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1 Why Integrate Technology? Sharon Gray, Instructional Technologist

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5 Fostering technology integration Universal student access Universal student access Reliable networks Reliable networks Multiple opportunities for training and support Multiple opportunities for training and support Environment which values experimentation and tolerates failures Environment which values experimentation and tolerates failures Source: Spodark

6 Current state of higher ed tech integration Source: Sax

7 How are faculty currently using technology? Source: Sax

8 Why bother? Access to vast repositories of INFORMATION and RESOURCES Access to vast repositories of INFORMATION and RESOURCES REFLECTION upon (and in some cases transformation of) the way we teach REFLECTION upon (and in some cases transformation of) the way we teach VISUALIZATION and CONCEPTUALIZATION VISUALIZATION and CONCEPTUALIZATION Opportunities to create ENGAGED learners Opportunities to create ENGAGED learners Ability to ACCOMODATE varied learning styles Ability to ACCOMODATE varied learning styles

9 How can faculty know whats possible? Magazines and Journals: Magazines and Journals: T.H.E. T.H.E. Syllabus Syllabus Converge Converge Conferences and Websites Conferences and Websites EDUCAUSE EDUCAUSE Syllabus Syllabus The Collaboration The Collaboration Instructor resource guides with websites Instructor resource guides with websites Augies own Instructional Technologist ! Augies own Instructional Technologist !

10 Technology can support learning by facilitating… EXPLORATIONEXPLORATION and ANALYSIS of information ANALYSIS EXPLORATIONANALYSIS SIMULATIONSIMULATION of events or processes SIMULATION VISUALIZATIONVISUALIZATION of abstract concepts VISUALIZATION MANIPULATION MANIPULATION of variables MANIPULATION CONSTRUCTIONCONSTRUCTION of knowledge CONSTRUCTION PRACTICEPRACTICE and drilling of skills PRACTICE

11 Instead of writing comments in the margins of students papers, you can have students can send papers via . Then, using a microphone attached to a PC, you can make audio comments on the papers. If you return the papers via , students can listen to your comments with headphones or speakers. Instead of writing comments in the margins of students papers, you can have students can send papers via . Then, using a microphone attached to a PC, you can make audio comments on the papers. If you return the papers via , students can listen to your comments with headphones or speakers. Or, to save disk space, you can use the annotate feature in Word Or, to save disk space, you can use the annotate feature in Word You may already know how to create links to Web sites in PowerPoint, but you can also easily create links to the files from within a PowerPoint presentation: Paper You may already know how to create links to Web sites in PowerPoint, but you can also easily create links to the files from within a PowerPoint presentation: Paper Some ideas…

12 Use the custom animation feature to animate charts, graphs, and images within Powerpoint to make your message come alive… Use the custom animation feature to animate charts, graphs, and images within Powerpoint to make your message come alive… Some more ideas…

13 This piece represents which artistic style? Realism Baroque Impressionism Neo-Classicism Realism Baroque Impressionism Neo-Classicism Madonna and Child with Saints 1708 Oil on canvas, 406 x 208 cm San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice RICCI, Sebastiano (b. 1659, Belluno, d. 1734, Venezia)

14 South America Africa Australia Asia North America Understanding Cultural Influences

15 Rainforest ecosystem decline

16 Virtual field trips via Web or interactive CD-ROM Virtual field trips via Web or interactive CD-ROM Some more ideas…

17 Cave paintings in Dunhuang, China

18 Battle Maps Battle Maps

19 Field Museum Sounds from the Vault Tending the Memory: National Digital Archives Tending the Memory: National Digital Archives

20 More ideas Create Web pages that impose visual structure and an experts conceptual framework upon complex information Create Web pages that impose visual structure and an experts conceptual framework upon complex information Use modeling software to help students visualize molecular structures Use modeling software to help students visualize molecular structures Provide access to accompaniment software that responds and adjusts to the students tempo (and is available anytime!) Provide access to accompaniment software that responds and adjusts to the students tempo (and is available anytime!) Create online forums for students to review their classmates papers, creating a writers community Create online forums for students to review their classmates papers, creating a writers community Use Word to capture classroom discussions for posting and review Use Word to capture classroom discussions for posting and review Use Babelfish or Google to translate phrases from one language to another (and back again, for some interesting comparisons!) Use Babelfish or Google to translate phrases from one language to another (and back again, for some interesting comparisons!)BabelfishGoogle BabelfishGoogle Use simulation software, such as SimCity (urban planning) or SimLife (biology) to enable students to manipulate complex variables in a simulated environment Use simulation software, such as SimCity (urban planning) or SimLife (biology) to enable students to manipulate complex variables in a simulated environment

21 More ideas Use biomechanics software and digital video capture to help students in physical education and sports Use biomechanics software and digital video capture to help students in physical education and sportsbiomechanics software biomechanics software Use digital microscope cameras to allow an entire class to view the same microscopic image Use digital microscope cameras to allow an entire class to view the same microscopic imagedigital microscopecamerasdigital microscopecameras Use thermal imaging software to plot thermal fluctuations Use thermal imaging software to plot thermal fluctuationsthermal imaging software thermal imaging software Use electronic smart boards instead of projection screens to run software demonstrations and capture whiteboard images Use electronic smart boards instead of projection screens to run software demonstrations and capture whiteboard imageselectronicsmartboardselectronicsmartboards

22 Virtual Tour of the Louvre Virtual Tour of the Pantheon QuickTime Cubic VR Gallery Metropolitan Museum of Art: Period Rooms Vatican Museums Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory Chemists Art Gallery The Orbitron Virtual Museums History Science Other

23 Two basic types of technology integration... Type I Type I Make it easier, quicker, or otherwise more efficient to continue teaching the same things in the same ways we have always taught them. Make it easier, quicker, or otherwise more efficient to continue teaching the same things in the same ways we have always taught them. Type II Type II Make available new and better ways of teaching. Make available new and better ways of teaching. (Were aiming for Type II!)

24 Finally… While information does not equal knowledge and technology is not a cure-all, thoughtful, meaningful, and authentic integration of technology and information resources can enhance learning and lead to development of knowledge. While information does not equal knowledge and technology is not a cure-all, thoughtful, meaningful, and authentic integration of technology and information resources can enhance learning and lead to development of knowledge.

25 Sources Sax, L An Overview of the Faculty Norms. Graduate School of Educational and Information Studies UCLA. (A study of 33,785 family members from 378 colleges. Spodark, E. 2003, Five Obstacles to Technology Integration at a Small Liberal Arts University, T.H.E. Journal March: Online: Cuban, L The Technology Puzzle. Education Week 4 August: 47,68. Online: Trinkle, D Distance Education: A Means to an End, No More, No Less. Chronicle of Higher Education 6 August: A60. Maddux, C., Johnson, L., and Willis, J., Educational Computing: Learning with Tomorrows Technologies (2nd ed.) Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1997, pp

26 URLs EXPLORATION – The Exploratorium ANALYSIS – EROS SIMULATION – Amusement Park Physics VISUALIZATION – CalTech Super Computer MANIPULATION – Optical Illusions CONSTRUCTION – Northwestern University PRACTICE – Yale Cardiothoracic Imaging Dunhuang QTVR Valley of the Shadow Virginia Center for Digital History The Field Museum Sounds from the Vault

27 URLs Metropolitan Museum of Art: Period Rooms Vatican Museums Virtual Tour of the Louvre QuickTime Cubic VR Gallery Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory Virtual Tour of the Pantheon The Orbitron Chemists Art Gallery


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