Classroom Technologies

How much technology is the “right” amount?  How do we reconcile our traditional teaching practices with a digital world?  Here’s a list of common technologies available for the writing classroom and some links to help use them more effectively.

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Podcast with Critical Inquiry Ambassadors

On February 10th, we held a session with our Critical Inquiry Ambassadors discussing the relationships between ENG 101, COM 110, and research at Milner Library.  Topics addressed include commonalities in terminology, research aptitudes, transfer, and how to continue this collaboration between ENG 101, COM 110, and Milner Library.

Podcast (mp3 – 26 minutes)

Q&A (mp3 – 28 minutes)

Podcast Agenda (PDF)

Video Podcasting: A Student Project

Like to add a video project to your syllabus?  Not sure about having students edit their videos?  Not even sure where to get a camera?  No worries!  With our sport cameras which you can check out from STV 133 and the Windows Live Movie Maker software already installed on the computers in the STV 250 suite, you are ready to lead your students into quick and easy video projects.  The video below offers a quick guide to getting started:

Below I’ve included the basic outline for the video above – feel free to share this with you students so they can see one approach to organizing a video.  Or for the printer-friendly version, see Video Podcasting for Students: Your Quick How-To Guide!

Yes, these are just the notes I used for making the video podcast.  But they offer a quick reminder of what you’ve seen.  Plus, you can let your students see that video-making doesn’t need to take forever.

Part 1: Equipment Check-Out – STV 133

  1. Considering a video project for your Fall Syllabus?  We have the tools for you!

  2. Video of one of the cameras.

  3. Show how to turn on, turn off, and open USB.

  4. Show an example of shooting a video and then plugging in USB.

Part 2: Downloading Your Video

  1. Using Camstudio to record this.

  2. Recommend that students save all their work to a thumb drive.  Video files tend to be large, so students should use thumb drives with at least a gigabyte.  The Student Temp Drive may also work, but only as a temporary solution.

  3. Create a single folder on the drive for your Windows Live Movie Maker file.  This folder should also contain your video files.  If you move these files to different folders, your Movie Maker file will lose access to the video files, so keep them all together.

  4. Reminder: All movie files MUST be on the thumb drive BEFORE you start using Movie Maker.

Part 3: Editing Your Video

  1. Open Movie Maker

  2. Simply drag-and-drop video clips into Movie Maker

  3. Hit “Save Project” to save your Movie Maker file (you should still do this often…)

  4. Hit “Save Movie” to export your edited film.  (“Recommended for this project” works well, but watch your file size).

In-Class Activities: STV 250 and Extending the Discussion

Sometimes, it’s good to be able to refer back on a previous discussion – this can not only help your students better reflect on what they’ve learned, but it can also help you use specific examples as you write teaching statements for future employment.

The technology in the STV 250 classroom offers unique opportunities for students to write records of their discussions. Plus, when discussions are shared online, students can continue the discussion beyond the classroom.  Here are some techniques and technologies I use to engage my students during class time.

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Facebook Groups: The Real-Time Discussion Board with Notifications

Fellow teachers often find it “unusual” that I would recommend Facebook as a teaching tool.  However, the factors which make Facebook such a popular (and powerful) tool for social media can also make it a highly effective means of fostering interaction among your students – so long as you mind your privacy settings.  Or, for a step-by-step guide to setting up a group, go straight to the WikiHow.com guide: Creating Your Facebook Group.

by Ryan Edel

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