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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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practical advice
Practical Advice
  • Need extension cords! (dead batteries)
  • Duct tape!
  • Always have a back-up plan
decisions decisions decisions
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)
classroom management issues
Classroom Management Issues
  • Can students “multi-task”?
  • Faculty members’ rights and responsibilities
  • Concerns? Questions?
in class laptop use vs out of class
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.
examples of in class use
Examples of In-class Use
  • Teaching how to use RefWorks
  • Small groups creating presentations
  • Critically evaluating the quality of websites
enhancing learning with laptops in the classroom 8 categories
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

1 student data collection
1. Student-Data Collection
  • “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
2 student assessment
2. Student Assessment
  • 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)
3 student self assessment
3. Student Self-Assessment
  • Learning Styles and Preferences
  • Personality and Temperament
  • Leadership Skills
  • Your own pre-tests or surveys
4 student research
4. Student Research
  • 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
5 simulated experiences
5. Simulated Experiences
  • http://people.clemson.edu/~rllafg/mmlhome.htm
  • Tons of these on the Web!
6 analysis of digitized performances
6. Analysis of Digitized Performances
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Case Studies
7 student collaboration
7. Student Collaboration
  • 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…
8 learning exercises
8. Learning Exercises
  • 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
contact information
Contact Information
  • If questions, zip me an email:
    • tshannon
    • 6349
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