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What your students really want: Where technology matters the most!

We recently came across findings from an Educause survey asking college students about how technology is used by their instructors. Not surprisingly, the amount of teachers using technology in their classroom has significantly increased since 2010! Today, 68% of students report that their instructors effectively use technology in the classroom. Yet, there is always room for improvement. Check out the areas below to see where students would like to see more technology sources utilized!

A Technology Resource at your Fingertips

Did you know you have an incredible tool available at your fingertips for free?  If you haven’t checked out Atomic Learning yet, make sure you do so you don’t miss out on all it has to offer! Atomic Learning is available 24/7 to UIS faculty and students at no charge and has 30,000+ videos and tutorials to guide you through the computer applications you use every day (and a ton more you may want to learn about!). Atomic Learning offers several 2-minute tutorial videos for each application, providing assistance in completing specific tasks and learning new features. Atomic Learning videos can also be embedded in your Blackboard courses to assist your students.

What’s Behind the Curtain?

Well, it’s really more of a screen than a curtain. I’m talking about the Interactive White Boards (IWB) available in all classrooms in UHB and in select classrooms in other buildings.

These IWBs are often hidden behind the projector screen, but they hold a great deal of potential for instructors in presenting their lectures.

The IWBs allow the instructor to move away from the instructor station (often located in the corner of the room) and remain at the front of the classroom. The instructor can control the computer simply by pressing on the board. Annotations can be made on any application run on the computer – commenting on Word documents, highlighting text on websites, annotating images, etc. Screenshots of annotated applications can be taken and converted to a pdf format, thus providing lecture hand-outs for students.

For more information on the Interactive White Boards, please visit our Technology Enhanced Classrooms webpage.