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Terrie Shannon Using Laptops in Classes Practical Advice Need extension cords! (dead batteries) Duct tape! Always have a back-up plan Decisions, decisions, decisions Whether/when to use laptops in class When NOT to use laptops in class How to use laptops effectively

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Terrie Shannon

Using Laptops in Classes


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Practical Advice

  • Need extension cords! (dead batteries)

  • Duct tape!

  • Always have a back-up plan


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Decisions, decisions, decisions

  • Whether/when to use laptops in class

  • When NOT to use laptops in class

  • How to use laptops effectively

  • Option: 2 classrooms in 1

    • (open laptops/closed laptops)


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Classroom Management Issues

  • Can students “multi-task”?

  • Faculty members’ rights and responsibilities

  • Concerns? Questions?


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In-class Laptop Use(vs Out-of-class)

In class:

  • To motivate students

  • When different perspectives will be helpful

  • Want teams/partners to work together

  • Need access to “real-time” or “real-world” data

  • Want groups to teach each other

  • Want to model use of new software, how to effectively navigate relevant websites, etc.


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Examples of In-class Use

  • Teaching how to use RefWorks

  • Small groups creating presentations

  • Critically evaluating the quality of websites


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Example: modeling downloading software

  • http://www.smarttech.com


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Enhancing Learning with Laptops in the Classroom (8 categories)

From Tomorrow’s Professor BLOG

published by MIT and Stanford

where people can discuss teaching & learning:

http://amps-tools.mit.edu/tomprofblog/

http://amps-tools.mit.edu/tomprofblog/archives/2006/05/727_enhancing_l.html#more

From BOOK: Enhancing Learning with Laptops in the Classroom

Nelson & Weaver – Jossey-Bass


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1. Student-Data Collection categories)

  • “virtual” first day index cards

  • Surveys

  • “The Muddiest Point”, “One-Minute Paper”

  • Reactions to videos, demonstrations, lectures

  • Questions after a class activity

  • Feedback on peer presentations

  • Midsemester feedback on course


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2. Student Assessment categories)

  • Quiz over reading assignment

  • Open-book or open-note test

  • Collaborative group quiz

  • Reaction to a guest speaker

  • Practice test (as review for real test)


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3. Student Self-Assessment categories)

  • Learning Styles and Preferences

  • Personality and Temperament

  • Leadership Skills

  • Your own pre-tests or surveys


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4. Student Research categories)

  • Small groups doing research on the Web

  • Example: WebQuests

    • Professor has pre-selected Internet sites for students

    • Students work in small groups

    • Each group has different tasks

    • Each group teaches class what they learned


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5. Simulated Experiences categories)

  • http://people.clemson.edu/~rllafg/mmlhome.htm

  • Tons of these on the Web!


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6. Analysis of Digitized Performances categories)

  • Music

  • Dance

  • Theatre

  • Case Studies


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7. Student Collaboration categories)

  • Think-Pair-Share (can post in discussion forum)

  • Discussing/Responding to case studies

  • Finding information on the Web, sharing with class (either “live” or in discussion forum)

  • LOTS of other examples…


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8. Learning Exercises categories)

  • http://www.merlot.org

  • http://www.onlineethics.org/CMS/workplace/workcases/Lockheed.aspx

  • http://shodor.org/interactivate

  • http://www.wisc-online.com/index.htm

  • http://elearning.utsa.edu/guides/LO-repositories.htm


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Contact Information categories)

  • If questions, zip me an email:

    • tshannon

    • 6349


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