies and software in the classroom offers a variety of topics each semester. This fall, we are offering the following workshops:


  • Organize Your Class with Tools from Google 
  • Serious Games: Incorporating Online Simulations into Your Classes 
  • Curate Your Own Supplemental Texts with RSS 
  • Visualizing What You Teach: Tools to Graphically Depict Data and Concepts 
  • Introduction to WordPress: A Simple Website Building Tool with Blogging Feature 
  • Audacity: Flip Your Class and Enhance Your Lectures through Podcasts 
  • Piazza: An Interactive Discussion Board Alternative to Blackboard 
  • Introduction to Prezi: Lose the PowerPoint & Separate Yourself from the Crowd 
  • Advanced Prezi: Keep Moving and Zooming Video Tools for Flipping Your Classroom 
  • Ask Questions, Get Answers: Polling and Survey Tools for your Classes 
  • Introduction to Evernote: The Benefit of Keeping Digital Notebooks

 

Register for workshops

Note: You will need an AU username to log into the registration page. If you have any problems registering, please contact Anna Olsson at extension x6077, or the Teaching and Learning Resources office at extension x3926.


Workshop Descriptions and Schedule


Organize Your Class with Tools from Google

Google Drive is an online collaborative office suite that provides a platform where students can work together in real time on papers and presentations, submit assignments, and get feedback from professors. Learn how to create and share files, provide feedback on homework, and set up group assignments. Google can also help organize your class so you can coordinate with students remotely. Learn how Google Hangouts can be used to hold office hours with students, and reduce e-mail volume by arranging meetings, presentation times, and assignments via shared spreadsheets. Create and share a Google Calendar for your courses filled with important dates, reminders, and office hours.

Scheduled Workshops:
Monday, September 21 | 2:45pm –3:45pm | Hurst 202
Tuesday, October 20 | 10:30pm –11:30pm | Hurst 202


Serious Games: Incorporating Online Simulations into Your Classes

Online simulations offer an opportunity to place your students into immersive scenarios in order to illustrate concepts from your class. These “serious games” are a step beyond traditional in-class role-playing exercises and other widely used active learning tools. Online simulations can take a number of forms, ranging from a prisoner’s dilemma simulation that lasts a few minutes during class, to an international diplomacy simulation that lasts a few hours outside of class, to a multi-week simulation managing an international airline. This workshop presents a number of different simulations as well as resources for finding one that is right for your class.

Scheduled Workshops:
Thursday, September 10 | 1:15pm –2:15pm | Hurst 202
Wednesday, October 14 | 2:45pm –3:45pm | Hurst 202


Curate Your Own Supplemental Texts with RSS

Real Simple Syndication (RSS) allows you to curate your own supplemental textbook that updates in real-time. With RSS you can generate a list of subscriptions to newspapers, periodicals, journals, blogs, and other online sources all in one place. Rather than telling your students to “stay up-to-date on current events,” RSS gives you the ability to direct the entire class’s supplemental reading to a specific collection of sources. Students can also add additional subscriptions to their individual feeds in order to receive information tailored to their own research topics. This workshop presents a number of free RSS platforms and sample collections.

Scheduled Workshops:
Wednesday, September 30| 2:45pm –3:45pm | Hurst 202
Thursday, November 5 | 1:15pm –2:15pm | Hurst 202


Visualizing What You Teach: Tools to Graphically Depict Data and Concepts

Sometimes the easiest way to get your point across is with a picture. This workshop focuses on a few easy to use—and fast to learn—tools to produce graphics for use during class. With these tools you can find and graph data, create concept maps and flowcharts, produce interactive maps and timelines, and then package all of the above into an infographic. In addition to exploring ways to create visualizations for your own class presentations, we will also discuss ways to design assignments around all of these tools to get your students thinking more visually.

Scheduled Workshops:
Thursday, September 17 | 10:30pm –11:30pm | Hurst 202
Wednesday, October 28 | 2:45pm –3:45pm | Hurst 202


Introduction to WordPress: A Simple Website Building Tool with Blogging Features

WordPress allows you to manage and maintain your online content through your very own public website or blog. Blogging can help engage students, facilitate online discussions and foster interest in your subject well after the semester is over. In this workshop, we will look at examples of WordPress sites that may reflect the type of educational experience you may want to build in your own digital space. We'll discuss how to use blogs in the classroom and provide tools to get started. If you're interested in learning about WordPress and laying the groundwork to build your own website for a course or research purposes, then this is the workshop for you. Participants are encouraged to bring a digital copy of their CV, a digital headshot image or logo, PDFs or links to publications or other digital, course content you may want to publish on your very own WordPress site.

Scheduled Workshops:
Wednesday, September 16 | 12:00pm –1:00pm | Hurst 202
Tuesday, October 27 | 10:30am –11:30am | Hurst 202


Audacity: Flip Your Class and Enhance Your Lectures through Podcasts

Audacity offers a free and easy way for faculty to create engaging audio podcasts, to expand on course material, share interviews, and even give audio feedback. Faculty can use podcasts to “flip” their classes, by having students listen to lectures beforehand or they can record in-class lectures for students to review. Podcasts can be hosted on Blackboard, or you can choose to use an alternate program, like SoundCloud, Archive.org, or Podomatic, to create an RSS feed for students and others to access. Podcasting is specifically beneficial for language faculty, who can use audio to assist with pronunciation and phonetics.

Scheduled Workshops:
Wednesday, October 7 | 12:00pm –1:00pm | Hurst 202
Wednesday, November 4 | 2:45pm –3:45pm | Hurst 202


Piazza: An Interactive Discussion Board Alternative to Blackboard

Encourage questions, discussion and student collaboration through Piazza’s Wikipedia-like forum, where topics and questions can be searched for and edited. Piazza lets instructors answer once, encourages students to answer for you, allows handouts and homework to be posted, and gives you the ability to track student participation. Piazza also has a LaTeX editor for chemical formulas and mathematical expressions.

Scheduled Workshops:
Monday, September 14 | 2:45pm –3:45pm | Hurst 202
Monday, October 12 | 2:45pm –3:45pm | Hurst 202


Introduction to Prezi: Lose the PowePoint & Separate Yourself from the Crowd

Prezi is a virtual whiteboard that allows you to turn linear presentations into media rich, multi-linear narratives. In Prezi, you are presented with a 3-dimensional canvas to convey your ideas, with the ability to zoom in for details and pan wider for broader themes. In this introductory session, attendees will set up their Prezi account and will be introduced to the Prezi interface. The session will demonstrate how to create frames, change the order of the presentation, insert images, videos and even import a PowerPoint presentation. It will also present sharing and privacy settings.

Scheduled Workshops:
Wednesday, September 9 | 2:45pm –3:45pm | Hurst 202
Monday, October 5 | 10:30pm –11:30pm | Hurst 202


Advanced Prezi: Keep Moving and Zooming

Prezi’s frames, zooming, and the 3-dimensional background features transform your ideas into a visually engaging presentation. Learn how to use these tools to the fullest advantage and move beyond the basics of Prezi. This advanced Prezi workshop will focus on creating an effective and cohesive Prezi presentation. Attendees will learn how to use Prezi’s 3-dimensional features, and the multi-embedding capability for pictures, YouTube Videos, and Voice Over. In this workshop, you will experience an example of a poorly constructed Prezi and an imported PowerPoint presentation, and work collaboratively to improve it using these new tools.

Scheduled Workshops:
Wednesday, September 23 | 2:45pm –3:45pm | Hurst 202
Monday, October 19 | 10:30pm –11:30pm | Hurst 202


Video Tools for Flipping Your Classroom

What’s a “flipped” classroom? This workshop is designed to give attendees an overview on strategies and tools for developing a new classroom approach through the use of videos. Whether you want to completely overhaul an existing course, or are curious about implementing video into your work, this workshop will give you the framework necessary to flip your classroom. Faculty can use video to “flip” their classes, by having students listen to lectures beforehand or they can record in-class lectures for students to review. Learn about different video recording and annotation tools that allow you to increase engagement. Discover best practices for scripting your online material, and methods for hosting coursework virtually. This workshop is designed for beginners.

Scheduled Workshops:
Tuesday, October 13 | 10:30pm –11:30pm | Hurst 202
Wednesday, November 11 | 12:00pm –1:00pm | Hurst 202


Ask Questions, Get Answers: Polling and Survey Tools for your Classes

Are you looking for resources that enable you to engage your students in new and exciting ways both in and out of the classroom? Want to quickly and easily gather information through surveys and polls? Learn how to use BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) tools that take advantage of technology students already have – phones, tablets, and laptops. Tools such as Poll Everywhere, Google Forms, and Socrative let you ask a range of questions, from multiple choice and open-ended, allowing for a wide array of possibilities for student engagement and feedback. You can display real-time answers in a variety of ways, show your class response percentages, create surveys, or export student responses to Excel for your records or further analysis. Come to this workshop to learn which tool is right for you and your classes!

Scheduled Workshops:
Monday, September 28 | 2:45pm –3:45pm | Hurst 202
Thursday, October 29 | 10:30pm –11:30pm | Hurst 202


Introduction to Evernote: The Benefit of Keeping Digital Notebooks

Evernote is not simply a "note-taking" app. It is also a powerful online storage and archiving application that works on every major platform including Windows, Android, and Apple. Learn the basics of Evernote including account creation and creating a notebook for your course. Attendees will learn how to add notes to their notebooks including how to capture text, voice, and video notes through the web, from their desktop and cellular device. Finally, learn the basics of sharing notebooks and how to easily integrate your Evernote class notebook directly into your Blackboard course.

Scheduled Workshops:
Monday, October 5 | 2:45pm –3:45pm | Hurst 202
Monday, November 2 | 10:30pm –11:30pm | Hurst 202


Register for workshops

Note: You will need an AU username to log into the registration page. If you have any problems registering, please contact Anna Olsson at extension x6077, or the Teaching and Learning Resources office at extension x3926.