CEDFA Pre and Post-Summit Technology Boot Camp

Below is an outline of the information we worked through together at CEDFA Summit XIV.

Videos:

“Technology is available to develop either independence and learning or bureaucracy and teaching.” -Ivan Illich

Minimally Invasive Education and Hole in the Wall Computing

Tools:

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is an instant response system that can often replace costly and complicated student response systems. Using any internet connected device or text message capable phone, respondents can answer questions posed by a facilitator. Poll Everywhere excels at real-time survey situations. Both free accounts and paid, more fully featured K-12 accounts are available.

How can Poll Everywhere be used for teaching?

Gathering student opinions, pre and post tickets, quizzes, voting on selecting group decisions.

How can Poll Everywhere be used for learning?

Students can create a Poll Everywhere account and collect information from their peers. Students can use results to complete analysis as a part of making processed informed decisions.

Today’s Meet

Today's Meet is a live, semi-private backchanneling system. Completely free, Today's Meet can be used to generate a conversation behind the presenter.

How can Today's Meet be used for teaching?

Today's Meet can be used to communicate information during a presentation or video. It could also be an interesting tool during faculty meetings.

How can Today's Meet be used for learning?

Students can use Today's Meet to ask questions, collaborate and have rich conversations during presentations and videos.

Prezi

Prezi is a presentation tool and can be used in many situations where you would usually use PowerPoint. Prezi offers a few benefits not found in PowerPoint such as being free, accessible from any internet connected computer, offering a more holistic connection between points when compared to the linear nature of most slide based tools, and a more visually interesting style.

How can Prezi be used for teaching?

Prezi can be used anytime a teacher would traditionally use Powerpoint.

How can Prezi be used for learning?

Students can create Prezis. Online collaboration in the same Prezi is possible. Teachers can distribute Prezis outside the class as a part of a "flipped classroom" or blended learning environment.

QR Codes

QR Codes bridge the gap between the tangible world and the virtual by creating print codes that contain information. Usually these codes contain a link, which when scanned with a QR code reader, will send the user directly to the site. QR codes can also contain information such as text, email addresses, or contact information.

How can QR Codes be used for teaching?

Teachers have created quiz keys, scavenger hunts and video explanations for bulletin boards with QR Codes.

How can QR Codes be used for learning?

Students can create QR Codes as a part of a project, perhaps accompanying print flyers or other promotional materials.

Additional Resources:

QRstuff - QR Code Creator we used QR Codes in Education QR Codes in Education on Pinterest QR Voice recorder - scan a QR code to hear your or your students recorded voice.

AppleTV

The AppleTV is a consumer entertainment device costing $99 that offers AirPlay, a simple system that allows you to share your screen wirelessly to a projector or TV from a newer iPad, iPhone or Mac.

How can AppleTV be used for teaching?

Teachers can roam throughout the room while connected to the projector.

How can AppleTV be used for learning?

Students can more easily share their work to the board without the logistical transition of coming to the board or connecting physically to a projector.

Additional Resources:

Twitter

Twitter is a microblogging service where users communicated through short, 140 character messages called tweets.

How can Twitter be used for teaching?

Twitter is a powerful tool for teachers to communicate with other teachers, as a part of a Personal Learning Network.

How can Twitter be used for learning?

Students can tweet to each other, known experts or even their teacher. They can also search twitter for actual sources of current events and identify emerging trends.

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