Title

Our Favorites! Tech Tools for Engagement In and Beyond the Classroom

Streaming Media

Submission Type

Panel Discussion

Abstract

New technologies emerge all the time, but that doesn’t mean we should embrace them. The leaders of this workshop, all digital non-natives and tech skeptics, have made the leap and discovered tools that can improve student engagement, communication, and organization. Prof. Sniad from Temple University’s College of Education will share some classroom management tools she found “life changing.” Prof. Harris from Temple University’s College of Public Health will talk about his classroom technology journey -- from skeptic to supporter -- and how he uses engagement technology with his classes. Prof. Zaylea from Temple University’s Lew Klein School for Media and Communication will discuss when she does -- and when she does not -- use teaching technology (engagement platforms and social media) for media production courses that inherently rely on media technologies.

Embracing new technology involves stretching beyond a comfort zone and taking a risk on something that may be effective or may be a waste of time. New technologies may be cool, but that doesn’t make them worthwhile. For blended learning environments, an increasing number of platforms, apps and gadgets may be used together -- but when is this effective and when is it too much? Our goal is to find the tools and methods that work. There are technologies that help improve communication, inspire engagement in class and beyond the classroom, facilitate student learning and inspire student caring. We’re here to share our experiences -- including both precautions and recommendations -- with the learning technologies we have each used in our classes in three different schools and colleges at Temple University. Most importantly, we’ll talk about how we came to embrace learning technologies, and which ones we find most helpful.

Session

Presentation

Location

Thomas 110

Start Date

5-18-2017 9:00 AM

End Date

5-18-2017 10:20 AM

 
May 18th, 9:00 AM May 18th, 10:20 AM

Our Favorites! Tech Tools for Engagement In and Beyond the Classroom

Thomas 110

New technologies emerge all the time, but that doesn’t mean we should embrace them. The leaders of this workshop, all digital non-natives and tech skeptics, have made the leap and discovered tools that can improve student engagement, communication, and organization. Prof. Sniad from Temple University’s College of Education will share some classroom management tools she found “life changing.” Prof. Harris from Temple University’s College of Public Health will talk about his classroom technology journey -- from skeptic to supporter -- and how he uses engagement technology with his classes. Prof. Zaylea from Temple University’s Lew Klein School for Media and Communication will discuss when she does -- and when she does not -- use teaching technology (engagement platforms and social media) for media production courses that inherently rely on media technologies.

Embracing new technology involves stretching beyond a comfort zone and taking a risk on something that may be effective or may be a waste of time. New technologies may be cool, but that doesn’t make them worthwhile. For blended learning environments, an increasing number of platforms, apps and gadgets may be used together -- but when is this effective and when is it too much? Our goal is to find the tools and methods that work. There are technologies that help improve communication, inspire engagement in class and beyond the classroom, facilitate student learning and inspire student caring. We’re here to share our experiences -- including both precautions and recommendations -- with the learning technologies we have each used in our classes in three different schools and colleges at Temple University. Most importantly, we’ll talk about how we came to embrace learning technologies, and which ones we find most helpful.