Teaching with Technology
There are many engaging and powerful tools faculty are using to connect students with learning and help inform teaching and learning.
Yammer : KCC’s Yammer offers an internal institutional social media tool. Join groups, follow co-workers, and post content.
Equity Maps: an app that helps track student participation and promotes equitable classroom interaction.
Kahoot: an interactive gaming option
Zoom: free (or KCC also has Zoom licenses for use) webinar-style synchronous online meeting tool.
Meeting OWL: KCC has several OWL 365 degree voice activated cameras. These cameras are great for remote or virtual meetings, connecting classrooms, or for online group discussions. The OWL can be used in place of any standard webcam and/or in conjunction with Zoom.
Open Educational Resources (OER): Faculty at KCC and across the world are joining the OER movement to save students money, take control over course materials, and improve learning.
Ensemble: KCC’s Ensemble functions as an internal password-protected streaming video server used to host captioned videos and even allow for student video submissions.
Remind: is an easy-to-use free messaging tool. Set up your account and allow students to opt in for secure, private texting.
Padlet: a free interactive, collaborative tool that allows anyone with the invitation link to participate and contribute.
Plickers: a fun interactive assessment tool for classroom use.
Flippity: turns a Google spreadsheet into a variety of engaging options such as Quiz Show, Flashcards, Badge Tracker, and much more.
Technologies Showcased by Employees
Faculty and staff demonstrated ways they are using technology on campus to engage students, streamline workflow and stay current.
iPads in the Classroom
Theatre professor Brad Poer demonstrated how he used iPads within his Acting for the Camera class as well as other theater classes. A classroom pack of iPads was purchased through the Emerging Technologies Grant process for use within the classroom. Brad’s students took advantage of this mobile technology to create some very interesting projects using iMovie and a variety of free apps. In Acting for the Camera, students were able to receive immediate feedback using the Camera and iMovie apps.
Within the classroom, the iPad can be connected to the overhead projector using an adapter for the laptop connection. This allows the entire iPad to be displayed on the large classroom screen for everyone to view.
Creating Engaging Video using Camtasia
Camtasia Studio is a software application created by TechSmith. This software was used by Professor Marcus Anderson to create video tutorials and presentations for this online and face-to-face math classes. Marcus demonstrated his techniques for creating videos using Camtasia along with a stylus/tablet.
Creating videos is a great way to present complex concepts. Providing a resource that can be viewed over and over can be very helpful to students. Camtasia offers the ability to add and edit sound, include callouts and highlights, embed picture-in-picture, seam together static resources (PowerPoint, images, worksheets, maps, etc.) with step-by-step tutorials and video.
Virtual Speakers using Google+ Hangouts
Doug Woodard teaches classes in entrepreneurship. Upon viewing a TEDx presentation by Clifton Taulbert, Doug decided his students needed to hear this message in the context of entrepreneurship. Working with Learning Technologies, Doug was able to bring Mr. Taulbert into the KCC classroom in an interactive discussion using Google+ Hangouts.
Using a webcam and logging in to Google+ allowed Doug to set up a free live video chat for his students. Mr. Taulbert joined the discussion from Florida (as he travels on his speaking tours). The discussion was automatically recorded and uploaded to YouTube (unlisted) for other students to view and to become an ongoing resource.
Library Resources and Technologies
Kelly Frost (a.k.a. Frosty Librarian) presented several technologies used by KCC’s library. Kelly puts together Research Guides for various departments and individual classes. These online guides contain tons of helpful resources for students and faculty including links to articles, books, video, images, and much more.
Kelly also offers to be an Embedded Librarian within Moodle courses. Faculty that have research projects within their courses can enroll Kelly into their Moodle section to help students with the various aspects of writing a research paper.
Kelly also unearthed this fabulous gem: Padlet. This fun interactive tool can be used for brainstorming projects, gathering feedback from students, or just tracking thoughts. Padlet can be embedded into other technologies such as the Research Guide, PowerPoint or used simply as a web tool.
Engaging the KCC Community through Social Media
Simon Thalmann, KCC’s Digital Marketer/Writer show different ways in which he uses social media to engage students, employees, and the community. Many have enjoyed Simon’s awesome sense of humor through memes on the KCC facebook page, his beautiful photography of campus, video work on the KCC YouTube channel, quips on Twitter, pins on Pinterest, and other sites like Instagram.
Engaging Students with Technology
As Director of Career and Employment Services, Patrick Casey and his staff use technology to engage students in the job search arena. Technology is such a large part of so many jobs now—from understanding how to manage your social profile, to networking with others, it is important to have this knowledge. Patrick also presents workshops through Student Services such as Job Fair and Business Etiquette.
Service Learning and Technology
Kate DeGraaf, Service Learning Manager presents ways in which technology is used within Service Learning. Service Learning combines service to the community with academic objectives to equally benefit the community and the student. Students participate in projects that meet community needs and that involve self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition of values, skills, and content knowledge. To learn more about service learning projects, visit the Service Learning webpage.
Social Media in the Classroom
Chuck Newman is a career advisor at KCC and also teaches a diverse range of courses in the Social Science Department. He was recently presented with the 2012 Outstanding Adjunct Arts and Sciences Award. Chuck is using a variety of social media within his classroom. Meeting student on facebook, connecting through Google+, and posting on LinkedIn are just a few skills within his technology toolbelt.
Chuck also shared several pedagogical resources for embedding technology into the classroom and other excellent teaching tools.