Models and Best Practices for Using Clickers

i>clicker inventor, Tim Stelzer, presents “Models and Best Practices for Using Clickers” at the University of Michigan on September 1, 2010.

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i>clicker!

ISS is pleased to announce the adoption of a new student response system, i>clicker, which will replace the Qwizdom system as of Fall 2010. i>clicker is a flexible, user-friendly and reliable system that works on both Macs and PCs and will allow instructors to incorporate websites, media and virtually any other type of application. Check out the story in the University Record.

ISS will be conducting workshops on how to use this new system throughout the summer. Faculty can sign up for one of these workshops at http://www.umich.edu/~teachtec.

To register as an i>clicker user for Fall, please sign up on the Instructional Consulting page.

Fun Use of Technology in Classroom

TeacherTube: A YouTube for Educators

A new site for educators, TeacherTube, takes the sharing, production, and community-building aspects of YouTube and offers an educator’s version. According to TeacherTube’s founders, “We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners.”

The site officially launched in March 2007 and is slowly but surely gaining popularity. I’ve been sharing it and working with teachers in various districts to learn to take advantage of this kind of opportunity. What a great place for us to upload short instructional videos — or long ones; there’s no limit on size files or video length.

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Teaching Through the Flu Prep Workshops!

These workshops will introduce faculty and support staff to the various technological solutions recommended in the LSA Teaching Through the Flu web guide (http://bit.ly/LSAFlu). Participants will learn about various ways to handle posting lectures or media, communicating and collaborating online, collecting and distributing files, delivering live lectures over the internet and conducting tests and quizzes online. Check the workshop sessions below, or follow this link for workshop registration!

A Twitter + teaching skeptic (me) reconsiders

This evening a friend posted a tweet about tips for Twitter academic users.  Although I am a Twitter user, and have personal and professional friends with whom I twitter, I have had a difficult time envisioning how Twitter can be used effectively in most classes.  For maintaining simple communications across the country, following a conference through someone else’s experience or picking up interesting tips, Twitter has been a simple tool to use.  But some good educational examples were harder for me to perceive.

Then Judi Franz, a friend from UC-Irvine, posted a tweet link to Jill Gordon’s 100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics.  Because it is a topic soon to be broached in a meeting, I thought I should approach the ideas with an open mind.  Gordon provides some real and appropriate suggestions for using the technology.  The article is not a simple list, but rather is divided into useful, focused sections such as Twitter Etiquette, Assignments Using Twitter or Finding People in Academia to Follow and contains myriad links.

Check it out and suggest it to another skeptic too.  If you have ideas for using Twitter in the learning process, please post a comment here so that others (and I) can benefit from your knowledge and creativity!

Attention Qwizdom Users

Current and Future Qwizdom Users:

We would like to share some information about using Qwizdom for Fall of 2009 as well as some wrap-up information if you do not plan to use Qwizdom in the near future.

1)  Qwizdom Reservations
As in the past, we ask that you complete a Qwizdom Reservation form for each course and term in which you plan to use Qwizdom. This form should take about 5 minutes to complete. Since you may not yet have all the information required to complete the form, include as much information as you know.  The critical information is marked with an asterisk. The information we collect via this form enables us to work with the Showcase to ensure adequate supplies of student units and to plan for training and support needs. All forms for Fall 2009 Qwizdom use must be complete by August 2nd. We will understand that you do not plan to use Qwizdom in future terms if you do not complete the form! Follow this link to complete your reservation: https://sitemaker.umich.edu/iss_instruction/qwizdom_instructor_use_form. If you have any questions about completing the form, contact ISS Instruction (iss-instruction@umich.edu) for assistance.

2)  Instructor Units
If you are not planning to use Qwizdom in the near future (Fall of 2009) your instructor unit can be returned to LSA Instructional Support Services. These units can be dropped off at the LSA ISS Loan Office, 340 Mason Hall, or we can arrange for someone to pick up your unit.

It has been our pleasure working with you this semester and we hope to continue to that work in the future!  As always, we encourage you to contact us if you have any concerns or questions about Qwizdom  or other instructional technology needs.