Software Presentation LRC 320 Dr. Betts 8 February 2013 New Inventions, Technologies & Literacies to Improve K-College Classroom Learning Phoebe Johnston DaShario C Gilliam Lorenzo Johnson Jr. Abdulla Al-Mahmoud Online Courses • Online courses offers flexibility for students. This is especially beneficial for high school and college students who have busy schedules or are easily distracted by the setting of a traditional classroom. Online courses are also less expensive than traditional courses and allow the student to work at his/her own pace. Chats/Discussions • Online chats are an excellent learning tool for students who need to communicate with other students and their professor outside of the classroom. Majority of the chats are conducted by the instructor and used to clarify questions concerning the course. This source is excellent for questions that the student may have questions or concerns. • The Discussion Board is created to allow students to elaborate ideas related to the topics discussed in the course. The Discussion Board is beneficial because it allows the student to receive feedback from peers and his/her professor. Podcast • Podcasts are lectures that are conducted by the professor. Similar to a traditional classroom lecture the professor will teach a subject, record it and post it via D2L or ITunes to be accessible for students at anytime. This also helps the students who may be auditory learners to understand instructions for assignments better. Clickers • http://www.turningtechnologies.com/ http://www.iclicker.com/ Response technology that enables and promotes participation and gives immediate results. Used in K-12, college and businesses, clicker technology can assess data and create a more functional and efficient work environment. Used to take exams or to serve as an attendance-taker, clickers have revolutionized learning, data collection and assessment. Professors/Teachers in large classrooms can now see where their class stands in a particular area by getting responses from everyone in mutilpe choice polls. Course Management Systems (CMS) • Students at the University of Arizona are very familiar with Course Management Systems, also known as D2L (Desire to Learn) or Blackboard (used by Eller students). These systems are widespread http://help.d2l.arizona.edu/ throughout the country, in that most college institutions utilize them. These websites give access to all the courses a student is taking and serves as an imperative tool for both professors and students. Access to grades, discussion boards, important links, readings, dropbox and even the ability to take exams are just some of the tools used http://it.eller.arizona.edu/services/black on D2L/Blackboard. board/ Tablet PC • Tablet PCs offer some unique abilities for educational use. The portability, pen-based input, low power consumption, and the interactive educational apps that can be created for the device.The only disadvantage is the expensive price which averages at $423. http://shopper.cnet.com/buy-tablets/ Online Learning Tools Achieve 3000 http://www.achieve3000.com Website is designed for grades K-12 that assesses the student's reading and writing level. In addition the site gives the students exercises to increase their levels according to the assessments. ABCYA http://www.abcya.com The purpose of this website is to engage students in their learning by giving them exercises appropriate for their grade level. Online Learning Tools (Con.) • Fun Brain www.funbrain.com This educational website is a fun and interactive that allows users to learn by watching animated videos and playing arcade games pertaining to school subjects in math, grammar, science, spelling and history. It covers from the grade of K-8 and is very exciting! The videos and games are so fun to watch and play that it makes learning a breeze! • Khan Academy www.khacademy.com This educational website provides access to free instructional videos and tutorials for a variety of different subjects. It covers from the grades of K-12 and is very helpful and informative if you are having problems with subjects such as: math, science topics, finance, history and more!