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Teaching with Technology

Teaching with technology can deepen student learning and engagement with materials. However, it is important to select the right type of tech tools for the specific subject, classroom, and student dynamic without losing sight of the goals in student learning. By “technology,” this page refers to advancements in methods/tools to solve problems and achieve a goal. In the classroom environment, technology can encompass low-tech means such as pencils, paper, or whiteboards or higher-tech tools such as smartboards, online collaboration and conferencing programs.

 

 

How to implement it

It’s important to remember technology should aid in the act of learning. While it is natural to think of the tool itself as a starting point, the use of instructional technology is more likely to be effective at facilitating student learning and increasing your own productivity if it is integrated carefully. Technology should never be used for the sake of using technology.

To successfully incorporate new technologies into the classroom, consider the following questions:

  • What do you expect students to learn from your course and what technology tools can assist in achieving those goals?
  • How skilled and experienced are you in using technology and how can technology tools assist in your role as instructor? If you do not have experience in a particular type of technology, can it be incorporated into the classroom slowly and effectively?
  • What are your students’ previous experiences with technology and their expectations and access to technology? In what ways will this technology assist in their learning and success in the course?
  • Which types of technology are appropriate for students, course content, and teaching styles?
 
 

Examples of technologies in the classroom

  • Online platforms. LBCC officially supports the Moodle platform for all classes. Platforms help strengthen student learning objectives through posting of materials, discussion boards, online conferencing, and easy contact between instructor and student.
  • Online collaboration tools, such as those in Google Apps, allows students and instructors to share documents online, edit them in real time, and project them on a screen, allowing students to brainstorm ideas and document their work using text and images.
  • Presentation software (such as Powerpoint) enables instructors to integrate photographs, diagrams, videos and sound files to accent text and verbal lecture content. These materials can be shared for students to review after class.
  • Clickers and smartphones are a quick and easy way to survey students during class. This is great for instant polling, which can quickly assess students’ understanding and help instructors adjust pace and content.
  • Lecture-capture tools such as Panopto allow instructors to record lectures directly from their computer, without elaborate or additional classroom equipment. Consider recording your lectures as you give them and then uploading them for students to re-watch. Studies show posting recorded lectures does not diminish attendance and students appreciate the opportunity to review lectures at their own pace.
  • Synchronised meeting platforms such as Zoom or GotoMedia allows instructors to hold digital office hours and record lectures for students to assist in conflicting schedules and other real-life concerns the community college student might face. This also allows ease of access for instructors to communicate with students without commuting. 

Check out the academic technologies used and supported at LBCC.

 
 

Example of Technology in the Classroom at LBCC: Scale Up Classroom

Scale Up Classrooms, or Student-Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-Down Pedagogies, improve learning experiences and outcomes for university large enrollment classes (100+) in physics. They have been adapted in many environments, including LBCC, where they are used to increase active learning opportunities for our large enrollment (35+) classes in the social sciences.

For more information, visit the SCALE-UP Classrooms at LBCC information page.

 

 
 

Other resources

Wired Campus, The Chronicle of Higher Education
ProfHacker: Teaching, Tech, and Productivity, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Teaching with Technology, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan
Learning Technologies, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, University of British Columbia