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Using technology to enhance classroom learning

Using Technology to Enhance Classroom Learning

Facilitated by Dr. Sophia Scott



  • Understanding our students

  • Technology & Learning

  • Tips & Techniques for using PowerPoint technology to enhance learning in the classroom

  • Tips & Techniques for using Website technology to enhance learning in the classroom

Understanding our students

Understanding Our Students

Pop quiz

Pop Quiz

What does this mean? ROTFL

  • Pneumonic for remembering the 5 plant cell types

  • Reserve Officers Training Florida

  • Record of True Foreign Languages

  • Rolling On The Floor Laughing

Pop quiz1

Pop Quiz

What do these chat acronyms stand for?

  • LOL

  • POS


  • CUL8R

Pop quiz2

Pop Quiz

What do these emoticons mean?







Pop quiz3

Pop Quiz

  • Web site comparisons

    • Which of each pair of Web sites is designed for younger learners, which is designed for “us”?

Website comparisons



Website comparisons

Who are our students

Who are our Students?

  • Baby Boomers

  • TV generation

  • Typewriters

  • Memos

  • Gen X

  • Video games

  • Computers

  • E-mail

  • Net Gen

  • The Web

  • Mobile devices

  • Instant messenger

  • Online communities

By age 21

By age 21,

The average person will have spent….

  • 10,000 hours video games

  • 20,000 emails

  • 20,000 hours TV

  • 10,000 hours on a cell phone

  • Under 5,000 hours reading

Prensky, 2003

Children are exposed to technology for play and learning at a very young age

Children are exposed to technology for play and learning at a very young age



  • The brain reorganizes itself through life

    • Stimulation

    • Developmental experiences

  • Their brains are really “wired” differently

The net generation

The Net Generation…

  • Born in or after 1982

  • Gravitate toward group activity

  • 8 out of 10 say “it’s cool to be smart”

  • Focused on grades and performance

  • Busy with extracurricular activities

  • Identify with parents’ values; feel close to parents

  • Respectful of social conventions and institutions

  • Fascination for new technologies

  • Racially and ethnically diverse

Howe & Strauss, 2003

Teen use of web

Teen use of Web

  • 100% use it to search for information on colleges, careers & jobs

  • 74% use instant messaging as a major communication vehicle

  • 54% of students (7-12 grade) know more IM screen names than home phone numbers

Teen use of web for communication

Teen use of Web for Communication

  • 81% e-mail friends & relatives

  • 70% instant message

  • 56% prefer the Internet over the telephone

Why do teens go the web

Why do teens go the Web?

  • Find new & exciting information

  • Learn more/better

  • For community

  • Show others what they can do

  • Be heard

The net gen is self teaching what does that mean for the classroom

The Net Gen is Self-teaching – What does that mean for the classroom?

Teens multi tasking online

Teens & Multi-tasking Online

Technology learning

Technology & Learning

Today s learners

Today’s Learners…

  • Digitally literate

  • Mobile

  • Always on

  • Experiential

  • Social (stay connected)

Oblinger, 2004

Hypertext minds qualities

Hypertext minds: Qualities

  • Crave interactivity

  • Read visual images

  • Visual-spatial skills

  • Parallel processing

  • Inductive discovery

  • Fast response time

Prensky, 2001



  • Short attention span

  • Choose NOT to pay attention

  • Lack reflection

  • Lack text literacy

  • Lack identification of source quality

Netgen learning preferences

NetGen learning preferences

  • Teams, peer-to-peer

  • Structure

  • Engagement & experience

  • Visual & kinesthetic

  • Things that matter

Oblinger, 2004

Students vs faculty

Students vs. Faculty

Students Faculty

MultitaskingSingle or limited tasks

Pictures, sound, videoText

Random accessLinear, logical, sequential

Interactive & networkedIndependent & individual



Generational comparisons

Generational Comparisons

  • Ctrl+Alt+Del is as basic as ABC

  • They don’t understand the “return” key

  • Computers fit into backpacks

  • They have always had a personal identification number

  • Photos are processed in under an hour

  • Gas has always been unleaded

  • Rogaine is available for the follicularly challenged

Multiple media literacy

Multiple Media Literacy

  • 2 million children have a personal website (ages 6-17)

  • 6 million will have one by the end of the year

It is not about age

It is not about AGE…

We live in a technologically enriched environment

Compare yourself

Compare yourself

  • Are you comfortable composing documents longhand?

  • Have you turned “remembering” over to a technology?

  • Are you connected? (Internet, cell phone)

  • Do you engage in more than one activity at a time?

  • Do you play computer or video games?

What does the learning environment look like

What does the learning environment look like?

Environments for learning

Environments for learning

  • Every students learns all the time

    • Learning is in & out of classroom

    • Every setting can be a learning environment

  • Direct experience shapes individual understanding

  • Individuals learn by establishing & reworking patterns, relationships & connections

  • Change is stimulating

The big question

The Big Question…

How can teachers enable students to be successful in education?

What students want in a learning environment

What students want in a learning environment…

  • Teacher to have an in-depth knowledge in their field

  • Faculty ability to use technology Effectively

  • Don’t overuse the technology



Students learn from thinking…

thinking is engaged by activity

Junassen, 2003



Action Reflection

Visual Text

Social Individual


Speed Deliberation

Peer-to-peer Peer Review

Engaging learning experiences

Engaging Learning Experiences

Real Project



Emotional Engaging


Problem Solving

Case Study

Facilitated Discussion

Q & A



Tips techniques for using powerpoint technology to enhance learning in the classroom

Tips & Techniques for using PowerPoint technology to enhance learning in the classroom

Preparing presentations

Preparing Presentations

  • Use a design template so you can focus on content

  • Use PowerPoint interactively

  • Outline the lecture using PowerPoint

  • Use text sparingly

  • The “Joy of Six” – max of six points & six words per point

How to design effective powerpoint presentations

How to Design Effective PowerPoint Presentations

Know your audience

Know Your Audience

Organize the content

Organize the Content

Font styles

Font Styles



Comic Sans

Bookman Old Style

Courier New

CG Times

Times New Roman

Present in a variety of ways

Present in a Variety of Ways


  • Tables

  • Charts

  • Shapes

  • Graphics

  • Stair steps

  • Don’t overuse Bullets

Say it with graphics

Say it With Graphics

Using technology to enhance classroom learning

Which slide communicates the

clearest visual message?

Using technology to enhance classroom learning

 Non-Verbals

 Attire

 7 Seconds

 Organization

 Eye Contact

 Movement

 Entry

 Demeanor

Your Visual Image

Using technology to enhance classroom learning

Your Visual Image


7 Seconds

Eye Contact






Use animation when appropriate

Use Animation When Appropriate

Editing powerpoint presentations

Editing PowerPoint Presentations

  • Use the tools provided

  • FOCUS on content & not presentation

  • Read & Edit before showing

The purpose of a powerpoint is

The Purpose of a PowerPoint is …

to give Power to a Point

What do you think of the following slides

What do you think of the Following Slides?

Great graphics

Great Graphics

Keep it real

Keep it Real

  • First Year Success

  • At Southeast, you’ll learn two kinds of skills and knowledge:  those particularly targeted for a specific career or profession (your major), and those that will serve you regardless of your chosen profession (University Studies).  In your major, you’ll learn leading-edge information that will allow you to be successful in your first job.  In University Studies, you’ll learn skills and knowledge that will go beyond job-specific abilities.  These are the skills that will make you a valuable employee and a valued colleague.

  • Advising: At Southeast, you are encouraged to consider many academic and career interests. Our academic advisors can help by providing guidance related to course selection and registration. If you haven’t selected a major, the University Studies advisor can provide you with assistance.

  • First STEP Orientation: Sign up for our specially designed Southeast orientation program. This critical program connects students and parents with faculty, staff and other Southeast students and parents. During the day you not only will meet with an adviser and get that all-important class schedule but also you will get your official I.D. card, get advice about academic majors and possible careers, learn about social activities and find out where those critical offices and services you will need are located.

  • First Year Seminar: Check out our nationally recognized and required First Year Seminar, where you’ll be introduced to the University Studies program and the value of a liberal education while addressing one of a variety of themes.

  • Kent Library: Southeast's Kent Library is your partner in finding information for completing research papers and class assignments. Library professionals can work with you in person, by phone or e-mail. Online resources bring the library to wherever you are, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

I like color

I like Color

  • Do you like this color?

  • Do you like this color?

  • Do you like this color?

  • Do you like this color?

  • Do you like this color?

  • Do you like this color?

  • Do you like this color?

Animation and sound too far

Animation and sound too far…

  • This is point one

  • This is point two

  • This is point three

  • This is point four

Preparing materials

Preparing Materials

  • Use notes

  • Prepare handouts

  • Can use PowerPoint for transparency handouts

Powerpoint in the classroom

PowerPoint in the Classroom

  • Make it interactive

  • Use text sparingly

  • Print slides in advance

  • Put on website

  • Use as an outline

  • Leave out information – to be filled in class

Powerpoint in the classroom1

PowerPoint in the Classroom

  • Remember the “Joy of Six”

  • Minimize animated text, sound and transitions

  • Black out the screen (use B on keyboard)

  • Use three slides per minute

  • Use 24 font or bigger

  • Don’t turn your back on your students

Avoid powerpoint overload

Avoid PowerPoint Overload

Using technology to enhance classroom learning

Focus on minimizing Distractions!

Mix lecture with technology

Mix Lecture with Technology

Powerpoint on the web

PowerPoint on the Web

  • Can enhance learning online

  • Do not overuse

  • Use creative ways to present the information

  • Specify what you want your students to look for (terms, concepts, examples)

  • Narrative the clips for added interactivity

  • View as both PowerPoint & HTML

Issues with powerpoint on the web

Issues with PowerPoint on the Web

  • Some animations & slide transitions are not supported

  • Some images do not show in certain resolutions

  • Frames could be a problem

  • Sounds do not play

Powerpoint nuggets

PowerPoint Nuggets

  • Use PowerPoint tools

  • Focus on Content not presentation

  • Do not overuse PowerPoint

  • Vary your Presentations

  • Edit

  • Make PowerPoint Interactive

What are some tips you can offer using powerpoint in the classroom web

What are some tips you can offer using PowerPoint in the classroom & Web?

Tips techniques for using website technology to enhance learning in the classroom

Tips & Techniques for using Website technology to enhance learning in the classroom

Assembling web based materials

Assembling web-based materials

First things first

First Things First!

  • What's the purpose of your web site? If you can narrow down what you want your viewers to do when they're at your site, you can save yourself a lot of time by focusing your web site content.

  • Who is your audience?

  • What kind of technology is your audience using?

Tips for basics of web design

Tips for Basics of Web Design

  • Identify Purpose

  • Recognize Bandwidth (design to 28.8 modem)

  • Graphics (GIF or JPEG? – GIF better for bandwidth

  • Monitor resolution (design to 640X480)

  • Recognize multiple platforms and browsers (MAC or PC and Netscape or Explorer)

  • Navigation should be consistent & easy to use

  • Use common Fonts

Notes and hints

Notes and hints...

  • To get "headings," use the style drop-down menu. This is the first dropdown menu in your toolbar.

  • Use "bold" and "italics," but stay away from underlining text. This makes the text look like it's a link, which is confusing to users.

  • To get sub-bullets, click the "indent" toolbar button twice.

Maintaining a web site

Maintaining a web site

  • Have a back up copy

  • Update the site

  • Use the navigation and interface tools



  • Check the content

  • Check links

  • Get feedback from students & others

Student comments

Student Comments

  • Keep the site organized

  • Keep the site updated

  • Have a place for questions

  • Have clear instructions & directions

  • Respond in a timely manner

  • Add additional resources

  • Have a purpose for the content (don’t like busy work)

In summary

In summary….

  • Recognize your students

  • Balance technology & lecture

  • Be active in teaching

  • Use PowerPoint & Websites effectively

  • Engage students in different learning experiences

  • It is NOT about technology – it IS about interactivity!

Thank you for your time

Thank you for your Time!

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