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  1. Use of Technology in the College Classroom Dr. Steven P. Dion Sport & Movement Science Department

  2. Instant Activity • If you have a “Smart Phone” and a Facebook or Twitter account, please log on and post the question. • What is your favorite Pizza Topping? • After posting the question, go onto a search engine of choice and search: • Type in: “CDC 2012 obesity rates in North Carolina” • We’ll see what responses/info we get by the end of the session today. Dion: Learning with Technology

  3. Lesson Objectives • Address the use of technology and mobile multimedia devices in High School classrooms. • Discussion on attitudes and behaviors associated with their use. • Best practices health educators can adopt to create engaging lessons and activities using smart devices with potential to improve media and technology literacy. • Using social media as a research tool. Dion: Learning with Technology

  4. The Role of the Content Expert • Traditional Higher Ed Model: • TEACHER vs student • The Teacher has been the content expert spending much of their professional career studying their field and chosen discipline. • Expert/Mentor relationship > “transfer of knowledge”from one person to others – especially at the K-12. • This model has been changing over the past decade - moving toward a “facilitator role” in many disciplines. Dion: Learning with Technology

  5. Traditional / Transitional Methods • Face to Face & In person (traditional learning environment) • Some High Schools: Online Courses & Online Programs • Online Video Education • Webinars • Online classes (w/video/webcam/Skype) • “Flipped Classroom” Dion: Learning with Technology

  6. Traditional / Transitional Methods: Continued • Students’ increased reliance on technology, increased mass access & “edutainment” • Even with ancillary materials and tech resources, a heavy reliance on the Teacher as content/ delivery expert continues. • Consider the use of personal technology to further bridge the gap between student and teacher… • In turn – potentially changing the dynamics of the classroom Dion: Learning with Technology

  7. Power Shift in the Classroom • Student-Centered Education / “Teams Based Learning” the shift of power and instruction in the classroom. • Teams Based Learning: Utilizing outside student preparation (textbooks, articles/publications, video/media, action research, etc…) with in-class student-centered experiences to facilitate and create individual/group accountability. • Moving toward a different dynamic of “Power”. • The use of Personal Mobile/Tech Devices enhances this paradigm. Dion: Learning with Technology

  8. Redefining the Content Expert • Do teachers need to be the ultimate content expert / OR make the transition toward content expert/facilitator with a focus on information literacy? • In health and physical education, knowledge within the field continues to grow and change rapidly. • Textbooks as Content Knowledge Resource: • May contain out of date information the day they go into mass print. • Pub companies/faculty move toward real-time educational resources Dion: Learning with Technology

  9. Classroom Example • Spring 2013: A transgender student in a colleagues Personal Health course: • The 2012 textbook used in class indicated that being transgender was categorized as a mental disorder (DSM), however that content was out of date. The student in this case brought updated info from a recent publication. • The American Psychiatric Association board of trustees revised the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) indicating people who are transgender and gender non-conforming are no longer classified as having a mental disorder. Homosexuality was similarly declassified as a mental disorder in 1973. Dion: Learning with Technology

  10. Changing Face of Our Students • Our students “Millennials” are growing up with technology and it serves as their connection to the world (Tech Saturated) • Students expect and have been instructed in a collaborative educational culture. • These two factors create opportunities for educators to reach our students in new/different ways. • Old school methods may continue to be an ideal method. Dion: Learning with Technology

  11. Implementing SMART Technology • The following activities/ideas can be done with most mobile devices (Smart Phones, PDA’s, Tablets, Laptops and even Desktop computers. Dion: Learning with Technology

  12. Examples Used to Date Let’s play with a few of these • Real time health info: Media blasts, CDC, DHHS press releases etc… • Student behavior/action surveys using Twitter, Facebook, and Multi-receiver text messages. • Apps such as: • “Teens in NYC Protection” (Sex Ed) • “Ubersense” (Movement Analysis) Dion: Learning with Technology

  13. “Teens in NYC Protection” Dion: Learning with Technology

  14. “Ubersense” Dion: Learning with Technology

  15. Examples: Continued • In class videos w/Cell / Smart Phones, IPads and/or Ipods, Flips… • PSA’s, Video pitches, Skits/Roll playing • Self Assessments (web links/textbooks) • Video and pictures of class notes / student work • Send out/ Carryover until next class Dion: Learning with Technology

  16. Additional Teaching/Learning Applications

  17. Arguments For & Against • Arguments against allowing mobile phones in schools – for learning or social purposes • Slides 18 & 19 • Arguments for Using Phones • Slides 20-22 • Your Thoughts About its Use • Slide 23 Dion: Learning with Technology

  18. Arguments Against Phones • Loss and theft and potential bullying • Distraction and interruption • Taking photos of tests and instantly passing them on to other pupils • Texting answers of tests to other students • Taking photos of pupils in changing rooms, toilets • Spreading rumors fast • Sex texting and cyber-bullying • Non-filtered web access that can be used to spread content that some parents do not want their children exposed to. • Recording teachers and pupils in the classroom – can be detrimental to teacher and student reputation and proper consent to publish not asked for or given. • Privacy issues with teachers having personal phone numbers of pupils and vice versa. ( Dion: Learning with Technology

  19. Fairness of Have’s and Have-nots • Some pupils will have them, some will not / 66% 18-29 have a Smart Phone (Pew Inst.) • Some tech will support less applications than others • Need to work at level of common denominator. • Cost implications for students – not just the cost of the hardware but the cost of use. • Consider School Admin to help cover costs of Apps. ( Dion: Learning with Technology

  20. Arguments FOR Using Phones • Cost effective for student & schools • Reduces the need for all students to have access to computers in classroom • Need less equipment like digital cameras, camcorders, misc. etc. • Uses cheap and familiar technology • If students are going to have them anyway, irrespective of whether it is officially allowed, they may as well be used for intentional learning. • Overcomes some of the problems of ‘distraction’ etc. • They are a good vehicle for teaching about ‘use-and-abuse’issues such as digital identities, protocols, bullying, net safety etc. Dion: Learning with Technology

  21. Arguments For: continued • Can be used as data collection and recording devices – audio, pics and video – for recording experiments, field work, voice memos etc. • Fosters Creativity • making podcasts, picture blogs, twittering etc. • Students can ask questions of the teacher they may be too embarrassed to ask publicly. Dion: Learning with Technology

  22. Arguments For: continued • Encourages engagement e.g. polling which can ensure every student’s voice is heard. • E.g. using Wiffiti or PollEverywhere • Can also be used for formative assessment • Can be used to foster for collaborative learning and communication • Students are encouraged to use general reference books so why not phones – as dictionary, spell checker, thesaurus, encyclopedia etc. • Can be used as specific research tool via web access. Dion: Learning with Technology

  23. Your Thoughts? • Based on presented ideas – where do you stand on: • The use of personal technology devices in your classroom. • The use of technology to access the most up-to-date info to serve as a content resource.

  24. Implementation • The following slides are ideas from other educators of methods and applications you can implement into your courses. • The links at the bottom of the pages or in the “notes” sections lead you to websites where some of the information was obtained to reference or spark ideas for my/our uses in our classrooms.

  25. Text Reminders: • Since students generally check their cell phone more frequently than their email, the website Remind101 can be used to reach students through their phone. • Allows instructors to create assignment reminders sent to students via text message. • Students register with the site and subscribe to the class reminders. Dion: Learning with Technology

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  27. Using the cell phone as a study tool: StudyBoost provides a study on-the-go option without using their bulkier laptop/computer. Once student registers, they can create their own series of study questions. Then, using their phone, they can have the questions sent to them via text message. From there, the student answers the questions by replying to the StudyBoost number, and will instantly receive their results. Dion: Learning with Technology

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  29. Simulatanious Chat and Present “Chatzy” • Similar to a webinar where you can post questions during the live session. • Chatzy allows students to post questions and comments during the presentation that can be addressed by the presenter at their leisure Dion: Learning with Technology

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  31. Polls/Answering/Voting: Using Socrative (FREE) or Poll Everywhere, instructors can gather opinions, responses to prompts, and votes in their classroom. This tool also provides real time data, which is especially appealing to professors looking to save time. Better version of the “Clicker” Dion: Learning with Technology

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  33. Scavenger Hunt: Educational scavenger hunts are already a popular activity with cell phones in the classroom. There are many different programs and apps to run your scavenger hunt on, but a recommended program is SCVNGR. The program is compatible with both basic cell phones and smart-phones, as many scavenger hunt apps are designed for smart-phones with a GPS function. Dion: Learning with Technology

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  35. Accessing Twitter: Twitter is becoming increasingly present in the classroom. Smart-phones have the ability to instantly access Twitter via apps or an internet browser. However, there are also easy ways to access Twitter with a basic phone. Users can tweet by registering their phone and sending a text message to their country’s short code. If the user isn’t able to send text messages, TweetCall is also an option. TweetCall is a free service that lets the user call a phone number, speak their tweets, and have them transcribed into text. Dion: Learning with Technology

  36. Suggested Apps (+TCEA Handout) • Prezi • Slideshark • Itooch • BraniPop • Fooducate • MyFitnesspal • Edmoto • Imsucle • PEgeek • AppShopper • Dion: Learning with Technology

  37. Revisiting our Group Activity • At the beginning of the presentation you logged onto Facebook and posted a question. • What was the response to the questions: • How many of you had breakfast today? • CDC/NC #’s Dion: Learning with Technology

  38. Questions & Thank You • Contact info: Steven Dion Salem State University Sport & Movement Science Dept. Salem MA Dion: Learning with Technology

  39. Additional Info & Resources • The following pages provides additional information and recourses to help you increase your knowledge to utilize technology in your courses. Dion: Learning with Technology

  40. Resources for Using Text Messaging in Class Work and Assignments • There are many articles on the Web discussing the use of cell phones and smart phones in an academic setting. The following references contain useful suggestions and ideas specific to leveraging text messaging in assigned course work. • The NY Times article, “Teaching to the Text Message”, by teacher Andy Selsberg offers a variety of ideas for using text messaging in assignments. • This is an eHow article, “Text Messaging Classroom Activities” that offers 4 different assignments based on text messaging. Dion: Learning with Technology

  41. Article Resources Continued • This article, “Text Messaging Brings Assignment to Life” discusses an assignment in which students wrote a new scene or rewrote an existing scene Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. • The following is a video by Dr. Phillip Anderson from The Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation at the University of Toronto, in which he discusses “Text Messaging for Classroom Q&A”. • • The article “Promoting Literacy Through Text Messaging” encourages us to “get excited about text messaging as a form of communication, and encourage your students to write often through email, instant messages, text messages and blogging. Students will soon begin to understand that any type of writing is essential.“ There are a number of ways to use text messaging in assignments in the “Activities” section. Dion: Learning with Technology

  42. Article Resources Continued Here’s a simple text messaging assignment from “Read Write Web”, focused on The Lord of the Flies, easily adaptable to other books. In this article from Hayo Reinders, “Twenty Ideas for Using Mobile Phones in the Language Classroom”, ideas 6, 8, 9, and 10 leverage text messaging. While the article, “Text messaging & e-Learning in Schools and Colleges”, is trying to sell a product, it offers some useful concepts for text messaging applications in classroom assignments. Another great way to leverage text messaging in the classroom is through the use of text message based polls. This page from offers insights and into doing this with their tool, which has free functionality. In this article, Rutgers instructor Jessica Methot explains how she uses polling techniques to stop ‘social loafing’ during lectures and better engage students. Dion: Learning with Technology

  43. Additional Uses in the Classroom • Use sites like gabcast or evoca to make ‘instant’ podcasts straight from a mobile that can be accessed from a mobile (and you only have to be over 13 to use them) without having to use podcasting software. • Educators did a geography quiz on local landmarks and geographical features “From where I’m standing I can see….where am I?” • Setting up audio commercials: e.g. highlighting health resources for students on campus/school Dion: Learning with Technology

  44. Uses Continued: • Using their phones to access podcasts. Some mobile phones can already subscribe to podcasts and a fair few can listen to streaming MP3s from the Internet. • Health and Physical Education Podcast Portal @ Edinboro University (Spark Podcast/Youtube) • Creating mini-documentaries using the camera in their phone. • A colleague did ‘food preparation hygiene’ Dion: Learning with Technology

  45. Uses Continued: • Recording field trips – using photos or voice or texting back observations to other peers. • A Biology Professor did a nature walk where leaves / flowers / trees were observed by one group and identified by another group back in the classroom. • They experimented by sending text only descriptions, pictures or voice calls and combinations of those to see which was the most effective. • Be in different places working on the same project and be talking via instant-messaging. • An example was an outdoor education course doing a “Geo-Chase” style game where groups were competing to find objects and information. • The groups split up and group members updated each other on progress using mobile phones/texting or Facebook update. Dion: Learning with Technology

  46. Uses Continued: • History teachers chose a period in history (was the second world war) and had groups of evacuees, host families, parents of evacuees back in bombed cities sending messages to each other about their feelings. • Brainstorming using Wiffiti. • Wiffiti is a interactive message board that helps students create a communal, real time visual brainstorm, on a screen, from their cell phones. • Wiffiti info: Dion: Learning with Technology

  47. Highlighted Resources • 25 practical ideas for using Mobile Phones in the Classroom • • UW Bothell Learning Technologies Blog • • Cell phones welcome in some classrooms • • Embracing the Cell Phone in the Classroom With Text Messaging Assignments • • • The Positive and Negative Sides of Using Cell Phones for Teaching and Instruction in the Classroom • Dion: Learning with Technology