27 Tips for Meaningful Technology Integration

One of the great advantages of living and teaching in a world of technology is that there are countless apps, software, devices, and more available at our fingertips to help make learning come alive. However, what is the best way to use this technology in a classroom? How can teachers best engaged students using the technology with which they’re growing up?

Kelly Walsh’s 27 Meaningful (and Fun) Ways to Use Technology for Teaching and Learning discusses the best methods for breaking free of the traditional teaching method. She explains that #EdTech (Educational Technology) can and should be used to to enhance a learning environment. Gone is the age of lecturing and teacher-centered learning. Now, the best way to reach your students is to think like the students!

Interested in taking advantage of the benefits of 21st Century technology? Check out these 27 suggestions for making your classroom “Even More Awesome”:


Source: 27 Meaningful (and Fun) Ways to Use Technology for Teaching and Learning, by Kelly Walsh

An Essential Guide to Videos for a Flipped Classroom

39267299_sSince 2007, flipped classrooms have gradually risen in popularity as a mode of education throughout the country. Students and teachers alike have embraced the concept of maximizing class time with an instructor to work with and understand new concepts as opposed to introducing material which students are expected to comprehend at home. Instead, students are introduced to ideas during “homework” and complete school work during class when the instructor is available to assist them.

Instructor made videos are a primary way through which faculty “teach” students at home. As opposed to assigning reading about the topic or directing students to online resources, instructor made videos are a fantastic way to instruct students in a personable manner. But many instructors do not know how to create such videos or how to distribute them to their students.

John Bregmann and Aaron Sams, pioneers in the flipped classroom experience, outline simple and easy-to-use video tools in their article, Flipped-Learning Toolkit: Let’s Talk Tech on Edutopia.org. Popular solutions which they detail include:

  • Screencasting
  • Tablet Software
  • Document Camera-Based Solutions
  • Camera-Based Solutions

For more information and to learn how to improve your flipped classroom check out this article here.

Is a Video Worth 1,000 Words? [INFOGRAPHIC]

YouTube is one of the most commonly used search engines. Users often think of it in the context of viral videos or do-it-yourself tutorials, but in addition to this, it contains a wealth of valuable and information information. Due to its massive span of video topics, ranging from science to literature and from current events to ancient history, many teachers are finding that it can be a fantastic means through which to enrich any class session.

Check out this great infographic from eLearningInfographics.com to learn how YouTube can be used to bring any lesson to life.


Source: eLearningInfographics.com

Debunking the Common Misconception about Flipped Online Classrooms

Hand coming out of laptop - CopyWith all the hype about flipped classrooms, people often wonder if it is possible to do that in an online course. How can a course be flipped when there is no physical setting in the first place?

In Can You Flip an Online Class? on FacultyFocus.com, Barbi Honeycutt and Sarah Glova advocate a redefinition of the term “flip” in order to implement the winning techniques into a purely digital learning environment. They argue that a flipped classroom’s strength lies in its’ focus on students, not the actual class time perimeters.

A flipped classroom – whether traditional or online – is one which practices student centered learning.

With this definition, class time structure is no longer the primary feature of a flipped classroom. Rather, the core element is a course’s utilization of interactive activities, personalized instruction, and an engaging atmosphere. These are tangible characteristics which can be applied in an online classroom.

Consider these techniques to focus on your students:

  • Encourage students to contribute additional resources to class discussions.
  • Ask students to tell you about their personal learning styles. That way, you can have an estimation of how your class learns and how to best serve their needs.
  • Vary the type of assignments so that they play to different students’ strengths.
  • Create dynamic discussion boards. It is always beneficial for students to express themselves.

How have you flipped your online classroom?

Camtasia: Screen-Recording Software for Producing Engaging Interactive Video Lessons


Record your own video lectures using Camtasia software (created by TechSmith).

Camtasia Studio and Camtasia Relay are screen-recording software products that allow professors to easily create clean, interactive, and professional-looking video presentations for their courses.

These video presentations can include a wide variety of content including Powerpoint or Keynote presentations, websites, images, music, and interactive content.

To save even more time and efficiency, professors can edit and enhance their videos right inside the program, using Camtasia’s built-in video-editing tools.

Furthermore, with Camtasia’s Remove A Color effect, professors can even record videos of themselves speaking in front of green screens, and then superimpose themselves on top of their presentations.

While professors of online courses can use Camtasia to present full weekly lectures, professors of blended courses can use Camtasia to prepare materials for students to watch at home, thereby maximizing the time spent in the classroom. In keeping with the flipped classroom model, students can watch pre-recorded lectures on their own time before attending class. Classroom time can then be used for processing the material through discussions, quizzes, and activities.

Notably, Mike Garver, professor of Marketing Research at Central Michigan University, has used Camtasia to record lectures for students to watch at home, which “freed up more time for class discussion and critical thinking.”

Techsmith offers discounted education pricing for their products and provides tutorials to help educators get started.

The Flipped Classroom: Turning Traditional Education on Its Head [INFOGRAPHIC]

As video lectures become easier for anyone to record and distribute, many teachers are moving away from the traditional classroom model, and instead opting to “flip” their classrooms.

What is the flipped classroom model?

In the traditional classroom model, professors lecture during class time and students work on assignments and homework on their own time, outside of class.

In the flipped classroom model, the structure is reversed – students listen to prerecorded lectures at home, and class time is utilized for discussions, exercises, and question and answer sessions with the professor. Essentially, the teacher’s role in the classroom switches from what Alison King calls a “Sage on the Stage” to a “Guide on the Side.”

Check out this infographic created by Knewton and Column Five Media which explains the concept, history, and driving forces behind the flipped classroom model.

Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton