Effective Use of Technology in the Classroom (Taking Technology to the Edge)

Audience: All
Technical Level: Edgy

As technology permeates our lives, we find that students not only use it but expect its use in the classroom. In response to this expectation, more and more faculty members use technology, and primarily PowerPoint, in lectures. Unfortunately, their use is often ineffective to the point that the technology not only loses its benefit but detracts from the learning environment.

This presentation will focus on the effective use of technology with vibrant examples of audio, video, PowerPoint, wireless control technology, and responder units to enhance the learning experience.

What this presentation is: This presentation will demonstrate the power of technology with the tools that virtually all faculty have and will include a look at more advanced tools. Specifically, the use of Flash Animation created though Swish, the tool Snag-it to capture information from the Web, video editing tools to use clips within a PowerPoint presentation and others. As an added bonus, a teaching technique will be demonstrated with common objects (non-technological) that illustrate the power of the way information is presented and how the methods we employ affect the listener – our students with a twist – that is, illustrating how technology can enhance a non-technological teaching tool.

Additionally, this presentation will illustrate common mistakes most presenters make and offer simple solutions on how to avoid these mistakes.

What this presentation is not: This is not a �how-to� course. This will not teach the intricacies of how to create a PowerPoint presentation or how to use the various tools utilized in the presentation. In a short time, one can only wet his or her appetite to learn the skills needed to prepare powerful and effective presentations for the classroom.

This proposed topic illustrates audio stimulation, video stimulation and student participation of a kind that is rarely utilized in today�s teaching environment but is extremely effective.

MP3: BeckmanLLSat1200.mp3

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Sydney Beckman
Assistant Professor of Law
Charleston School of Law

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