Our last Talking About Teaching dealt with teaching in a SCALE-UP room. If you didn’t have a chance to join us for that session, then please check out the visual notes below. They are basically a graphically enhanced version of notes from the event.
Have you ever found the perfect Youtube video to illustrate a point in class? Has a TED Talk inspired you and you want to share it with your students? Do you want to take it a step further?
TED has an excellent online tool called TED-Ed that allows anyone to choose, share and expand on video content from Youtube, TED Talks or other TED-Ed lessons. Using the lesson builder, you can add review questions, follow-up readings and even group discussion topics.
TED-Ed makes it easy to leverage online video content in a quick and easy format. You can take a tour of the lesson builder at http://ed.ted.com/tour
Submitted by Tyler Heaton Educational Consultant – Technology
If you are not familiar with the Horizon Report, it is a report on new trends, challenges and technologies in education. The New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE work together to output this report every year. They follow trending strategies, technologies, and even challenges in the education sector. Not only is the report a wealth of information, but these two groups provide a forecast about which trends or technologies will be upon us and how far away they are from appearing in our educational institutions.
Below is a brief over view of the trends that were identified in the report. These trends are often looked at as future trends, but often times they are considered future trends because we are seeing the changes occur in our educational environments already. It is important to keep that in mind as we read these trends and evaluate our own institution. Identified with each key trend below are examples of what the great teaching community here at the University of Lethbridge is already doing to address some of these trends.
From hand raising to popsicle sticks, clickers to smartphones, classroom polling is an effective way to gauge students understanding of the material, to generate classroom discussion, or even to give one shy student an opportunity to voice their opinion.
While the technology has evolved from coloured popsicle sticks to Classroom Response Systems, the pedagogical principles of student polling have remained the same. Instructors today have many options for gauging understanding on the fly in the classroom. Continue reading →
Posted by: Todd Doucette – Teaching Centre – Digital Media Specialist (Video)
The other day a colleague in our office wanted to talk to me about creating videos for a class on flip teaching (or flipped classroom). He had to explain to me what flip teaching was because I had never heard of it before. What I learned was that flip teaching is where students do work prior to class. In this case it was to watch a video lecture and then come to class ready to discuss the topics in the video. It doesn’t have to be a video can be to read an article, chapter of a book, or anything done prior to the class. Considering my focus at the Teaching Centre is video I was intrigued by the concept.
I wanted to see how I could help the instructor create videos that would help with their teaching. We discussed how we could help and had many ideas, many good, some not bad and some that probably wouldn’t work. We wanted good quality for both video and audio. Many times in creating a video people don’t place enough emphasis on audio. We discussed how to make the videos to a quality that your students can see and hear everything. We talked about delivery, where to post your videos, what formats to export it to. We had many different ideas depending upon your goals so if you are interested in creating videos for your class come to the Teaching Centre and I would be happy to discuss how we can help you.