IT 101 and Critical Thinking: Using Technology to Integrate Liberal Learning into the Classroom Mark Frydenberg Sr. Lecturer/Software Specialist, CIS Angelique Davi Assistant Professor, English Overview Introductions and Welcome Bentley, Liberal Learning, and IT 101
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Sr. Lecturer/Software Specialist, CIS
Assistant Professor, English
Ethics and Social Responsibility Liberal Learning into the Classroom
Technology and Effective Communication
Critical Thinking and Critical Analysis
Diversity and Global Citizenship
Service to the CommunityDavis Foundation and Liberal Learning Concepts
A truly liberal education is one that prepares us to live responsible, productive, and creative lives in a dramatically changing world. It is an education that fosters a well-grounded intellectual resilience, a disposition toward lifelong learning, and an acceptance of responsibility for the ethical consequences of our ideas and actions. Liberal education requires that we understand the foundations of knowledge and inquiry about nature, culture and society; that we master core skills of perception, analysis, and expression; that we cultivate a respect for truth; that we recognize the importance of historical and cultural context; and that we explore connections among formal learning, citizenship, and service to our communities.
But I Teach Liberal Learning into the Classroom
a Technology Course!
Integrating Technology Liberal Learning into the Classroomin the Liberal Arts Classroom
Fostering Liberal Arts Learning in the Technology Classroom
The Internet enables Liberal Learning into the Classroomnew media for communication, collaboration, and creative expression
Course Management (BlackBoard)
GrooveBeyond PowerPoint: Technologies in the Classroom
Allow Web Publishing without HTML Liberal Learning into the Classroom
Introduce a regular writing component
Many free providers
Individual blogs to write about technology experiences
Class blog enables students to respond to each other
Use an aggregator to track new postsBlogs in the Classroom
Being able to walk around and give surveys is the way they were meant to be taken and given. No more paper, no more copies, no more collection routes… I've seen a few people giving their surveys in the lunch room and around our floor and it seems quite aggravating. A girl on my floor gave everyone two sheets. The real problem for her was collecting the data. She had to make another rounds after an hour. I posted my answers to the door cause I had to leave but I just a easily could have forgotten about it leaving her out on a limb.Tim and I are working on this assignment together. We quickly put together our survey (which is about video games), spent just as long reformatting it in PPC form as actually making the questions (about 5 minutes each), then loaded it on our mobile devices and took off. It is configured very well and allows each entry to be entered quickly and easily.
I think that the aspect that really stood out for me was it being so functional. Surveys are given all the time in the real world and doing it on a PPC really is one of the best ways to collect all this data… Perseus really made me look at what we are doing in a new light.
2004 - Podcasting emerges as a mainstream RSS application Liberal Learning into the Classroom
2005 - Podcasting is Word of the Year (Oxford)
2006 - Everybody’s doing it
Many students have iPods, but any PC will do
Uses syndication technology to distribute multimedia over the web to personal media player
Many College Faculty Podcast Their Lectures
Who’s going to listen for an hour?Podcasting
Issues Liberal Learning into the Classroom
Impact Classroom Attendance?
Will students listen to an hour + lecture again?
Searching is difficult (shorter is better)
Good for lecture, hard to record many voices
Video quality may be poor for demonstrations
Useful for supplementary material or explanations
“On the scene” reporting
Teach students to do it!Podcasting in the Classroom
Record audio or video Liberal Learning into the Classroom
Convert to mp3 or mp4 format as needed
Update and upload the XML Feed
Upload multimedia to a web server
Subscribe, listen, and watchHow To Make A Podcast
How does this assignment foster liberal learning? Liberal Learning into the Classroom
Does this transcend the technology classroom?Demo and Discussion
“I don’t think that I could have found a better way to organize my life, especially during a stressful first semester in college where there are so many things to remember. I have a more open approach to technology than before I started this class. The biggest thing that I will come away with from this class with is the willingness to go outside my boundaries and try new things that I hadn’t thought to try before.”