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CTLI Workshop Descriptions

New to Smart Classrooms

The standard Smart Classroom here at North Shore contains a ceiling projector, PC, DVD player, a control system, and a lectern. This session is designed to show new users of the Smart Classroom the basic operation of the system. The faculty member will learn how to turn on and off the system, choose sources, control volume, and interface a laptop. In addition, the user will learn how other faculty are using the room to enhance teaching and learning. We'll also look at how to optimize the Smart Classroom environments by controlling lights and any image limitations.

Smart Board Training Sessions

These sessions demonstrate the features of the interactive whiteboards and how they can help with student learning. Smart Classroom training (see above) is also included in these sessions. Smart Board rooms are primarily located in the Health Professions and Student Services building on the Danvers Campus.

Smart Cart Training Sessions

These sessions focus on hands-on training for faculty using this mobile technology in our remote buildings. Smart Carts serve as our Smart Classroom model in the remote buildings.

Best Practices in the Smart Classroom

This session is designed for faculty who have some familiarity with the Smart Classroom. The session will focus on the unique ways that some of our current faculty are using the room. It will also focus on some of the best practices that we’ve learned over the years in using these rooms. We’ll also talk about some of the popular applications used in the room. Faculty attending are encouraged to share their best practices with those attending.

Introduction to Clickers in the Classroom

This workshop is designed for faculty to learn how this tool can help with student engagement, retention of knowledge, and student collaboration. Additionally, information will be on how to get started using clickers at North Shore Community College including the process for checking out clickers, an overview of the Turning Point software and creating questions, available training and support, best practices for use in the classroom, and additional resources.

Google Documents for Collaboration and Communication

Looking for a way to promote student collaboration on a project? Need a simple way for students to share documents or give presentations? Want to collect information from your students quickly? Then Google Documents is for you. This workshop will present the benefits of using NSCC’s Google Documents application in the classroom to easily create, edit, and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations. The focus of the session will be on how Google Documents can be used as a tool to promote student collaboration and communication on group projects.

Google Sites for Wikis, Web Sites and e-Portfolios

Looking for a way to promote student collaboration on a project? Need a simple way for students to create and share web sites presenting their research? Want students to participate in a Wiki project? Interested in having students create an e-Portfolio of their work? Then Google Sites is for you. This workshop will present the benefits of using NSCC’s Google Sites application in the classroom to easily create, edit, and share wikis, web sites, and e-Portfolios.

4 Web 2.0 Tools to Engage Students

Web 2.0 tools can be used to help you engage students in the learning experience, present information through different mediums, and facilitate collaboration and communication. This workshop will present 4 web 2.0 tools that can be easily incorporated into the teaching and learning environment to allow students to have online discussions around media (VoiceThread), collect and share online course-related resources (Diigo), create three dimensional presentations (Prezi), and design online posters (Glogster). An overview of each tool will be provided along with the benefits of using the tool in the classroom, examples of faculty and student use, and best practices for successful implementation.

Mobile Devices in the Classroom

Mobile technology is increasingly ubiquitous among our students: smartphones, tablets, and iEverything. Though we should be deliberate in how we embrace mobile technology, what are some of the ways in which it can enhance our classroom experiences and student learning? In this workshop, Instructional Technology and Design will facilitate a conversation with faculty on this topic. Potential benefits and challenges will be explored along with a demonstration of potential useful classroom applications such as Poll Everywhere, Google Apps, Evernote, etc.

Using Prezi to Make your Presentations Sizzle

This workshop will introduce the three dimensional presentation program known as Prezi (prezi.com). Faculty will be shown the basic tools and explore the benefits of using a platform that can present information, course concepts, and theories spatially. This tool is excellent for faculty to communicate hard concepts visually or for students to present their research within a course. Participants who attend this workshop will learn about:

  • the benefits of using three dimensional presentation tools for faculty and students,
  • the basic tools of Prezi to create a presentation, and
  • a Guide for Students (or Faculty) to Get Started On Prezi.

***Faculty interested in this workshop should create an account with prezi.com using their NSCC email address, prior to coming to the workshop.

Using VoiceThread for Group Conversations

This workshop will introduce the multimedia conversation tool known as VoiceThread (voicethread.com). A VoiceThread is a "collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam)." VoiceThread can be used to bring discussion into an online lecture, provide a space for student presentations, and allow for students to participate in conversations that go beyond text. Participants who attend this workshop will learn how to:

  • create a VoiceThread by uploading an image or document,
  • share a VoiceThread
  • comment on a VoiceThread using audio, video, and text
  • integrate VoiceThread into the teaching and learning environment.

Effective Uses of Facebook and Twitter in the Classroom

Social media has become a key piece of modern life and many faculty struggle with how much to use it personally vs professionally. This workshop will focus on useful and meaning ways faculty can using Facebook and Twitter to engage and encourage student learning inside and outside the classroom. The workshop will also highlight the specific benefits and drawbacks of both websites while also identifying successful strategies of integrating them into a course or department. Participants will also be engaged in an open discussion of various teaching (successful or otherwise) practices used regarding Facebook and Twitter.

Personalizing the Online Experience

In an online course, it is extremely important for online learners to "feel the presence of the instructor" and not feel isolated from the learning experience and other learners. This workshop will present several simple techniques for faculty to incorporate their social presence into the online course and personalize the online learning experience. During this workshop, participants will learn how to:

  • send a video e-mail welcoming students to your course
  • easily incorporate audio and video into announcements, content and feedback,
  • demonstrate concepts through screen capture, and
  • use Google video chat for live, face to face conversations with your students.

Social Media Learning Tools - Google Hangout and Blogger

This workshop will explore two new Google tools (Google Hangout and Blogger) available through our northshore.edu Gmail accounts. Google Hangout is a tool that allows for video conferencing with up to ten people and Blogger is Google's blog tool. Participants will learn how to use each of these tools and what their possible benefits are in the teaching and learning environment.

Creating Accessible Online Course Content

Accessibility is about making sure all students can easily access the course content so that they can focus their time, attention and learning on the content and not the technical barriers to the content. This workshop will address the best practices around ensuring accessibility for any online content that instructors may use in face to face, hybrid, and online courses. Faculty will walk away with a clear set of methods and resources to help them create content that all their students can benefit from.

Blogger - Goggle's Blogging Tool

Blogging is a great tool for education. It can be used to foster learning between the instructor and students, between students and content, and among the students. This workshop will look at the Google blogging tool, Blogger, and will walk participants through setting up, preparing, and using this blogging tool for instructional and professional purposes.

Screencasting – Creating Your Own Videos

With "flipped classrooms" gaining so much attention, this workshop will introduce faculty to a very easy screen-capturing tool in which they can create short videos for instructional purposes. The workshop will identify best practices for creating video content for students (or having students creating video content) as well as address issues of storage and accessibility of video content.

Communicating with your Students Virtually (Google Chat, Skype, Google Hangout, etc.)

Thanks to recent Web 2.0 tools, connecting and interacting with students is easier than ever. While meeting with students face to face is important, there are often many barriers that prevent that from happening--especially if you teach online. Faculty can also use or encourage the use of these tools for students who are involved in group projects. This workshop will identify the different tools that instructors can use to interact with students through the Internet including text-based chat, voice-based chat, and video-based chat.

Flipping the Classroom

This workshop will explore the flipped classroom model through presentation and discussion around what it means to “flip your classroom”. Participants will explore what the benefits and challenges are to teaching in this setting, learn best practices around successfully flipping a class, share ideas for best uses of class time and getting students to do the out of class work, and discover tools and resources to help support this practice.

Polling/Getting Feedback from Students

Have you ever struggled with how to better engage your students in the classroom? Have you wanted to better assess student learning before it gets to the point of test or quiz taking? This session will share with you some tools that may help. From Web tools to physical devices, student polling has become easier in recent years. It can even be done anonymously too! Find out what other faculty are doing and learn what institutional support is in place as well.

Wow! This App is the Best!

There are many apps out there that can help with student learning. Perhaps, you have discovered a few yourself. Come to this workshop and find out what other faculty are using. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to share apps they are using in the classroom to improve student learning. Instructional Technology and Design staff will also share with you some of their favorite apps as well. The session is about sharing and learning from each other. What could be better than that!
Note: Participants are encouraged to bring their mobile devices.

Virtual Classrooms - Adobe Connect

Have you ever wanted to enhance your students’ online learning experience? Have you ever wanted to have students collaborate and share online in a synchronous manner? Adobe Connect is a Web collaboration conferencing tool, used primarily for conducting online meetings and webinars. Through Adobe Connect, you and your students can communicate online through voice, chat, and video in real time. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of Adobe Connect and how instructors might use this tool to enhance student learning online.

Preparing Students for Technology and Learning Online (Blackboard Learn and Online Learning 101)

Two new services can significantly enhance your students success in face-to-face and online classes. This workshop will explore the program Atomic Learning and how instructors can effectively integrate this resource of over 50,000 technology tutorials into their Blackboard Learn courses so students are better prepared to use the programs that are needed for your course (e.g. Word, Google Docs, PowerPoint, Blackboard Learn, and more). This workshop will also present Online Learning 101, an online self-paced course. The course is for students new to online learning and this workshop will briefly cover its content and ways instructors can use it to help out their students.

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