We would like to take the opportunity to welcome you all back! We hope you enjoyed a nice, relaxing summer and are as excited for the new school year as we are!
The beginning of a new semester is always a great opportunity to try something new, so check out our blog for some ideas that you can use in your classroom. This summer, we introduced a new series, “5 ways you can use…” Be sure to stay updated on the blog and check out past posts to get some new and creative ideas on ways to use the tools we offer.
Our weekly workshops will begin at the start of the semester. Check out the Workshops we will be offering and their scheduled times. These are a great opportunity to learn some new software or get some new tips on software you may already use!
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Flip cameras are a great tool for higher education for several reasons. They are small, compact, easy to use, and even easier to transfer to computer devices. The USB cable flips right out from the side of the camera and right into your device to reduce the hassle with cables and cords. While the flip camera cannot hold an extremely large amount of data (2 hours is its space limit), it is great to incorporate into your class projects to encourage students to get creative and really get into class material. Here are 5 ways you can use flip cameras in your classroom:
- Create a project proposing students to create their own public service announcements or commercials related to class material. This could work for any subject, from history to health!
- Have students practice their job-seeking skills by recording them interviewing for a fictitious job. They will be able to play back the video and engage in both peer and self-assessments.
- When students are delivering speeches in class, use the flip cam to record their speeches so they can view themselves later on and get instant feedback.
- Have students create a mock news segment related to class material.
- For an end of the semester project, have students create video diaries, reflecting all they have learned in the course throughout the semester.
Additionally, flip cams are a great way to record demonstrations or experiments (think chemistry or art classes) for students who may have missed class or want to review for an exam or lab practical. They are perfect to record segments of lectures where they need to “see” something to really understand it. Flip cams have the potential to make any project into an exciting adventure. For more ways to use flip cams in your class or how to use these devices, feel free to contact us!
TurningPoint is an audience response system allowing users to essentially “poll” their audience. Through presentations and responding devices, known as “clickers”, audience members can respond to questions prompted on a slide, and users are able to instantly view the results for feedback. TurningPoint can be used in a variety of ways in college classrooms. Here are 5 ideas to get you started:
- TurningPoint can be used as a great way to get instant feedback on the effectiveness or student comprehension of lecture material. Simply ask questions before the lecture and at the end of the lecture as a pre and posttest, and get insight on how the audience is grasping the material presented.
- Multiple choice tests can be transformed into presentations, and students can give their responses in just a click! Try creating mock tests for students to use during a review session to gain instant feedback on areas that need to be further covered.
- Using TurningPoint is a great way to decrease your workload with tracking attendance, grading multiple choice tests and quizzes, and then importing the grades into your grade book. Simply assign each student a clicker and then track their grades and attendance with the software!
- Play “Who wants to be a Millionaire” and your students can actually poll the audience.
- The use of TurningPoint is not limited to the classroom; try using it at departmental meetings, functions, etc. to vote, seek opinions, prompt discussion, and more!
Using clickers in your class will help break social barriers experienced by students about knowing or not knowing the “right” answer, will help reset their clock with questions to answer every 10 minutes or so, and serve as a great facilitation for group discussions. For more information on using TurningPoint in your classroom, please contact us!