Category Archives: EdTech

Want to Improve Your Lectures? Take Notes!

Frequent self-assessment is vital to improve the quality of one’s lectures. These note-taking tips will help make this process more efficient! Continue reading

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How to Pin a Tweet (and why you’d want to)

I’ve been using Twitter with my students for the past three years.  Just about every day, I share resources such as links to articles, Youtube videos, memes, and other media that are relevant to our course content.  I also use … Continue reading

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Take Your Students on a Twitter Scavenger Hunt

Last month, I wrote about making the most out of the first day of class, including using fun icebreakers.  This semester, I decided to use an icebreaker that served two purposes: allow students to get to know one another and … Continue reading

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Universal Design and an Easier Way to Create Closed Captions

With the fall semester quickly approaching, I want to remind my professor friends about the importance of 508 compliance and Universal Design.  It’s vitally important that we design our courses to meet the needs of all students rather than creating … Continue reading

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Schedule Office Hours with Google Calendar

Over the years, I’ve questioned the usefulness of regularly scheduled office hours.  It seems that no matter where I hold them (office, coffee shop, library) or when, students don’t take advantage of this routine time to chat with me.  Instead, … Continue reading

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Voicethread is Now Accessible to More Users!

This post was written by my colleague, Mendi Benigni, on our work blog: blogs.cofc.edu/tlt  I wanted to share it because it’s exciting news for those who use VoiceThread with their students but worry about it being accessible to those with … Continue reading

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Using Kaizena for Fast and Interactive Student Feedback

This post originally appeared on http://blogs.cofc.edu/tlt (where I write for work at the College of Charleston) Let’s be honest. Grading can be a drag. We may love teaching and mentoring students, but when faced with a stack of 100 essays, … Continue reading

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Gather Student Feedback with ClassKick, Plickers, & GoSoapBox

When you teach, do you encounter this scenario? Instructor:  “Does anyone have any questions?” Students: blank stares and shaking heads Instructor: “So it all makes sense?” Students: blank stares and nodding heads Based on this nonverbal feedback, you assume the … Continue reading

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Prepare for the Unexpected

On Tuesday February 10th, my institution, the College of Charleston, experienced a safety and communication crisis when a bomb threat was made.  Classes in six buildings were officially cancelled and many faculty, staff, and students were prohibited from accessing their … Continue reading

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Easy Brainstorming and Voting with Tricider

There have been many times during my teaching career that I’ve wanted to gather my students’ input to make decisions.  Would they be amenable to a due date change on their upcoming paper?  What resolution would they like to research … Continue reading

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