Tag: Technology

Student using a clicker in Gina Frey's Chemistry classroom

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Tools to Facilitate In-Class Polling

September 8, 2016 | Bryn Lutes

Integrating Active Learning / Pinned

Tools to facilitate in-class polling In-class polling by any means (clickers, online polling programs, Google forms, or even colored pieces of paper) is a straight-forward way for instructors to gather real-time feedback, identify gaps in preparation or understanding, and then flexibly adjust instruction. Read more about why you might use polling in the classroom. Here […]

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Clickers in Gina's class

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Integrating Active Learning with Clickers: Tips from a Faculty Workshop

May 20, 2016 | Shawn Nordell

Integrating Active Learning / Resources for Teaching

How do you work on a problem with 200 students at once? How can you find out what 200 students are thinking? You ask them to “click”! A group of faculty discussed integrating active learning with clickers in a workshop led by Shawn Nordell and Beth Fisher of The Teaching Center. “Clickers,” or Classroom Response […]

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smart phone, tablet


Media Multi-Tasking: Effects on Students’ Attention

September 11, 2015 | Teaching Center Staff

Research on Teaching and Learning

Does multi-tasking improve or impair attention? The findings of a laboratory-based study (reviewed below) illuminate the relationship between the use of devices and the potential for distraction. The researchers in this study set out to test whether undergraduates who are “heavy media multi-taskers” might have an improved ability, relative to peers who are “light media multi-taskers,” to filter […]

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Laptop Use in Class: Effects on Learning and Attention

August 22, 2015 | Beth Fisher

Research on Teaching and Learning

As instructors, we may wonder if laptop use helps or hinders learning in our classrooms. We may find ourselves on the fence—understanding that some students prefer to type their notes, but then wondering whether students are paying attention and staying engaged, and whether their laptop use may be distracting others. Two classroom-based studies (discussed below) suggest that […]

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Bryn Lutes using doc camera

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Encouraging Critical Thinking with a Document Camera

August 3, 2015 | Bryn Lutes

Digital Pedagogies

Document cameras allow you to project and write on, or otherwise manipulate, objects–whether paper, books, or chemical models–to make the thinking process come alive for students.​ This post describes three ways to use this easy-to-use and flexible classroom tool.

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